Implementation of the Express Toll Lanes on I-405 between Bellevue and Lynnwood has not gone well for Eastside drivers in the general purpose lanes.
This session I co-sponsored a series of reforms to make the system work better for everyone. General purpose lanes have seen slower speeds, longer periods of peak congestion, and less predictability since the change.
While we proposed more significant reforms, they were not accepted by the House or the governor. However, we were able to get one component of our proposal into effect, which makes all lanes including the toll lanes open free of charge to all vehicles between 7pm and 7am as well as on weekends and holidays.
This alone will not solve the problem, but during the interim we will continue working with WSDOT and other bipartisan legislators to develop a solution as it is incredibly important to enable drivers to reach their destinations safely and efficiently.