Drivers paying more tolls to use roads, bridges

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The toll hikes are more than chump change: Cash tolls on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge jumped to $4 from $2.50, and to $12 from $8 on all the New York-New Jersey Hudson River crossings.

The trend reflects tough economic times and growing uncertainty in state capitols about the future of federal road money. Congress has repeatedly delayed approval of a multiyear funding bill for highway projects.

The tolling also highlights the intensifying national debate over how the USA should pay to maintain and improve highways, bridges and tunnels — the federal fuel tax, tolls or something else, such as public-private partnerships. The federal gas tax, 18.4 cents a gallon, has not been raised since 1993; more fuel-efficient vehicles have worsened the funding shortage.

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Filed under: * Culture-WatchTravel* Economics, PoliticsEconomyPersonal FinanceThe Credit Freeze Crisis of Fall 2008/The Recession of 2007--Politics in GeneralCity GovernmentState Government

Posted October 11, 2011 at 11:01 am

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1. flaanglican wrote:

I noticed that when recently on vacation, driving between Boston and the coast of Maine.  Tolls were more in NH, probably because people drive straight through to get to Maine. 

A word of caution to rental car drivers. DO NOT USE the built-in EZ-Pass system attached to the windshield.  You may think you can drive right through the EZ-Pass lanes without stopping and automatically pay the toll.  While that part is true, there is also a $2.50 charge (PER USE).  Fortunately, I read the fine print.  Pay cash instead. You only pay the out-of-pocket expenses directly and have no extra service charges to the rental car company.

October 11, 3:25 pm | [comment link]
2. A. McIntosh wrote:

I wonder what happens to the money the federal government
collects from oil companies for royalties on oil extracted from federal
lands? Could we not set a portion aside for transportation?

October 12, 11:42 am | [comment link]

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