Toll roads just another tax
Some time ago I wrote in these pages about the toll roads the state intends to develop in Arizona.
Last April MAG (Maricopa Association of Governments) met and the decision to come out of this meeting was to start converting lanes of existing freeways into “managed lanes.” It seems since we started waving the red flag the word “toll” is one not to be used like many other four letter words.
Whatever they are called, pay to drive lanes are “toll roads.”
They estimate this conversion to cost $3 billion, with a B, and they admit the income won’t cover the cost. They propose the tolls to be 50 cents per mile off peak hours and $1 per mile peak hours to drive on your roads.
There was also talk at this meeting about raising the state gasoline tax from 18 cents a gallon to 50 cents a gallon.