Revenue up, drivers down on Illinois Tollway

| 8/5/2005

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 $90 million.

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 last year.

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