Tolls that pay
Revenues from the gasoline tax — which was developed between the 1920s and 1950s to fund road construction and maintenance — have dropped because of more fuel-efficient vehicles, but the need for new roads and highways continues to grow every year. Interest in alternative financial mechanisms, such as tolls and long-term leases, has grown as a possible way to make up the funding difference.
billion is the amount that traffic congestion costs Americans each year.
is the amount of annual federal aid for highways.
is collected annually from tolls or fees for use of specific roads.
is the amount of money spent annually per U.S. household to construct and operate roads.
SOURCE: “Policy Study 359: The Roll of Tolls in Financing 21st Century Highways,” Reason Foundation, May 2007.