The Journal Gazette editorial board writes, “Friday, the Indiana Department of Transportation took the first step toward the possible tolling of six other long stretches of interstate, posting requests for information for studies authorized in the road-funding bill passed by this year’s legislature. The message tomotorists in northeast Indiana is clear: stay close to home. Neither I-69 nor I-469 is on the list.
Adding toll roads got into the road-funding mix as legislators searched for equitable long-term solutions to the state’s infrastructure needs. Tolling may indeed be a fairer method than some, targeting drivers who actually use the roadway they’re being asked to pay for. But that doesn’t mean it’s painless – especially when rates more than double overnight.”