The Indiana Department of Transportation (INDOT) will be studying tolls as part of a newly passed road funding bill. But Indiana’s highway commissioner says a study doesn’t necessarily mean tolls will happen.
The 24-billion-dollar package of BMV fees and gasoline taxes is intended to give Indiana the road money it needs for 20 years. But INDOT Commissioner Joe McGuinness echoes legislators in warning that as cars keep getting better mileage, the money those gasoline taxes produce will decline, and the state will need another cash source to make up for it.
McGuinness says tolls carry costs of their own – toll-booth construction and transponder electronics, for instance. He says INDOT will review toll costs from other states.