Everyday, thousands of people travel the IL tollway paying an already high fare. Now Illinois wants to increase the fair by 87%. There are too many employed, hard working citizens that rely on the tollway to travel to their jobs on a daily basis. This will put my roundtrip daily commute at $6.60. I have the fortunate benefit of expensing the majority of my toll charges. However, what about the thousands of people that do not?
The CTA encourages and advertises to take public transportation because it is cheaper and greener. CTA fares will also be increaseing. With the addition of Metra fares and commuter parking increases, the daily commuter is at a disadvantage. Many commuters take highways and tollways for the benefit of improved fuel economy but now it will be offset by toll fee increases. Commuters are already dealing with the increases in fuel and now they will face a nearly doubled toll increase.
As the state's budget continues to spiral out of control the everyday working man/woman is the one that has to pick up the bill. I ask everyone to consider how much you spend weekly, monthly, annually on toll fares. Then ask yourself if all those tolls are necessary.
A quick example of a roundtrip toll expense: If you get on 355 N at I-80 you will pay $1.90. Continue on 355 through the Boughton toll in Bolingbrook and pay another $.95. Continue on 355 and exit at Butterfield Rd and pay $.45. Roundtrip is approximately 45 miles which will cost you $6.60, $33/week, $132/month, $1,584/year.