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Transportation and Tolling in the News

Recent news articles highlighting the benefits of toll facilities, private-public partnerships and states increasing use of toll facilities as a solution to congestion and budget relief. For more information, please email Bill Cramer, Communications Director, IBTTA at or 202-659-4620 x26.

General News

Connecticut House democrats suggest tolling only trucks

Associated Press 11/20/19

Epic traffic afflicts the region as our political leaders remain stuck in place

The Boston Globe Spotlight Report Series 11/18/19

Port Authority plans to test self-driving buses

The Wall Street Journal 11/18/19

Chisholm Trail Parkway 5 years later - How the toll road sparked Fort Worth growth

Fort Worth Star-Telegram 11/18/19

Washington, oregon governors sign agreement to replace I-5 bridge

The Columbian 11/18/19

Epic traffic paralyzes the region as gridlock grips the halls of power

The Boston Globe 11/18/19

Should Michigan have toll roads, some senators want study on whether they work 11/16/19

When will the toll roads in North Texas be paid off?

The Dallas Morning News 11/17/19

Final stretch 0f I-77 Express now open, toll lane construction completed

WBTV CBS 11/18/19

100% electronic toll collection on NHs from Dec. 1st

The Times of India 11/17/19

VA: Express lanes open on I-395

NBC News Channel 4 11/17/19

Mayor Walsh, Mayors back 15-cent gas tax hike

Dorchester Reporter 11/13/19

Maryland and Virginia to rebuild and widen the american Legion Bridge, governors say

The Washington Post 11/12/19

Louisana likely to lose $45 million infrastructure grant that depended on tolls

The Center Square 11/13/19

$50 billion or more needed for Boston transportation infrastructure, business group says

WCVB ABC 5  11/7/19

Whether you love toll lanes or hate'em, You can expect there pretty much everywhere on the front range

Colorado Public News 11/7/19

Republicans cool to Gov. Lamont's revised $21 billion transportation plan that would toll 14 bridges on 8 highways

The Hartford Courant 11/6/19

MI: State senate looking into toll road possibility

News Talk 94.9 WSJM

TX: State seeks partnership for parkway roads

Houston Chronicle 11/5/19

A foreign company wants to operate and collect billions in tolls from drivers

The Denver Post 11/4/19

Belarus to extend toll road network on Dec. 1

Belarus News

Opening date of 395 Express Lanes now set for Nov. 17

The Washington Post 11/4/19

WY: Senator Von FLatern: Setting the record straight on I-80 tolling

Casper Star Tribune 11/4/19

Transportation projects on the road to making things better in Frederick

The Frederick News-Post 11/3/19

PA Turnpike begins $129 million project to go cashless by fall 2021

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11/3/19

Will Florida's toll system get a new vendor?

The Ledger 10/31/19

Indra picks up 75 Million (Euro) dynamic toll system deal in U.S. 

ITS International 10/31/19

CTRMA to consider adding Bastrop, Hays Counties to regional transportation board

Alice Echo News Journal 10/29/19

East China's Jiangsu sees over 10 million ETC users 10/29/19

Brisa owners to sell majority stake in Portugal's highway operator

Reuters 10/28/19

CA Highway 101: Express Lane construction taking shape

The Daily Journal 10/28/19

Chinese-built Ethiopian Expressway witnesses increasing traffic - 33 million in 5 years Africa 10/28/19

Majority of Marylanders support expanding the Chesapeaker Bay Bridge Post - U. Md. poll finds

The Washington Post 10/25/19

Where $28 million in MoPAC Express tolls are going

KEYE TV 10/24/129

CAAR Program wins prestigious IBTTA Awards (with Video)


Express lanes coming to I-395 in Northern Virginia next month

WTOP 10/23/19

Orange County toll roads: here's what you need to know...

Orange County Register 10/23/19

highway speed tolling opening at southern terminal

KAKE TV 10/23/19

Another bay area city considers urban toling

Planetizen 10/23/19

turkey: Road, bridge tolls reap $255 Million --- 343 Million vehicles use the toll roads in the first nine months

Anadolu Agency 10/22/19

No toll increases in 2020 for NJ parkway, turnpike drivers

Associated Press 10/22/19

state, local officials mark start of gilcrease expressway extension work

National Public Radio Tulsa 10/22/19

MTA awards $507 million Contract to build congestion pricing tolls

Patch 10/21/19

china etc users over 147 million

XINHNUA 10/21/19

toll roads are good for the environment, scientists confirm Peter the Great Saint Petersburg Polytechnic University 10/21/19

Gov. Hogan directs 24-hour work on bay Bridge repairs

Bay Times and Record Observer 10/17/19

Highway 249 lanes to open mid-december

Community Impact Newspaper 10/9/19

KY Congressman Massie talks Brent Spence Bridge in Convington

River City News 10/9/19

miami-dade mayor gimenez on mdx fight: it's a fundemental lack of understanding

WLRN 10/8/19

rhode island grilled at hearing on truck-focused tolls

Court House News 10/8/19

build now, pay later? it's not going to be that easy.

Connecticut Mirror 10/8/19

PA Turnpike Commission wins prestigious 2019 president's award from international tranpsortation association

Globe Times 10/4/19

five Questions on Toll Roads with Wyoming Senator Michael von flatern

Cowboy State Daily 10/2/19

tearing down the alaskan way viaduct...

WSDOT 9/23/19

utahns don't want gas tax increase, toll roads, poll finds 9/8/19

pa turnpike installing fiber optic system, to lease capacity

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 9/8/19

congressional committees examine transportation funding, security

Transport Topics 9/6/19

metro atlanta transit board names its director

Atlanta Constitution-Journal 9/5/19

Gov. Lamont prepares better case for why state needs tolls

The Day 9/4/19

new record toll rate set on i-85 express lanes in gwinnett county

Atlanta Journal-Constitution 9/4/19

goethals bridge tolls are now cashless. which crossing are next?

New Jersey 101.5 Radio 9/4/19

bay area bridges to get rid of all cash lanes, drivers must have fastrak to cross

ABC 7 News  9/4/19

Washington vs washingtion (ViDEO)

TVW 9/3/19

CT: Haskell hints at upcoming 'major' news while talking tolls...

