Hello friends and good citizens:
Please sign our petition to attempt to end the new "toll roads" in LA. Large portions of our pay checks and taxes already go to the roads.
This is exploitation, an injustice, extortion, and arguably class warfare. These lanes have not visibly changed traffic patterns for the better, they are a nuisance to many, and are a reflection of corruption at different levels... To incorporate private businesses profiteering off my daily commute WAS NOT on the ballot this year and crept up on our citizens, and now this is one way to fight back.
I'm a working class tax payer in LA, and when I saw this criminal tolling I was a bit disgusted, and than went online to find out more people who shared the same sentiment/ These lanes were once free "carpool lanes" and now require a paid RFID transponder that costs $1,000+ a year. The transponder communicates with the sensors above the toll roads. To install this express lane system "high-occupancy lanes called ExpressLanes, which would cost a bit more than $1 billion. "
Could this $1 billion dollars have been used in other way to deal with the traffic situation, or better our city, without extra taxes against the lower working class? So far 13,000 tickets have been given out in relation to this road, estimated at over 4 million dollars, not counting other costs.
Their site "Toll Roads" has 40 "Top Questions" on the home page. My question is why is the city profiteering off a private industry like this, and how do they think this is a long term solution to solving traffic problems here.
Please forward this on to your friends, family, and fellow citizens as we are trying to get 100,000+ signatures on this with everyone's help.
PS: Please forward this on to as many as you can if your interested!