How to get rid of the tolls that kill you, and the companies that kill them
A driver is taken to the hospital after being struck by a vehicle on Interstate 40 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, U.S., December 18, 2020.
A driver was taken to an area hospital after he was struck by an automobile while crossing an interstate near Minneapolis, MN.
The driver, who is not being identified, suffered non-life-threatening injuries.
REUTERS/Aaron Josefczyk/File PhotoA worker cleans the road leading to a toll booth at the entrance to Interstate 40 near Minneapolis on Friday, December 19, 2020, in Minneapolis.
REUTERS: Joe Raedle/File photoVehicles are driven along the Interstate 40 bridge in Minneapolis as part of a project to replace the toll booths with payment systems to make travel safer and more efficient.
The system, dubbed “Tollless,” will replace the state-run toll booths along I-40 and will replace them with new systems that will also provide faster, less costly and safer transportation.
The lanes will also be paved and equipped with electronic sensors that will allow motorists to pay the toll without having to wait for a cashier to come pick them up.
The $5 billion project, dubbed the Tollless Connections Project, was announced by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton and the state Legislature earlier this year.
The tolls will be replaced by a system that uses magnetic stripe technology, which allows drivers to pay using a smartphone app instead of cash, according to the U.A.E. The program will cost $10 million per mile, the Minnesota Department of Transportation said.
Minnesota has a $1.4 billion budget shortfall, and Dayton said the state needs to spend $200 million to replace all toll booths in Minnesota.
Minnesota DOT Commissioner Mike Walshe told reporters on Friday that the project will cost about $1 billion and is expected to cost about 20 years to complete.