The Hour 8/28/19

AL: Governor: mobile bay bridge project is 'dead'

Associated Press 8/27/19

construction begins on i-485 corridor improvement projecT

Independent Tribune 8/20/18

AL: gov. ivey on toll opposition: 'noboby wants to pAy for anything - we just want the benefits"

Fox 10 8/20/19

TX: North East Regional Mobility announces plans to extend toll 49 into harrison county

ABC KTBS 8/18/19

AL: Gov. Ivey - toll meeting not being relocated ouT of montgomery, despite pleas to hold it in daphne

Mobile-Real- Times News 8/16/19

business leaders launch 'grassroots' group to back Gov. Hogan road plan

Maryland Matters 8/15/19

FL: progress continues on $596 million gateway project

NBC Channel 8 News 8/15/19

APG commits $42m to texas toll Road project

IPE Real Assests 8/14/19

WY: i-80 toll will be on the 2020 legislative agenda

Wyoming Tribune Eagle 8/14/19

us appeals court hands truckers defeat in turnpike suit

Associated Press 8-13-19

national league of cities report says us cities should consider congestion pricing

Traffic Technology Today 8/12/19

desperate and cash-poor, northern virginia transportation officials seek federal action


judge throws out law that abolishes miami-dade expressway authority

WLRN - 8-9-19

would 'managed lanes' make rush hours more reasonable? 

Boston Globe 8/9/19

a new law killed miami's toll agency. taking over the roads isn't so easy.

Miami Herald 8/7/19

traffic congestion has reached a 'tipping point' in massachusetts, state officials say

Boston Globe 8/8/19

a new florida law killed miami's toll agency. taking over the road isn't so easy.

Miami Herald 8/7/19

AL GOVernor Ivey: bridge toll is a reality

News 5 WKRG 8/7/19

Virginia is in the fast lane. Maryland, not so much.

The Washington Post 7/30/19

baker, raimondo, urge lamont to persist with transportation rebuild

The Connecticut Mirror 7/16/19

keeping austin moving 

America THINKS 7/15/19

America's crisis of crumbling infrastructure - segment 2

CNN 6/18/19

Road to success is being paved with public-private partnerships

Transportation Topics 6/17/19

road projects complete and paid off?  keep paying tolls, influencers say (58%)

The Miami Herald 6/17/129

America's crisis of crumbling infrastructure - Segment 1  

CNN 6/17/19

are toll lanes really the answer to atlanta's traffic mess?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 6/17/19

ny awards $355 million contract for cashless tolls on thruway

The Post-Standard Syracuse 6/17/19

The car is still king in the Washington, DC region, poll finds

The Washington Post 6/7/19

MD: Gov. Hogan's Plan to add toll lanes to beltway, i-270 clears key vote - with some changes

The Washington Post 6/5/19

Poll: 61 percent of dc area residents favor plan to add toll lanes to beltway

The Washington Post -5/2/19

hundreds attend town hall to protest hogan plan to add toll lanes to beltway, i-270

The Washington Post 5/5/19

dems offer trump an infrastructure deal that isn't going to happen

The Washington Post 4/30/19

cashless tolls carry steep price for drivers in rented cars

Travel Weekly 4/29/19

i-75 express lanes - and tolls - could be coming to southwest florida

Fort Myers News-Press (USA Today) 4/23/19

builders, trades, launch new ad to push for tolls on ct highways

CT Mirror 4/23/19

Lawsuit seeking to block bridge toll fails

San Francisco Examiner 4/8/19

how new york got congestion pricing and why boston should be next

Boston Globe 4/8/19

the streets were never free. congestion pricing finally makes that plain.

The New York Times 4/4/19

Miami Mayor proposed 20 percent toll cuts by merging miami-dade turnpike dollars with mdx

The Miami Herald 3/28/19

Your partners along the road: a look at the warriors who help to keep you safe while driving in the winter

Seattle PI 3/21/19

congestion pricing in manhattan, first such plan in u.s., is close to approval

New York Times 3/25/19

federal judge dismisses suit over rhode island's truck tolls

U.S. News and World Report 3/19/19

how electric cars could make america's crumbling roads even worse

The Conversation 2/25/19

as oregon awaits freeway tolling approval, metro plans a broader study

The Oregonian 2/25/19

feds call connecticut's statewide tolls proposal 'new territory'

The Connecticut Mirror 2/25/19

fla. senate president wants to build a road -- actually 3 highways -- to florida's future

The Daytona Beach News-Journal 2/24/19

governors discuss trucking's role in raising infrastructure funds

Transport Topics 2/23/19

houston's grand parkway receives $605 million federal loanfor further expansion

Houston Public Radio 2/22/19

Gov. Lamont on Tolls: 'If you have any better ideas, bring them'

The Connecticut Mirror 2/21/19

Gov. ned lamont pitches tolls, union giveback and expanded sales tax to close a two-year, $3.7B deficit

Hartford Courant 2/21/19

editorial: five things we like about gov. lamont's budget -- - -- and five things we don't

Hartford Courant 2/20/19

Lamont reverses and will propose electronic tolling on all vehicles to pay for transportation upgrades

Hartford Courant 2/16/19

oklahoma secretary of transportation nominee tim gatz appointted odot director

Public Radio Tulsa 2/12/19

why do we still pay tolls even after the roads are paid for?

WFTV9 ABC - 2/13/19

NJ, NY Govs reach compromise: delaware memorial bridge toll to increase to $5

WHYY 2/13/19

india: outer ring road to have closed toll system

The Times of India 2/13/19

here's where maryland's next bridge across the chesapeake bay could start and end

Baltimore Sun 2/12/19

GA: open houses announced for ga 400 express lanes 2/12/19

Houston: land clearing for grand parkway final segment underway

Houston Chronicle 2/11/19

ohio turnpike traffic down slighty in 2018

The Blade 2/10/19

FL: Polk County supports galvano's revival of Heartland Parkway

The Ledger 2/9/19

indonesia: toll roads are among sources of economic growth

Antarta 2/8/19

TX: Toll on Parmer Lane? Apple's second campus fast-tracking improvements

KXAN 2/8/19

Proposal would give counties power to veto Maryland's plan to toll beltway, I-270

