Interstate Toll Denial Underscores Systemic Problems

The federal government recently rejected a proposal by the state of Pennsylvania to toll Interstate 80. Robert Puentes argues that the decision is exactly what's holding metropolitan areas back from solving their transportation problems.

"The U.S. DOT's decision is based on their interpretation of the law that prohibits dedicating the proceeds of the tolls to anything but the roadway itself which includes paying off debts, potential profits for private investors, and general rehab and upkeep. Therefore, the state's plan to dedicate a portion of the revenues generated to fixing the state's roads and bridges, and to address its dire transit needs is a no-go.

The law needs to be changed."

Puentes says that states and metropolitan areas should be given the responsibility to determine which roads should be considered for tolling or pricing, not the federal government. However, reathorization of the much-delayed transportation bill could change those rules.

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