Who wants private toll booths?

Today’s Trucking Online features a story about the American Trucking Association and their opposition to privatization or leasing of existing toll facilities to fund highway infrastructure projects.

According to the ATA, such privatization would have a negative impact not just on truckers, but also on the safety of private roads and infrastructure. The Department of Transportation’s new secretary, Mary Peters, might support new privatization efforts on the highway, since the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) praised her for embracing such concepts.

What could this mean for truckers? Some fear that there will be dual highway system in the future. One would be a public highway system that is under funded and under serviced. The other one would be a well-funded private system, but only used by those who can pay the fee to use it.

What do you think? Is privatization of toll facilities a way to help maintain a strong transportation infrastructure, or just another hand in the pocket of truckers already squeezed by fuel prices? Let us know! Leave a comment below.

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