Washington Post 2/7/19

congress resumes quest to fund trump's infrastructure plan

Washington Post 2/7/19

cuomo to lawmakers: congestion tolls or 30 percent fare hike

AP 2/7/19


The Dallas Morning News 2/6/19

FL: residents weigh in on next leg of first coast expressway

Clay Today 2/6/19


Miami Herald 2/6/19

KY: second year of bridge tolling brings growth, report shows

News and Tribune 2/6/19

WI: Vos, Fitzgerald push for tolling to fund roads

AP 2/6/19

WA STATE: More than 22,000 trips were taken  in the sr-99 tunnel's first day

SeattlePI 2/5/19

Do Miami tolls cost you hundreds of dollars a year?  You might get a rebate

Miami Herald 2/4/19

Miami-Dade cannot afford to lose MDX

Miami's Community Newspaper 2/4/19


WUWM 89.7 Milwaukee 2/4/19

150K register for WV turnpike ez Pass

Metro News 2/4/19

Massachusetts will likely wait to recoup unpaid conn. tolls

AP 2/3/19

GA: I-285 Toll lanes project could include paces ferry interchange

Reporter Newspapers 2/3/19

lawmakers kill plan to add tolls to i-81 in Virginia

AP 2/2/19

Gov. Tony Evers: 'I know there's a non-partisan way to solve' transportation fund question

Wisconsin State Journal 2/1/19

open your wallet: more toll roads may be coming to Florida

Sun Sentinel 2/1/19

first house infrastructure hearing to highlight costs of delay

Roll Call 1/30/19

after 25 years, MWAA is working on Dulles toll road improvements

Local DVM 1/30/19

Maryland says replacing American legion bridge is first priority of beltway widening

WUSA 9 1/30/19

CO: monument area to feel impacts of I-25 gap project

KRDO 1/30/19

FL Senate president Galvano calls for extending Suncoast toll road to Georgia

Tampa Bay Times 1/30/19

virginia seals deal to extend toll lanes on the capital beltway and interstate 95

Washington Post 1/29/19

gov. charlie baker wants to pursue out-of-state drivers' unpaid tolls

Boston Heral 1/28/19

NJ: Gov. Murphy again uses veto power over a board with close ties to top NJ democrat, this time stopping a toll hike 1/2/19

WA STATE: new tunnel, new rules: how to navigate downtown Seattle when new tunnel opens

SeattlePI 1/2/2019

Cuomo slams the brakes on toll payer protection law 1/2/19

$1 billion in road projects coming to new jersey in 2019

New Jersey 101.5 12/19/18

CT: Governor-Elect Lamont's advisory panel on transportation recommends tolls for both trucks and cars

The Hartford Courant 12/19/18

VA: i-81 report reignites a regional debate on transportation funding

Richmond-Dispatch Times 12/4/18

when self-driving cars meet florida drivers

City Lab 12/4/18

after Florida lAWmakers mandated toll reductions, mdx is ending rebate program

Miami Herald 12/4/18


Belta 12/4/18

Dulles greenway moves toward distance-based tolls

WTOP 12/4/18

a new Indiana toll road wouldn't look like the old one

WIBC 12/3/18

trump administration to try again to fulfill infrastructure pledge

Wall Street Journal 12/2/18

will congestion pricing help Seattle's traffic mess?

Seattle Magazine December

Indonesia: MPTC's Indo Expressway to be complete in 2020

The Manila Times 11/29/18

BATA toll Authority: no one showed up to oppose toll increases on bay area bridges

The San Francisco Chronicle 11/29/18

91 freeway toll lane fees in corona approach $50 million as 'desperate' commuters open wallets

The Orange County Register 11/29/18

moody's: Delaware river and bay authority's credit rating remains steady

South New Jersey Today 11/29/18

IN: Governor Holcomb decides not to add tolls on indiana roads

The Indy Start 11/29/18

Oregon moving forward with i-5, i-205 tolls

The Columbian 11/29/18

CEO-led commission renews calls for state fiscal, economic reforms 11/28/18

India: four-year plan to implement 65-km peripheral ring road

The Economic Times 11/28/18

NC: Monroe expressway opens Tuesday, bringing area's first toll road

Fox News 46 11/27/18

clean-air vehicles' free tolls in express lanes are on the way out

The San Francisco Chronicle 11/27/18

France drops plans for urban tolls amid fuel price protests

Reuters 11/26/18

region's ceos propose ambitious, costly plan to reduce traffic from Baltimore to Richmond

The Washington Post 11/26/18

Australia: Tenders out for new Victoria toll road

Yahoo 11/25/18

mta hearings on fare, toll hikes begin this week in manhattan

AM New York 11/25/18

INDIA: NHAI's New Toll Policy may spell relief for commuters

Deccan Herald 11/24/18

TX: 45 SW toll road ahead of schedule, could open late spring 2019

CBS Austin 11/21/18

central Texas tolling agency implements changes to pay-by-plate mail system, repercussions for toll violators

Community Impact Newspaper 11/20/18

NY: $91 million upgrade announced for Lewiston-Queenston bridge

The Buffalo New 11/20/18

FL; driver activated remote-controlled license plate cover in bid to scam turnpike toll, cops say

Sun Sentinel 11/20/18

'toll-by-plate' means no cash option for commuters when u.s. 301 mainline opens

Delaware Online 11/120/18

Expect years of construction: MD beltway, i-270 toll lanes to be built in phases from legion bridge

WTOP 11/19/18

CA: Officials warm up to managed lanes project 

The Daily Journal 11/19/18

plan to free bay bridges from cash tolls will save money. But how much?

San Francisco Chronicle 11/18/18

Omniride aims to have new commuter bus service ready by i-66 commuter lot opening

Potomac Local 11/18/18

OK: Gilcrease Expressway Toll road construction on track for June 2022 completion

Tulsa World 11/16/18

is the 'tollercoaster' Atlanta's next 'spaghetti junction'?

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11/16/18

new toll road to open on u.s. route 301 at Delaware state line

WBOC 11/16/18

CT: State study predicts tolls on Connecticut highways could raise $1 Billion a year

Hartford Courant 11/15/18

'tollercoaster' express lanes make an impact on metro Atlanta traffic

Atlanta Journal-Constitution 11/14/18

Rhode Island Turnpike authority considers adding bike paths to pell, Jamestown, mount hope bridges

Providence Journal 11/14/18

NH: Dot chief: state driving toward cashless tolls

New Hampshire Union Leader 11/14/16

Dulles toll road rates set to increase beginning in January

WJLA TV 11/14/18

using asset recycling to rebuild America's infrastructure

Reason Foundation 11/14/18

FL: new e-pass transponder works in 18 states

Spectrum News 13 11/14/18

the end of cash tolls - even toll plazas - in the bay area?

