Toll facilities should not be financed through tolls alone

July 02, 2011

A mere 35 percent fare box recovery is mandated for the Baltimore bus and light rail systems and the Metro subway. Maryland's 5,000-plus miles of state highways recover nothing from users. Yet the Maryland Transportation Authority demands that users of the state's toll facilities pay 100 percent of their costs through tolls alone.

We pay 23.5 cents on every gallon of gasoline pumped into our vehicles at Maryland gas stations. That contribution to Maryland's Transportation Trust Fund should be used to benefit users of Maryland's toll facilities equally with those who use the state's roads and rapid transit.

Only then will toll increases be justified.

Sharon Carrick, Centreville

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