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National group criticizes report by pro-toll Reason Foundation

“The pro-toll report released by the Reason Foundation reinforces many of the shortcomings pointed out by our members of using tolls as a means of generating revenue for construction and maintenance of existing federal interstate capacity," ATFI said in part.

The Trucker News Services

4/15/2014

Richmond, VA – The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) recently released the following statement denouncing the report published by the Reason Foundation advocating their self-described “Value-Added Tolling” mechanism for adequately funding the nation’s transportation infrastructure.

“The pro-toll report released by the Reason Foundation reinforces many of the shortcomings pointed out by our members of using tolls as a means of generating revenue for construction and maintenance of existing federal interstate capacity. The ‘policy proposals’ described in the report fail to dispel the myriad concerns held by highway users throughout the country about tolls, including traffic diversion increased businesses costs. However, it does raises additional questions about the future of toll use based on the assumptions underlying each ‘policy,'” ATFI officials stated.  

Examples of the flawed assumptions include:

·         A continued reliance on overly optimistic revenue and traffic projections used to issue bonds that often do not materialize once a toll road is reconstructed or maintenance is completed. (Policy #1)

·         Future use of tolls as the singular funding source for all interstate construction and maintenance, while simultaneously relying on a universal Vehicle Miles Tax to fund construction and maintenance of all other roads. (Policy #3 & #5)

·         An increased dependence on the already bloated bureaucracies created by All-Electronic Tolling. (Policy #3)

·         Placing tolls on existing interstate capacity will cause traffic diversion, hurt the economy through increased shipping costs for goods, and negatively impact the communities located around toll facilities. No recommendation made in this report eliminates these serious consequences.”

For further analysis and critique of the report by ATFI, click here.

For a link to the Reason Foundation’s study, click here.

To learn more about AFTI and join the Alliance please visit www.tollfreeinterstates.com. In addition to joining ATFI you can stay connected by following the Alliance on Twitter at @No2Tolls and Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/TollFreeInterstates

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