Small Crowd for Trucker’s Rally Against RI Toll Plan

Providence Journal reports, “Saying truck tolls will raise the price of everything Rhode Islanders buy, Rhode Island Trucking Association leaders urged voters to dismiss from office any legislator who voted for the tolls. At a rally Tuesday morning [October 18] . . . RITA President Chris Maxwell told about 30 supporters, many of them politicians and executives of companies that rely on trucks, that tolling is an inefficient way to raise revenue for roads and bridges.”

NATSO, a rally co-sponsor, issued a statement saying, “Tolling existing bridges in Rhode Island threatens the livelihood of the businesses and commercial truck drivers operating within the state, and jeopardizes the economic health of the towns and communities that rely on them for tax revenues, representatives of several leading industry trade groups said today.”