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More Twin Cities express lanes are on the horizon

There are 37 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Sep 24, 2010, titled More Twin Cities express lanes are on the horizon. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

Imagine paying a toll to get in a highway express lane without ever rolling down your window or fumbling for change.

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bad idea

Elk River, MN

#1 Sep 25, 2010
These express lanes are a bad idea. All it does is back up more traffic. Our government is just getting greedy and wanting more money.
Ed K

Saint Paul, MN

#2 Sep 25, 2010
Careful what you wish for. I grew up in NY and once tolls are in, they will never go away as NY has had since 1955 on their Thruway while other states built freeways toll free by federal money. Also, it is interesting that wealthy and management will take express lanes and can go to work anytime while staff must wait in traffic but are the ones most likely to be fired for being late. Isn't this backwards?
channel 5 guy

Kansas City, MO

#3 Sep 25, 2010
I CAN imagine paying a toll(TAX) without rolling down my window, when it come to taxes our state will figure out a way to suck money out of our pockets.What I can not imagion is why we have to pay rolls on roads we paid for out of our pockets and maintain with our tax dollars....we paid to construct the road, we pay to maintain the road, noew we pay to drive on the road??? triple taxation!!
P Jones

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Sep 25, 2010
We pay for the highways and then have to pay more to use them?

Call them what they are: The Lexus Lanes.

I never thought socialist Minnesota would kowtow to the rich (except of course, to the Pohlad family).

During rush hour, the regular freeway is stop and go and the Lexus Lanes are wide open: Creating more carbon dioxide, wasting gas and people's time. Way to go politicians.
Slim Pickens

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Sep 25, 2010
The rich already own the country; why on earth should they have to sit in traffic jams when they can afford not to?
Couch PPToe

Saint Paul, MN

#6 Sep 25, 2010
Car pool. You can use the toll lanes without paying if you car pool.

The poor already car pool any way, right?
How much

Minneapolis, MN

#7 Sep 25, 2010
How much does this cost and are the costs repaid by the tolls in what time period Reporting this "wonder of technology" PR hype by MNDoT is idiot work. The PP is drivel.
Mike

Saint Cloud, MN

#8 Sep 25, 2010
Toll roads are a good idea. They pay for themselves. You want good roads, you want to travel faster? Pay a toll. It works everywhere else. They missed a chance to turn the new portion of 494 into a toll road. All the money in the state goes to fixing and widening roads in the Twin Cities, so there's little to fix roads elsewhere. Let the people who are using the roads most pay for them.
Mike

Saint Cloud, MN

#9 Sep 25, 2010
channel 5 guy wrote:
I CAN imagine paying a toll(TAX) without rolling down my window, when it come to taxes our state will figure out a way to suck money out of our pockets.What I can not imagion is why we have to pay rolls on roads we paid for out of our pockets and maintain with our tax dollars....we paid to construct the road, we pay to maintain the road, noew we pay to drive on the road??? triple taxation!!
Ask people in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Pennsylvania, Florida...etc how it works. If you don't want to drive on the road, take another or stay home. It's a user fee. Ask yourself how much it costs to continue to widen roads, change the path of roads and maintain roads in the Twin Cities. It's astronomical...come outstate and drive on some of the roads, they're junk. That's because they spend most of the money in the Twin Cities. I believe we pay taxes out here too, except we just get told to suck it up.
Citizen

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Sep 25, 2010
"Imagine paying a toll to get in a highway express lane without ever rolling down your window or fumbling for change."

Imagine the United States turning into a two-tier banana republic, where the whole notion of government and sharing anything gain no traction.

Oh wait - these taxpayer-subsidized Lexus Lanes show me we're already there! Cheer!
Citizen

Saint Paul, MN

#11 Sep 25, 2010
Mike wrote:
Toll roads are a good idea. They pay for themselves.
Right, just like tax cuts.
Margin of Error

Saint Paul, MN

#12 Sep 25, 2010
Why don't ya just call them what they are Toll Lanes.

We really are not as stupid as you imagine.
Grandmaster G

Cannon Falls, MN

#13 Sep 25, 2010
Mike wrote:
Toll roads are a good idea. They pay for themselves. You want good roads, you want to travel faster? Pay a toll. It works everywhere else. They missed a chance to turn the new portion of 494 into a toll road. All the money in the state goes to fixing and widening roads in the Twin Cities, so there's little to fix roads elsewhere. Let the people who are using the roads most pay for them.
No Mike toll roads are a bad idea.... they are a scam.... Did you forget the libs just passed a gas tax increase to pay for roads? On top of all the other tax money already in place designated for the highway system. Then we pay 12 guys $28. an hour to lean on a shovel or sit in a truck while two guys scoop asphalt.

If we taught people how to drive, slower traffic to the right, we would not have all the traffic problems that we have now. Just watch, some people get on the freeway and are hell bent on heading to the left lane and staying there until they quickly have to cross three lanes of traffic to not miss their exit. Truck drivers are now also driving in the left lane! You NEVER used to see that. Cops need to write tickets for it, yes there is a MN law against it. That would cure our congestion problem and we could keep our wallets in our pockets. Chicago is full of toll roads, their commute is a nightmare! All it did was take money out of the pockets of the people.
Taxpayer

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Sep 25, 2010
Why do we have to pay to use something that we have already paid for in taxes to begin with?

And why is Chicago hailed as an example sometimes? Chicago has been one of the most corrupt cities in the nation for at least close to a century already, and America isn't that old in comparison. Chicago is no model to follow for many things.
Sandra

Minneapolis, MN

#15 Sep 25, 2010
"Imagine paying a toll to get in a highway express lane without ever rolling down your window or fumbling for change. "

Imagine a government without politicians who are intent on sucking every last penny out of your pocket so they can give your money to special interest groups who give it back to the politicians as kickbacks.

Imagine.
Car pools are free

Prior Lake, MN

#16 Sep 25, 2010
If you car pool you can still use the HOV lane for FREE. If you want to pay a little extra to use it as a single driver, this allows you to do that. Oh yeah, and it provides funding for our crumbling infrastructure. Don't want to pay extra to use the HOV lane? Then don't! Car pool or stay in the slow lane.
Freeda

Minneapolis, MN

#18 Sep 25, 2010
Taxpayer wrote:
Why do we have to pay to use something that we have already paid for in taxes to begin with?
And why is Chicago hailed as an example sometimes? Chicago has been one of the most corrupt cities in the nation for at least close to a century already, and America isn't that old in comparison. Chicago is no model to follow for many things.
No wonder people gave you a nuts rating. You're a right wing, greedy nutcase who wants to hold back your dues to society and live a life of white flight in the suburbs. Freak.
adamh2o

Saint Paul, MN

#19 Sep 25, 2010
"Imagine paying a toll to get in a highway express lane without ever rolling down your window or fumbling for change."

What a stupid opening line. That's the way the "express lanes" already operate in MN. Why would I have to imagine something that already exists?
Freedom Lover

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Sep 25, 2010
bad idea wrote:
These express lanes are a bad idea. All it does is back up more traffic. Our government is just getting greedy and wanting more money.
For thirty years Minnesota Politicians have been pushing toll roads and other tax increases as the answer to all of our problems. Well, it just so happens that in that same thirty years, businesses have been abandoning Minnesota due to its unattractive business climate. Apples and oranges?
ravenous state

United States

#21 Sep 25, 2010
..wait a minute!

Didn't we already PAY for these roads?

Dumb lousy driver Minnesotans just gonna' rolllll over and pay again?

sheeple!

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