Tollway boycott? It comes down to time vs. money

Aug 29, 2011 Full story: Daily Herald 21

Does a tollway hike in January mean thousands of I-PASS users flocking to alternate routes to avoid paying more at tolled ramps and plazas? That's about 1.6 million folks driving to a holiday destination now, up by 2,000 from a year ago.

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The Observer

Chicago, IL

#1 Aug 29, 2011
It is time to boycott Illinois Tollways starting Jan 1, 2012. There is no possible justification for increasing tolls in the manner and percentage that has been done. Let's stick together on this one. I know it will be inconvenient at times but we must not let this increase stand. Next up is probable privatization if we do not make a stand. Please join us in sending a message to the corrupt politicians of Illinois. Thank you for your time reading this. See you on the side streets.
Fast lane

Naperville, IL

#2 Aug 29, 2011
The Observer wrote:
It is time to boycott Illinois Tollways starting Jan 1, 2012. There is no possible justification for increasing tolls in the manner and percentage that has been done. Let's stick together on this one. I know it will be inconvenient at times but we must not let this increase stand. Next up is probable privatization if we do not make a stand. Please join us in sending a message to the corrupt politicians of Illinois. Thank you for your time reading this. See you on the side streets.
Good, stay off the tollway and make my commute that much faster. Freeloader!
Mark

Naperville, IL

#3 Aug 29, 2011
I wish the expansion was finished before they raise the tollway fees. It seems a little unfair; now I'm going to have to put up with time consuming road construction on the tollway for several years and pay a premium to do so. Rat Bast***s! I HATE THIS STATE!
The Observer

Chicago, IL

#4 Sep 23, 2011
Fast lane wrote:
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Good, stay off the tollway and make my commute that much faster. Freeloader!
You're obviously a beneficiary of the increase, so who is the freeloader?

I have been paying tolls for about thirty years, so I have paid my fair share. How long have you been paying, perhaps we can get you a special assessment so you can catch-up.

If enough people participate in the boycott, and this movement is gathering steam, there won't be enough money to run the tollway, and your commute can get really long or maybe your job as a toll collector will be gone. Ha ha ha.
Really

Chicago, IL

#5 Sep 27, 2011
Free loading? If thats the case, why isn't every highway a tollroad? Or do they just put up toll ways where you really don't have a choice. For the amount of revenue there bringing in I shouldn't even feel a bump on that drive!
YouGotIt

Brookfield, IL

#6 Sep 28, 2011
Yea, Telecommute,take the train, bike, take the side roads, walk, get a new job closer to home. Complain to your employer. They will suck off that tite as long as they can.
just saying

Bolingbrook, IL

#7 Sep 28, 2011
Problem is the toll way has us by the balls. They know that they can raise the tolls and there aint one thing we can do about it. Sure you can try your boycott, for the first week maybe month it will work. However when people get tired of adding 15-20 minutes onto their commute, not to mention more wear and tare on their autos, and more gas usage, they will quickly bite the toll and pay it. Face it when the toll way started and we were told that once it was payed for it would go away, we were sold a bill of goods. People down state are laughing their a..es off and rightfully so
David F

Brea, CA

#8 Sep 30, 2011
just saying wrote:
Problem is the toll way has us by the balls. They know that they can raise the tolls and there aint one thing we can do about it. Sure you can try your boycott, for the first week maybe month it will work. However when people get tired of adding 15-20 minutes onto their commute, not to mention more wear and tare on their autos, and more gas usage, they will quickly bite the toll and pay it. Face it when the toll way started and we were told that once it was payed for it would go away, we were sold a bill of goods. People down state are laughing their a..es off and rightfully so
All Tollways need to go, spend most of the money collecting it. If not they need to make 55 and some other major roads down south so we can share the love! New freeway out west? Why do they get freeways and we get screwyouways?

Since: Sep 11

Lisle, IL

#9 Sep 30, 2011
In case you haven't noticed, nothing is free anymore. If you use it, you pay for it. It is a choice. Maybe they should cut back on other luxuries...Starbucks, cell phones, etc, the increase wouldn't be so bad.
Not a dem

Bolingbrook, IL

#10 Sep 30, 2011
David F wrote:
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All Tollways need to go, spend most of the money collecting it. If not they need to make 55 and some other major roads down south so we can share the love! New freeway out west? Why do they get freeways and we get screwyouways?
Why do they get freeways and we get screwyouways

Gee maybe its the KARMA train pulling up. Down state IL (south of 80) has for a LONG LONG time been screwed by "chicago". One example is the last election for Governor. Almost all the the "downstate" precincts voted for the republican candidate, yet thanks to Chicago land area, whose population wise is larger than down state, we get the dem governor.

