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Illiana Expressway gets last needed local approval amidst confusion over investors role - now up to Feds

2013-12-12: The Illiana Expressway today got its last necessary local approval at a meeting of the Northwest Indiana Regional Planning Commission. By a vote of 29 to 8 local officials voted to place their 10 miles of the 47 mile tollroad in the region’s longrange transportation plan. Show More Summary

Fitch sees 2014 prospects for US tollroads stable, problems on fringes

Within a broader review of US transport infrastructure securities - ports, airlines are also covered - Fitch Rating analysts say the recent slow growth in aggregate traffic is likely to continue but that many established pikes look financially solid because of their pricing power - tolls that have been well below revenue maximizing levels. read more Advertisement:

Dallas TX NTTA in sixth day of 2x12 hours shifts plowing snow, slush, salting ice

2013-12-10: North Texas Tollway Authority report they’re into their sixth consecutive day of maintenance crews doing twin 12 hour shifts plowing snow and spreading sand and salt to keep their pikes open. As of 5am this morning they reported roadway sensor readings on decks of overpasses and bridges as ranging between 18.5F and 21.9F, -7.5C and -5.6C. Show More Summary

New Virginia Governor says will “take a hard look” at US460 project ADDITION

2013-12-05: The new Democrat Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe said today he’s going to “take a hard look” at whether to proceed with the US460 tollroad in southeastern Virginia. The 55 mile, 89km project to provide a second expressway...Show More Summary

PA Turnpike Commissioner Deon Appears Headed for New Term

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioner Pasquale “Pat” T. Deon appears headed toward another four-year term after the Pennsylvania State Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved his nomination this week. The full Senate is expected to follow suit and approve the nomination, possibly this week. read more

New East Span of Bay Bridge in serious danger due to incompetence of specs testing & oversight - engineers in report to state senate

2013-12-08: A group of prominent metallurgical engineers say that the Caltrans, the bridge builders and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) have shown “woefully inadequate” understanding of hydrogen embrittlement problems that led to the failure of anchor rods in the new $6.4 billion main self anchoring span (SAS) of the Bay Bridge. read more Advertisement:

Moody’s more bullish on prospects for US pikes, but remain worried about cash cow debt

Moody’s Investor Services have uprated the outlook for US tollroads from negative to stable. They think traffic should grow 1.5% on a median basis in 2014, which they describe as a “sustainable comeback” from the 3% decline since 2009.They...Show More Summary

Confidex breaks into US transponder business with sale of 6Cs to E470 in Denver at 60c apiece

2013-12-04: So far 3M has had all the sales of 6C transponders in the North American toll market but that has changed today with the announcement that Confidex of Finland has made a sale to E470 Public Highway Authority which does the electronic tolling for three toll facilities in the Denver CO area. Show More Summary

Amazon drone could reduce road traffic FUTUROLOGY

Amazon’s prototype Prime Air delivery drone looks like a very practical way for big automated warehouse vendors to get into lowcost retailing of perishables like fruit, meat, fish and milk. As well as giving new meaning to Express delivery service. read more Advertisement:

E-ZPass Group has OmniAir designing program to certify non-Kapsch readers and tags as compliant

The E-ZPass Group has announced work with OmniAir Certification Services (OCS) to specify a testing program for ensuring full compliance of competitive equipment with E-ZPass readers and tags. OCS was hired by the E-ZPass Group for fees of around $50,000 to detail the testing needed. The documents are due to be completed by the end of the year. read more Advertisement:

Paul Violette ex-Maine Turnpike, IBTTA prez released from jail after 20 months

2013-11-27: Paul Violette, 23 years the chief executive at the Maine Turnpike and a former president of IBTTA, is being released from jail today after serving 20 months of a 3.5 year sentence for years of living high off the Turnpike. Show More Summary

Taiwan to go all-electronic free flow tolling early 2014 - give-away tags seen as key

Taiwan’s major highways will transition to all-electronic free flow operations early next year - about 900km, 540 miles of tollroad which include three north-south routes with 22 toll points doing about 1.7 million transactions a day (600m/yr) and generate some $700m of annual toll revenue. read more Advertisement:

Maryland moves another slow step toward getting new Nice Bridge on Lower Potomac, but it’s a near-20 year process

2013-11-25: Maryland Transportation (Toll) Authority (MdTA) has approved the next move on the long slow journey to a replacement of a bridge built in the term of one Governor Harry Nice. They have committed some $56m over five years to buying the right-of-way and getting design work done. There’s no commitment to actual construction yet. read more Advertisement:

PANYNJ and ETCC parting ways?

2013-11-22: There’s talk the PANYNJ is canceling or has cancelled the controversial new $82m new toll system contract with ETCC. One source says the contract is being cancelled, the other that it has been canceled but we haven’t been...Show More Summary

Wall Street Journal frontpager on private toller problems in US

2013-11-21: An extensive report in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on the financial troubles of investor toll operations has some news or details we haven’t gotten and deserves attention. Headlined “Drop in Traffic Takes Toll on Investors...Show More Summary

South Africa ANC government says Gauteng e-toll will start December 3

2013-11-20: South Africa’s transport minister Dipuo Peters said the Gauteng ‘e-toll’ system will begin December 3. It will be one of the world’s bigger all-electronic networks when it goes live on some 300km, 185 miles of urban expressway in the 9 million population, 2.3 million vehicle Johannesburg/Pretoria metro area. read more Advertisement:

Sakonnet Rhode Island tolls barred by federal law - former chief counsel FHWA and RI state policy officer

2013-11-19: The former chief counsel at the Federal Highway Administration Marcus J Lemon says in “expert testimony” to US District Court in Rhode Island that tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge are a clear violation of federal law. The testimony is a serious blow to tolls that began in August. Show More Summary

Illiana P3 meaning stretched by availability payments - P3s 101

2013-11-18: Boosters of the Illiana Expressway in the empty countryside south out of Chicago are suggesting by their choice of words that the public private partnership (P3) envisaged puts major risk on “investors”. The Northwest Times...Show More Summary

I-PASS brand celebrates 20th birthday in Chicago

2013-11-18: Electronic toll collection in the Chicago metro area began on the morning of 18th November 1993, 20 years ago today, on the I-355 North-South (now the Veterans Memorial Tollway) with AT/Comm protocol transponders using the I-PASS brand. Show More Summary

Ron Kirby, Washington area’s top planner murdered in his home SAD DEATH

The Washington Post reports that Ron Kirby, 69, director of transportation planning at the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) for about the past 25 years died of gunshot wounds to his body after an apparent attack in his home in Alexandria VA Monday lunchtime. Show More Summary

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