Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Post 5: Break Up The Turnpike Monopoly !

The turnpike is a toll road traveled by thousands of people on a daily basis to get to and from work, or to travel from family to family on the holidays. Regardless of what it is used for it is used A LOT and by A LOT of people. The turnpike is a monopoly. The turnpike is in certain cases the only fast way to get to and from 2 locations. This being the only option for customers, the turnpike has the option to raise prices for tolls and customers have to oblige. The turnpike raising toll prices effects more than just the wallet of the common business man, it adds onto transportation cost for common goods being transported by tractor trailers using the turnpike. So higher tolls = higher transport cost = 5 dollars for a gallon of milk because they have to factor in transportation cost increases. If 295 and 95 are non toll roads and are still in good if not better condition than the turnpike why do we have to pay for one and not the other. I don't see why we have to pay tolls on the turnpike and not on other major highways. I think this monopoly should be broken up. It cost me $13 to go see my family in up state Pennsylvania, and like the MasterCard commercials . . . . that, is priceless. Or at least it should be.

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