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IL: City Council Backs TIF to Snare Millions of Dollars for Red-Purple Line Work

In an effort to snare a $1.1 billion federal grant for major upgrades to North Side CTA tracks before President Barack Obama leaves office, the City Council on Wednesday approved a new special taxing district proposed by Mayor Rahm Emanuel.

AL: New Public Transportation Operator in Morgan, Lawrence Counties Deemed a Success

Area officials say the North Central Alabama Regional Council of Governments' takeover of public transportation operations from Morgan and Lawrence counties has been a success in the first two months since the transfer.

DC: Metro Announces Plan to Eliminate Older Cars, Improve Safety

Metro will plan to take its oldest and least reliable cars out of service by the end of 2017 to cut down on delays, the transit agency announced Wednesday.

CA: State Launches Formal Investigation into BART Video Starring Draymond Green

A state agency on Wednesday launched an investigation into allegations that BART illegally used public funds to campaign for its $3.5 billion bond after it aired a video featuring Warriors' star Draymond Green.

L.A. Metro Board Certifies Final EIR for Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station

Moving one of the first Measure M projects forward, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board of Directors voted on December 1 to certify the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the Airport Metro Connector

A Clarification

Yesterday, the headline of an item about the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) in El Paso initially contained a typographical error (the incorrect acronym “CCRMA”). Thanks to our reader who pointed out the error. The post A Clarification appeared first on Toll Roads News.

West Link Rail Project (Vastlanken)

The West Link, also known as Västlänken, is an 8km-long commuter train connection through central Gothenburg, Sweden, 6.6km of which will be carried in a double-track railway tunnel.

Toronto City Manager to “Political Masters”: Either Toll or Slash Projects.

The Globe and Mail reports, “Either accept a “businesslike” and “fiscally conservative” plan to impose road tolls or start chopping services and erasing plans for new transit lines and other projects, Toronto’s top civil servant warned his political masters on Thursday. Show More Summary

Teams Vying for Gordie Howe Int’l Bridge Work Meet with Contractors

CBC News reports, “Contractors had a chance to meet with the three groups selected to bid for construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge on Wednesday.” The three groups that made the shortlist for the bridge’s constructionShow More Summary

WI Paper: It is Time to Consider Gas Tax, Tolls & Fees for Transportation

The Journal Times editorial board contends it is time for Wisconsin lawmakers to break from Gov. Scott Walker and raise taxes and fees for transportation. “No one likes to see his or her taxes go up. But most of us recognize that a municipality...Show More Summary

NCDOT’s I-77 Express Lanes Project Advances

WSOC reports, “Drivers will soon see a new traffic pattern on one of Charlotte’s busiest highways as work continues on the Interstate 77 toll lanes project, which includes a new tunnel, officials said. Crews will blast this weekend for...Show More Summary

Germany’s Plan to Toll Foreign Drivers gets the Green Light despite Objections

Deutsche Welle reports, “Brussels now says Germany can proceed with a road charging plan accused of being discriminatory to foreign drivers. The European Union blocked the scheme until Berlin offered a fairer alternative.” The new plan...Show More Summary

Liberal Think Tank Hits Trump Infrastructure Plan. Ranking House Member Hits Tolls

The Washington Post reports, “President-elect Donald Trump’s ambitious plan to raise $1 trillion for infrastructure is a boondoggle that would line the pockets of wealthy investors while not meeting the need for infrastructure repair or improvement in much of the country, according to an analysis released Thursday by a progressive think tank. Show More Summary

WSDOT Assures Motorists that, yes, Cars with Temporary Plates are Tolled

MYNorthwest.com reports that, despite some confusion, cars with temporary paper license plates are tolled after all. WSDOT toll division spokesperson Ethan Bergerson tells the site, “We can work with the Department of Licensing and send...Show More Summary

Otto the Self-driving Truck Makes the Rounds in Ohio and one Editorial Writer Plans to Head for the Hills

FOX 8 Cleveland catches up with Otto, the self-driving truck that is being tested in Ohio, among other places, reporting that “Otto has logged thousands of miles and hours on the nation’s highways from here to California, hauling various...Show More Summary

Indian Army Troops Deployed to Toll Plazas in West Bengal. Minister Objects, Refuses to Leave Office. Troops … Move Along

The Times of India reports that Indian army troops were “deployed” to several national highway toll plazas; West Bengal state officials were not, they claim, informed or consulted about the “deployment;” the state’s chief minister objected...Show More Summary

CT Budget Gap Could Hit Transportation Funding (Tolls, Fees Cited as Potential Funding Options)

The Connecticut Mirror reports, “Though it is premature to target specific measures — such as tax increases, fee hikes or tolls — Rep. Toni E. Walker, D-New Haven [co-chair of the state appropriations committee], said trying to offset...Show More Summary

Ohio River Bridges to net Walsh Construction Company $1 Million Bonus as Officials Set Opening Date for East End Bridge

The Courier-Journal reports, “Walsh Construction Co., the primary contractor on the Downtown Crossing portion of the Ohio River Bridges Project, is in line to receive a bonus of around $1 million for substantial completion of its work...Show More Summary

Mass Pike E-ZPass Usage is at 85 Percent under New AET System

MassLive.com provides an update on the Massachusetts Turnpike AET conversion and invites its readers to share their reactions to the toll collection change. “As of a week and a half ago,” MassLive reports, “the Massachusetts Department of Transportation officials said they had processed 27.7 million transactions through the new system. Show More Summary

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