Taking a Toll: Administration wants to let states charge on interstate highways
Tucked into the GROW AMERICA Act, the White House's $302 billion transportation bill, is a toll provision that calls for eliminating â€œthe prohibition on tolling existing free Interstate highways, subject to the approval of the Secretary, for purposes of reconstruction."
It also allows states more flexibility to use toll revenue for repairs "on all components of their highway systems."
The proposal reflects the growing need for new sources of funding to maintain the nation's aging transportation infrastructure. But it's also a slippery slope -- any driver knows that once a toll is in place, they become a handy tool for milking motorists. Tolls, for instance, just increased on I-95 and elsewhere in Maryland last year....