Can I get an Amen?
My congresswoman and I are singing from the same sheet of music on this issue of tolls on I-95. I dealt with these things when I lived in Virginia in the 70s and early 80s. There was such an outcry and revolt from the taxpayers that the state government pulled them out.
Tolls created traffic jams and delays. You had to drive around with a bunch of change and cash in the car. Even with the card they are talking about, what happens if you run out of the house, late for work, and leave the card? You’re screwed.
State-issued toll passes also raise privacy concerns. It makes it much easier for the state to track your comings-and-goings.
Here, people will avoid I-95 to avoid paying tolls. Congestion — that had been alleviated by I-95 — will return to North Carolina’s back roads.
The added cost to businesses dependent on I-95 will be passed on to consumers. (*Just what we need in THIS economy.*)
Instead of looking for new ways to shake down North Carolinians for more money, the state needs to tighten its belt and spend the revenue from the obscenely-high gas tax more wisely. ACTUALLY SPEND IT ON ROADS.