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This is how toll is paid for the Bay Bridge in Md
This is how toll is paid for the Bay Bridge in Md
Published: 2013/09/08
Channel: TruckDriverDiary
Golden Gate Bridge Tolls - People Behaving Badly
Golden Gate Bridge Tolls - People Behaving Badly
Published: 2013/03/28
Channel: TVman1981
Morph - Toll Bridge
Morph - Toll Bridge
Published: 2008/09/12
Channel: Aardman Animations
Dashcam - Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge
Dashcam - Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge
Published: 2015/09/09
Channel: Paul Donovan
Driving Montreal
Driving Montreal's New A30 Toll Bridge (driver's seat view)
Published: 2013/02/22
Channel: Jeremy's Transit & Tech
Raw Video: Chopper 5 Over Deadly Crash at Bay Bridge Toll Plaza
Raw Video: Chopper 5 Over Deadly Crash at Bay Bridge Toll Plaza
Published: 2017/12/02
Channel: KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
Bridge Protocol | Stephen Hyduchak Discusses Bitpaction Scandal, MVP, Regulations & Adoption | $TOLL
Bridge Protocol | Stephen Hyduchak Discusses Bitpaction Scandal, MVP, Regulations & Adoption | $TOLL
Published: 2018/07/21
Channel: Crypto Zombie
New NY Bridge – Cashless Tolling
New NY Bridge – Cashless Tolling
Published: 2016/03/07
Channel: New NY Bridge
Driving Over the Fort Madison BNSF Toll Bridge
Driving Over the Fort Madison BNSF Toll Bridge
Published: 2012/04/04
Channel: Trains of Chicagoland and Beyond...
New York State To Eliminate Toll Gates On Bridges And Tunnels
New York State To Eliminate Toll Gates On Bridges And Tunnels
Published: 2016/12/21
Channel: CBS New York
Fastrak Flex in the Bay Area - Express Lanes, Bridge Tolls, Cars, and Motorcycles
Fastrak Flex in the Bay Area - Express Lanes, Bridge Tolls, Cars, and Motorcycles
Published: 2017/12/09
Channel: DrewTalks
International Bridge Toll Plaza Construction Update #4
International Bridge Toll Plaza Construction Update #4
Published: 2015/06/04
Channel: MichiganDOT
Toll Taker Killed In Horrific Early Morning Crash At Bay Bridge Toll Plaza
Toll Taker Killed In Horrific Early Morning Crash At Bay Bridge Toll Plaza
Published: 2017/12/03
Channel: KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
Only Fools And Horses - Cheeky Sod At Humber Bridge Toll Booth [To Hull And Back]
Only Fools And Horses - Cheeky Sod At Humber Bridge Toll Booth [To Hull And Back]
Published: 2009/06/08
Channel: Tom A
Watch Dogs Walkthrough - Toll Bridge Criminal Convoy Side Mission
Watch Dogs Walkthrough - Toll Bridge Criminal Convoy Side Mission
Published: 2014/06/03
Channel: VGFAQ
Seattle Washington SR 520 Toll Bridge
Seattle Washington SR 520 Toll Bridge
Published: 2013/10/19
Channel: Jay Rule
Death toll rises to 6 from Florida bridge collapse
Death toll rises to 6 from Florida bridge collapse
Published: 2018/03/16
Channel: ABC News
Bridge And Tunnel Toll Hikes
Bridge And Tunnel Toll Hikes
Published: 2016/06/25
Channel: CBS New York
1926 Toll Bridge from Bellaire, OH to Benwood, WV
1926 Toll Bridge from Bellaire, OH to Benwood, WV
Published: 2016/08/30
Channel: St. Bernard Acres
Bay Bridge Toll Plaza - People Behaving Badly
Bay Bridge Toll Plaza - People Behaving Badly
Published: 2016/03/22
Channel: TVman1981
Roblox - Lumber Tycoon 2 - Bypass Toll Bridge, Tired Code -_-
Roblox - Lumber Tycoon 2 - Bypass Toll Bridge, Tired Code -_-
Published: 2017/07/15
Channel: Heath Haskins
Hay on Wye, Hay Bluff and Whitney Toll Bridge
Hay on Wye, Hay Bluff and Whitney Toll Bridge
Published: 2010/11/21
Channel: StarVideoCoUK
Robert F. Kennedy (Triborough) Bridge - No Toll Booths New York City USA
Robert F. Kennedy (Triborough) Bridge - No Toll Booths New York City USA
Published: 2017/06/26
Channel: Future Travel
Driver arrested after toll taker killed in Bay Bridge crash
Driver arrested after toll taker killed in Bay Bridge crash
Published: 2017/12/03
