A Minnesota DOT steering committee is examining
whether taxpayers should help fund high-occupancy toll lanes the state plans to
build near Minneapolis to relieve congestion, The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported recently.
The newspaper said a consultant told state officials
last year that the lanes would not raise enough money to pay for themselves.
In part, committee members are concerned that using
public funds for the toll lanes would take those funds away from other non-toll
projects, the newspaper reported.
The state’s department of transportation is scheduled
to propose new toll projects in March. The steering committee is scheduled to
offer state DOT officials a report on the lanes by February.