Tollway Traffic Down In First Week Of Higher Tolls
By all indications, traffic on the Illinois Tollway system was down during the first week after the cost of tolls nearly doubled on January 1st.
Toll rates for I-PASS users jumped over 87% on the first day of 2012, with most tolls increasing 35 cents, from the previous 40 cents to 75 cents.
The popular school of thought is that some drivers are seeking different driving routes trying to avoid the tollway’s higher rates. So far, traffic is down 4.5% according to the Daily Herald. The Tollway Authority is satisfied with the percentage as the organization made the assumption that higher tolls would lose them some customers to the tune of nearly 6%.
On the other hand, revenue is up nearly 46%, higher than the estimated 42%.
Here’s the Herald’s full story, “Drivers seek alternate roads after toll hike.”