June 22, 2007

Tolls : Harris County cuts congestion pricing

Yesterday I mentioned that toll rates were going up on the Westpark Tollway in Houston Metro. Apparently, the Harris County Commissioners Court has reversed course on this and abandoned the idea. Why?


County Judge Ed Emmett announced today that the county will not double fees during peak hours on the Westpark Tollway, backing off a decision made two days earlier that was assailed by many tollway drivers and area residents.

"We will cancel the Westpark (peak-hours) increase,'' he said.

Member of Commissioners Court, especially Commissioner Steve Radack, have received phone calls and e-mails from residents criticizing the court's decision Tuesday to raise Westpark fees from $1 to $2.50 per transaction during peak hours.

Rescinding Tuesday's unanimous vote by the court "was certainly influenced by the public's reaction,'' Emmett said.

No shit, Judge. For those of you in the Lege and in county offices across the state (pay attention, Whitley) who may be thinking tolls are AWESOME, give the Harris County Commissioners a call and ask them how much fun they've had recently.

Posted by mcblogger at June 22, 2007 04:24 PM

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