It’s been about a month and a half since Rhode Island started collecting its infamous truck-only tolls. Only two out of fourteen tolling locations are open and a lawsuit has already been filed over the tolls, but the state says that “all is going well.” And for them it seems to be: the tolls are bringing in more money than they expected.
According to the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT), the two tolling locations collected $625,989 in the first month alone. That’s $27,322 more than what the state had estimated. The reason for the discrepancy seems to be that DOT expected that around 300 trucks every day would divert from I-95 to Route 3 to avoid the tolls. Instead, an average of only four extra trucks traveled on Route 3 every day.
The tolls are part of Governor Gina Raimondo’s RhodeWorks program which is meant to repair and replace Rhode Island’s crumbling infrastructure. For more information on the tolls and the lawsuit that has been filed against it, you can read our previous coverage here.
“With one full month of operation under our belts, we feel confident that the tractor-trailer truck-only tolling system is working as expected,” said RIDOT Director Peter Alviti in a press release. “The data we are seeing is in line with what we had estimated and all is going well. We are seeing a stable tolling system. We have and will continue to monitor the system closely.”