WASHINGTON - Gasoline prices at $4.00 or more per gallon for a prolonged period could depress toll road traffic and revenue, and compel governments to increase tolls to prevent credit rating downgrades, Moody's Investors Service warned in a report issued today.

Despite the warning, Moody's gave the government-owned toll road sector a cautiously stable outlook for the next year to 18 months, pointing to steady traffic in commuter-heavy metropolitan areas as a stabilizing factor. However, greater leveraging of toll road assets could put downward pressure on the sector's A1 median rating.

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