County, FL, officials have changed their tune on how to attract
more drivers to Florida’s Turnpike and relieve congestion on I-95.
Planning Organization is also revisiting an idea that flamed out
more than a decade ago: restricting big rigs to the right lane of
officials have done a 180 on lifting tolls to attract drivers. Instead
of lifting tolls, the board wants to give drivers free SunPass transponders, The Palm Beach Post reported. They now cost $25. The board
believes the number of drivers using SunPass would skyrocket and
the extra toll money would more than cover the cost.
plan to present the idea to state and federal transportation officials
later this month.
The board previously
said they were so sure a free turnpike would help ease the area’s
traffic woes that they were willing to spend $50,000 on a study
of turnpike operations, the newspaper reported. But they changed
their tune after turnpike officials compiled a report that showed
$161.4 million in planned improvements over the next five years
wouldn’t happen if the toll spigot were shut off.
doesn’t get state fuel tax or federal highway money.
According to The Post, county officials have struggled with what to do
about truck traffic on I-95 for years. In 1990, the county banned
trucks from the left lane.
At the time,
motorists complained that driving was more hazardous with trucks
confined to the two right lanes. They said it was more difficult
to enter and exit the freeway with a long line of trucks in the