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SH 130 Concession Bankruptcy a Setback for state’s Private Finance Model

The Bond Buyer provides a deep dive on the bankruptcy reorganization of the SH 130 Concession Co., reporting that, “Despite the lack of financial risk, the failure of the concession model is a significant setback for the TxDOT’s efforts...Show More Summary

WI Lawmaker Takes on Gov. Walker’s Transportation Plan, I-94 Project

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel publishes an op-ed by State Rep. Daniel Reimer (D-7) who contends that Governor Scott Walker’s “…transportation policy reeks of bigness: big misplaced priorities, big spending, and big — very big — debt.” Reimer rips the governor over the proposed $1.1 billion I-94 expansion project specifically. Show More Summary

Fitch on Elizabeth River Crossing Bonds, TIFIA Loan

Fitch Ratings “has upgraded the rating on Elizabeth River Crossing’s, LLC (ERC) $626.3 million in private activity bonds (PABs), issued by the Virginia Small Business Financing Authority, to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB-‘. In addition, Fitch has upgraded the rating on the $441.2 million TIFIA loan to ‘BBB’ from ‘BBB-‘. Show More Summary

Maine Pike Eyes Land Conservation Plan at New Toll Plaza reports, “The Maine Turnpike Authority is considering a plan to turn a significant portion of its land on Chases Pond Road into a conservation area, and MTA officials were in York recently seeking input on the proposal.” The post Maine Pike Eyes Land Conservation Plan at New Toll Plaza appeared first on Toll Roads News.

Laid-off NJ Road Construction Workers Picket over Transportation Trust Fund Battle

Press of Atlantic City reports, “Dozens of workers laid off from state-funded transportation projects rallied Monday morning outside the offices of local state legislators, demanding renewal of the state’s Transportation Trust Fund.”   The post Laid-off NJ Road Construction Workers Picket over Transportation Trust Fund Battle appeared first on Toll Roads News.

AAA Study: Road Debris Crashes, Fatalities Climbing

CNN reports that a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety says road debris “played a role in more than 200,000 crashes reported to police from 2011 to 2014, killing more than 500 people and injuring another 39,000. AAA says that’s a 40% increase since 2001....” The post AAA Study: Road Debris Crashes, Fatalities Climbing appeared first on Toll Roads News.

Sonoma County Officials

Kenwood Press reports, “Sonoma County Supervisors listened intently to plans to address State Highway 37 congestion and rising ocean levels that are likely to submerge portions of the North Bay’s major traffic conduit.” The report adds...Show More Summary

Proposed Service Raod at Dover (DE) Mall Will Be Tolled

Delaware State News  reports that the owners of a mall in Dover, Delaware are making the case for a new service road, which requires other improvementts, needed for expansion. Rich Vetter, executive director of the Dover/Kent County MPO, said the access road project is “consistent” with a 2009 MPO study and “is “ranked No. Show More Summary

SRTA Announces Toll Rates for Some Segments of I-85 HOT lanes

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports, “Some rush hour drivers will soon pay more for the pleasure of using I-85’s HOT lanes. The State Road and Tollway Authority announced Monday that toll rates for “various segments” of the express lanes — which run 16 miles from northern Gwinnett County into DeKalb — will increase Aug. Show More Summary

Retired Transportation Reporter Rips Lawmakers for “Feeding Off” the PA Turnpike

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette publishes a letter from Joe Grata, the newspaper’s well-known and retired (but still paying attention) transportation writer, who takes on former Governor Ed Rendell and state lawmakers for “feeding off of Pennsylvania Turnpike revenues” for public transit funds. Show More Summary

Texting while Driving? Driving With Feet on Wheel? Perfect.

WPVI (Philadelphia) reports that, “A woman was caught on video not only texting while driving, but steering the wheel with her feet on the Schuylkill Expressway.” The pictures are worth a click. In somehwat related news … The Columbian (Washington...Show More Summary

TV Station Takes a Look at MoPac Opening, Monitoring System

Fox 7 News reports that part of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s MoPac Express Lanes will open shortly, reporting that “17 cameras will monitor the entire length of the Mopac express lanes once construction is complete.”...Show More Summary

NY Thruway Toll Collector Leaves Them Smiling

WIVB profiles the “Toll Booth Lady” whose signature line, ““Hey Baby! How are you doing? Enjoy your day!” can make a motorists’ day. The post NY Thruway Toll Collector Leaves Them Smiling appeared first on Toll Roads News.

IL Tollway Toll Plaza Crash Injures Three

Daily Herald reports, “An  SUV collided with a semi at the Randall Road toll plaza in Elgin on Friday, leaving three people injured, two in serious condition.” The post IL Tollway Toll Plaza Crash Injures Three appeared first on Toll Roads News.

Paper Takes a Run at MassPike’s AET Conversion

The MetroWest Daily News political editor Rick Holmes isn’t a fan of AET, starting with the gantries, “I don’t see any signs telling drivers that money has just been sucked out of their accounts, let alone how much money is deductedShow More Summary

Center for American Progress Assessess P3 Projects

Center for American Progress  issues a report “assessing claims” regarding P3 infrastructure projects that finds, “Provided that governments have the skill to negotiate effectively with their private sector counterparts in order to extract maximum value, P3s have a place in the U.S. Show More Summary

Fitch on MDX Debt

Fitch Ratings “has assigned an ‘A’ rating to the $99 million senior lien 2016A revenue refunding bonds issued by the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority (MDX). Fitch has also affirmed the ‘A’ rating on MDX’s $1.49 billion outstanding revenue bonds. The Rating Outlook on all senior rated bonds is Stable.” The post Fitch on MDX Debt appeared first on Toll Roads News.

Fate of TX 45 Southwest, South MoPac Express Lanes & MoPac Intersections in Judge’s Hand

Austin American-Statesman reports, “A group of a dozen environmental organizations and activists in February suedto stop the imminent construction of Texas 45 Southwest by the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority and of a nearby...Show More Summary

PANYNJ Crackdown on Scofflaws Continues

NBC News New York reports, “Port Authority police officers stationed at the George Washington Bridge engage in a game of catch-me-if-you-can every day with toll evading motorists, who go to great lengths to hide their vehicle’s identity while racking up thousands of dollars in unpaid tolls.” The post PANYNJ Crackdown on Scofflaws Continues appeared first on Toll Roads News.

CA Pilot Project to Generate Electricity from Roads. Toll Operator Selling Electricity?)

KCRA reports on a pilot launched by the California Energy Commission to test “piezoelectric technology” which involves “… harnessing the power of millions of cars as they simply drive on the freeway using a sensor smaller than a quarter.” Assemblyman...Show More Summary

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