Channel: ABC7 News Bay Area
Sydney Harbour Bridge Northern toll plaza precinct upgrade
Sydney Harbour Bridge Northern toll plaza precinct upgrade
Published: 2017/11/22
Channel: Spatial Media
Toll Bridge to Barmouth
Toll Bridge to Barmouth
Published: 2013/08/10
Channel: Funbiker
MTA Bridge Toll Penalties
MTA Bridge Toll Penalties
Published: 2015/12/15
Channel: CBS New York
Toll Bridge - Downtown Sunset
Toll Bridge - Downtown Sunset
Published: 2017/07/26
Channel: Toll Bridge
Measure To Increase Bay Area Bridge Tolls Passes; Some Find It Unfair
Measure To Increase Bay Area Bridge Tolls Passes; Some Find It Unfair
Published: 2018/06/07
Channel: KPIX CBS SF Bay Area
Toll Plaza of Padma Bridge in Bangladesh
Toll Plaza of Padma Bridge in Bangladesh
Published: 2016/10/19
Channel: M Times
Oldtown MD Toll Bridge
Oldtown MD Toll Bridge
Published: 2017/05/02
Channel: BackroadTraveler
No Use For A Name-Tollbridge
No Use For A Name-Tollbridge
Published: 2011/05/25
Channel: imasstupidashell
Toll Bridge Troll
Toll Bridge Troll
Published: 2011/03/07
Channel: tks71
Crossing Golden Gate Bridge in Rental Car Toll Paid HD
Crossing Golden Gate Bridge in Rental Car Toll Paid HD
Published: 2014/09/13
Channel: Webadvice
Toll Booth Demolition at Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Toll Booth Demolition at Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
Published: 2017/07/13
Channel: mtainfo
Whitney-on-Wye Toll Bridge History Video
Whitney-on-Wye Toll Bridge History Video
Published: 2015/07/01
Channel: Maggie Taylor
Death Toll Expected To Rise In Florida Bridge Collapse
Death Toll Expected To Rise In Florida Bridge Collapse
Published: 2018/03/16
Channel: CBS New York
Proposed Toll Bridge Drawing Opposition From Some Kane County Residents
Proposed Toll Bridge Drawing Opposition From Some Kane County Residents
Published: 2015/07/15
Channel: CBS Chicago
Cashless tolls start on PA side of Turnpike Bridge
Cashless tolls start on PA side of Turnpike Bridge
Published: 2015/12/31
Channel: NJ.com
Going over the Delaware Turnpike-Toll Bridge (I-276)
Going over the Delaware Turnpike-Toll Bridge (I-276)
Published: 2012/04/02
Channel: Hotelmanztv
Newell Toll Bridge Between East Liverpool, OH and Newell, WV Ohio River
Newell Toll Bridge Between East Liverpool, OH and Newell, WV Ohio River
Published: 2014/06/17
Channel: RoadLens
Toll Bridge - Downtown Riviera
Toll Bridge - Downtown Riviera
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Toll Bridge
New Toll Bridge - Yuma to Ukiah [743mi] 2 of 2 - American Truck Simulator [ep56]
New Toll Bridge - Yuma to Ukiah [743mi] 2 of 2 - American Truck Simulator [ep56]
Published: 2016/09/29
Channel: SB Gaming
People That Create Confusion at the Bay Bridge Toll Plaze Behave Badly
People That Create Confusion at the Bay Bridge Toll Plaze Behave Badly
Published: 2013/11/23
Channel: KRON 4
How Do I Pay Golden Gate Bridge Toll?
How Do I Pay Golden Gate Bridge Toll?
Published: 2017/09/29
Channel: Ask Question II
Toll Bridge - Garage Files VOL.2
Toll Bridge - Garage Files VOL.2
Published: 2017/08/18
Channel: Toll Bridge
Death Toll Raised To 6 In Florida Pedestrian Bridge Collapse
Death Toll Raised To 6 In Florida Pedestrian Bridge Collapse
Published: 2018/03/16
Channel: CBS Pittsburgh
Crossing The Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge
Crossing The Chicago Skyway Toll Bridge
Published: 2015/08/12
Channel: mindlessgonzo
Fox and Crow- tollbridge trouble
Fox and Crow- tollbridge trouble
Published: 2012/12/09
Channel: Hans Schnitzel
Everyone Pays the Bridge Toll | Listed | PlayerUnknown
Everyone Pays the Bridge Toll | Listed | PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Gameplay | #PUBG
Published: 2017/06/11
Channel: Listedez
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Paying toll on passing a bridge.--From a painted window in the Tournai Cathedral (15th century).

