First and Last Name * Email Address * Company/Organization Address * City * State * - Select -AlabamaAlaskaAmerican SamoaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoConnecticutDelawareDistrict of ColumbiaFloridaGeorgiaGuamHawaiiIdahoIllinoisIndianaIowaKansasKentuckyLouisianaMaineMarshall IslandsMarylandMassachusettsMichiganMinnesotaMississippiMissouriMontanaNebraskaNevadaNew HampshireNew JerseyNew MexicoNew YorkNorth CarolinaNorth DakotaNorthern Marianas IslandsOhioOklahomaOregonPalauPennsylvaniaPuerto RicoRhode IslandSouth CarolinaSouth DakotaTennesseeTexasUtahVermontVirgin IslandsVirginiaWashingtonWest VirginiaWisconsinWyoming Zip * I understand that the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is considering expanding tolling on existing interstates and allowing states to divert toll revenue to unrelated projects. As a member of the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, I urge you not to go down this path. Tolling of existing interstates has proven to be a failure and dead-end funding method, and revenue diversion is a breach of public trust and violates the supposed purpose of tolling a road for repair of that road. Over the past seventeen years, the Interstate Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP) has served its purpose and demonstrated the unviability of tolling existing interstates. Six states have pursued tolls via the ISRRPP, and all failed primarily due to the widespread public outcry over tolling’s negative consequences, which in some cases even triggered legislative action to protect interstates from tolls. Pilot programs are meant to be temporary. Approaching twenty years in existence, the ISRRPP has run its course and should be repealed, not expanded or made more flexible. Tolling existing interstates would have serious negative consequences. Businesses would face higher operating expenses and pass those costs on to consumers. Commuters and travelers would face steep cost increases and hourly employees might have to work an extra hour per day just to pay the toll to and from work. Traffic diversion around tolls onto secondary routes is a proven phenomenon, causing congestion, increased accidents, higher road-wear and repair costs for local governments, and slower first response times. All-electronic tolling would discriminate against America’s 17 million unbanked households. Tolling is the most inefficient, inequitable and easy-to-evade form of raising new revenues for our highway system. Additionally, it is Congress’s responsibility to fund and regulate the Interstate Highway System, and passing the buck to states is an abdication of duty and violates the spirit of the U.S. Constitution’s Commerce Clause. It may be politically expedient to frame it as a “states’ rights” issue, but this ignores the safety, equity, and interstate commerce implications. Most importantly, it will not solve the highway funding problem. Such a combination of insufficient federal funding and increased tolling flexibility would be a tacit endorsement of devolution. Please do not take any steps to make tolling existing interstates easier. It is a failed policy, and the ISRRPP should be repealed, not expanded. I want to sign the petition to keep tolls off our interstates!