House bill would prohibit interstate tolling

| 9/10/2007

A U.S. Senate bill filed last week in an effort to prohibit tolls on existing interstates now has a companion bill in the House.

Four members of the House joined to offer the bill on Monday, Sept. 10. The bill did not have an assigned number at press time, but its sponsors were scheduled to file it Monday afternoon, an aide for Rep. John Peterson, R-PA, told Land Line.

Peterson and fellow Pennsylvania Republican Rep. Phil English were joined by Rep. Charles Gonzales, D-TX, and Rep. Ciro Rodriguez, D-TX, in working up the bill.

Peterson’s aide said the proposed legislation mirrors S2019 introduced last week by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-TX.

Hutchison’s bill calls for the U.S. Department of Transportation secretary to halt programs that authorize tolling on existing interstate highways.

The DOT – specifically the Federal Highway Administration – has six pilot programs to toll interstates which where authorized by 2005 transportation legislation known as the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act: A Legacy for Users – SAFETEA-LU.

Three of those FHWA programs are geared toward tolling existing interstates and three are designed to authorize tolling for new construction or lane capacity. Click here to read about FHWA’s tolling programs.

Bill S2019 and its House equivalent are not designed to stop tolling on new interstates or expanded lane capacity.

– By David Tanner, staff writer