The Connecticut Turnpike was de-tolled in 1985 or thereabouts. They keep debating whether or not to re-toll that road. I’d prefer a toll road to be in private hands, and frankly, I don’t like the notion of gas taxes; it was the restart of big government expansion post-WWII.
The MTA owns toll bridges and toll tunnels around Manhattan, too. Sounds almost like a conflict of interest to me.
The reason I like gas taxes, is because you can’t get out of them. “Oh, I only made $30,000 last year. I shouldn’t have to pay.”
Nope, if you drive, you help to support the system. As long as the funds are spent for what they were specifically set up to pay for, I’m all for it.
I do not approve of taking sections of our nation’s highways and turning them over to some European toll road concern.
They make profit off our toll dollars. Why should we agree to have some of our dollars siphoned off by a private concern?
BTW: Do you honestly think gas taxes will be reduced once people start paying tolls? No. So what you will wind up with is gas taxes and tolls.
There’s just no end to the extent of government hunger for your money.