Tolls will remain steady for all drivers across the Tacoma Narrows bridge.
The state Transportation Commission decided Wednesday not to raise either cash tolls or the lower rates that transponder users pay.
The commission cast a preliminary vote in January to raise both rates, but reversed itself after the Legislature stepped in to temporarily relieve the Narrows bridge of some of its debt.
The prospect of frequent users with electronic transponders paying more to cross the bridge brought a crowd of 200 to a recent meeting of the citizen advisory board on tolls.
The advisory panel’s advice: Leave tolls for frequent users with electronic “Good to Go” transponders at $2.75, avoiding the 50-cent increase proposed by the Transportation Commission.
Transportation commissioners went even further by holding the line on both cash and electronic rates, skipping the proposed dollar increase in the $4 rate paid at toll booths. Infrequent users who pay cash already contribute more than their fair share, board members said.
Jordan Schrader, staff writer