Originally Posted by rollsorferrari? View Post
Having driven 70 from STL to KC and back easily 15-20 times, I can attest something needs to get done. I've been caught behind a truck trying to pass another truck too many times on 70 - not to mention people in Missouri don't understand how to do interstate driving (if you're in the left lane, and trucks are passing you in the right lane, move over, that is one of my biggest pet peeves). The number I heard was $20 to drive 70 from state line to state line, which I don't think people will be willing to pay. Not to mention if you get to the next toll booth too quickly, you're bound to get a ticket. I think a toll could do some good if it means widening 70 to 6/8 lanes, but make it a flat toll.
it's a hidden tax...people will pay it, they have to, as there's no other reasonably efficient way of getting from STL to KC or even Columbia. they just might reduce their travel between the cities. (think what it will do to Mizzou kids...if it's $10 each way from Columbia to STL or KC, that's $20 round trip each time they want to go home!)
if you make it truckers only-which makes sense, as they're the ones tearing up the roads and causing traffic problems-you'll just force some/most of the traffic to 44, or I40/I80/etc.
so I don't see a way to make it a toll road that will achieve what they want to achieve without damaging something else-restricting tourism or commerce, or pumping millions (billions?) into a potentially underfunded construction project.
I think it's a stupid idea. maybe it's just testing the waters for something less damaging...higher gas/diesel taxes, etc (MO is one of the lowest anyway)