How would you feel about paying a toll to drive on Interstate 80 to Lake Tahoe or the Bay Area? Or Interstate 5 to L.A.?
In a proposal to Congress last month, the U.S. Department of Transportation suggested allowing states to turn interstate freeways into tollways. Cash-strapped states with aging highways can use the toll revenue to repair and update those highways (relieving the feds of much of the burden). U.S. DOT also proposes allowing toll revenue to be used to improve mass transit near the toll road.