Are tolls used for the same things as gas taxes?



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    Toll money generally goes towards paying for loans that the state may have taken in order to build the road in the first place.  These loans typically come from the state DOT (Department of Transportation).  Tolls also go towards covering general operation costs (labor) and maintenance of the roadway and facilities along the road.  

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    To follow up with rn4fldhcky’s answer, tolls may also go to private companies that pay for toll collection rights.  The costs of highway and bridge projects are massive.  Some states need the infrastructure but do not have the anywhere near the necessary income to fund such projects.  Especially now that so many states are broke.  By selling toll rights, states are able to fund projects without having to increase tax revenue.  The downside to these deals is that tolls become costly when private organizations are involved.

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