Washington initiative could be hurdle for Columbia River Crossing tolling

Metro News:

Initiative 1125 would rewrite Washington law so that variable tolling would be banned in the state. Only the Washington legislature would have the authority to set toll prices, and restrictions would be placed on what toll collections could be spent on.

Such restrictions could prove to be a road block for the [CRC highway and] bridge project, said Metro policy analyst Andy Cotugno.

"Variable pricing is an essential part of the project," Cotugno said. "At minimum, it would require the approving bodies to go back and consider whether they want to approve a project without peak period pricing."

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