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  • Whoever came up with this idea needs to go back and think again ! Right now only a limited number of State’s use any type of toll system for their road’s. This idea of an entire I-95 long toll system is nothing more than an attempt to extend Government revenue generation into those State’s that don’t use this type system. The road’s are already funded thru the use of the various gas and diesel excise tax’s (Just go check the pump’s the next time to see the tax %’tge breakdown. It will be an eyeopener !), the excise tax’s paid on other road-related product’s (tire’s are a good example), weight enforcement fee’s and penalties and the current liscensing fee’s as well as the State’s themselves various dedicated DOT or Public Work’s budget’s. Add the revenue distributed from the Fed’s Highway Trust Fund and I am hard pressed to see just what good EXTENDING THE CURRENT TOLL SYSTEM NATIONWIDE is gonna’ do. This is nothing less than a proposal for the Fed’s (which those Tea Partyer’s and the GOP are so supposedly and fervently despised) to start collecting ANOTHER TAX, ON AN EXISTING TAX, THAT IS ALREADY ON THE BOOK’S. Folk’s, please, as an Independent even I can see the idiocy in this. What’s worse is that the proposal does not state just how this new revenue source is going to be directed or for what purpose. Collecting revenue wthout a plan or goal for it’s use ? Now who’s the tax and spender ?

    • Anonymous

      States that use tolling: CA, CO, OK, KS, TX, IL, IN, OH, KY, PA, NY, NJ, DE, MD, VA, WV, FL, MA, NH, ME.  I may have missed a state or two, but you get the idea. Tolling is common, not unusual.

      The toll agencies are state-run.  The Federal government operates “zero” toll roads that I am aware of.

      The Federal government is not behind the movement to toll; it is the states themselves, as they are trying to fund their systems with declining Federal assistance.

      The Federal Highway Trust Fund is bankrupt.  The Federal Motor Fuel Tax that is the Trust Fund’s revenue source, has not been raised for a long time, but the costs of building, maintaining, and operating a highway system have certainly risen.

      The goal is to operate and maintain a viable system with a stable revenue source, and to assign the costs directly to the users.

  • Anonymous

    Huh??  We drive from Maine to Florida quite often and have both EZPass and SunPass (for Florida only).  We’ve never driven through NC on I-95 and had to pay a toll.  We can go through all tolls down 95 with these 2 passes, and the second only used in Florida.

    • Anonymous

       North Carolina is in the process of getting approval to toll I-95.  Or perhaps they have approval and are getting ready to implement tolling.

      • Anonymous

         Currently, the North Carolina Turnpike Authority has a “Quick Pass”
        system that works like E-ZPass but does not accept the E-ZPass system.

        But in February, the Interagency Group’s board approved expanding its
        membership to North Carolina, and Wilkins said they hope to complete it
        by summer. They are also talking to the other southern states along
        I-95.

        No tolls on I-95 in NC. No state turnpike authority in NC, Quick pass is used on a privately owned highway in Raleigh.

  • Anonymous

    If you dont have EZPass you are behind the times people..

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