Truck toll in­come higher than ex­pected

Woonsocket Call - - REGION/OBITUARIES -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — The Rhode Is­land Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion says the state’s truck toll sys­tem has charged more trucks and brought in more money than ex­pected in the first six months.

When the state launched the first two truck tolls on In­ter­state 95 on June 11, the state’s traf­fic stud­ies es­ti­mated 177,292 trac­tor-trail­ers would pass un­der the toll gantries each month for $598,667 in monthly charges.

The Prov­i­dence Jour­nal re­ports that through six months end­ing Dec. 10, the tolls have av­er­aged 186,698 big rigs charged per month and $617,805 in bill­able charges.

The truck­ing in­dus­try had pre­dicted that truck­ers would take al­ter­nate routes to avoid the tolls.

An­other 10 truck tolls are sched­uled to be built on high­ways across the state be­tween this May and May 2020.

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