Resource

Private Roads, Public Costs

The Facts About Toll Road Privatization
U.S. PIRG Education Fund
Last updated: 12/30/2011

Across the country, cash-strapped states are struggling to plug gaping holes in their budgets. At the same time, America’s roads and bridges are increasingly congested and in desperate need of repair. Enter global private infrastructure companies and their backers in the world of investment banking. Touting the benefits of “public-private partnerships,” these companies are seeking to build new private highways or offering upfront cash for existing roads … all in exchange for the right to charge and collect tolls on motorists for decades to come. 

Road privatization offers a hard-to-resist “quick fix” for state budget and transportation challenges. But there are hidden costs to privatization … and big potential downsides for the public.

Resource file download

PDF icon Download the report

Support Us

Your donation supports PIRGIM's work to stand up for consumers on the issues that matter, especially when powerful interests are blocking progress.

Consumer Alerts

Join our network and stay up to date on our campaigns, get important consumer updates and take action on critical issues.
Optional Member Code
CLOSE
Poll: Which of these positive changes do you most want to see in 2020?
More restaurant chains commit to stopping their overuse of antibiotics.
Stop using Roundup, which has been linked to cancer, on our parks and playgrounds.
Ban the worst single-use plastics.



PIRGIM is part of The Public Interest Network, which operates and supports organizations committed to a shared vision of a better world and a strategic approach to getting things done.