Good To Go!, the state’s electronic toll collection system, today unveiled five new devices for paying tolls without ever stopping.
The new tolling passes, including smaller and movable options, will be available to drivers in early 2011, prior to the start of tolling on SR 520. They will offer a wider range of options for paying tolls on all Good To Go!toll roads in Washington.
“Transponder technology has improved dramatically in the last few years,” said Craig Stone, WSDOT Toll Division Director, following an official announcement today at a state Transportation Commission meeting. “WSDOT has taken advantage of this maturity to deliver some of the best products available at the lowest cost to drivers. The new portfolio of Good To Go! passes offers a solution for nearly every vehicle and more convenience for drivers who use toll facilities throughout the state.”
Tolling on the existing SR 520 bridge is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2011 and with it comes an expansion of the Good To Go! program already in place on the Tacoma Narrows Bridge and the SR 167 High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes. Drivers with prepaid Good To Go! accounts travel at highway speeds as the system detects their pass and automatically deducts the toll amount from their accounts. Drivers can link several passes to a single account, permitting them to select the best pass option for each vehicle.
New pass options will be offered in tandem with the opening of the new Good To Go! customer service centers in the SR 520 corridor early next year. SR 520 motorists who typically don’t use any of the other toll roads are encouraged to wait until after the first of the year to establish their Good To Go! accounts to take advantage of special incentives. Be among the first to know about special offers by signing up at http://www.goodtogointerestlist.com/.
New Good To Go! passes
Standard Sticker Pass: A non-movable sticker about the size of a Band-Aid, this compact pass is barely noticeable when attached to a windshield near the rearview mirror. At $5, it’s expected to be the most popular new option.
Standard Movable Pass: Designed for those who want a single pass for multiple vehicles, this product is easy to move between vehicles. The $8 pass adheres to the windshield with Velcro behind the rearview mirror. It must be mounted to work correctly.
Movable Pass with On/Off Option: Ideal for those who carpool in the HOT lanes, this transponder has an on/off switch to deactivate it when driving with a passenger in the HOT lane. This $12 pass also attaches with Velcro to the windshield behind the rearview mirror.
Specialized Passes: Motorcycle Sticker Pass: This non-transferable sticker pass is transparent and adheres to a motorcycle’s headlamp. It’s virtually invisible once attached. Motorcycle passes will retail for $8.
External Mount License Plate Pass: The external pass might be a good alternative for people looking for something other than a windshield-mounted transponder. This weather-resistant transponder attaches with screws horizontally to the front license plate. While removable, this $12 pass is not intended for frequent switching between vehicles.
For more information about Good To Go! visit http://www.wsdot.gov/goodtogo/.