This paper discusses the past history, present situation, and future prospects of toll roads in the USA. Toll financing, which had already been used for some inter-regional roads built in the 1940s and 1950s, is again emerging as a major method of paying for new highways. About 1200 miles (1900km) of new toll facilities are being studied, designed, or constructed, with 35 projects in 17 states. Advocates of toll roads believe that they will be used increasingly in the future, by overcoming the financial obstacles facing most highway programmes and offering scope for new technologies. Their opponents question their social acceptability and fairness, and consider that they might be sensible only in very limited circumstances. The new, privately funded toll roads are being built mainly in rapidly developing suburban areas; tolls will finance only part of their cost, so that supplementary funds and guarantees are required to make them possible. Many existing toll roads are being widened and upgraded. Toll roads may also offer some opportunities for congestion relief, but the scope for applying genuine road pricing there is not yet clear. Concerns expressed about toll roads include the dangers that: (1) they will facilitate new growth at the expense of existing non-affluent areas needing relief; (2) they will be used to avoid environmental controls and public scrutiny; (3) there will be less federal supervision of environmental matters. (TRRL) (Author/TRRL)

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    Alexandrine Press

    P.O. Box 15, Cornmarket Street
    Oxford OC1 3EB,   England 
  • Authors:
    • Deakin, E
  • Publication Date: 1989


  • English

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  • Features: References;
  • Pagination: p. 185-94
  • Serial:
    • Volume: 15
    • Issue Number: 3/4
    • Publisher: Alexandrine Press
    • ISSN: 0263-7960

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  • Accession Number: 00623724
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS, ATRI
  • Created Date: Jul 31 1992 12:00AM