The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) is a coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations working to maintain the longstanding policy of protecting existing interstates from new tolls. Our mission is to educate the public, policy makers, and the media about the negative impact that tolling existing interstates has on American communities and businesses, and why it will not solve our transportation needs. There are many transportation funding options available - among these, tolling existing interstates is the worst.
ATFI is composed of the following members:
- Ability Tri-Modal
- Albert Transport, Inc.
- Ambill Trucking
- American Motorcyclist Association
- American Trucking Associations
- Bestway Express
- Beta General LLC
- Con-way Inc
- Diamondback Systems
- Donald Transport Inc.
- Duncan & Son Lines, Inc.
- Goetz Companies
- Golden Strip Transfer
- H & J Trucking
- International Franchise Association
- I Z Enterprises
- JK Moving Services
- Leathers Enterprises, Inc.
- Midway Travel Plaza
- Moving and Storage Association
- National Council of Chain Restaurants
- National Motorists Association
- National Tank Truck Carriers
- New South Express, Inc.
- No Tolls I-95 Coalition
- Northcross Master Association
- Old Crow Aviation LLC
- Old Dominion Freight Line
- Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association
- Quality Transport
- Royal Service
- Specialized Carriers & Rigging Association
- Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers of America
- Stewart Transport, Inc.
- TAEC Region I
- Taylor Transportation, Inc.
- Tiger International Resources, Inc.
- Toebben Companies
- Trans-Research Int'l, Inc
- Tri-State Truckers Association
- Truck Renting and Leasing Association
- Truckload Carriers Association
- UZ Trans
- Volvo Group North America
- White Arrow Logistics LLC
- Witte Bros. Exchange
- All 50 State Trucking Associations
EXISTING INTERSTATE HIGHWAY SYSTEMS SHOULD REMAIN TOLL-FREE
Since its creation, the Interstate System has been financed under the philosophy that roads should be funded primarily through fuel taxes, not tolls, and tolling (other than on interstate segments that pre-date the establishment of the Interstate System in 1956) is limited to the construction or replacement of interstate bridges and tunnels, new lanes, and special use lanes such as High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes.
While federal law generally prohibits tolls on existing Interstate highway lanes, two pilot programs create exceptions:
- The Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program, created in 1998, would allow tolls on three Interstate facilities to fund reconstruction or rehabilitation of those facilities. Currently, Missouri, Virginia and North Carolina hold these slots, but none are actively pursuing tolling authority.
- The Value Pricing Pilot Program, established in 1991, allows up to 15 state or local governments to toll existing Interstates to reduce congestion by incentivizing drivers to use alternative transportation modes or avoid rush hour travel.
Tolls on existing, general purpose lanes have not been approved under either pilot program due to recognition of their negative effects and significant public opposition. In fact, states and FHWA have wasted considerable time and money developing and reviewing proposals only to have none move forward.