Much of the tax dollars for the state is funneled Chicago's way.... So for give us country bumpkins for not feeling sorry for you having to pay a little more for once. By the way... you dont HAVE to use the toll way.
Alpha_Link

Saint Charles, IL

#11 Sep 30, 2011
I hate the tollway, every single part of it. It's also another reason why I hate this state of ours.

You know, if I forget my IPass and end up blowing through a toll plaza, I usually like to show my middle finger at the camera, just to express my love. ;)

Since: Dec 09

Romeoville, IL

#12 Sep 30, 2011
As said above, just forget your I-pass 1 or 2 days a week. There is nothing they can do if your plate is registered, it just causes the tollway to spend the time to look up your plate # and charge your account. Im guessing if they have to do this a few million times a week they will at least get the idea we are pissed.

There is nothing we can do at this point but either riot or pay the additional fees. If you do the math on the increase you will pay vs. the additional time you will spend on side streets, it comes out to $4-6 a hour for you time. If your time is worth that much then by all means feel free to hit the side streets. I for one will simply forget my I-pass a few days a week and let them bastards use my increased fee to go towards looking up my plate # a few times a week.
Just saying

Bolingbrook, IL

#13 Sep 30, 2011
David F wrote:
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All Tollways need to go, spend most of the money collecting it. If not they need to make 55 and some other major roads down south so we can share the love! New freeway out west? Why do they get freeways and we get screwyouways?
Heres the thing....

55, 80, 74, among other major "downstate" roads all have one thing in commen, as a whole, they are used by the entire state. So the upkeep of them is shared by the entire state.

Now 355, the tristate 88 also have something in commen, by and larger they are used by a geographiaclly small portion of the state, the chicagoland area.

So your argument is basically that the people of Illinois, most of whom will never use the tollway, should supplement the cost of upkeep for the tollway used primarily by Chicago people.... Ya that seems real fare.....

You may not like the toll increase, I get that. Indeed it is a bit of an extortion racket, however, it is not one you HAVE to be involved in. For all the tollways, there are other routes to get where you need to go. Dont like the toll, dont use the service. When Dish Network raised their rates, I quit using them... I didnt BMC, I just changed .... It is the adult thing to do... try it....
AGA 89

Chicago, IL

#14 Jan 3, 2012
boycott, I see employees taking more than 2 hours break (dunkin Donuts)at palatine RD & Milwaukee.. wasting Money !
Stu

Plainfield, IL

#15 Jan 7, 2012
Boycott!
Phick the Tollway

Lockport, IL

#16 Jan 7, 2012
Already done. 1st week up and down 83. 20 minutes more time, but I actually saved gas. I, for one, am not giving them bastards one more cent.
sss

Houston, TX

#17 Jan 12, 2012
Fast lane wrote:
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Good, stay off the tollway and make my commute that much faster. Freeloader!
All Observer is saying is that the toll increases are excessive and prejudiced and we should do something about it. He's entitled to his opinion and most people wouldn't disagree with him. If you choose to use the tollway and not care if what you're paying is fair, then knock yourself out. But calling him a freeloader just proves that you don't have much gray-matter to "knock out" of your almost empty head.
lis

United States

#18 Jan 27, 2012
I will never give this tollway another penny .... ten extra mins on my drive is well worth paying to use a road to get to a job that I pay taxes at for the same state.... where is the state tax going... wisconsin roads seem better than illinois yet there are no tolls.... no more ...
Sparky

Richardson, TX

#20 Jul 27, 2012
The Observer wrote:
It is time to boycott Illinois Tollways starting Jan 1, 2012. There is no possible justification for increasing tolls in the manner and percentage that has been done. Let's stick together on this one. I know it will be inconvenient at times but we must not let this increase stand. Next up is probable privatization if we do not make a stand. Please join us in sending a message to the corrupt politicians of Illinois. Thank you for your time reading this. See you on the side streets.
Buy a tollway blocking license plate cover from BravoMikes for 30 bucks online. They are thin, clear and readable from straight on, but give a mirror like image to tollway cameras.

Since: May 11

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#21 Jul 28, 2012
Sparky wrote:
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Buy a tollway blocking license plate cover from BravoMikes for 30 bucks online. They are thin, clear and readable from straight on, but give a mirror like image to tollway cameras.
Where are they?

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