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    Indiana. The governor is setting things up to lease the toll roads, and build new ones, while bypassing the legislature. The toll road near Chicago is $4.60 for EZpass users but is going to $9 for cash users and will go up more later.

    At least he's an honest politician, if you consider an honest one, one who stays bought. I'll sure be glad when he runs for President. Of course, Mitch Daniels is the guy who came up with Bush's economic policies that took a record surplus and turned it into record debt.
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    Quote Originally Posted by grouch View Post
    Indiana. The governor is setting things up to lease the toll roads, and build new ones, while bypassing the legislature. The toll road near Chicago is $4.60 for EZpass users but is going to $9 for cash users and will go up more later.

    At least he's an honest politician, if you consider an honest one, one who stays bought. I'll sure be glad when he runs for President. Of course, Mitch Daniels is the guy who came up with Bush's economic policies that took a record surplus and turned it into record debt.
    I hate to say this, but we told ya so: The Trans-Texas Corridor.

    Texas is just the pilot state for the massive toll road system that is being implemented nationwide. The plan is to connect all of North America via tollways, from the western coast of Mexico, all the way through Amerika, to Canada. And, from coast to coast throughout Amerika. All at the expense of Mr. & Mrs. John D. Taxpayer.

    The way it works is this: A non-government entity, such as Cintra-Zachary (a Spanish company), comes in and 'improves' the existing roads. Existing roads are roads that may currently be toll roads under a local entity, may be state highways already paid for by the taxpayers, or interstate highways - also already paid for by the taxpayers, or they might even construct new roads by appropriating private property under the eminent domain policy. Then, Cintra build the roads, or widens the roads, and adds toll booths.

    The contracts specify 'indeterminate' times for Cintra to collect the tolls - something like a hundred years. So, as is happening in Texas, Cintra controls the length of time that it can collect tolls - not the State. Cintra controls how much it charges for tolls - not the State or local toll authority.

    Does this make any sense to anyone other than Texas Governor Rick Perry? Well, maybe it makes sense to the Illinois governor. In essence, tolls go to pay for construction of roads that have already been paid for by the taxpayer. And, the corridor system places control of our nation's infrastructure into foreign hands.

    You might want to see if there is a group in Illinois that is contesting the toll system there.

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    Actually, Indiana, well, Illinois, well.....not really either one, has an old toll bridge. Built in the 1930's, the Wabash river bridge at New Harmony Indiana still charges tolls. Neither state is willing to accpet the bridge and it's repair costs. It's still basically the same bridge as it was when built. The Wabash Bridge Commission owns the bridge. It's been closed several times, like when the roadway fell into the river, and the people who drive it every day have to detour north to the interstate bridge. However, that adds about 25 miles to their commute each way.

    Down at Cave-In-Rock Illinois, the ferry was about to close so the Kentucky and Illinois state Departments of Transportation took it over. The same operator runs it but it's no longer a toll ferry and is free as it is so important to commerce in the area. It seems a bridge that gets nearly as much use isn't important. The only funding the bridge gets is the tolls paid by the users.
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