The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, disputed a poll released by HNTB Toll Services that mischaracterized the public’s desire for tolling.
HNTB surveyed 1,000 Texas residents on the subject of tolling, but reported that 79 percent of U.S. residents would support increasing the use of tolls on the nation’s roads to help pay for new transportation projects.
“Putting any stock in the results of a pro-tolling poll commissioned by a road building outfit billing itself as a top ‘consultant to toll authorities’ is as wise as letting the proverbial fox guard the henhouse,” ATFI said in a statement. “Serious discussions about the complex and technical issues involved with transportation funding aren’t enhanced by questionable polls that seem intended to skew public opinion rather than honestly inform Americans.”
A recent unbiased Rasmussen Reports poll found that two-thirds of Americans oppose a White House plan to toll existing interstates.
Furthermore, of the three states allowed to place tolls on existing lanes within their borders under a federal pilot program not one has implemented tolling due to strong public opposition.
“Dubious poll results aside, the incontrovertible facts are that citizens and lawmakers in Virginia, North Carolina, and Missouri have balked at the prospect of putting tolls on existing interstate lanes,” said ATFI. “Those real world responses provide more valuable insight into the public’s rejection of tolls than any poll.”
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