New NC toll routes yet to prove they can be profitable

Toll routes are intended to relieve traffic congestion, but they do so at a cost, which revenues are intended to offset.

The Triangle Expressway, which opened between Apex and Durham eight years ago, has been exceeding projected revenues while operating under its annual cost projections.

But a Carolina Public Press investigation has found that the cost and revenue pictures for the state’s two newest toll routes in the Charlotte area, the Monroe Expressway and the Interstate 77 Express Lanes, are much less clear.