Should Existing Interstate Highways Be Tolled?

08.19.2009
National Journal Transportation Experts Blog
Geoffrey S. Yarema responded to the National Journal Transportation Experts blog question "Should Existing Interstate Highways Be Tolled?" Mr. Yarema argued that "as state transportation budgets are increasingly pinched, and unless and until Congress steps up to the reality of creating new federal resources, state and local governments have no choice but to find alternative methods to pay for critical infrastructure. Tolling the interstate is an option that some states are considering. While distasteful to many, and politically difficult to be sure, the question is the extent to which Congress will limit the options the states will have available." He referred to the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission's recommendations which include allowing states to toll the interstate in several specific situations under specific conditions to protect the public interest. Click on the following link to learn more about Nossaman's Infrastructure practice. The full text of the blog post is available here.

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