There’s a post up today at Transportation for America that looks at key features of the just-signed Transportation Reauthorization Sausage.
Included is this interesting item:
10. Tolling for new interstate lanes and HOV sleight-of-hand, and an emphasis on public-private partnerships
Today states are not allowed to toll Interstate highways except under very limited and rare circumstances. MAP-21 allows states to toll any new Interstate lanes – as long as the number of free (non-tolled) lanes, excluding high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes, remains the same. This misses a major opportunity to allow states and regions to advance congestion pricing and other user-based charges that could both generate revenue and tackle traffic on clogged urban interstates.
If only new lanes can be tolled, does that mean that the Columbia River Crossing would be required to maintain 3 free lanes (matching the existing lanes) in each direction?
If so, that would seem to once and for all shoot the funding model in the head…
Can someone with deeper knowledge of the bill answer that?