Skip to comments.A $9 Billion Highway That Promises to Pay for Itself
Posted on 10/10/2017 5:17:00 AM PDT by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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Maryland “Freak State” PING!
Gov’t has have VERY poor track record regarding tolls ever paying off any road construction, or at least going away.
True, but I think the model these days is that the tolls don’t go away, because they pay for ongoing maintenance, not just the initial construction.
Lol.. Are they keeping gas taxes too? People are crazy. Toll roads... How many times will you pay for the same patch of asphalt.
Virginia has already done this on I495 and I95 from the Maryland border south.
What bothers me is the corruption in the private partnership. Slick Eddie Rendell tried this with I80 when he was Pennsylvania governor.
Maryland? Well, given their harassment of 2A people, I stay clear of that hell hole besides the fact I rarely go north of the Carolinas these days.
How about cutting the size of the federal government by say, 50%?
Unfortunately, they also use it as a way to fund large expenses.
Just across the Potomac in VA, The Dulles toll road’s toll was raised to support the construction of the Metro’s Silver line. I have no doubt it will *not* go down when they finish that project.
We have got to be the most gullible people on the planet.
We pay something like 65 cents per gallon gas taxes these days.
Folks, that is enough to build highways and keep them up.
Why are we setting it up so it will cost us hundreds of dollars to drive cross country, in tolls?
I wouldn’t laugh at tolls - it was the way our founders and early settlers did it. Turnpikes literally and so on. It’s a usage fee. If you don’t use it, you don’t pay. What a novel concept.
In Orlando they are building toll roads down the center of I-4 where Congressman John Mica said for years that would never happen. Then one day, out of the blue, he changed his mind, and presto, the interstate highway is a toll road!
Oh, and the cost to use the toll portion of the road is based on how much traffic there is. If traffic is heavy it will cost more.
Where is all the money from stupid lotteries going? Where are the gas taxes going?
Amazingly, Mica was promptly kicked out of Congress by the voters.
Highways never pay for themselves.
Citizens do, and now private enterprises make a profit off it too.
Is there anyone here who thinks that lowers the cost?
Ha. Boy, do I LOATHE ‘going home’. $20+ just to see the other side of the family North of Philly for the 90min. commute up I95?? Uh, no. I’ll take the Sunday-lazy-drive up old Hwy1 and skip the tolls. Better scenery and just about the same amount of time as I don’t have the FassPass (too easy to ‘forgot’ and get a nice bill when you return from the visit.
Jax, FL been putting in HOV and expanding the bypass. As the post suggests, seems to have made traffic WORSE, not better ([never ending] construction, pattern shifts).
MD, no matter the depth of your pockets, govt will demand as much lint as it can get.
I inadvertently jumped on a section of Raleigh toll road. I was concerned about where to pay the toll. The mail you a bill
The bill was for $0.41, the postage was $0.43
I always laugh at tolls. Usage tax is different. Use ten feet of asphalt,pay each time.. usage. Tolls.. well your local state and federal taxes just aren’t cutting it.. so we need you to pay an additional tax and we will call it usage. It sounds better than how many times will idiots say ok to paying for the same ten feet of asphalt tax.
So toll roads on lots of places are in terrible shape, oh then we need a billion dollar stimulus. Some fancy signage saying thank you tax payers for your state, local, federal tax, and your tolls and.. your one Billion dollar union bailout.
If toll roads work, why are they in such bad shape?
“Govt has have VERY poor track record regarding tolls ever paying off any road construction, or at least going away.”
Don’t worry, it will be different this time. If it’s like the PPP’s throughout the rest of North American, the contract REQUIRES that the road be turned over to the state and then operated as a freeway, once the contract term is over (typically about 75 years).
“Why are we setting it up so it will cost us hundreds of dollars to drive cross country, in tolls?”
Because toll roads don’t cost anything, idiot...as you always have the option of walking to work.
(well, that’s what [paid] toll road shills claim, at least)
As the greater NYC area learned from Robert Moses....build more roads/lanes and they will fill up.
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