Texas town awaits toll vote

| 9/24/2004

A group of El Paso residents recommended converting Interstate 10 into a toll road at a meeting of the city’s Transportation Policy Board Friday, Sept. 24.

The El Paso del Norte Toll Roads Task Force wants to see toll booths erected near Anthony, TX, and Fabens to the south.

“The recommendation is to pursue the concept of tolling the interstate in a way that would minimize the impact on local citizenry and businesses, Gilbert Moreno, who heads the task force and the policy board, told the El Paso Times. “For the most part, the toll payers will be the traffic going through El Paso.”

The group voted 13-1 Sept. 16 to recommend tolling the freeway.

Moreno said the board has until Oct. 1 to propose a toll-road concept for El Paso to the Texas Transportation Commission or risk losing access to the billions of dollars the state may be committing to toll roads.

State Rep. Joe Pickett, D-El Paso, who missed last week’s task-force vote, hopes the board will reject the recommendation because it goes against the overwhelming opposition to toll roads by El Paso residents at a series of public meetings.