Right this moment the Seattle area begins an enormous experiment in behavioral psychology and regional transportation. Following the vacation week, it’s the first actual commute since the begin of tolling on the State Route 520 bridge — a key artery connecting Seattle to the Eastside properties of lots of the area’s largest tech corporations.
The variable toll is as a lot as $3.50 a method with an digital move throughout peak hours, which is not any small expense for on a regular basis commuters. As we reported last week, lots of them are anticipated to hunt various routes or take public transportation.
Which might be nice for me.
For the sake of workplace concord, I strive to not point out this to my colleagues, however I’m in the enviable place of residing about a mile from GeekWire HQ — strolling distance on a pleasant day. So I’m not on the bridge each day. That mentioned, I find yourself going to the Eastside one or two instances every week, usually throughout rush hour, for interviews and tales involving Microsoft and different corporations headquartered there.
Regardless of my greatest efforts to provide myself ample time, the commute over the bridge could be a big crap shoot, and at instances I’ve ended up sitting on the bridge and lacking the starting of issues I used to be alleged to be masking. I’ll spare you the story of attempting in useless to stream a Steve Ballmer speech over my automotive audio system by way of my cellphone whereas in standstill visitors over Lake Washington.
I utterly perceive and sympathize with the monetary hardship that many common commuters face as tolls start. It provides as much as greater than $1,600 a 12 months for individuals who commute at peak instances. With out employer reimbursement, that’s like taking a pay minimize.
However as an occasional commuter, I’m keen to pay a little bit further for my periodic journeys if it means a sooner journey, and fewer stress. So I’ve bought my Good to Go move.
I hope the remainder of you’ve got numerous enjoyable sitting on I-90.
Postscript: This submit was impressed by a dialog I had on Twitter this morning with KIRO-TV’s visitors watcher Jenni Hogan, who had me name in to speak to her about it on air. Watch the segment here.