This is a post in a facebook group for an Issaquah community. It was posted just a few days ago. I will leave the author anonymous. This was from a person who lives locally, has a FlexPass and started driving in the #405ETL on a regular basis:
Who here knows a lot about these Good To Go lanes? I’ve been going up to Bothell a lot lately. There’s probably 20 camera check point. When I’m that lame with a carpool I flip my tag to HOV. While driving I notice it only says Express Lane. Nothing about 2+ ppl. Then a billboard has each exit at .75 cents. So if I’m in that lane does
1) carpool does not apply to the express TOLL?
2) do I get charge .75 (or whatever the fee is for the hour) at each photo? Or is it for the full duration of that drive up 405.
3) when does the HOV tag apply to 405?
Can’t wait to see how much I just racked up the last 3 days!
If you think the express toll lanes are a functional operation, try explaining them to someone. Better yet, explain it to someone that English is not their first language.
Not only are the Express Toll Lanes a convoluted mess of rules and exceptions, they create confusion, stress, and danger for people who don’t understand them as well as for the drivers around them. Our lawmakers should be passing laws that make our lives better and safer, not more dangerous or difficult or stressful.
I challenge you to post a comment below that explains how to use the #405ETL so that the person who wrote the post above can understand. I will follow up on this post later with a brief primer of their operations and we can see how well you did.