Tyler Duvall, the top policymaker at the Department of Transportation, thinks we should start a toll tax on neighborhood roads.
By IAN McCANN and MICHAEL A. LINDENBERGER, Dallas Morning News
Highland Park's solution to unclogging traffic congestion on Mockingbird Lane: Make Dallas drivers pay for it.
Since most of the 18,000 drivers on the road each day cut through the town, officials are exploring a proposal to toll the road. Most local drivers would not be charged.
A plan is far from developed, but if it comes to pass, transportation experts say the stretch of Mockingbird between Hillcrest Avenue and Dallas North Tollway could become the first tolled surface street in the country. The concept, known as congestion pricing, was among dozens of ideas in an application last year in which Dallas Area Rapid Transit led a team of North Texas officials seeking part of a $1 billion federal grant program. It was aimed at finding innovative fixes for traffic-clogged streets in big cities.
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