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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

PANYNJ paid major premium to dump Xerox/ACS, now substitute is 15 to 18 months behind on new toll system

2013-09-11: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) paid a major premium in buying a new toll system from ETC Corp, we've been told, not because they were especially enamored of the proposal or the proposer but because...Show More Summary

Moody's sees US toller prospects negative - traffic flat, costs under control, but debt growing strongly, big toll rate hikes needed

2013-09-10: Moody's Investor Services say the immediate outlook for the 42 US toll operations they review is negative. They see no overall traffic growth due to the weak economy and growing risks from debt "leverage." Medium and longer term they see a good future for tolling due to the lack of tax funding for free roads. read more Advertisement:

Jacksonville FL area First Coast Expressway Toll-23 getting under way soon

The design-build contractor is beginning work soon on Toll-23, the first segment of full tollway of the First Coast Parkway project on the southwest edge of the Jacksonville FL metro area. read more Advertisement:

Former Inspector General calls for disbandment of Penn Pike Commission - patronage, pay-to-play "still pervasive"

2013-09-06: Anthony Maniscola, a former Turnpike Inspector General, says that despite criminal prosecutions of top Pennsylvania Turnpike officials patronage, pay-for-play contracting and other malpractice continues to be "pervasive." He says the Turnpike should be put under the control of the state department of transportation (PennDOT) read more Advertisement:

WV financing commission proposes following Ohio, Pennsylvania into debt-based spending on non-toll roads

2013-09-05: An advisory commission on highway financing in West Virginia is recommending that the state follow the example of Ohio and Pennsylvania and use prospective future Turnpike revenues as the basis for greatly expanded borrowing on behalf of non-revenue generating roads. read more Advertisement:

Toll traffic in slight drift downward in New York area, toll facilities in decent shape to cope with likely slight recovery

2013-09-04: New York metro area toll crossings' traffic in 2012 continued its slight drift downward, the trend evident since 2007. read more Advertisement:

Spectacular new East Span of San Francisco Bay Bridge opens

2013-09-03: San Franciscans today celebrated the first full day of travel on the beautiful new East Span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge. Traffic was heavier than usual as many thousands took a sightseeing trip over the spectacular single pylon suspension span that has been taking shape alongside the old cantilever truss for the past four years. read more Advertisement:

Average value of time saved irrelevant to toll express lanes - Randall Pozdena ECONorthwest

2013-08-30: It's not the average value of time saved (VoTS) that's relevant to users of toll express lanes running alongside free lanes. It's the higher time saved values of a small proportion of trips that choose the express lanes that...Show More Summary

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