DFW Connector Toll Lanes

The DMN had an article about the Ribbon Cutting on the DFW Connector in Grapevine the other day…the key paragraphs as far as I’m concerned are these:

As a result, two toll lanes will be added in each direction along four miles, or most of the highway’s east-to-west stretch. Rates will fluctuate depending on traffic levels, but will generally be higher than the average rate charged on North Texas Tollway Authority roads.

Grapevine blogger Joe Thomas, who runs Grapevine TxOnline.com, criticized the inclusion of toll lanes during a discussion at dallasnews.com Wednesday.

“Why would we spend $1 billion … of our tax dollars only to add additional taxes in the form of toll lanes?” he wrote. “The people bearing the load of the tax will be residents in Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake and Keller who use these roadways every day.”

But others said tolls were simply a way of keeping up with America’s infrastructure needs.

State Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Keller, reminded those in the crowd Wednesday that at every point along the new highway, drivers will be able to stay on free lanes.

I agree with my fellow blogger….why are there toll lanes included if it’s our Tax dollars going to build the Connector?

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