The Mercury News 11/13/18

'A majority' of the I-77 toll lanes will open on time

Charlotte Observer 11/13/18

with election over, transportation advocates eye 2019 battles

Governing 11/13/18

ARTBA: voters supported 79% of transportation initiatives on midterm ballots

Better Roads 11/12/18

PA: work to begin on middle section of southern beltway next month

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 11/12/18

Washington won its piece of amazon's HQ2. now comes the hard part

The Washington Post 11/12/18

bridging the partisan divide: can infrastructure unite democrats and republicans?

National Public Radio 11/12/18

VA; Dulles toll road toll hikes to be approved this week

WTOP 11/12/18

NY: cashless tolling: Westchester to get first plaza in Yonkers

Rockland/Westchester Journal News 11/12/18 

Conduent to upgrade its tolling technology across los angeles county's express lanes

Traffic Technology Today 11/12/18

voters overwhelmingly ratify transportation 'lockbox'

CT Mirror 11/6/18

san Francisco agencies announce finalists in transportation 'mega projects' competition

Traffic Technology Today 11/6/18

TXDOT's $815m drive 288 adds toll lanes, interchanges in harris county

Construction & Equipment Guide 11/6/18

high speed toll lanes open Wednesday at east Topeka interchange 11/6/18

three year anniversary of road tolling

Zambia Daily News 11/6/18

express lanes extension, one year later 11/6/18

10 miles of express lanes open in Gwinnett county

WSB TV 11/5/18

Going Places

Georgia Trends 11/1/18

There's another toll road coming to the charlotte region before I-77 lanes

The Charlotte Observer 10/30/18

TX: midtown express reaches the end of the road, opens this weekend

NBC 5 News 10/25/18

NJ Parkway, turnpike go 7 years with no toll hike, but how long will the ride last? 10/25/18

new Salik toll gate begins operations in Dubai

Gulf Business 10/24/18 

NC: Eurovia wins two u.s. road contracts worth $480 million

Global Construction Review 10/24/18

china opens world's longest sea bridge and tunnel to connect hong kong and macau to the mainland

ABC News 10-23/18

improve u.s. infrastructure: getting past the 'coupon effect'

Knowledge Wharton 10/22/18

where states and prospective governors stand on infrastructure in the 2018 election

Brookings 10/19/118

can charging drivers really solve the subway crisis?

The New York Times 10/12/18

Houston: next phase of construction will make grand parkway largest highway loop in the nation

Houston Chronicle 10/8/18

nation's first truck-only toll program off to auspicious start

The Planetizen 9/26/18

here's a look at who is using northern Virginia's 495 and 95 express lanes

The Washington Post 9/20/18

beware: toll studies overpromise riches

Hartford Courant 9/7/18

CT: state's highway toll history included wallingford toll booth 8/30/18

this rental company just got sued by Florida over fees it charged customers for tolls

Miami Herald 8/30/18

I-66 Tolling has worked (mostly) as adverstised

InsideNOVA Sun Gazette 8/30/18

CDOT holds i-25 gap project groundbreaking ceremony, construction to begin Tuesday

KRDO TV AM FM 8/30/18

MassDOT traffic counts find huge increases in volume across Boston area

WFXT TV Boston 8/30/18

Easing Congestion comes with a cost

The Portland Tribune 8/30/18

NY Congestion Pricing: Cuomo, Nixon square off in long-awaited New York primary debate

CBS 13 Sacrament 9/29/18

Monmouth, Woodbridge rest stops getting major makeover

WKXW Radio 8/29/18

humans - not technology - are the leading cause of self-driving car accidents in California

Fortune 8/29/18

penntime protects our first responders

KDK Radio 8/28/18

VA: third lane, other changes outlined in new potential plans for i-81

NBC News 10 8/28/18

VA: I-66 widening work on choke point that drives up tolls to begin

WTOP 8/27/18

TxDOT plan now foresees no tolls on i-35 expansion in central Texas

The Austin American-Statesman 8/27/18

massive i-25 overhaul south castle rock breaks ground the week

The Denver Post 8/27/18

proposed improvements to i-81 unveiled

The Winchester Start 8/24/18

voter approval of toll roads plan unveiled

Spectrum News Austin 8/24/18

Rhode Island asked court to dismiss lawsuit over truck tolls

Associated Press 8/24/18

Toll Authorities looking to impound vehicles, ban drivers with unpaid tolls

News 4 San Antonio 8/24/18

FL: Expressway proposal for bithlo and east orange set 8-mile extension to the beachline

Orlando Sentinel 8/23/18

MD: They must have some idea: residents want more details about proposed widening of beltway and i-270

The Washington Post 8/23/18

IL: What's driving you crazy: testing on tri-state tollway

ABC Channel 7  8/23/18

IL: tollway board approves extending online payment grace period to 14 days

Chicago Tribune 8/23/18

CA: $2Billion-plus in funding approved for local transportation projects

Times of San Diego 8/21/18

MD: hogan's first television ad emphasizes tax reductions

The Washington Post 8/21/18

Colorado prepares to install 'smart road' 

The Spectrum 8/21/18

Italy's national debt may rise by 9.4B Euros if toll roads nationalized

The Irish Times 8/21/18

shortening the long road for West Virginia bridge replacements

Engineering News Record 8/20/18

CT: Malloy keeps up the pressure for transportation rebuild - and tolls

CT Mirror 8/20/18

Contract to build new Howard Frankland bridge is record $814M

Tampa Bay Times 8/17/18

Oregon will seek tolls on I-5, I-205, study tolling all metro highways

The Oregonian 8/16/18

officials celebrate 80th anniversary of thousand islands bridge

The Watertown Daily Times 8/17/18


News-Press Now 8/16/18

Atlantia says concession stripping announcement may damage investors

Reuters 8/16/18

get ready to start paying tolls: NCDOT chief says state won't buy out lanes now

The Charlotte Observer 8/15/18

NC transportation secretary suggests free lane for i-77

Associated Press 8/15/18

Italy bridge was known to be in trouble long before collapse

The New York Times 8/15/18

WI: democrats' hope to beat walker is former teacher, open to tolling and gas tax

Associated Press 8/15/18

Genoa bridge was known to be in trouble long before collapse

The New York Times 8/14/18

NJ: governor Murphy signs law expanding public-private partnerships

NJTV 8/14/18

customers getting a jump on turnpike's new deeply discounted toll program

Metro News 8/13/18

NH withholding $1M from new vendor that maintains E-ZPass system...

