I may be one of the few people who consider I-95’s express lanes elitist and undemocratic. These are highways originally built with federal funds for the public to use.
What we have now is an exclusive roadway for those who can afford the extra money to travel, supposedly, at a greater speed during heavy traffic times.
The system’s designers argue that it is open to all, but the hard-working blue-collar guy who also wants to get home early cannot daily afford the fee, whatever it may be. If the goal was to help alleviate traffic and to keep vehicles moving, the extra lanes could have been added for all, not just the few.
Let’s call it what it is — a scheme to add funds to government’s coffers.