We went up to Philadelphia to do something (more about that later) and on the way back yesterday, we commented about all the freeway construction north of Baltimore, where HOT--high occupancy toll--lanes are being constructed up to about White Marsh.
Flickr photo by Gary Hymes.
I said something about Republican ideology, Bob Ehrlich (the former governor of Maryland, who approved the project), and lack of real demand (see this 2003 article from the Baltimore Sun
, "Highway planners revisiting HOT lanes: Solo drivers could pay to avoid congestion
"). Suzanne opined what will happen when the lanes are constructed and enough revenue isn't generated and the bills for construction have to be paid?"
Granted usage will rise over time, and as the project is completed. But toll roads are a tough sell when most roads don't have tolls.
Ideology doesn't always pay the bills.
Labels: congestion pricing, infrastructure, public finance and spending, tolls