Indiana Governor Puts Brakes On Plan For More Tolling, Admits “Trucker Tax” Is Enough
Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb is putting the brakes on a new plan to expand tolling in Indiana because he believes the revenue generated from what’s known as the “trucker tax” is sufficient for upcoming infrastructure projects… for now.
Indianapolis, Indiana – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb unleashed the ire of many in the trucking community when he approved a plan to raise truck-only tolls a hefty 35% along the 157-mile stretch on I-90 earlier this year. Now he is balking on new plans to expand tolling across the state.
In a letter sent to members of the Budget Committee Thursday, Gov. Holcomb said the state appears to be in good shape regarding infrastructure spending resources. This comes after a strategic tolling plan developed by the Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) was done in accordance with House Enrolled Act 1002.
Holcomb was required by the 2017 law to provide the tolling plan. It reports Indiana could collect approximately $15 billion for road improvements between 2024 and 2045 by imposing tolls of up to seven cents per mile for cars and up to 38 cents per mile for semitrailers on Interstates 65, 70 and 94.
The state was considering five corridors for tolling: I-94 from Illinois to Michigan; I-65 in the northern part of the state from I-90 south to I-465 and then south from I-465 to the Ohio River; I-70 from the Illinois state line to I-465, then from I-465 on the east side to the Ohio state line. It also considered tolling in the Indianapolis metro area. Gov. Holcomb later said the I-465 loops, for him, were never a consideration.
Governor Holcomb pointed to the almost $800 million in new revenue generated in part from the infamous “trucker tax” which was approved in October, as being sufficient for new road construction and maintenance in the coming years. Thus, he is putting the brakes on imposing new tolling on the citizens of Indiana.
He left the door open to revisit the findings of INDOT’s report and tolling plan in the future because he says revenue projections could always fluctuate and the state “must continue to analyze innovative funding methods.” Further, he writes, “I have directed INDOT to continue to assess all funding option and other mobility improvements that would modernize our interstate highways, including participation in federal programs that enable us to preserve the option for interstate tolling capability in the future.”
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