Union Leader 8/12/18

MA: Governor Charlie baker rejects toll discount idea, calls for bIgger traffic study

The Boston Globe 7/26/18

Bond Commission Approves $10M for electronic tolls Study

CT Mirror 7/25/18

INDIA: Rajasthan generated maximum toll revenue 2017-2018 - Up 18%

The India Times 7/19/18

MassDOT testing plan to reward off-peak travel with toll discounts

WCVB ABC Boston 7/19/18

CT: Gov. Malloy orders highway toll study

Connecticut Post 7/18/18

states ramp up efforts to secure transportation funding

Transport Topics 7/18/18

Seattle tunnel rates could range from $1 to $2.25

King 5 News 7/18/18

Whatever happened to Trump's infrastructure boom?

Bloomberg Businessweek 7/18/18

Rhode Island bills trucks $625,000 in first month of tolling

Associated Press 7/18/18

Some 40 miles of metro Atlanta toll lanes set to open this year

Atlanta Journal-Constitution 7/18/18

Appellate court ends fight over Texas 45 southwest, MoPAC

Austin American-Statesman 7/18/18

Jacksonville, FL: when will tolls start being collected on the westside?

News 4 7/17/18

Driver who dodged more than 1,600 PA Turnpike tolls pleads guilty must pay $12K

Penn Live 7/17/18

how states are rethinking roads

U.S. News and World Report 7/17/18

New Hampshire governor oks move to all-electronic toll collection

Landline Magazine 7/16/18

Florida suspends payment to SunPass contractor until tolling system is fixed

Tampa Bay Times 7/16/18

Gordie Howe Bridge groundbreaking set: no stopping this bridge now

Detroit Free Press 7/15/18

highways create opportunities in West Virginia

The Gazette-Mail 7/13/18

4 tweaks to sell southwest Washington commuters on Portland tolls

OPB 7/13/18

IIndiana advances interstate tolling plans

Planetizen 7/12/18

Utah DOT doubling maximum toll for express lane driving

Deseret News 7/12/18

two toll roads under construction in Pinellas County, FL

News Channel 8 7/12/18

Rhode Island DOT looking for feedback on next 10 truck-toll gantries

WPRI 7/12/18

CA: 91 Express Lanes Users to Get New Sticker Transponders, And For Many, A Savings

The Orange County Register 7/12/18

Oregon Considers tolling Interstates - Radio interview

Think Out Loud - OPB/NPR 7/11/18


The Columbian 7/11/18

VA: lawmakers consider adding more I-66 tolls

NBC Channel 4 Washington, DC 7/11/18

AL: toll bridge on pace for busiest year ever

Lagniappe Weekly 7/11/18

national truck industry files lawsuit over tolls

Associated Press 7/10/18

trucking industry, Cumberland farms sue RI to stop tolls

The Providence Journal 7/10/18

Indiana begins studying tolling on interstate highways

The Heartland 7/10/18

Maine turnpike authority says truckers are racking up unpaid tolls

CBS News Channel 13 7/9/18

NC: mid Currituck bridge project under review

Coastal Review Online 7/9/18

judge gives green light to York toll plaza plan that residents fought for years

The Press Herald 7/6/18

EU clears Atlantia, acs to buy Abertis

Reuters 7/6/18

VA: HRBT Open house allows neighbors to see impact of expansion - new tunnel

WAVY Radio 6/19/18

changes made to I-69 Ohio river crossing alternative routes

14 News 6/18/18


EuroWeekly 6/18/18

Dulles toll road rate increase proposal set; would start in January

WTOP 6/18/18

expanded $1.1 billion i-95 toll lane plan announced for Harford, Baltimore counties

The Baltimore Sun 6/15/18

TX: 290 is getting closer to completion, what about 288?

Houston Press 6/15/18

Oregon on the road to freeway tolling

Portland Tribune 6/14/18

TX: Cedar Park council to consider resolution in support of more tolls on 183

Hill Country News 6/14/18

US House could introduce infrastructure legislation this summer

Washington Examiner 6/13/14

NV: house bill allocates $300 million to cancel or modify I-77 toll contract

WFAE NPR 90.7 6/13/18

O'Hare western access deal looks like a go

Crain's Chicago Business 6/12/18

C-Tran letter to Oregon on tolls has 7 key points

The Columbian 6/12/18

Cuomo: cashless tolling set at thruway toll barriers

WRGB Albany 6 News 6/12/18

first truck tolls now online in Rhode Island

Associated Press 6/11/18

free power from freeways? China is testing roads paved with solar panels

The New York Times 6/11/18

I-95 toll lanes in planning stage for Duval, St. Johns counties

WJCT The World 6/11/18

readers set out to solve Boston's traffic woes

Boston Herald 6/11/18

Virginia eyes beltway toll lane extension to Maryland border

WTOP 6/11/18

Indiana contractor to develop strategic plan to add tolls, including downtown Indy

Indy Star 6/11/18

CT: Griebel suggests testing tolls on Hartford's HOV lanes

AP 6/9/18

Miami officials to reduce SunPass, toll-by-plate rates on five expressways

NBC Channel 6 6/10/18

I-66 toll fix could urge you to wake up earlier

WTOP 6/8/18


NJBIZ 6/8/18

parkway's authority approves change to WV turnpike toll system

WOAY TV 6/7/18

TX: Montgomery County toll road authority sells $87.7 Million in revenue bonds to fund Highway 249 Toll Road

Community Impact Newspaper 6/7/18

veterans could soon receive discounts on CTRMA operated tolls

KXAN NBC 6/7/18

complete 540 project receives final federal approval

ABC Channel 11 6/7/18

how long can a state government go without repairing its roads and bridges? Mississippi is about to find out

Governing Magazine June 2018

Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti confirmed as commissioner of the New Jersey DOT

NJ DOT News 6/7/18

Bridge tolls to rise with passage of regional transit measure

The San Francisco Examiner 6/6/18

solid majority backs bay area bridge hikes to fund transportation projects

The Press Democrat 6/6/18


Chicago Tribune 6/6/18


WIVB Channel 4 6/6/18

Are I-66 tolls promoting transit use?

