Even though traffic
on the Illinois Tollway system decreased by 9.4 million drivers last year, you
can bet state officials aren’t too upset – revenue still increased by almost
According to the
Tollway’s annual report, revenue increased by $88.5 million despite having 9.4
million fewer drivers on the road in the first half of this year compared with
Tolls from trucks
are also down by 9.9 percent; however, that decrease is smaller than the 17.7
percent the tollway expected to lose in traffic while it completes its 10-year
reconstruction plan, the Chicago Daily Herald reported.
Tolls on the roadway
increased for trucks in January 2004, raising the average cost for trucks from
$1 to $4, depending on distance traveled and time of day. Nearby U.S. 41 has
seen a dramatic increase in traffic since the new toll rates went into effect.
– By Aaron
Ladage, staff writer