BELLEVUE, Wash. (AP) — A Transportation Department advisory group is meeting in Bellevue to consider express lane tolling on Interstate 405.
A spokeswoman for the project, Amy Danberg, says the tolling would likely have variable rates, like the toll lanes already in use on Highway 167 in south King County.
She says another option under consideration would increase the required number of people in a carpool vehicle from two to three. Thursday’s meeting is the first of four.
The 40-mile Eastside Corridor of Highway 167 and Interstate 405 is the north-south freeway option to Interstate 5 through the Seattle area.
The Transportation Department has been working for more than a decade on ways to reduce congestion. Express toll lanes between Bellevue and Lynnwood are under construction and will open in 2015.
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