A toll bridge is a bridge where a monetary charge (or "toll") is required to pass over. Generally the private or public owner builder and maintainer of the bridge uses the toll to recoup their investment, in much the same way as a toll road.

History[edit]

Toll booth at Mississippi River Bridge at St. Louis, Missouri U.S. Library of Congress

The practice of collecting tolls on bridges harks back to the days of ferry crossings where people paid a fee to be ferried across stretches of water. As boats became impractical to carry large loads, ferry operators looked for new sources of revenue. Having built a bridge, they hoped to recoup their investment by charging tolls for people, animals, vehicles, and goods to cross it.[citation needed]

The original London Bridge across the river Thames opened as a toll bridge, but an accumulation of funds by the charitable trust that operated the bridge (Bridge House Estates) saw that the charges were dropped. Using interest on its capital assets, the trust now owns and runs all seven central London bridges at no cost to taxpayers or users.

In the United States, private ownership of toll bridges peaked in the mid-19th century, and by the turn of the 20th century most toll bridges were taken over by state highway departments. In some instances, a quasi-governmental authority was formed, and toll revenue bonds were issued to raise funds for construction and/or operation of the facility.

Peters and Kramer observed that "...little research has been done to quantify the impact of toll collection on society as a whole..." and therefore they published a comprehensive analysis of the Total Societal Cost (TSC) associated with toll collection as a means of taxation.[1] TSC is the sum of administrative, compliance, fuel and pollution costs. In 2000 they estimated it to be $56,914,732, or 37.3% of revenue collected. They also found that a user of a toll road is subject to a form of triple taxation, and that in the final analysis toll collection is a very inefficient means of funding the development of highway infrastructure. Nakamura and Kockelman (2002) show that tolls are by nature regressive, shifting the burden of taxation disproportionately to the poor and middle classes.[2]

Electronic toll collection, branded under names such as EZ-Pass, SunPass, IPass, FasTrak, Treo, GoodToGo, and 407ETR, became increasingly prevalent to metropolitan areas in the 21st century.[3] Amy Finkelstien, a public finance economist at MIT, reports that as the fraction of drivers using electronic toll collection increased, typically toll rates increased as well, because people were less aware of how much they're paying in tolls.[4][5]

Electronic tolling proposals that represented the shadow price of electronic toll collection (instead of the TSC) may have misled decision makers. Consumers have additionally endured an increased administrative burden associated with paying toll bills and navigating toll collection company on-line billing systems. Additionally, visitors to a region may incur e-toll tag fees imposed by their rental car company.[6] The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1980 identified and attempted to address a similar problem associated with the government collection of information. Approvals were to be secured by government agencies before promulgating a paper form, website, survey or electronic submission that will impose an information collection burden on the general public. However, the act did not anticipate and thus address the consumer burden associated with funding infrastructure via electronic toll collection instead of through more traditional forms of taxation.

The bridge Vidyasagar Setu illuminated at night in Kolkata (India).

Removal/continuation of tolls[edit]

In some instances, tolls have been removed after retirement of the toll revenue bonds issued to raise funds for construction and/or operation of the facility. Examples include the Robert E. Lee Memorial Bridge in Richmond, Virginia which carries U.S. Route 1 across the James River, and the 4.5-mile long James River Bridge 80 miles downstream which carries U.S. Highway 17 across the river of the same name near its mouth at Hampton Roads. In other cases, especially major facilities such as the Chesapeake Bay Bridge near Annapolis, Maryland, and the George Washington Bridge over Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey, the continued collection of tolls provides a dedicated source of funds for ongoing maintenance and improvements.

