SEATTLE -- When tolling on the 520 floating bridge begins on December 29, drivers will have several options on how to pay.
All tolls will be collected electronically, which means cars will not need to stop at toll booths, and tolls will be collected in both directions. Tolls rates will vary, changing 10 times a day during the weekdays. See 520 bridge toll rates chart
WSDOT says there will be four different ways for drivers to pay electronically, but how you pay -- and in some cases what kind of vehicle you drive -- will determine how much you'll end up paying:
Good to Go! Pass: With the existing Good To Go! Pass program, drivers have tolls automatically deducted electronically from a prepaid account. Drivers set up a pre-paid Good to Go! account by purchasing and activating a Good to Go! transponder that mounts to their vehicle.
Pay by Plate: Drivers who prefer not to have a transponder mounted on their vehicle can set up a Pay by Plate account. When crossing the bridge, a photo will be taken of the vehicle’s license plate and tolls will be deducted from a prepaid Good To Go! account. A $0.25 fee per transaction will be added on top of the posted Good To Go! toll rate.
Pay by Mail: Drivers who don't have a Good To Go! account can Pay by Mail. A Pay by Mail toll bill will be mailed to the registered owner of the vehicle with a $1.50 surcharge added per transaction.
For Pay by Mail, If the toll is unpaid after 30 days, an addtional $5 surcharge is added. After 80 days, a Notice of Civil Penalty will be issued to the car owner, which includes the price of the toll, the $5 surcharge and an additional $40. Car owners will also have the option of requesting a hearing with an administrative law judge about the penalty.
WSDOT will work with other states to identify the owners of out-of-state vehicles and send them toll bills. WSDOT is also working on an arrangement to collect payment for international vehicles.
Short-Term Account: Visitors or infrequent drivers can also open a Short Term Account, valid for up to 14 days. Drivers have up to 72 hours after crossing the bridge set up this type of account. Short Term Account toll rates are $.50 less than Pay by Mail rates.
Registered vanpools and transit vehicles are exempt from paying tolls on the 520 bridge, but carpools and motorcycles will still have to pay the same toll price as regular vehicles.
And WSDOT said drivers will be charged more if their vehicle has more than two axles. For example, a two-axle car may pay $3.50 during peak weekday hours, while a three-axle vehicle would pay $5.25 during the same period of time.
For more information on the 520 tolls, go to the WSDOT 520 bridge FAQ section.