I’m glad to see the trucking industry coming out against the tolls.Â It’s a stupid idea, and to add to the stupidity, they are studying the possibility of doing the same thing to I-95.
Currently, to see Bitter, in Virginia, I pay the 3-dollar tolls in Delaware, both ways (actually, I’ve been bypassing them now, it’s easy, actually), a 5 dollar toll one way in Maryland, and a 2 dollar toll both ways for the Fort McHenry Tunnel.Â Grand total is 15 dollars in tolls.Â That’s, of course, in addition to the $600 a year I fork over to the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission just on my daily commute.
Pennsylvania ought to be ripping up toll booths, not looking for excuses to build new ones.Â I’d be a very bad anarcho-capitalist, but I’ve always believed that tax money is well spent on public roads.Â Everyone benefits, even people who don’t drive.Â It ought to be a collectively borne cost.Â There are some narrow instances where I think tolls make sense, but otherwise it’s too easy for state governments who are bad at managing cash to raise money through tolls as a back door method for taxation.
It’s not just Pennsylvania. Â Delaware is talking about raising it’s 21 mile section of I95 to 4 dollars both ways, up from 3 dollars.Â I’ve also heard they are considering putting a toll plaza on the 896 offramp to discourage people from shirking the toll on the back roads like I’ve been doing.Â That’s 8 dollars to go through Delaware and back!Â At some point I think the federal government needs to step in and tell the states enough. Â The feds are eager to use their power to regulate interstate commerce for stupid crap that’s neither interstate nor commerce, they can damn well use it for what it was meant for!