Snap Judgment

Should Seattle Toll Downtown Streets?

Up to 25,000 more cars could clog I-5 and downtown daily when the Highway 99 tunnel opens next year. Now the city is considering tolling those surface streets. Some find the idea even more alarming than the traffic on Mercer.

12/19/2017 By Jaime Archer

Morning Fizz

Economic Security Tops Voters' Concerns, Council Vote Devolves into Saturday Night Live Skit

Homelessness, rent, affordability, and the economy worry voters; bike sharing weirds out council.

03/04/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

State Issues Report on Life Expectancy by Legislative District

Income inequality impacts life expectancy rates.

02/12/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Democrats Give in to Road Rage in Olympia

Democrats abandon transit advocates, council ponders bike sharing.

02/03/2016 By Josh Feit

Morning Fizz

Republican Anecdotes Versus Actual Stats

Despite data, Republican state senator Andy Hill denounces express lane tolling.

01/14/2016 By Josh Feit

The C Is for Crank

I Don't Cry for You, Mercer Island

Mercer Island residents continue to demand special treatment from the state—this time, an exemption from I-90 tolls.

02/27/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Afternoon Jolt

Transportation Jolt: Tunnel "Wake-Up Call"

The day's winners and losers.

02/07/2013 By Afternoon Jolt

This Washington

Get Ready: I-90 Tolls Are Coming

The state gears up to toll I-90 to backfill a $1.4 billion funding shortfall on SR-520, and some drivers aren't happy.

01/29/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

On Other Blogs Today

On Other Blogs Today: Drones, Tolls, and Taxes

Our daily roundup.

01/24/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

Afternoon Jolt

Friday Jolt: Committee Goes Back to Drawing Board on Tunnel Tolling

A new report reveals more financing troubles for the downtown tunnel.

01/18/2013 By Erica C. Barnett

On Other Blogs Today

On Other Blogs Today: Charter Schools and Cleaning House

Our daily roundup.

01/09/2013 By Erica C. Barnett


All Eyes on Seattle

The battle over tunnel costs can play out two ways. Neither is good for Seattle.

10/05/2012 By Josh Feit

This Washington

State Transportation Chair: State Could Lift Spending Cap on Tunnel

The state house transportation chair says she doesn't support the idea of funding the new tunnel with tolls from drivers who don't use the tunnel, but concedes that the state's ultimate commitment to tunnel funding, including the amount it expects to rais

09/26/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

On Other Blogs

On Other Blogs Today: Pot, the Tunnel, 520, and More

Our daily roundup. Image via WSDOT.

09/18/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

Morning Fizz

Perhaps the Democrats Should

Tuesday Edition. Caffeinated news & gossip featuring tolling, the death penalty, the attorney general, emergency contraception.

01/17/2012 By Morning Fizz


Study: Tolls Don't Negatively Impact Most Poor Commuters

A new study concludes that most poor households will not be substantially impacted by tolling.

01/12/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

On Other Blogs

Sightline: Traffic Eases on 520, I-5, Even 405

Sightline: Early traffic stats show a "dramatic" change in travel patterns across Lake Washington.

01/05/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

The C is for Crank

On First "Real" Work Day, No Big Backups Due to 520 Tolls

On the first "normal" day of 520 tolling, traffic on 520 is down, and commute times on I-90 increase slightly. Image via Seattle Transit Blog.

01/03/2012 By Erica C. Barnett

The C is for Crank

Much as I Hate to Say "I Told You So..."

So far, tolls on 520 have prompted just 2 percent of daily drivers to switch to the parallel I-90.

01/02/2012 By Erica C. Barnett