What Eastside cities say about 520, I-90 bridge tolls

City of Bellevue
The Bellevue City Council finds that tolling on the existing SR 520 bridge is only acceptable in 2010 if: (1) deployment of early tolls will result in significantly earlier completion of the project; and (2) beginning earlier in 2010 allows for lower toll rates that are deemed more acceptable to the public.
The toll should be applied only to SR 520, assuming the primary purpose of tolling is to fulfill the Legislature’s funding gap for replacing the bridge. If it is determined that tolling I-90 is needed to help reduce the toll rate on SR 520 or to ease traffic diversion, the state should ensure that a toll is accompanied with improvements on the I-90 corridor and the toll rate for I-90 should be set to minimize the diversion and to fill the funding gap, rather than tolling it at the same level as SR 520.
The City of Bellevue does not support the use of segment tolls.

City of Issaquah
The city fully supports implementing tolls on SR 520 in 2010. The city is particularly concerned about diversion onto north-south routes (e.g. I-405) as alternatives during peak hours and believes those routes should receive improvements before any charges are considered on I-90.
The city strongly supports maintaining a free or low-cost method for minimum-wage workers and local business to cross Lake Washington on the I-90 bridge.

City of Kirkland
The city supports early tolling of 520, tolling of I-90 when SR 520 is tolled and implementation of HOT lane systems on I-405.
Revenue need not be confined to paying the capital costs for construction of the facility where it was collected. In order to minimize negative impacts of pricing, choices such as high quality transit must be provided on priced corridors. Low-income users may benefit most from viable alternatives to pricing such as high quality transit.

City of Mercer Island
If tolls are placed on SR 520 and I-90, as a congestion management device or as mitigation for anticipated traffic diversion from 520, the revenues derived from tolling these roadways must be retained for transportation construction, maintenance, improvement and mitigation within the cross-Lake Washington corridor.
Early 520 tolling to generate a revenue stream for bridge replacement (with the smallest possible toll, so as to avoid massive diversion onto I-90).

City of Kenmore
Recommends further analysis of the impacts on 522 that local residents use as a cross-lake connection when 520 is unavailable or experiencing difficult delays.
The city recommends a Bus Rapid Transit service on the 522 corridor that will provide service at least every five minutes during the peak periods and every 15 minutes during off-peak periods.
Prior to any tolling, complete the scheduled improvements on the 522 corridor, especially those in Kenmore and Bothell.

City of Redmond
Toll revenue should only be used for capital and maintenance expenses in the cross-lake corridor and help fund the capital cost of the new 520 bridge.

City of Renton
The city is concerned about how diversion could affect I-405. Improvements to I-405 funded with the Nickel and TPA gas taxes must continue on its present schedule in order to avoid major problems when tolling starts.