WTOP 6/6/18

Feds give $184 Million for GA 400 toll lanes

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution 6/5/18

LA: Belle Chasse tunnel set for replacement with $45 million federal grant

The Times Picayune 6/5/18

federal grant money approved for I-25 gap project in El Paso County, I-70 widening in Clear Creek County

Denver ABC Channel 7 6/5/18

CA: regional measure 3: bridge toll hikes to improve regional transit leading

The San Francisco Chronicle 6/5/18

Rhode Island to start collecting tolls from tractor-trailers next week; truckers pledge to sue

The Providence Journal 6/5/18


Sacramento Bee 6/4/18

What effect do tolls have on I-66 after six months?

WTOP 6/4/18


The Washington Post 6/4/18

Sacramento first city to use digital license plates

Capital Public Radio 6/4/18

longtime Milford lawmaker Kim Rose endorsed for another term

New Haven Register 6/4/18

WV Parkway authority hashes out details on toll hike, bond sale

Charleston Gazette-Mail 6/4/18

I-77 group wants to make one toll lane free. but will legislators get in the way?

The Charlotte Observer 6/4/18

Organizers deem private toll road near surf city a success

Port City Daily 6/3/18


The San Diego Union-Tribune 6/1/18

Work starts on billion-dollar project to replace Houston ship channel toll bridge

Houston Public Media 6/1/18

driverless cars ok'd to carry passengers in CA

The San Francisco Examiner 5/31/18

As Construction begins on I-66, CDOT recognizes impacts, pitches alternatives

Inside NoVA 5/31/18

Should you get your E-ZPass in Maryland or Virginia?

The Washington Post 5/31/18

Maine turnpike considers adding tolls to I-295 in Portland to alleviate traffic

WCYY 94.3 Radio 5/31/18

Gordie howe bridge to choose private partner 'in the coming weeks'

Michigan News 5/31/18

project to add 3 flyovers to Texas 130 u.s. 290 junction moves forward

American-Statesman 5/30/18

Construction set in Houston for more sections of largest highway loop in U.S.

Better Roads 5/30/18

CDOT taking public input on whether to add express lane on westbound I-70

Denver ABC Channel 7 5/30/18

10 things to know: regional measure 3, the proposed bay area bridge toll increase

KQED 5/29/18

PA: Findlay Connector near airport moving to cashless toll system on Sunday

Pittsburg Post-Gazette 5/29/18

MT: Local legislators talk new revenue sources

Powell Tribune 5/29/18

Delaware River Bridge authority to create safer Delaware memorial bridge

Construction Equipment Guide 5/29/18

CO: Parkway Proponents predict profitability

Arvada Press 5/29/18

CO: governor to sign major transportation bill

The Daily Sentinel 5/28/18

Uganda: bidding for us$1 billion Kampala-Jinja expressway

The Independent 5/28/18

India: prime minister Narendra Modi opens eastern peripheral expressway

The Hindu 5/27/18

$1.6 billion LBJ east project gets official blessing from TxDOT

The Dallas News 5/25/18


El's Brussel 5/24/18

Canada: lower mainland mayors consider bridge and 'zone' based road tolls

Start Metro Vancouver 5/24/18

express lanes on a toll lane?

Planetizen 5/24/18

PA: Catching Toll Cheats

Fox 43 5/23/18

I-66 hov use flat since start of tolls, expanded HOV hours

WTOP 5/24/18

INDIA: pm modi to inaugurate NEW palwal expressway

The Economic Times 5/23/18

MD: E-ZPass Transponder Fees Eliminated

ABC WMAR Baltimore 5/23/18

new express lanes open on veterans expressway

NBC Channel News 8 Tampa 5/23/18

Oklahoma turnpike authority to seek federal loan to fund remaining portion of Gilcrease expressway extension

Tulsa World 5/22/18

From $1 to $2.25 - WA State seeks public input in proposed toll rates inside Seattle's new tunnel

GeekWire 5/22/18

Savannah officials suggest tolls could pay for Truman parkway maintenance

The Augusta Chronicle 5/21/18

CA: trio of bay area mayors campaign for bridge toll increases

ABC News Channel 7 KGO 5/21/18

Group of Corporate heavyweights pushes for regional toll network

The Washington Post 5/21/18

$351 Million Approved for Highway 101 Projects

Santa Cruz Sentinel 5/18/18


The Virginia Pilot 5/18/18

Priced Lanes or Priced Roadways

Planetizen 5/17/18

More toll lanes from Baltimore to Richmond? business leaders push them to ease traffic jams

WTOP 5/16/18

transportation secretary Elaine Chao keeps all options open for funding infrastructure

Transport Topics 5/14/18

drivers and businesses excited to see 360 tollway open this weekend

NBC 5 DFW 5/13/18

officials eye potential toll study along I-81 for corridor improvements

The Bristol Herald Courier 5/14/18

self-driving cars find clearer paths in Europe

Bloomberg News 5/14/18

London: Silvertown tunnel thames crossing plans approved

BCC 5/10/18

a new toll road is coming to DFW

Star-Telegram 5/10/18

NC: lake Norman leaders eye compromise on toll lanes

WFAE 5/10/18

how I-66 toll money will be spent

WTOP 5/1/18

IL tollway to provide millions for restoration of creek near Warrenville

The Daily Herald 5/1/18

Fairfax Co. pushes legion bridge fixes as MD. toll lanes comment period ends

WTOP 5/1/18

Longer HOV hours' impact on I-66 commutes appears positive

WTOP 5/1/18

PA turnpike plan to expand internet access in area

The Times-Tribune 4/30/18

E-ZPass toll system arrives in ocean city-longport bridge

Ocean City NJ Daily 4/30/18

Virginia to Tweak 66 express lanes pricing to address tolls that have topped $47

The Washington Post 4/30/18

States That raise tolls and taxes will have an edge in getting DOT funds

Wall Street Journal 4/28/18

Maryland rakes in millions of dollars from fines and penalties

Washington Post 4/27/18

IL: National honors for Jane Addams memorial tollway (i-90) project

Better Roads 4/27/18

new toll structure coming to the golden gate bridge

NBC Bay Area News 4/27/18

IN: I-69 Ohio river crossing bridge to be tolled

WBOI NPR News 4/26/18

India: NHAI inks pact with Macquarie

The Times of India 4/26/18

Harris county, TxDOT call off swap of Katy managed lanes

Houston Chronicle 4/26/18

Texas 130 set to expand as tollway freeze thaws

Austin American-Statesman 4/26/18

TransCore to deliver new back office toll system and customer service in Maryland

