Commuters who count on the 286-mile tollway system to get them where they need to go will be paying higher prices Jan. 1.
Officials are looking for a way to pay for a $12.1 billion expansion and improvement project for the roadways, an effort slated to get underway in 2012, reported the Chicago Tribune.
Around 1.4 million drivers use the toll roads every day. Under the plan, motorists will pay 87.5 percent more for the I-PASS, according to the article. A 40-cent toll will increase to 75 cents for example.
The cost of the average trip will be $1.18, up from 63 cents. A commuter who travels two times a day, five days a week, 50 weeks a year, will pay around $590 annually – an increase of around $275, the Tribune reported.
Officials said that the program would help reduce congestion, foster economic development, and create jobs.
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