A UT Department of Civil Engineering study takes a close look at the revenue generation rewards of toll taxing a number of existing downtown Austin bridges — including the popular Congress bridge and others. As stated in the study:
"The bridges identified for tolling are those at Redbud Trail, Loop 1, Lamar Boulevard, Congress Avenue, and South First Street, henceforth referred as “Bridge Toll Candidates”..."Professor Kara M. Kockelman, Ph.D., P.E., is noted as a corresponding author in the study (find other toll studies in the last link). The UT department receives funding directly from TxDOT and looks at several ways (including fixed and congestion pricing) to collect a hefty toll tax from existing downtown Austin bridges.:
"Fixed tolls ranging from $1 to $5 were applied between 7:15 am and 6:15 pm on all links entering the cordon"Congestion pricing is simple.
When the toll is high at peak driving times, some people are forced out of their cars, so there are less cars jamming up traffic. Congestion pricing is an unaccountable tax that unfairly punishes the non-elite.
Gov. Rick Perry, Sen. Kirk Watson and other elites/tollers will tell you and your family to just take the bus.