Traffic Technology International 4/25/18

Largest road project in state's history expected to be completed this summer

WSP- TV Atlanta 4/20/18

attention, motorists: e-470 to end $10/year vehicle registration in 3 counties

Denver Business Journal 4/19/18

out-of-state drivers owe MassDOT $15 million in Massachusetts turnpike tolls under gantry system

MassLive 4/18/18

AECOM selected to prepare Ohio for connected and autonomous vehicles

Traffic Technology International 4/18/18

CT: Highway Tolls heading for house vote

CT Post 4/18/18

TxDOT to waive over $1 billion in toll road late fees

News 4 San Antonio 4/18/18

WA: Highway 99 Tunnel Tolls could range from $1 to $2.25 depending on time of day

The Seattle Times 4/18/18

New Express lanes may speed your bay area commute -- for a price

The Mercury News 4/18/18

$2 billion toll road closer to construction after fed scientists weighs in on mussels

The News and Observer 4/17/18

Tampa and university of south Florida to study smart transportation

Government Technology 4/17/18

Germany expects big increase in revenues from truck tolls

Reuters 4/17/18

lawmakers and TxDOT look to reduce traffic congestion

KVUE ABC Austin 4/17/18

the politics of congestion tolling

The Lens, The Business Institute of Washington 4/17/18

Construction Season is here -- our guide to surviving it

Daily Herald 4/16/18

study recommends toll for little cottonwood canyon's traffic troubles

Deseret News 4/16/18

No more cash: Maryland explores changing tolls to electronic only

Capital Gazette 4/16/18

TX: New segment of toll 49 in Lindale to open in 2019

Tyler Morning Telegraph 4/14/18

R.I. Truck Tolls delayed again

Providence Journal 4/13/18

Exclusive: Waymo applies for no-driver testing in California

San Francisco Chronicle 4/13/18

tolling work group discusses low-income exemptions, other issues for I-5, I-205 proposals

The Oregonian 4/12/18


Pennsylvania Real-Time News 4/10/18

Downtown Austin alliance and chamber urging people to ask lawmakers for toll lanes

KVUE 4/10/18

new toll collection system coming to Croatian motorway

Total Croatia News 4/10/18

keeping it steady: Thousand Islands Bridge Authority displays appropriate fiscal management

Watertown Daily Times 4/9/18

Michigan's largest self-driving car test site open for business

Michigan Radio 91.7FM 4/6/18

WV Parkway authority gives preliminary approval to toll increase/flat fee discount

The Register-Herald 4/6/18

these ODOT, turnpike projects could delay your drives in coming months

The Cleveland Plain Dealer 4/5/18

Dallas: new express lanes open on 35w

WFAA 4/5/18


The Press Democrat 4/4/18

More Toll Lanes Could be coming to Charlotte

The Charlotte Observer 4/4/18

Iowa Proposal for tolls on I-80 might move traffic to U.S. 36

Herald-Whig 4/4/18

self-driving cars are still on North Carolina turnpike authority's radar

The News & Observer 4/4/18

public sets chance to weigh in on MD toll lane plans

WTOP 4/4/18

driving in downtown Seattle? you may soon have to pay a toll

WUOW NPR 4/4/18

states consider tolling to generate transportation revenues, relieve congestion

Council of State Governments 4/4/18

cleared for construction: judge denies bid to halt I-70 projects in Denver

Denver Post 4/3/18

SC: Southern Connector: toll road could help spur Greenville, Anderson development

Independent Mail 4/3/18


Better Roads 4/3/18

do you want to see more toll roads on I-95 in Jacksonville?

News 4 JAX 4/3/18

replacing per-gallon taxes with per-mile charges is the best path forward

Reason Foundation 4/3/18

FL: hub for transportation and mobility innovation

ITS Digest 4/3/18

CA: testing high-tech cameras where it counts: aimed at carpool-lane cheaters

San Francisco Chronicle 4/2/18

With 1st phase of first coast expressway almost done, get ready for tolls

News 4 Jacksonville 4/2/18

California launches system allowing driverless cars to ditch their backup drivers

Washington Post 4/2/18

VA: 4 years of major I-66 construction to begin as soon as this weekend

WTOP 4/2/18

money-making tollways a good thing in Austin, not for state leaders

Austin American-Statesman 4/1/18

Dulles toll road upgrade could foreshadow congestion-priced tolling

The Washington Post 3/31/18

federal appeals court dismisses ata's New York lawsuit

Transport Topics 3/29/18

Central Texas mobility agency awaits green light from TxDOT to proceed on new toll projects

Community Impact 3/29/18

It Cost nearly $16 Million to run Riverlink last year. where did the money go?

WDRB 3/28/18

NY: Grand Island cashless tolls begin Thursday night

NBC Channel 2 WGRZ 3/28/18

Gwinnett has several ongoing future transportation projects in Gwinnett

Gwinnett Daily Post 3/28/18

officials: toll roads may be key to Texas' economic growth

American-Statesman 3/28/18

ODOT considers 'electronic toll' to reduce traffic

KOIN CBS Channel 6 3/27/18

why you should be in favor of congestion pricing in New York

New Yorker 3/27/18

Plans Announced for flat fee program on W.VA. turnpike

WSAZ Channel 3 News 3/27/18

John Bel Edwards' Administration open to tolls on existing interstate - if allowed

Times-Picayune 3/27/18

Arizona governor suspends Uber from autonomous testing

AP 3/26/18

Austin officials say sh 45 toll road is over halfway complete

Community Impact 3/26/18

IA: State not pursing I-80 tollways, despite financially feasible

The Gazette 3/26/18


ABC News 10 3/25/18

Thousand Islands Bridge Authority Votes to Increase tolls

Watertown Daily Times 3/24/18

PA Turnpike's move toward cashless tolling expanding to additional segments of toll road

The PA Real-Time News 3/23/18

CA: 15 freeway toll lane project wins state dollars for environmental study

The Press-Enterprise 3/23/18

Polk Parkway extension receives $15 million in boost

The Ledger 3/23/18

You want congestion pricing? be specific.

