Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Toll Roads: Govt officials, YES, Citizens, NO

Toll roads are not supported by a large majority of Tennesseans. Toll roads, for some unexplainable, perverse reason, ARE supported by many public officials. Guess what is going to happen? Full speed ahead.


Despite overwhelming public opposition to tolls roads, a regional board of transportation planners this morning requested the state continue studying the feasibility of funding the proposed Knoxville Parkway as a toll road.

The Knoxville Regional Transportation Planning Organization voted 7-2 to recommend the Tennessee Department of Transportation advance its initial study with a $250,000 addendum.

The TPO includes elected officials from Knox, Loundon, Sevier and Blount counties.

Thirty members of the public spoke this morning to the TPO executive board about the proposed toll option, with two of those speakers supporting the concept.