Minnesotans' tax dollars could be used to pay for new toll lanes

| 1/18/2005

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.