A recent editorial in The Huffington Post mischaracterized the public's desire for tolling and called on Congress to take a more permissive approach to highway tolling.
Pro-tolling advocacy group, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) claimed that from California to Massachusetts, states are embracing tolling systems and suggested that Congress should give its blessing to a trend that has already taken root across the country. But the article fails to mention that states already have the ability to impose tolls on new roads. Tolling existing lanes on interstates is prohibited by federal law, except under a tolling pilot program created by Congress in 1998, which allows interstate tolling tolling in three states under limited conditions. Yet, in almost 15 years since the program was created, no state has implemented tolling due to overwhelming public opposition, among other reasons.
This article originally ran in NATSO News Weekly (NNW), NATSO's member only weekly electronic newsletter. NNW is packed with the latest updates on government and business issues affecting the truckstop and travel plaza industry.
If you aren't reading NNW, you are missing out. Not a member? Join today or submit a request to receive additional information. If you are a member and not receiving NNW, submit a request to be added to the email list.
Subscribe to Updates
NATSO provides a breadth of information created to strengthen travel plazas’ ability to meet the needs of the travelling public in an age of disruption. This includes knowledge filled blog posts, articles and publications. If you would like to receive a digest of blog post and articles directly in your inbox, please provide your name, email and the frequency of the updates you want to receive the email digest.