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Blog Profile / Toll Roads News

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Capital beltway toll express lanes traffic and revenue grows in 3rd quarter of operation but growth slower

2013-10-09: Transurban's US showpiece 495 Express Lanes showed continued growth in traffic and revenue in their third quarter of operation, but a quiet summer (July and most of August) slowed growth of patronage compared to the June quarter's big surge on the slow first full quarter of operation. read more Advertisement:

SALE: TOLLROADS news changes hands - contract of sale and financial close done, now owned by Shelly and Gottlieb

2013-10-09: TOLLROADSnews is now owned by Peter J (Pete) Shelly and Brian Gottlieb of Harrisburg PA. We signed the documents of sale and I got a check at lunchtime today here in Frederick. Brian is taking on day to day management and...Show More Summary

Gantry aesthetics - some pictures

2013-10-08: Style matters more than we often say. We pay a lot for clothes we consider stylish, cars we just like the look of, and houses, and their furnishings. Not to mention the mates we choose - sex appeal. In tolling, style used to be about the toll plaza, in particularly the canopy design. Show More Summary

Weak economic fundamentals, over-optimism on T&R main cause of P3s failure - Fitch Rating report

2013-10-07: A report from Fitch Ratings titled "Global PPP Lessons Learned" says weak economic fundamentals with overestimation of traffic and revenue along with higher than expected costs are the major source of public private partnership (P3) failures worldwide. Show More Summary

Illiana survives first metro planning vote

The 47 mile $1.3 billion Illiana Expressway toll project on the southern fringe of the Chicago metro area survived its first test following a highly critical analysis plus a metro planning staff recommendation that it be rejected. By...Show More Summary

Alliance for Toll IOP's HUB now open for enrollment, matchmaking starts November

2013-10-04: Secure Interagency Flow LLC (SIF) the HUB operator for the Alliance for Toll Interoperability (ATI) hopes to begin operations matching transactions as soon as November, according to the executive in charge Rosa Rountree, who says they are now open for enrollment. Rountree was speaking at a webinar organized by ATI Friday. read more Advertisement:

MDX to have another go at hiring new system integrator for all-electronic tolling on the big 836 and 112 tollroads

2013-10-01: Officials of the Miami Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) say they plan to cancel the all-electronic toll conversion procurement they launched in the summer and start again with a revised Request for Proposals (RFP.) First time up, only one system supplier, TransCore, had submitted on the date due, September 10. read more Advertisement:

TransCore making moves on national IOP - enhanced eZGo Anywhere tag and nationwide account management

2013-09-30: TransCore is proposing an enhanced version of its multi-protocol eZGo Anywhere transponder as a major vehicular platform for national interoperability plus the option of account management at a national level. Company president...Show More Summary

Chicago metro planning staff report pans the Illiana Expressway - too remote, risky, little benefit, $1 billion subsidies needed to attract investors

2013-09-27: The governors of Illinois and Indiana were talking up the importance of the Illiana Expressway tollroad at a tri-state 'summit' today in downtown Chicago at the same time as two versions of a critical assessment surfaced from staff of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Show More Summary

Vancouver BC to replace Massey tunnel with toll bridge on H99 at lower Fraser River + big-mouth bragging

2013-09-26: Following alternatives analysis and public consultation the premier of British Columbia Christy Clark has announced they'll be replacing the Massey Tunnel on Highway 99 (H99) with a wider bridge. She called the tunnel which...Show More Summary

Indiana and Illinois DOTs to split procurement on Illiana Expressway, RFQs for P3s this fall

2013-09-25: Indiana and Illinois departments of transportation (DOTs) will each take sole charge of that portion of the proposed Illiana Expressway within their territory. Each state will do separate procurements of public private partnerships (P3s) to get the toll expressway built. Show More Summary

NTTA dealing with >$100m in uncollected V-tolls and fees - juicier carrot and nasty stick now

2013-09-24: North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) are making a host of changes to the way they bill and pursue image-based or V-tolls. These are designed to make early payment of tolls more attractive, reduce the amount of unpaid tolls, and to conform with Texas legislation enacted this summer against habitual violators (SB1792). Show More Summary

Traffic & incomes correlate - dismal household income $#s

US Census Bureau data for 2012 shows real household income continuing depressed at well below mid-2000s levels and hardly an advance beyond mid-1990s. Given that most traffic and revenue forecasts are based on assumption of growth in personal income it is little wonder traffic is disappointing to tollers.We'll round to the nearest hundred-$s. read more Advertisement:

San Francisco area toll express lanes network begins toll systems procurement for nearly 90 miles of express lanes: I-880, I-680, I-80

2013-09-20: Bay Area Infrastructure Financing Authority (BAIFA) is beginning procurement of toll systems for nearly 90 directional miles of toll express lanes and expects to be tolling a total of 270 miles within a few years. read more Advertisement:

Dulles Toll Road operator aiming for at least 90% ET before dumping cash

2013-09-19: The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) operator of the Dulles Toll Road (DTR) is planning to get E-ZPass electronic toll usage to "above 90%" before considering a transition to open road tolling. MWAA staffer Chris Browne said this in a slide in a presentation to the Dulles Corridor committee this week. read more Advertisement:

New details emerge on GeoToll's - smartphone as nationalIOP tolltag, also to allow outsourcing of ETC

2013-09-18: GeoToll officials explained new details of their plans for harnessing smartphones for toll collection today in a heavily attended - nearly 200 people were online - 2-hour webinar organized by the Alliance for Toll Interoperability. Show More Summary

Cellphone-as-IOP toll tag progresses - WSDOT tester says as good as real thing

2013-09-17: Tyler Patterson toll operations engineer at Washington State DOT says the first cellphone-as-tolltag is working well. They are now into their third week of testing a pair of prototype GeoToll packs on Samsung Galaxy G3 mobile phones. read more Advertisement:

PANYNJ, DRPA provoke moves for US Government control over bistate toll rates, more auditing

2013-09-16: The US Government Accountability Office (USGAO) has published a 56 page report laying the ground for the federal government to get involved in oversight and toll rate setting at bistate toll authorities. read more Advertisement:

60% support for toll express lanes network in Washington DC metro area, 10% for VMT fees

2013-09-13: Toll express lanes on all major highways get 60% public support versus 10% for a vehicle-miles charge among 300 people who participated in a bunch of five-hour moderated small group discussions (called 'deliberative forums') of alternative ways of dealing with traffic congestion in the Washington DC metro area. read more Advertisement:

Rebuilding the US Interstate network with tolls - Reason's Bob Poole details a plan for switch from taxes to tolls

2013-09-12: Transportation analyst Bob Poole at Reason has produced a study detailing how tolls should be deployed to rebuild and improve the 46,000 mile US Interstate highway system over about two decades. His feasibility study finds...Show More Summary

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