June 25, 2019

Think before closing tolls

Lucien Potvin’s Nov. 24 letter suggested that Maine follow the lead of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick in eliminating the Turnpike Authority.

Perhaps Mr. Potvin should spend some time reading the full Bay State plan, as along with the dissolution of the Massachusetts Transportation Authority comes $7 tolls on Tobin Bridge and on other major roads into Boston to pay off the Big Dig efforts.

I agree that the plan to move the York toll is fiscally irresponsible at this point in time, but to suggest that dissolving the Maine Turnpike Authority would eliminate cost problems is simply ridiculous. While Gov. Patrick is eliminating the MTA, he’s relocating certain tolls to Massport.

Perhaps Mr. Potvin can suggest who will man the tolls and collect change, since he seems to be such an advocate for more bureaucracy.

Ben Goodman


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