Toll Roads, Please Take Me Away!

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No matter where they’re stuck in traffic, a magical toll road miles from their moribund vehicular situation will time-travel them up, to that heavenly place of commuter-bliss, where slowdowns never occur.

Transportation Corridor Agencies, Orange County, Toll Roads, Foothill-South, SR-241

No matter where they’re stuck in traffic, a magical toll road miles from their moribund vehicular situation will time-travel them up, to that heavenly place of commuter-bliss, where slowdowns never occur. Cartoon By Jerry Collamer.

“Beam Me Up, TCA”

By Jerry Collamer

For as long as there’s been opposition to Orange County’s Transportation Corridor Agencies (TCA) extending the Foothill-South 241-toll road through San Onofre State Beach and Trestles, there’s been toll road supporters screaming, “Pave it. Save me from this stalled freeway!”

As if, no matter where they’re stuck in OC’s sprawling road network: on I-5, the 405, Crown Valley Parkway, or in their own driveway — a magical toll road miles from their moribund vehicular situation will time-travel them up, to that heavenly place of commuter-bliss, where slowdowns never occur. Really? Apparently they believe, if they mouth these words, “Beam me up TCA,” a magic carpet to highway nirvana will levitate them away from us, stuck in traffic. Wouldn’t it be sweet if it were true. In fact, OC’s 51-miles of toll roads are an abysmal transportation failure in every which way. Everyone knows it.

That’s why, the 241-extension isn’t going anywhere, ever. OC’s toll roads were, and are, a development-tool, paving pristine open-space to build baby build, resulting in more congestion, not less, as we’re priced off (i.e. nation’s highest tolls) TCA’s debt-laden roads — that we own. Sadly true.

TCA is a scam, on us, as they attempt to float another bad bond deal, that would keep “us” off “their” toll roads “we” own, until 2053. We the citizens of California own OC’s toll roads. Can’t use, rhymes with ruse – so Scotty, please beam up TCA will’ya. Lock, stock & barrel. We can’t afford’em. And they’re tying up our traffic.

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About Jerry Collamer

Jerry Collamer is a creative communications specialist. Backgrounds in National Advertising and Television Communication. Writer. Artist. Native Californian with a world-view career arch. Pragmatic and common sense urban activist — co-founder of Wild Heritage Planners.