Tuesday, May 24, 2005
I hope to get some feedback from Elwood on this. Tolls went up yesterday on the Dulles Tollroad. The tolls will be used to fund a Metrorail extension through Tysons Corner and eventually to the Dulles Airport (IAD). I guess that's why people don't like it. More to the point they are just pissed because getting quarters is hard.
Maybe more later, but a few links and a few points.
- The second link (the blog WITHOUT a comments section) actually says, "Most people who live and work along the tollroad corridor have no good alternative to the tollroad for their transportation needs." Yeah, that's the point. Duh.
- The comments section after the DCist article makes some good points, especially giving props to Arlington and using good visual words like "scattershot".
Here's the website of the group urging boycotts of the Toll Road. If they have to take a day off of work to avoid the Toll Road, doesn't that kind of prove the State's point about the Toll Road being an important link that needs to be a funding generator for alternatives? And if they don't have to take a day off work and they can just take an alternative route to get to work, doesn't that weaken their argument that the toll increase is such a big deal?
Personally I think toll roads are usually a good idea - they make commuters pay for their own infrastructure, rather than forcing city residents to subsidize development that harms their interests.
It's an "external cost" issue to me: commuters are forced to compensate the public for costs their behavior imposes on society. Kind of like "sin taxes" on cigarettes and booze - such charges increase efficiency by discouraging behavior that imposes costs on others.