Tolling & Privatization
For states seeking new revenue opportunities, tolling is viewed as a way to capture revenue from non-residents traveling through the state and without raising fuel taxes. The reality, however, is that tolls unfairly burden drivers who rely on the IHS, create safety concerns and congestion on secondary roads, and have disastrous effects on businesses located on interstate routes.
Citing two recent examples, Virginia and North Carolina have sought the authority to toll I-95 under the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Program, a Federal Highway Administration pilot program created by Congress in 1998 that allows the conversion of an existing interstate to a toll facility.
Since the program was created, numerous states have spent millions of dollars seeking FHWA approval. But due to public opposition, among other reasons, not one state has implemented tolling under the program.
NATSO is calling on Congress to repeal the pilot program.
The issue of tolling undoubtedly will play a role when Congress begins debating another highway transportation bill in 2013.
As Congress considers additional revenue sources for the Highway Trust Fund, NATSO will fight to ensure that states are not granted the ability to impose tolls on highway users at will.
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