By David Tanner
Truckers are fired up about a study that calls for congestion tolls on Chicago routes, including the Kennedy Expressway portion of I-90/I-94.
Congestion pricing has been around for a while on other Illinois Tollway facilities, but this plan promises to be met with opposition, says Don Schaefer, executive vice president of the Mid-West Truckers Association.
“I think they would find a ton of opposition to it, not just from the trucking industry but from the motoring public,” Schaefer told Land Line. “I would say they’re going to have a hard sell.”
The study commissioned by the Tollway Authority and the Metropolitan Planning Council also suggests that part of I-55 could be expanded to include a tolled fast lane in each direction known as a high-occupancy toll lane. A similar proposal for HOT lanes is mentioned for the Jane Addams Tollway, which is part of I-90.
Congestion pricing refers to a toll that varies with time of day and traffic counts. The more traffic, the higher the toll would be.
Truckers surveyed as part of the study said on-time delivery schedules would make it difficult to avoid high toll rates.
“There’s no place to pull off and park, and that’s part of the problem,” Schaefer said. LL