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July 23, 2008 2:50 PM

$3.25 toll to cross 520 as soon as 2010? Make your Connector reservations

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano

Driving to work could get significantly more expensive for Microsofties and others heading from Seattle to Redmond, or vice versa. A new state study released today lays out four options for tolling to raise some of the cost of replacing the Highway 520 floating bridge. Afternoon peak tolls could range from $2.95 to $3.25 starting 2010. Morning peak tolls would be $2.15 to $2.60.

Microsoft launched a major effort to ease the pain of commuting for its employees last fall. The Connector -- a series of private bus routes collecting employees from around the region and ferrying them to the company's Redmond campus -- was expanded in spring. The expansion made room for up to 4,600 trips a day.

I've asked Microsoft for any comment on usage of the service since then, and plans to expand it in light of 520 tolls.

Meanwhile, we're asking commuters how the looming tolls would impact their commutes. Add your thoughts here or in the comments below.

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