Infrastructure Funding - Use of Tolls

Use of Tolls To Pay For Infrastructure
During consideration of MAP 21, the surface transportation bill (S. 1813), an amendment was offered which would authorize the use of tolls on existing lanes of the Interstate Highway System. Clearly, improvements and enhancements in infrastructure require significant investments. Advocates of tolling claim that it’s a critical revenue-generating source critical to maintaining our roadways and infrastructure. Opponents say that tolls are inefficient and a very large proportion of what is paid in tolls goes into the cost of collecting it, and are counterproductive as toll collection causes vehicles and trucks to slow down or stop.

Because NASSTRAC represents many shippers who are heavily reliant upon over-the-road trucking, on Feb. 13, 2012, NASSTRAC signed on a letter with several other industry associations strongly urging Senators to vote against the amendment. Our position is that tolling existing Interstates is an extremely inefficient way to pay for infrastructure. Emphasizing this in the letter, “even using the most advanced technology, toll collection costs are at least five times higher than the cost of collecting a state fuel tax and in many cases, more than 20 cents out of each dollar of a toll collected is used simply to administer the toll.”

(Updated Dec. 1, 2012)