Toll Roads? Seriously?

So you’re vacationing with a large group, and you’re hungry. You’ve rolled up to, through, and now well past dinner time. Several plans have been suggested and (you thought) agreed to, but never quite executed for reasons that run the gamut from passive-aggressiveness (“Oh, I guess seafood is fine. I usually break out in hives and my throat closes, but that’s okay.”) to over-the-top rejections (“NO! Absolutely not! Applebees is dead to me! They know what they did!”)

It is at this point that somebody suggests that perhaps it’d be a good idea to consider Somali food, even though nobody has ever had it or knows where a restaurant might be. Know that hangry feeling?

That’s kinda what I felt like when I read that the Michigan Senate is proposing a study to look into whether toll roads make sense for Michigan. Seriously? You’ve been supposedly working on a long-term plan for our infrastructure, and you’re just now floating this idea? I mean, I’ve got nothing against considering tolls (or Somali food), but isn’t it a bit late in the game? Good heavens, what else don’t you have figured out? 

1 Comment »

  1. Kris said,

    November 29, 2019 @ 10:44 am

    I can appreciate your frustration. Rhode Island is fixing bridges on it’s interstates. Inconvenient but necessary. They have nice signs showing their commitment timelines and touting their being at or below budget on this massive project. Then one day I saw the EZPass overhead camera structure and realized how this is going to be paid for. My RI friends tell me the tolls will just be on commercial trucks that are registered out of state. Hmm. Not sure EZPass is that sophisticated but maybe. I’m ok if I have to pay 50 cents or so but I’m a little worried based on tolls on roads like PA turnpike and the corrupt history of RI politics. This may lead to work from home days to offset my commuter expenses – not a bad thing!

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