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HNTB survey: Frustration with increasing congestion has Americans willing to pay higher tolls and taxes for infrastructure improvements

HNTB survey: Frustration with increasing congestion has Americans willing to pay higher tolls and taxes for infrastructure improvements

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Survey shows Americans believe congestion has increased over the past year.

Key findings include:
• Six in 10 Americans believe congestion has increased since last year.
• Seventy-three percent of Americans are willing to pay higher taxes and tolls to fund infrastructure costs.
• Support for higher taxes and tolls increases to 82 percent if funds are guaranteed by law to be used exclusively for infrastructure.

NEW YORK (Oct. 15, 2018) – Across the nation, Americans say congestion on their roads and highways has continued to worsen since last year, according to a new HNTB Corporation America THINKS national public opinion survey. The survey, “Funding Congestion Solutions-2018” found 61 percent of Americans believe traffic congestion is noticeably worse now than just a year ago, and more than seven in 10 Americans (73 percent) are willing to pay higher taxes and tolls to fund infrastructure maintenance or new construction to help reduce that congestion. If these higher taxes and tolls are guaranteed by law to be used only for infrastructure spending, support increases to 82 percent, according to the survey.

“Americans place a high value on mobility and recognize the need to fund their share of the costs through higher taxes or tolls to help reduce congestion,” said Kevin Hoeflich, PE, HNTB toll services chairman and senior vice president. “As a nation, we need to explore every available alternative to provide a reliable and long-term source of revenue to build a world-class transportation network.”

Among those respondents willing to pay more in taxes and tolls for infrastructure, 46 percent prefer tolls paid only by users of tolled roads, bridges or tunnels, while 27 percent believe taxes that everyone pays should be the source of funding... FULL ARTICLE

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