Republican Caucus Renews Call to Repeal Tolls DOT has Misled the Public About Full Costs of Toll Program
STATE HOUSE -- House Minority Leader Patricia Morgan (R-District 26 Coventry, Warwick, West Warwick) and the Republican caucus are renewing calls to repeal the toll law. Last month, the caucus produced data revealing that the RhodeWorks toll law will likely lose money once it is operational. At the time, RIDOT Director Alviti appeared on various news outlets to refute our data.
Patrick Anderson of the Providence Journal is now reporting that Director Alviti left out critical information in his statements. They failed to include the costs to purchase and install the 28 gantries that will be needed at the 14 toll locations.
“This is an apparent attempt by RIDOT to mislead the public about the full costs of the toll program,” stated Representative Morgan. “The Director is now explaining that he didn't add these costs because ‘it has not been finalized yet.’ Leaving out these details is a weak effort to discredit our numbers. In fact, if RIDOT is willing to forget that critical piece of the tolling costs, it taints everything they have told us, except the fact that they want tolls to be a perpetual source of money taken from the public.”
“When RIDOT refuted our data, we pointed out that their contract with the Austrian firm chosen to maintain the gantries confirmed our numbers. This newly revealed information confirms the data we reported on the costs to buy and install gantries,” continued Morgan.
“Based on GPS data research performed by the American Transportation Research Institute, the state will lose $7 million to $21 million because the RIDOT misled the public about truck counts. In every scenario, tolls are a bad deal for our state and we support repealing the toll law before further damage is done.”
For more information, contact:
Raina C. Smith, House Minority Office
State House Room 106
Providence, RI 02903