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Trucking group highlights high cost of tolling in report

Trucking group highlights high cost of tolling in report
by Jeff Della Rosa
March 11, 2020 11:19 am  Share Tweet

New research on tolling shows toll facility costs are high and a large portion of toll revenues pay for unrelated transportation costs.

American Transportation Research Institute (ATRI), the research organization of American Trucking Associations, recently released a report about how much money toll facilities generate and how much is reinvested into the facilities. The report also looks at how much trucks pay in tolls compared to their usage of toll roads.

The Arkansas Trucking Association has opposed tolling as a source of infrastructure funding and cited the new research that studies 21 toll systems, which comprise about 81.7% of all U.S. toll collections. The toll system operators collected more than $14.7 billion in revenue with nearly half of it going to other uses, the report shows. It also noted that toll revenue has increased by more than 72% over the past 10 years, while inflation increased by 16.9%.

The report used truck GPS data to quantify how tolling impacts the trucking industry, from shorter trips within a state to interstate commerce. About 79% of trucks included in the study used toll roads for interstate commerce, generating $3.33 billion in toll revenue... FULL ARTICLE

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