Here We Grow Again! Massive Fee Increase on Maine Turnpike

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Bob Stone
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Here We Grow Again! Massive Fee Increase on Maine Turnpike

quote: It will cost L-A residents 25% more to go to Portland and 33% more to go to Augusta in February. I'd say that is a pretty hefty increase.
"How much more can we take up here in L-A, Mistah Speakuh?" Bob Stone

Boo Hoo. Life is so unfair to all the smucks like Bob who live in the LA Area. You can at least hop on the interstate and travel between the towns without paying a toll.Here in Westbrook, we pay a toll just to sneeze near the Turnpike. In the case of two tolls we get to pay twice for the same service. Transpass is actually a great deal. I understand that people are dissappointed with the increases, but lets attack this on the merits.Why does it take four to eight MTA dump trucks with full work crews to protect one paint truck on the highway? Why do we fix roads that are in great shape while we let the DOT struggle to fix road in rural areas? Hell have any of you traveled through Guilford Lately. Drive there enough and you will have to have a kidney transplant.Tony

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Here We Grow Again! Massive Fee Increase on Maine Turnpike

It will cost L-A residents 25% more to go to Portland and 33% more to go to Augusta in February. I'd say that is a pretty hefty increase."How much more can we take up here in L-A, Mistah Speakuh?"Note: This road was built with the clear intention for the MTA to retire construction bonds and dissolve. It is simply not fair for L-A residents to have to pay for high speed transit to Portland and Augusta while people do not have to pay for identical transit from Waterville to Bangor or Augusta to Waterville or Portland to Augusta for that matter. Not fair, but it will not change.
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AP Article:PORTLAND, Maine -- The Maine Turnpike Authority voted unanimously Friday to boost tolls to raise an additional $13.5 million a year for improvements on the 109-mile toll road.The rates that go into effect in February represent the turnpike's first toll increase in six years.Cash fares at the main toll plazas in York, New Gloucester and West Gardiner are going up 25 cents, while other toll plazas will see a 10 cent increase. All other users will see higher rates as well."It's a rational increase. It's not one that has gone hog wild," Turnpike Authority Chairman Gerald P. Conley Sr. said after the vote.Frequent users will see some of the biggest increases under the plan, which was subject to more than a year of study.Commuter passes are subject to the biggest increase, 41 percent, and truckers will be seeing increases between 30 percent and 40 percent, said Dan Paradee, spokesman for the turnpike authority.But commuters will still receive at least 50 percent savings from the cash fare if they make five round trips per week, he said. And volume discounts of 20 percent are available for trucking companies.The additional revenues will be used during a five-year capital improvement plan that includes $32 million for construction of a new York toll plaza, the gateway for most tourists entering the state from the south.Other turnpike improvements include the rehabilitation of 15-20 bridges for $27 million, the repaving of 37 miles of road for $17 million, an expansion of park-and-ride lots for $2 million and construction of a new turnpike authority headquarters building."No one likes a toll increase but the revenues raised through this plan will pay for repairs and safety improvements that are absolutely vital to Maine's economic future," Conley said.[ 07-24-2004: Message edited by: Bob Stone ]

Mike Travers
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Re: Here We Grow Again! Massive Fee Increase on Maine Turnp

There will be a death at the Gray exit due to traffic backup from all the people avoiding the New Gloucester toll.

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My problem is they rape the highway dedicated funds to claim they have a surplus then need a bond to covah their Jackass (mascot) policies.

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quote:Originally posted by Bob Stone:
[b]or Portland to Augusta for that matter. Not fair, but it will not change.[/b]

Fair? You are sounding like a liberal.You can't get from Portland to Augusta on the Interstate without paying a toll.I would rather pay a toll than a higher gas tax. I don't have to pay a toll when I buy gas for the lawn mower but I do still pay the gas tax.

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Re: Here We Grow Again! Massive Fee Increase on Maine Turnp

Let's face it, we are all being raped by our state government and we are not given the luxury of some vaseline. We are paying tolls that should have been eliminated decades ago. Our taxes on fuel are not going where they should and this is an absolute outrage. I personally believe that we should all write our federal government and ask for an investigation as to why so many dollars collected under the gasoline taxes go to something else. If you don't believe it, the State of Maine Planning Office has figures that confirm it.

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I can't find the older thread

I can't find the older thread on the York toll plaza controversy, so I'm posting this on here. Thanks for finding this one, Scott!

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MTA will renew investigation of 16 tollbooth sites in York County

By Deborah McDermott
dmcdermott@seacoastonline.com
September 03, 2009 2:00 AM

YORK — The Maine Turnpike Authority Board of Directors is expected to make official ... plans to begin anew an investigation of some 16 sites for a southern Maine toll plaza to replace the current one in York.

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... a recent report... said advances in electronic tolling... will allow for a plaza footprint that is about 150 feet smaller than originally envisioned. As a result, engineers recommended... re-investigate all 16 sites, as well as a new plaza near the existing site.

[url=http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20090903-NEWS-909030368]Source[/url]

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Maine toll search

Maine toll search revived
York has fought to protect homes

By Deborah McDermott
dmcdermott@seacoastonline.com
September 11, 2009 2:00 AM

YORK, Maine — ...snip

The Maine Turnpike Authority... unanimously agreed to investigate 16 sites... for a new toll plaza to replace the one in York...

... also voted to advance three options on the existing site. One is to do nothing, and the other two involve moving the plaza just slightly north and making several changes to the exit roads.
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The MTA staff has long said it has marching orders from board chairman Gerard Conley that no homes can be taken by eminent domain on any site.

[url=http://www.seacoastonline.com/articles/20090911-NEWS-909110399]Promises, Promises.[/url]

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