The first law providing federal aid to states for construction and maintenance of roads was enacted almost a century ago, in 1916.
Eno Transportation Weekly
December 8, 2017 – Virginia has always restricted peak hour use of I-66 inside the Beltway to vehicles with two or more occupants. That changed on December 4, when for the first time the state began allowing vehicles with only one occupant to use the roadway, subject to a toll that varies based on demand. High occupant vehicles (HOV) with two or more people could still drive for free.
October 1, 2015 – On September 30, the House Oversight Subcommittee for Transportation and Public Assets held a hearing on the status of national tolling interoperability to identify remaining actions needed to develop and implement a national tolling system as required by the 2012 Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21).
By Micah Himmel Toll roads serve an important role in ensuring regional and national mobility in Japan, which has a lengthy history of tolling its expressways. In contrast to highways in the United States and Europe, Japan has employed tolling on its roads since shortly after World War II.
Let’s just say that Congress has been having this debate for a really long time.
The first law providing federal aid to states for construction and maintenance of roads was enacted almost a century ago, in 1916. That bill (H.R. 7617, 64th Congress) was reported from the brand-new House Committee on Roads without any restrictions on federal money being used for toll roads.