Rhode Island’s truck-only tolls are raking in the dough. With only two toll gantries operational, the state has collected $7.2 million in just the first 12 months of tolling.
Part of Governor Gina Raimondo’s RhodeWorks program, the controversial truck-only tolls have been the target of multiple lawsuits. The most high-profile lawsuit was brought by the American Trucking Association (ATA). That lawsuit was thrown out when the federal judge ruled that he did not have jurisdiction and that the case would need to be heard in Rhode Island. The ATA appealed that ruling.
Despite ongoing legal challenges however, the gantries continue to bring in toll revenue. Though the tolls were estimated to bring in $7 million, they’ve actually outperformed expectations by $200,000.
Earlier this month, the third gantry in the state started collecting tolls. A total of thirteen locations are planned, with one coming on line every month until all of them are operational. The tolls are expected to bring in $45 million per year, all from truckers.