A report from the Government Accountability Office states
that tolling U.S. highways “has promise” to enhance mobility and reduce
But while making this statement, the accountability group
claims it is not making any official recommendations to the U.S. Department of
The GAO report states more than half of the states are
planning toll roads to respond to funding shortfalls or to add lane capacity.
“GAO’s review of how states implement tolling suggests three
strategies that can help facilitate tolling,” the GAO report states.
Strategies include enabling legislation by lawmakers,
leveraging tax dollars, and proof of tangible results to the public.
The report also states that tolling presents a number of
“For example, securing public and political support can
prove difficult when the public and political leaders argue that tolling is a
form of double taxation, is unreasonable because tolls do not usually cover the
full costs of the projects, and is unfair to certain groups,” the report
Despite explaining how states use or do not use tolling to
cover budgetary shortfalls and congestion on their highways, the GAO stopped
short of official DOT recommendations.
“GAO is not making any recommendations,” the report states.
“GAO provided a draft of this report to U.S. Department of Transportation for
comment. DOT officials generally agreed with the information provided.”