By John Gillotti, Cypress, Owner of Mission Grill in San Juan Capistrano
As a Southern California small business owner, I find the toll roads invaluable in my commute between my home and my south Orange County restaurant. They save me time, and that saves me money.
From a business owners’ point of view, the state should stay out of it. The Transportation Corridor Agencies, funded by private bond holders, filled the void created by the state’s inability to build new freeways—vital to our economic prosperity and quality of life. South Orange County, home to more than one million people, is served by one freeway. That is the situation the state created.
The investors in the toll roads will do a far better job of judging the risk of the roads verses the return than the state. Other agencies have begun to build toll lanes, too. The state should get its own financial house in order by becoming more businesslike and leave the TCA alone.