So when you are held up in traffic on I-405 and are passed
by a bus, or in an accident caused by the toll lane design, raise your hand in
a tradition fascist salute to the memory of the infamous Mussolini and the act of fascism perpetrated against anyone using the I-405.
This reflection of Mussolini is keep alive by Washington State and by the private for profit company
Electronic Transaction Consultants Corporation (ETC) Which runs the “Good TO GO”
system for a profit and by force.
Another example of "GOOD TO GO" Fascism will be posted next Monday, check it out.
If WSDOT denies this then remember all the promises it has broken in the past.
This is a further step in the rush to stalk and track and control every car, all the time, and to charge penalties and premiums to use the roads. To restrict your right to decide even when you want to travel anywhere.
WSDOT is going to charge
tolls, often with automatic $2.00 penalties (or more) per trip to any car that
does not install a “Flex
Pass” and have it turned
to the “HOV” setting. This includes 3+ carpools, out of area carpools and out
of state carpools.
No tracking device needed on the I-167 hot lanes for carpools but one for everyone on the I-405 hotlanes.
So WSDOT and the Toll Commission have declared war on
carpools and freedom. The next assault on the public is to seize the two person
carpools on I-405. Also seize the new lanes added with the Gas tax increases
that were justified in order to build the lanes (the 5 cent and the 9.5 cent
gas taxes increases).
Then they want to toll these seized lanes built as carpool
lanes and with gas taxes and toll them BOTH the general cars and the three+ carpools
that the will still allow (with a mandatory registration fee and a mandatory
FULL TIME tracking electronic device)
Charging carpools $15 for each of the cars you use to
carpool and/or billing you a penalty toll rate.
The New 520 bridge is failing even as it is built!
The new pontoons are leaking, cracking, and are missing parts. WSDOT claims these defects and errors can be fixed. Maybe so, but if so then why couldn't the old bridge just been fixed as it seems to be in as good as shape. The new bridge is underdesigned for storms in any case.
Now they Retrofit the Alaska Way Viaduct Just to tear it down
This should have been finished years ago with no tolls. (read more)
Where Toll roads are put in demand the option paying at a toll both, this option whether you use it or not will save you a lot of money. It will also help reduce the spread of tolls that are being used as a method of taxation and not just as a "user fee" to build roads.
As of December 29, 2011 it is illegal to drive in Washington State without a tracking transponder on the car you are in and/or having your car "fingerprinted".
This tracking transponder is called by the State a “Good To Go" pass The first of many roads that it is illegal to drive on without this ankle bracelet for your car, or your cars "fingerprint" is the SR-520 bridge.
This is because the State has started what they claim to be pre-construction tolling on the SR520 Lake Washington floating bridge. The only legal way for you to go over the bridge once the tolling begins is to have a Good to Gotransponder or a fingerprint of your car.
The cheapest way to pay tolls in Washington is not with a Good to Go pass but with Pay by Plate. The best way is with an Unregistered Account.
First if there is a toll booth use it and avoid the problems that the State has had collecting proper electronic tolls. (This will cost more as they discriminate against cash toll payers but it is worth it)
But if there is no toll booth do not use a Good to go pass or sticker unless it is an unregistered pass. If you buy a “Good to Go pass” buy a privacy friendly unregistered pass. Do not let them link it to any credit card or vehicle. This not only protects you but forces ETC and WSDOT to meet normal accounting practices and exposes them as they fail to do so.
Better yet buy one through a proxy.
It is Cheaper with a pay by plate account. It gives you the same discount except it cost $ 0.25 More. Not the $1.50 more that PAY By Mail charges. What is more you may get that $0.25 back in missed t. Plus it is simplier.
Unfortunately one of the many discriminations that WSDOT has in it's current tolling system they refuse to link an unregistered account to a pay by plate account.
We will cannot offer a proxy service as it is too complex dealing with an incompetent "Good To Go!" service provider. We Perhaps can help you with the complex and discriminatory process of getting back the right to drive in Washington State. firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
This is just the beginning of tolls, tolls and more and higher tolls!
This is just the beginning! The current toll schemes have little, and in many even mostcases nothing, to do with the traditional use of tolls to have the user of a new bridge or road pay for the new road with a toll.
There are more than 29 areas in Washington that new tolls are being planned in the near future. (read more)
Most of these the "tolls"are going to be collected for general transportation revenue or general funds and not dedicated to the benefit of the payers of the tolls. Most of the early tolls are going to be for roads that have already been paid for by gas taxes and then restricted to buses. But future tolls will be for general transportation fund and general funds for the City of Seattle.
Without the Toll booth option the State brags it has "unlimited ability" to put a toll charge anywhere, on any road or charge you a toll to just be in an area.
Consider the huge costs that they are proposing just in the short term: $2,500+ per year across the 520, $2,500+ per year across the lower deck of the Ship Canal Bridge, $1,800 per year on the two new lanes of the I-405, tripling the tolls on the Narrows Bridge. Plus more tolls in Vancouver, Castle Rock, Kent, Snoqualmie Pass, Auburn, Spokane, Lynnwood, Seattle and many more roads and areas.
First we have the “good to Go” stamp act. Now we also have King County's and the City of Seattle's new Congestion Relief Charge. These are taxes on cars with a stamp for the benefit of others than the cars (buses and Bikes. Much like the Stamp Act of 1765. (read more)
It seems the tide may be turning some. The voters in Seattle soundly
voted down the recent $60 car tab surcharge for buses and bikes. However
we are stuck with the $20 City of Seattle car tab tax for buses and the
$20 King County bus tax on cars. We where not allowed to vote on them.
Much like the Stamp Act of 1765.
This is a quote from Katherine Albrecht. Do not wait to make your efforts against unfair tolls perfect but do what you can now.
While this website is not perfect, it is an effort to pushback against the insidious toll plans in Washington. Help make it better with any corrections, suggestions criticisms or encouragement.
You can also push back the best you can, I suggest you do not wait until your pushback against tolls is perfect but start with the good effort that you are able to do right now.
*Do not drive over the bridge once the tolling starts, they are very concerned that a large number of drivers will do just that.
*If you must or choose to drive over the bridge do so slowly.
*Take at least ten minutes (a day, a week or at least once) to take an action that helps resist the tolls. Here is an article to help inspire to do that "10 Minute Citizen"
*If you buy a “Good to Go pass” buy a privacy friendly unregistered pass. Do not let them link it to any credit card or vehicle. This not only protects you but forces ETC and WSDOT to meet normal accounting practices and exposes them as they fail to do so.
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