|Tron, or Toll Road?|
I assume this will be a lot like Dallas. You drive through the tolls and cameras sneak-a-peek at your plates and send you a bill in the mail after about $5. Don't pay and a penalty of ten-times that follows. I suspect the initial plans were to use the red license plates for better readability a few years back, but too many complaints meant adjusting the technology. So does this mean the plan for toll roads have been in the works for awhile?
It is rather ingenious if you think about it. Greensboro's airport could have been the success story RDU is. We could be charging a toll for everyone in and out of the airport, creating revenue.
Certainly the people in the Triangle can afford the additional tax as it's one of the wealthier areas of North Carolina, but please don't cry to me if this state votes for a Republican because the Democrats are taxing people for health-care. This state is a bit tax happy. God knows what they're planning next.
Since I've never known NC to have tollways, if its a success, I suspect we will be seeing them here too. I have no problem with it if the money goes to the right things or you lower the gas tax, neither which I suspect will happen. The future of North Carolina appears to be a monthly bill just to get to work and back. This might be another reason to consider escaping before you can't afford to leave the state, or celebrating if you love parking lots and black-top in lieu of nature and wildlife.