More tolls equals more telecommuting. With the extra cost of tolls, perhaps employers would be more willing to give their employees the opportunity to telecommute. If 20 percent of workers were allowed to telecommute imagine how much better your commute would be.
More tolls equals more money. Ever notice how many out of state license plates you see on cars when you drive on interstates in the Atlanta area? People from other states use I-75 and I-85 all the time driving through Georgia to other states and destinations. Unless they stop for gas here, they are using our roads free of charge. Nothing is going to prevent them from driving on our roads, so we might as well make a buck or two during their voyage. With the state in such a financial crunch, those extra dollars could mean a lot.
I would copy the model used by other states. If you go to New York you will see 10 EZ Pass Lanes (their version of Cruise Card lanes) and two cash lanes. This gives local drivers a huge home field advantage. Instead of waiting in the cash lanes, locals get to zip through the automated lanes. Therefore, we take out-of- staters out of the traffic equation. They get stuck in toll lines, while we move on down the road.
I would even make tolls cheaper for locals. When you charge up your Cruise Card (Peach Pass) you get a bonus deposit. Put in $100 and you get $125 in credit on your pass. That way your one dollar toll is really just 75 cents.
Those are my two cents. I’m ready for yours.