Ryan has put the brakes on the Toll Authority's plan to raise
the basic toll to 75 cents from 40 cents to pay for a $5.5 billion
reconstruction program. The governor said the authority needs
to look at other ways to deal with a shortfall of funds to pay
for a reconstruction program.
hearings on the hike were held last week in each of the 12 counties
served by the authority and more public hearings are being planned,
Tribune reported officials said the board would hold off on
making a decision on toll increases until staffers report back
on several issues raised at public hearings. Issues to be discussed
include whether toll increases should be phased in, and if truckers
should face an even greater toll increase than proposed.
At a news
conference last Thursday at Tollway headquarters, gubernatorial
candidate Rod Blagojevich said any decision to increase tolls
should be postponed until after a new governor takes office
and appoints a new tollway board.
authority executives at the conference were evasive about other
suggestions, such as congestion pricing - charging higher tolls
during rush hour to relieve back-ups at toll plazas - and a
cost and savings of the I-PASS electronic toll collection system.