America’s Interstates Could Become Toll Roads

America’s Interstates Could Become Toll Roads

The door has been opened to allow states to collect tolls on interstate highways.

The Obama Administration has presented a proposal for a four-year, $302 billion White House transportation bill that would reverse a long-standing federal prohibition on most interstate tolling. The proposal comes as pressure increases to avoid a transportation funding crisis as roadways and transit systems built in the post-World War II expansion grow increasingly desperate for repairs.

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According to Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, funding in the Highway Trust Fund could empty out as soon as August and states are already cancelling or delaying projects due to uncertainty. The Highway Trust Fund mostly depends on the 18.4-cent federal gas tax, which hasn’t increased since 1993. Foxx also stated that the Highway Trust Fund could face a $63-billion shortfall over the next four years.

Currently, certain states such as Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey and Virginia utilize toll roads, but the proposal would allow more states to use them if they so choose.

[Source: The Washington Post]

  • Somnambulator

    If i understand this correctly, the US government is now unable to properly fund one of the very few things it is Constitutionally allowed to fund? We spend billions a year on fake “green” regulations, studies determining the effects of cocaine on chimpanzees, building bridges for turtles, and have over 30 armed Federal law enforcement departments, all of which are extra-Constitutional, yet we can’t come up with money for the promotion of Inter-state Commerce?

    As the late Milton Friendman claimed, “If you put the federal government in charge of the Sahara Desert, in 5 years there’d be a shortage of sand.”

  • Shiratori1

    Yeah, you can go back to watching faux news and going to teabagger express events now……….

  • Somnambulator

    nice. more name-calling from those with no real argument.