Wednesday, October 17, 2007


It really doesn't make all that much sense to put tolls on long distance roads. There's an existing revenue collection mechanism in place - the gas tax - to roughly toll people based on distance driven and it isn't clear why long distance roads should have special treatment. I suppose there are arguments about dedicated funding sources for key bits of infrastructure - say, a bridge - but I'm just not sure why we bother for turnpikes.

There are reasons to toll stretches of road, especially at peak hours, in order divert travel and reduce inefficient congestion. But long distance roads generally seem to be the wrong roads to bother with.

Having said that, I'm glad that there might actually be some additional funds for our inept beloved SEPTA. Whatever their faults, they need them.