… By the Way, RIDOT’s New Tolling Study Has Major Problems, Too


At about the same time they issued a not-ready-for-primetime Environmental Assessment of the first two proposed toll gantry locations in southern Rhode Island, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) also issued an “investment grade tolling study” of the entire RhodeWorks toll plan – a study, we should note, which cost the taxpayers of Rhode Island a cool million dollars.

During their show, “Changing Gears”, yesterday on WPRO, Mike Collins and Chris Maxwell broadly hinted at major problems with this tolling study. Maxwell remarked that the state “would have been wise to put it through the shredder because it is very favorable” to the truckers’ anti-toll position.

Stay tuned on this – or drop by RIDOT’s hearing on Tuesday to hear about it first hand. That’s when the Rhode Island Trucking Association (represented by Maxwell) and the American Trucking Association (represented by Collins) will point out chapter and verse how RIDOT’s own toll study apparently torpedoes Governor Raimondo’s highly destructive, wasteful and unnecessary RhodeWorks toll plan.

Remember, Governor Raimondo and the General Assembly are only going to toll trucks! *snort*

  • oceanstater

    While I don’t blame the trucking industry for trying to avoid tolls, I wish all others would get beyond this. For once, the Raimondo administration deserves credit for finally getting our roads and bridges under repair, in part by borrowing from future Federal highway aid, to be paid back in part by truck tolls. That is only fair, the big trucks do a lot of the damage, and we pay tolls going out of state to ME, NH, MA, NY etc, no reason out of state trucks shouldn’t help pay for our roads too instead of putting it all on Rhode Islanders.

    • Mike678

      Perhaps if the gas tax went to pay for what it was intended for we’d be less of a pickle.

      “Since the inception of this funding mechanism for transportation activities, there have been numerous revisions to the allocation plan. Each change has been initiated in order to direct more revenues to transportation operations rather than to the general fund. There was a change to the disbursement schedule
      in the enacted FY 2010 Budget, which increased the RIPTA allocation and the total gasoline tax by 2.0-cents, and an increase to the Department of Transportation of 1.0-cent, with an offsetting reduction and elimination of the allocation of gasoline tax directed to the general fund. Starting in FY 2009, 0.5 of the State’s 1.0-cent per gallon environmental protection regulatory fee collected by distributors of motor fuel when the product is sold to owners and/or operators of underground storage tanks has been recommended to support the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority (RIPTA).
      Over a third of these monies now go to RIPTA….