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Poor toll example

Published:Wednesday | March 23, 2016 | 3:09 PM


I write in reference to a letter titled 'Toll Rates Unreasonable', written by John D. Kennedy and published in The Gleaner on March 22.

Mr Kennedy compared proposed Jamaican toll rates to those in the United States (US), which I find ridiculous. He wrote: "It is alarming why toll rates, even those before the recently proposed ones for the North-South Highway, are so high. I looked at toll rates in the United States, and they begin at a low of 11.4 cents per mile, using the New Jersey Turnpike, to the highest charge of 54.4 cents at 17-Mile Drive, California."

At an exchange rate of approximately J$120 to US$1, a one-mile toll charge would be equivalent to J$1,368 while the said 17 miles used in his example, which is shorter than the new toll road, would have been US$6,528. Is this not more than our proposed toll?