North Carolina: For Charlotte’s First Toll Road, There Are Few Cars

The North Carolina Department of Transportation’s consultant projected there was demand on the expressway for just under 146,000 daily transactions in its first year, though a consultant said there would be a “ramp-up” period when people adjusted to the expressway. That ramp-up projection is for just under 90,000 daily transactions in the first year.

A transaction is when a car or truck passes under one of the seven electronic tolling stations on each side of the highway. So, a 36-mile round trip would count as 14 transactions.

In December — the expressway’s first full month of operation — it averaged 60,000 daily transactions, according to data obtained by WFAE.