Tunnel traffic down 20% on first workday with tolls

VIDEO: First evening commute with SR 99 tolls

SEATTLE — On the first workday of tolls in the new State Route 99 tunnel, state transportation officials measured a 20% drop in morning tunnel traffic compared to an average Tuesday.

That's less of a drop than they were expecting, but one day is not enough to sense a trend.

In the coming weeks, city officials plan to collect traffic data on downtown streets and SR 99 off-ramps to figure out how many drivers are changing routes to avoid the tolls.

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Tolls on the new tunnel started Saturday, but with Veterans Day on Monday, the first regular commute came Tuesday.

Tolls range from $1 to $2.25, depending on the time of day.

During the afternoon drive, tunnel traffic moved swiftly.

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