State Toll Highway Authority approved a fast-track proposal
March 28 that would double truckers tolls. Trucking officials
said the move would lead to an exodus of trucks to toll-free
proposal, truck tolls would soar from $1.25 to $2.50. Other
motorists would see 40- to 50-cent tolls increase to 75 cents
and tolls that are now 75 cents would jump to $1.25.
every other major city in the nation that's supported by motor
fuel taxes manages to maintain toll free highways around their
metropolitan area," said owner-operator and OOIDA board
member Woody Chambers of Hoffman Estates, IL. "Why are
the public and commercial vehicles paying state and federal
fuel taxes to run on roads supported entirely by tolls? This
is double taxation in its purest sense."
authority said the toll increase would help the state raise
$5.5 billion through 2017 to add lanes and fix roads. Without
the price hike, the authority said it will run out of money
to pay for needed repairs in 2004.
money is needed to upgrade the toll road, let's get it back
from the state and the federal government," said Chambers.
"If anyone thinks the congestion on Chicago expressways
and arterial roads is unbearable now, imagine what will happen
when tolls are raised by more than 80 percent and doubled on
trucks. Once again it appears the motoring public and commercial
traffic in the Chicago area will be bullied by the toll highway
authority, a separate entity, answering to no one."
hearings on the increases are planned for mid April throughout
the 12 counties the system serves. But tollway officials admitted
those meetings likely will be formalities, according to a published
board could vote at its April 25 meeting to ratify the increase,
which then could take effect as soon as June.