Thursday, October 06, 2005

"I-35 lanes should be toll-free"

Editorial: For whom road tolls

Thursday, October 06, 2005
Waco Tribune-Herald
Copyright 2005

Part of the opposition to the proposed Trans-Texas Corridor surrounds the fact that the huge statewide transportation plan will charge motorists who travel on the tolled highways.

Now the Texas Department of Transportation is studying a proposal to charge tolls on two new lanes planned for construction on I-35 through Central Texas.

The “toll viability” proposal considers charging motorists 10 to 15 cents a mile to help fund the construction and maintenance of a fifth and sixth lane from the south end of Bell County to Hillsboro.

The idea for installing toll lanes on I-35 is to speed up the construction process without having to wait for funding from gas tax revenues.

The new I-35 lanes should be toll-free.

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