Good News: Arkansas Is Studying Toll Roads. Bad News: State Spokesman Calls Tolls “Losing Propositions” (KOLR News) reports that the Arkansas Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD) and Metroplan (central Arkansas’s MPO) are partnering on a toll study that focuses on HOT lanes. According to the report, “They say we can’t build our way out of congestion and there has to be another way for people to get around.” However, the study team have their work cut out for them, as an AHTD spokesman, Danny Straessle, tells the station, “Most tolling operations are losing propositions. That would also be something seriously looked at. You could start out and it would pay for the initial, but over time, really would somebody use it?”