With New Toll Lanes, Concerns over Mexico Traffic

Aman Betheja, New York Times, August 25, 2012

As El Paso prepares for its first toll lanes, officials in this border city are struggling with a question that for geographical reasons has been of less concern in Dallas, Austin and Houston, where toll roads are prevalent and proliferating: Will Mexican drivers pay their share?

El Paso will have an electronic tolling system, the same kind that has replaced tollbooths in other parts of the state. Vehicles sporting toll tags are charged as they speed past electronic readers. Those without a tag are sent a bill by mail.

“What do you think is going to happen when we send those bills to Juárez?” Mayor John Cook of El Paso asked at a transportation conference in Irving this month.

He predicted that the bills, which come from a tolling agency in another country, would be ignored.

“The tolls will only be for Texans, not for Mexicans,” Mr. Cook said. “It’s going to be highly unpopular, and I don’t think the revenue is going to be there for it.”

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More than 30,000 vehicles cross the bridges northbound from Mexico daily, according to the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation. Local officials worry that few Mexican drivers will feel compelled to pay the tolls.

Both Mr. Cook and State Representative Joe Pickett, Democrat of El Paso, said they feared the paying drivers would feel they were subsidizing Mexican drivers.

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  • mobilebay

    Naaaaah! Why would we feel like we were paying tolls for Mexicans? Since we already pay $346 Billion for the upkeep of their illegals annually, this is a drop in the bucket. I think it’s in our Constitution somewhere that Mexicans cannot be responsible for their own financial well-being and American taxpayers will be happy to foot the bill. Just try to bill Mexico. I can hear them laughing already. These have got to be the most irresponsible people on earth as well as the most corrupt.

  • “What do you think is going to happen when we send those bills to
    Juárez?” Mayor John Cook of El Paso asked at a transportation conference
    in Irving this month. He predicted that the bills, which come from a tolling agency in another country, would be ignored.

    Oh boy!  John Cook better be careful using hate speech like that.  Assuming that Mexicans in Juarez will simply refuse to pay their fair share is completely ignorant and racist.  Assuming that they will not obey our laws is unbelievably ignorant and racist, as the historical record of mexican immigration has mirrored that of Europe to a T.

  • How about spikes that don’t retract until the toll is paid?

    • Electronic passes are used to speed up traffic. They are read on the fly. I understand and agree with you that there should be a ‘stop/go’ aspect to the system but using barriers would defeat the purpose of keeping the traffic moving swiftly.

  • Church_of_Jed

    “No one expects Mexican drivers to pay tolls in Texas,” because expecting the heroes of the Reconquista to follow the rules and laws of their White Oppressors is a racist construct.

  • haroldcrews

    Why would they expect to pay attention to any US laws or pay their bills when they ignore so many with impunity and get so many freebies?

  • Love how they didn’t seem to think of this until AFTER the whole thing was conceived.

    • bluffcreek1967

      That’s a very good point! Typical of our government to finally consider the practical implications of their lofty “programs” and “projects” after the money has already been spent to build it!  

  • It’s a great metaphor for the overall Hispanic migrant situation in general.

    White America needs to have this kind of stuff rubbed in its face over and over and over again, the more overt the better, until someday people wake up.

    I always applaud instances of overt discrimination against whites and tax payers. We’re going to get screwed over by the government anyway. At least when it’s so obvious anyone can see it and get mad about it, it may contribute to ultimately opening people’s eyes.

  • The__Bobster

    I’m willing to pay the squatty invaders’ tolls all the way back to Mejico.

  • IKantunderstand

    Wow! You guys are geniuses! It’s kind of like the emergency room bills. And the public schooling bills. And the welfare bills.  You will actually save money by letting mexicans just cross and save the postage,clerical costs etc. Since when have mexicans paid for anything ?

  • As El Paso prepares for its first toll lanes, officials in this border
    city are struggling with a question that for geographical reasons has
    been of less concern in Dallas, Austin and Houston, where toll roads are
    prevalent and proliferating: Will Mexican drivers pay their share?

    As if Dallas, Austin and Houston have no Mexicans.

    • KittyAmerica

      I took a glance at the NTTA’s top offender list, people with 100 or more unpaid tolls since 1/2010. Lots of Mexican surnames., actually very depressing as a 5th gen Texan.