Getting to Yes on Interstate Tolling

The Obama Administration’s unexpected proposal to lift the ban on tolling Interstates to pay for their reconstruction has electrified state DOTs and the P3 community. With a significant increase in federal fuel tax rates still highly unlikely, Interstate tolling offers states a new funding source and the P3 community a huge opportunity for toll concession megaprojects to rebuild and modernize aging Interstates.

But is Congress likely to go along with this proposal? A bipartisan tolling flexibility amendment to the Senate version of MAP-21 was withdrawn at the last minute in 2012 due to intense political opposition from the trucking industry. This time around, that industry has mobilized a new Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI), and congressional staffers tell me they are leery of taking on the truckers again.


About Bill Reinhardt

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