Expanding the failed ISRRP program is poor public policy, says ATFI.
In the 15 years since the creation of the program no state has placed tolls on existing federal interstates. The purpose of the program was to give states the flexibility to try tolling existing interstate capacity as a funding mechanism while providing the federal government with case studies to determine success.
At least eight states have submitted applications to the program. Three of these states are currently approved to place tolls on existing interstate capacity, but none have moved forward.
Using the Reason Foundation’s terminology, these are the “pathfinder states” that show the program should be eliminated rather than expanded. During application process, the states wasted significant time and taxpayer dollars.
Fifteen years is more than enough time to analyze the effectiveness of a program and it is clear that this program has failed.