Some people seem to think that raising the gas tax would be somewhat comparable to the increase in tolls. Apples and oranges.
I did the math.
10 cents a gallon would cost $1.20 a week if I fill my tank up once a week. Spread that over the course of the year and we're talking $60-70 bucks. Over 365 days of the year, would anyone even notice that?
Average drivers with gas guzzlers would pay maybe $150, tops, but their cars do more damage to the environment and roads anyway. Plus, it's a very small incentive to buy more fuel efficient cars or use public transportation when available. Many of these funds could then be used all across the state to improve the transportation infrastructure.
All of that is a pittance, spare change any given week, compared to the very tangible funds people would see evaporate paying those tolls (which would now go up to $1820/year for drivers going through the Sumner or Ted Williams Mon-Fri) or using public transportation ($200-600/month for most out of the city, plus the cost of gas if someone has to drive).