States consider new tolls or increasing existing toll rates

December 2019/January 2020

Tyson Fisher

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States are scraping the bottom of the barrel when it comes to infrastructure funding. To fill those coffers, several states are turning to tolls.

On Nov. 7, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont revealed his updated transportation plan called CT2030, which will be partially funded by tolls if approved.

Lamont wants to add tolls at 14 locations, including portions of interstates 84, 91, 95, 395 and 684, plus routes 9 and 15. CT2030 tolls will begin in 2023 if it gets through the state legislature.

Trucks will pay seven times more than passenger vehicles.

Base toll rates for heavy trucks will be $3.50 to $7. The base rate is what most out-of-state motorists with a transponder will pay. Heavy trucks with a Connecticut transponder will pay a discounted rate between $2.80 and $5.60.

Michigan may be the home of new toll roads. In September, Sen. John Bizon, R-Battle Creek, introduced legislation that calls for a feasibility study into the matter.

On Nov. 6, the Senate Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved the bill. The bill’s next stop is the Senate floor. If approved there, S517 would head to the House for approval before moving to the governor’s desk.

Even if the bill is signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, it only approves of a study, not any kind of toll itself.

HOV lanes on Interstate 395 in Virginia began on Nov. 17.

Although the express toll lanes are available only to vehicles with two or fewer axles, they are expected to reduce heavy congestion in the area.

Motorists should get ready to pay more for tolls in Pennsylvania.

Approved in July, tolls will increase by 6% beginning Jan. 5. This is the 12th consecutive year of toll hikes on the turnpike.

In Texas, toll rates on the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority system will also increase in January.

According to a Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority document dated Oct. 30, rates across the system will increase by 1.71%. LL

 

Tyson Fisher

Tyson Fisher joined Land Line Magazine in March 2014. An award-winning journalist and tireless researcher, his news reports, features and blogs bring depth to our editorial content, backed with solid detail. Tyson is a lifelong Kansas Citian.