Toll plaza at the Rainbow Bridge, Niagara County, New York U.S. Library of Congress

Sometimes citizens revolt against toll plazas, as was the case in Jacksonville, Florida. Tolls were in place on four bridges crossing the St. Johns River, including I-95. These tolls paid for the respective bridges as well as many other highway projects. As Jacksonville continued to grow, the tolls created bottlenecks on the roadway. In 1988, Jacksonville voters chose to eliminate all the toll booths and replace the revenue with a ½ cent sales tax increase. In 1989, the toll booths were removed, 36 years after the first toll booth went up.

In Scotland, the Scottish Parliament purchased the Skye Bridge from its owners in late 2004, ending the requirement to pay an unpopular expensive toll to cross to Skye from the mainland.

in 2004, the German government cancelled a contract with the "Toll Collect" syndicate after much negative publicity. The term "Toll Collect" became a popular byword among Germans used to describe everything wrong with their national economy.[7][8]

Toll collection[edit]

It has become increasingly common for a toll bridge to only charge a fee in one direction.[citation needed] This helps reduce the traffic congestion in the other direction, and generally does not significantly reduce revenue, especially when those travelling the one direction are forced to come back over the same or a different toll bridge.

Toll avoidance: shunpiking[edit]

A practice known as shunpiking evolved which entails finding another route for the specific purpose of avoiding payment of tolls.

In some situations where the tolls were increased or felt to be unreasonably high, informal shunpiking by individuals escalated into a form of boycott by regular users, with the goal of applying the financial stress of lost toll revenue to the authority determining the levy.

Toll rates at Connecticut River Bridge between New Hampshire and Vermont U.S. Library of Congress

One such example of shunpiking as a form of boycott occurred at the James River Bridge in eastern Virginia. After years of lower than anticipated revenues on the narrow privately funded structure built in 1928, the state of Virginia finally purchased the facility in 1949 and increased the tolls in 1955 without visibly improving the roadway, with the notable exception of a new toll plaza.

The increased toll rates incensed the public and business users alike. In a well-publicised example of shunpiking, Joseph W. Luter Jr., head of Smithfield Packing Company, the producer of world-famous Smithfield Hams, ordered his truck drivers to take a different route and cross a smaller and cheaper bridge. Tolls continued for 20 more years, and were finally removed from the old bridge in 1975 when construction began on a toll-free replacement structure.

Historic examples of toll bridges[edit]

England[edit]

Ireland[edit]

Dublin's famous Ha'penny Bridge

North America[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Peters, Jonathan R.; Kramer, Jonathan K. (2003). "The Inefficiency of Toll Collection as a Means of Taxation: Evidence from the Garden State Parkway" (PDF). Transportation Quarterly. Eno Transportation Foundation, Inc., Washington, DC (Vol. 57, No. 3, Summer 2003 (17–31)). Retrieved Dec 8, 2015. 
  2. ^ Nakamura, Katsuhiko; Kockelman, Kara Maria (2000-01-01). Congestion Pricing and Roadspace Rationing: An Application to the San Francisco Bay Bridge Corridor. 
  3. ^ "Tolling Agencies Find Efficiency Through Consolidation". Xerox. Archived from the original on December 8, 2015. Retrieved Dec 8, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Analyzing the Hidden Costs of EZ Pass Tolls". NPR.org. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  5. ^ "Study: Toll Transponders Hide Cost of Tolling". www.thenewspaper.com. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  6. ^ "How to Avoid E-Toll Tag Fees - Consumer Reports". www.consumerreports.org. Retrieved 2015-12-08. 
  7. ^ (www.dw.com), Deutsche Welle (2004-02-17). "German Government Cancels Toll Contract". DW.COM. Retrieved 2016-03-14. 
  8. ^ Flyvbjerg, Bent; Garbuio, Massimo; Lovallo, Dan (2009). "Delusion and Deception in Large Infrastructure Projects: Two Models for Explaining and Preventing Executive Disaster". California Management Review. 52 (2): 170–193. arXiv:1303.7403Freely accessible. doi:10.1225/CMR423. 

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