I guess I'm a little confused on the whole concept of Toll Roads vs. Freeways. Aren't we paying an arm and a leg in gas taxes to build roads? According to Wikipedia the average fuel tax (State Tax + Federal Tax) is $.456 per gallon. That's a mean of $.272 per gallon for the state and $.184 Federal. Diesel is even more heavily taxed at a mean of $.502 State plus Federal. Where is all of the money going? I mean, how did we build a massive interstate highway system that is toll free when driving, but as our cities and metro areas keep seeing massive traffic congestion our collective governance has decided that Toll Roads are the way to go. Why toll roads? I've heard reports that Toll Road might be less congested, but are they better kept and taken care of? Is this just the building of the roads for the social elite as the sheer cost (in addition to road taxes) will keep many drivers off the road? For some people, the extra few dollars per day is money well spent to avoid traffic congestion. I can imagine for a traveling salesman or delivery driver this can get pretty expensive, but it might mean more business and faster service over the non toll-paying competition. Perhaps the question of toll roads is simply economic supply and demand and not a question of mismanagement. For example, when fuel consumption goes down, which it has been with most fuel-efficient vehicles, people driving less, consolidating trips - there will be a loss in revenue as less fuel is consumed every day. So if it really is a Hypothecation tax, where the tax money is taken from gasoline and fuel sales and pumped back into transportation projects, but with a shortfall of funds - and with the cost of fuel being a VERY hot political topic (that caused the instability that hurt the economy over the past couple of years) - I can see why politicians are hesitant to increase the tax. Anyhow, what's everyone's take on this? I guess I have a problem with the permanance of the tolls being forever. When I-30 was build between Dallas and Fort Worth, the toll existed just long enough for the road to be paid-in-full with profit for the firm overseeing everything. After that, the tolls came down and it's a freeway now. Is this the way of the future or just a temporary solution to a long-term problem that will someday soon see much revolt?