: 'We were surprised by the changes'
I think nobody's happy," RITBA Chairman David Darlington told WPRI.com on Wednesday morning.
agency is still trying to figure out the mechanics of a 10-cent toll, particularly considering that it would cost more than a dime just to mail a driver a bill asking them to pay the charge. RITBA likely won't send drivers a bill until they've passed over the bridge a number of times, he
"If you have someone who violated many times in a month, you may pursue them on a greater dollar figure," Darlington
"If someone went through 50 times, so they had a $5 bill, the economics might work to send them a bill. ... In the coming days and weeks we can figure that out."
"There will be some that it's economically prudent not to pursue," he
"The state of Maine does a similar process.
They hold charges, then they send you a bill - they may hold those charges for four, five, six years."
added: "We're going to charge everybody. ...
"Ten cents is a figure done more for the state to preserve the option of tolling on the Sakonnet
than anything for RITBA
"I don't think you equate the 10-cent fee to anything that relates to the structure of our costs to the system.
It's a placeholder."
said the bill passed Tuesday allays his
concerns about another provision of last week's toll compromise, which barred RITBA
from raising the toll on the Newport Pell Bridge before Feb. 1.
said that could have put the agency in violation of its bond agreements, which require it to have fee flexibility.
The new bill allows tolls to rise on the Newport Bridge.
Regardless of what the legislative commission study finds, the bill passed Tuesday allows RITBA
to raise the Sakonnet River Bridge toll above 10 cents after April 1.
"These provisions sunset on April 1," Darlington
"Then the tolls we would need would then be able to be imposed."
"We believe we can work our way through this until the commission they've created has a chance to work on the solution to this," he
expressed some frustration with the rapid shifts in toll policy at the State House, and defended RITBA's decision to spend $3.5 million on the Sakonnet's
infrastructure for collecting tolls, saying the policy has been under discussion for a long time.
"We went through a very deliberative process," he
"We didn't do this in a vacuum," Darlington
Darlington served as an aide to former Republican Gov.
Lincoln Almond, who later appointed him to the board of RITBA
, where he
stayed under Almond's successor, Don Carcieri.
Chafee appointed Darlington
current term, which expires in April 2014.