Bridge Tolls Now $2
Seems Cascade Locks and Hood River both subscribe to the despicable Rahm Emanuel’s advice to “never let a crisis go to waste.”
In case you haven’t crossed the river at Cascade Locks or Hood River lately, the bridge tolls are now $2.
It’s bad enough these two cities charge tolls on bridges that have been paid for 100 times over, but to use the fire as an opportunity to justify doubling the toll is just slimy. It’s worth noting that neither bridge has any sign notifying motorists of the toll increase until you get to the toll booth. Cascade Locks is especially shitty in this regard. At the North end of the bridge, there used to be a large sign letting you know the bridge had a $1 toll. That sign is gone. Not replaced with a large sign announcing a $2 toll, just gone.
I’d like to believe that the extra toll revenue would go to businesses and individuals impacted by the fire, but I’m betting most of it never makes it out of the cities’ general funds, except perhaps to a few well placed citizens. I’m also betting it stays at $2 until the next crisis gives them an excuse to raise it to $3.
If the City leaders of Cascade Locks or Hood River had half as much brains as avarice, they’d eliminate southbound tolls, encouraging people to cross the river from Washington into their communities.
Me? I’m crossing at 205 or The Dalles from now on. I also won’t be making my usual stops in Cascade Locks or Hood River for snacks or dinner anymore. I hear there are some really good restaurants on the Washington side.