According to a release, if polling trends are any indication, recent data comparing pre-toll predictions and post-toll behavior on the neighboring
In its most recent poll,
According to the poll, more than half of drivers polled (58 percent) say they plan to cross
Put into practice, with an average of 133,000 vehicles crossing I- 90 each day, according to the
"With few optional routes available, it could mean more gridlock on
But are drivers really willing to spend more time, potentially sitting bumper-to-bumper, simply for the sake of saving a few bucks? Pemco noted that it collected similar data before and after tolling went into effect on the 520 bridge and found that drivers were not as apt to change their commutes as they said they were.
"Many drivers are quick to say they'll find a way to avoid paying tolls, but our research shows that when it comes down to it, convenience and reduced travel time may ultimately win out," Osterberg said.
Of course, anyone who regularly drives 520 can tell the difference between pre- and post-toll traffic volumes-there's no doubt that fewer vehicles cross the
In fact, Pemco said that its latest poll shows that of the drivers who said they used 520 before it was tolled, 43 percent said they switched to using
Since 520 tolling went into effect, WSDOT estimates that travel times between
With few alternative route options, WSDOT predicts that tolling with a similar fee structure will more evenly distribute commuters between the two bridges, essentially sending some drivers back to 520.
But not all drivers will seek an alternate route. Pemco reported that its poll shows that of the two-thirds who plan to make commuting changes, about one-third of those drivers will switch to a mass transit solution-21 percent say they'll take the bus more often and 17 percent say they'll carpool.
About one-quarter (28 percent) say they'll make no change at all- the toll simply won't deter them from using
WSDOT is currently conducting an environmental impact study and is scheduled to bring its findings to the legislature in 2015.
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