City Lab 3/22/18

CT: Transportation committee approves highway toll proposal

Associated Press P 3/22/18

Australia's Transurban to Canadian toll road bridge for $650 million

Reuters 3/22/18

New crane in place for Mobile River Bridge construction

Fox 6 News 3/22/18

leaders say toll roads on Charlotte highway should ease congestion

WSCOTV 3/22/18

I-70 expansion project across north Denver to see first major demolition work

Denver Business Journal 3/22/18

Here's what congress is stuffing into it's $1.3 trillion spending bill

The Washington Post 3/22/18


Maryland Reporter 3/22/18

Riverlink expands amnesty program for unpaid tolls, late fees

WDRB 3/21/18

City, County gather to talk toll, conference center timeline

Brunswick News 3/21/18

Utah legislature approves plan to permit tolling roads

Landline Magazine 3/20/18

Can interstate tolling be politically feasible?

Reason Foundation 3/20/18

Dulles toll road upgrades could give drivers some toll-paying options

WTOP 3/20/18

I-95 express lanes are coming to Delray. what can you expect?

Sun Sentinel 3/19/18

Wekiva parkway segment set to open into Lake County

Orlando Sentinel 3/19/18


Pocono Record 3/18/18

GM to invest $100 million to upgrade facilities to build self-driving cars

Reuters 3/15/18

Malloy: traffic gridlock killing NY-CT job migration

Hartford Business 3/14/18

Trump to Promote infrastructure plan as lawmakers seek funding

Bloomberg 3/14/18


Traffic Technology International 3/13/18

Italy's Atlantia joins acs to end $22 billion battle for Spain's Abertis

Reuters 3/13/18


US News and World Report 3/13/18

assembly dems push for congestion fee on only cabs, for-hire cars

New York Daily News 3/12/18

For better or worse, 2018 will bring tolls to Charlotte

WFAE 3/12/18


US News and World Report and AP 3/9/18

Connecticut DOT commissioner voices support for tolls to fund needed projects

WNPR 3/9/18

long-term plan to freeze narrows bridge tolls is a big win

The News tribune 3/8/18

tackling transportation 'crisis,' constitutional convention headline brac legislative priorities

The Advocate Baton Rouge 3/8/18

Paul Ryan: 'we're not going to raise gas taxes'

Washington Examiner 3/8/18

gas tax increase is debated after white house turns to congress for infrastructure help

Washington Post 3/7/18


Times of India 3/7/18


See News, 3/7/18


Marin Independent Journal, 3/7/18


Reuters, 3/7/18

Chao says all options on table to fund Trump's infrastructure plan

Bloomberg Gov 3/6/18

Orange county transportation agency hires new firm to run 91, 405 express lanes

Orange County Register, 3/6/18

Interstate 75 Express Lanes set to open noon saturday

Sun Sentinel, 3/6/18

'free-for-all'? what is the etiquette when driving on two-lane express toll lanes?

Traffic Lab, 3/6/18

NY Thruway bridge tolls amnesty program collects $1m-plus

AP, 3/6/18

without federal dollars available, locals look for infrastructure funding

The Herald News, 3/3/18

Taming the Traffic - troubled U.S. 2 trestle

The Herald, 3/3/18

Atlantia buys stake in channel tunnel firm, still wants Abertis

Reuters, 3/2/18

Trump advisor defends White House infrastructure proposal

The Hill, 3/1/18

CEO-led commission proposes tax overhaul, tolls, min. wage hike

Hartford Business 3/1/18


KXAN 2/28/18

Ukraine: rada passes law on construction of toll roads

Kyiv Post 2/27/18

Grand Island Toll Booths about to be thing of the past

The Buffalo News 2/23/18

CT DOT pitches 'astounding,' cheaper plan to break I-95 gridlock

The CT Mirror 2/22/18

hurricane Irma prompts search for solutions to jammed interstate 75

Orlando Sentinel 2/22/18


Sun Sentinel 2/22/18

I-66 Managed Lanes - January 2018 Stats

VDOT 2/21/18

I-66 tolls, longer HOV hours not slowing alternative routes, data shows

WTOP 2/21/18

White House praises Oregon program of mileage tax for infrastructure funds

The Hill 2/21/18

forget fumbling for change, Audi is making cars that can talk to toll booths

Digital Trends 2/21/18

why the Trump administration is relying on public-private partnerships to fund infrastructure

Reason Foundation 2/21/18

Osceola County takes steps in development of beltway system

Orlando Business News 2/21/18

DelDOT launching E-ZPass only tolling on route 301 to test the waters

Delaware 1059, 2/20/18


Orange County Register 2/20/18

Q-Free to supply TransCore with Intrada platform for North Carolina tolling project

Traffic Technology International 2/20/18

Tampa streetcars being equipped with v2x equipment in USDOT cv pilot program

Traffic Technology International 2/19/18

public meeting lays out northeast extension project

Buck County Courier Times 2/19/18


The Jersey Journal 2/19/18


Bucks County Courier Times 2/18/18

star systems launches next-generation, multi-protocol tolling reader

Traffic Technology International 2/16/18

local officials discuss Gilcrease expressway plans - Oklahoma

Tulsa World 2/16/18

IL tollway willing, able to take over I-80, official says

Chicago Tribune 2/16/18

MD Express toll lane extension topic of public meeting

Perry Patch, 2/15/18


Charlotte Observer, 2/14/18


The Construction Index, 2/14/18

one more westbound 91 freeway lane pondered in Corona

The press-enterprise 2/14/18

Trump infrastructure proposal would allow long-banned tolls along interstates

USA TODAY, 2/12/18

Trump Proposes $200B for infrastructure to be cut from other federal programs to pave way for $1.5T in projects

USA TODAY, 2/11/18

MnDOT study evaluates tolling feasibility

AP – Austin Daily Herald, 1/29/18

(CT) House Democrats Pushing For Tolls

Hartford Courant, 1/29/18

More States Turning to Toll Roads to Raise Cash for Infrastructure

NPR, All Things Considered, 1/18/18

Designing roadways for a connected, autonomous future

RS&H (1/4/18)


The Washington Post (1/5/18)

Maryland gets 27 Initial Inquiries from Private Companies interested in widening I-270, beltway

Bethesda Magazine (1/4/18)

Rep. Bill Shuster, Powerful Transportation Chairman, Will Retire From House

Washington Post (1/3/18)

Feds Cast Doubt on New York-New Jersey Tunnel Funding Plan

US News (1/2/18)

Phil Murphy's pick for transportation commissioner has strong NJ roots (12/20/17)

Congestion is so Bad in Washington DC, tolls hit $40 last week

Quartz Media (12/13/17)

Construction on Texas toll lane project starts

Construction has started on the $815 million State Highway 288 toll project in Texas and is about to move to a new phase. