Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Just check out the the media barrage we are seeing on a daily basis.
For this mess, you can thank your politicians for mis-managing your current tax dollars and refusing to address the problems before they grew this large.
Toll Road traffic exceeding projections
Motorists can - and should - pay more
A desire to keep the rates low could torpedo toll road goals
TxDOT - Gas Tax doesn't meet road expenses
NTTA on road to more tolls
Friday, July 20, 2007
I just found that interesting.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
Audit urges more tolls for Texas drivers
The state's best chance for keeping up with demand for new and improved roads is to build more toll roads with higher fees, according to an external audit of the Texas Department of Transportation.
Among other recommendations, the audit by Dye Management Group and Deloitte Consulting suggests the state replace the existing gasoline tax with a fee based on miles traveled per vehicle.
Dallas Morning News-
TxDOT could bump tolls to improve roads
Texas needs more toll roads, and drivers should pay more to use them, an external audit of the Texas Department of Transportation suggested Wednesday.
A fee for miles driven to replace the gas tax, wow... They blame part of the funding shortage on vehicles getting better gas mileage. So, lets tax per mile instead of tying it to a product. That's nice except that means you would have to convert all roads to toll or charge an extrordinary amount on existing toll roads to make up the difference.
If there's no gas tax, would the profits from tolls be used to build MORE TOLLS or would it be used to offset the lost revenue meant to build new free roads and maintain them.
I see this as more propaganda for crooks to justify their theft.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Monday, July 9, 2007
Thursday, July 5, 2007
More than 30 percent of people who drive on the 183-A tollway's anomalous toll-tag-only section are doing so illegally, an abnormally high violation rate that has the road's operator pondering alternatives to the confusing setup.
The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority has asked Vollmer Associates, its traffic and revenue consultant, to analyze what might result from several scenarios, including continuing under the current arrangement. The authority expects to have that information within a few months and could consider making changes in the fall.
In June, the first month when all cars on 183-A were subject to tolls (albeit at a reduced rate for toll tag users), the road averaged 55,850 toll transactions a day. However, more than 11,000 of those times — about 20 percent — the driver did not pay for the privilege, many at the toll-tag-only toll gantries near Lakeline Boulevard.
|Toll point||Daily toll transactions||Violations||Violation %||Tag Use|
|Brushy Creek (northbound)**||3,623||187||5.2||76.5|
|Brushy Creek (southbound)**||2,701||151||5.6||79.7|
|Park Street (both directions)**||23,016||2,515||10.9||73.2|
* Toll-tag-only plaza with no cash booths
** Cash booths and toll tag readers
Source: Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, unaudited toll statistics