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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

Illinois Tollway opens first all-electronic toll interchange at IL47 on Addams Tollway, 45 miles NW

2013-11-13: The Illinois Tollway opened its first all-electronic toll interchange last Friday (Nov 8) in a ribboncutting ceremony at Illinois State Route 47 near Huntley IL on the I-90 Jane Addams Tollway. This is on the northwest fringe of the Chicago metro area about 45 miles from the downtown Loop. read more Advertisement:

Indiana to take traffic and revenue risk from outset of procurement of P3 for Illiana Expressway

2013-11-12: Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) today issued the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for an availability payments public private partnership (AP-P3) for financing, building and operating the 12 mile, 19km stretch of the Illiana Expressway on the Indiana side of the border with Illinois. Show More Summary

Transurban buys doubly broke Sydney Cross-City Tunnel

2013-11-11: Transurban which is having a tough time with its US projects is consolidating its position as the dominant toll operator at home in Australia. read more Advertisement:

Illiana Expressway project now complicated by push to add rail

2013-11-10: If it wasn’t already in enough trouble the Illiana Expressway project is now complicated by a push to add a rail line to the east-west tollroad project located in tall prairie grass and farmlands south of the fringe of the Chicago metro area. Show More Summary

Illinois DOT pushing ahead with Illiana Expressway - RFQ issued for availability payments P3 contractor

2013-11-08: Illinois DOT has issued the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the procurement of a P3 team to “design, build, finance, operate and maintain” the 35 mile, 57km Illinois portion of the Illiana Expressway project. Indiana...Show More Summary

Fitch Ratings analysis points up problems for toll express lanes - both forecast, politically driven price caps & new capacity

2013-11-07: Fitch Ratings analysts see toll express or managed lanes (MLs) as especially difficult to assess for financial viability, saying that they vary enormously one to another, and are likely to demonstrate very different performance and be subject to greater volatility than regular toll roads. read more Advertisement:

Inrix working on real time express lanes versus general lanes traffic data

2013-11-05: Inrix, the Seattle WA-based traffic data company is working on a feature that will provide detailed data on traffic speeds, travel times and events (accidents, construction closures) by special purpose lanes versus general purpose lanes. read more Advertisement:

Kapsch lose Sal Yacoubi, a top AET guy PERSONNEL

2013-11-05: Sal Yacoubi one of the world’s the most accomplished developers of all-electronic toll systems has resigned from Kapsch just months before his latest system was due to go live in Johannesburg South Africa. read more Advertisement:

Virginia Supreme Court makes important ruling for tolls and P3s in Meeks case

2013-10-31: The Virginia Supreme Court has ruled unanimously in favor of tolls as a legitimate user fee and in favor of upholding a toll concession at the Elizabeth River crossing between Norfolk and Plymouth. The case involved Danny...Show More Summary

I-5 Columbia River Crossing WA-OR project stumbles on - now hit by big CDM Smith ‘diversion’ estimates

2013-10-29: The I-5 Columbia River Crossing project is a mega toll project in considerable trouble. Oregon is trying to continue the $2.5 billion project without much active involvement by Washington state on its northside. The state...Show More Summary

Maryland's Inter County Connector MD200 has solid 40k ADT traffic, $40m/year tolls after two years operation

2013-10-24: Maryland's Inter County Connector saw strong growth in traffic in the spring this year achieving solid 40,000 vehicles/weekday patronage over three of five segments with overall traffic at 187,000/weekday adding transactions in all five segments or 37,000 average weekday numbers per segment. Show More Summary

Mass Gov Patrick highlights AET conversion and Turnpike project in Allston to exploit change

2013-10-23: Governor Deval Patrick this week highlighted all-electronic tolling conversion on the Massachusetts Turnpike and announced a new $260 million project in Allston to take advantage of the closure of the several toll plazas there. He was making a major speech on his transportation policy initiatives at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. read more Advertisement:

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