"Remove bars to tolling" - McCartney, IBTTA to fed lawmakers
By Peter Samuel
Frank McCartney speaking on behalf of the toll industry group IBTTA - he's president this year - told federal legislators today they need to remove legislative barriers to tolling. He was speaking to the Highways and Transit Subcommittee of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
Key quotes in an IBTTA release on the McCartney testimony:
"Giving states the flexibility to consider tolling is even more critical now when federal and state revenues are constrained, funding needs are huge, and most public officials will not consider raising the gas tax...
"Removing the barriers to tolling would encourage states to begin the massive effort of reinvesting in our system. That investment, in turn, would create jobs and improve the economy."
The IBTTA president pointed out that tolls generate a third of the amount the federal gas tax generates, a proportion that has grown steadily and continues to grow.
McCartney's full-time job is executive director of the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission which operates twenty bridges between New Jersey and Pennsylvania - the border of which follows the Delaware River.