Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Tolls floated for Hawaii

A bill has been introduced into the Hawaiian House of Representatives that would allow tolling of existing state highways if an alternative route (untolled ) is available according to TV station KHON.

Although in theory this would allow for congestion pricing, DOT Director Glenn Okimoto says he would use it to allow for new roads to be built. Chairman of the House Transportation Committee Representative Joe Souki said that he saw Hawaii as perhaps having no alternative but to allow for privately owned toll roads to be built.

Hawaii has no toll roads at present, so this bill would open up some possibilities for the state. Like others, it faces pressure from declining fuel tax revenues with political difficulties in getting tax increases to make up the difference. It will be interesting to see if this bill gets passed and whether Hawaii joins the tolling world.

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