Dallas toll hike stuns trucker

| 10/10/2007

New, higher tolls just went into effect on the Dallas North Tollway. And while four-wheelers are seeing a sizable increase, it’s nothing compared to what truckers have been hit with.

OOIDA member David King made a delivery to Plano last week and took the Tollway. He told “Land Line Now” on XM Satellite Radio that the cost of the 10-mile round trip had increased 122 percent.

“The trip that used to cost me $7.20 is now $16,” King said. “I know many owner-operators who’d love to get $1.60 a mile for the freight that they haul.”

In a press release, the North Texas Tollway Authority said tolls were increased to offset inflation and to maintain the toll road.

But King said that in a state where virtually every new major highway that’s on the drawing board is a toll road, this is a good example of how something that looks good on paper doesn’t make a bit of sense to the guy who’s actually footing the bill.

“You know, we’re concerned about privatization of toll roads, and that is a major concern,” King said, “but it looks to me like the government that’s handling these has learned how to do it pretty well.”

– By Reed Black, staff writer