The front page of today’s daily reports on a costly feasibility study looking into opening HOV lanes to toll paying drivers. The enticement comes via an optional component which will doubtless vanish as in other cities where tolls have become the only means of accessing freeways. But we are advised these roads are gaining in popularity around the country.
The downturn in the economy and Arizona’s budget deficits have spurred interest in this latest gimmick to separate Arizona drivers from their even more constricted dollars. But when government wants augmented revenues, not even taxing food is off the plate.
Tucson lawyer, John Munger, who withdrew from the governor’s race when unable to gain traction, had toll roads as a focal point of his Imagine Arizona campaign.
The newspaper is clearly onboard as it describes this latest incursion on already strapped taxpayers as a ”Plan [which] could ease congestion on Valley freeways, raise revenue.”
In October 2009, Seeing Red AZ predicted Looks like the fix is in for toll roads. It would be useful to reacquaint yourself with this post.