November 2, 2017

Tolling Revenue Study Ignores Restrictions In Current State Law

The Indiana Toll Road in northern Indiana. - Photo provided by ITR Concession Co. LLC

The Indiana Toll Road in northern Indiana.

Photo provided by ITR Concession Co. LLC

A study created for the Indiana Department of Transportation, on how much money tolling would generate for the state, ignores current toll restrictions in state law.

The study found that there is an 85 percent chance toll revenue would exceed $39 billion from 2021 to 2050, if a statewide interstate tolling program were implemented.

But in the same state statute that required the study, lawmakers mandated new toll lanes on an interstate highway must be at least 75 miles from an interstate highway or bridge already subject to tolling. The study did not take this into account.

INDOT spokesperson Scott Manning says this was intentional.

"It doesn’t drill down into specific segments of routes," Manning says. "And it doesn’t go to that level of detail, because that is an area that would be addressed at a later point in the decision-making process."

The study, done by an outside consulting firm, was provided this week to the governor, the budget committee and the legislative council.

If INDOT wants to move forward with a tolling plan, it needs to deliver a strategic plan to the state budget committee by December 2018.

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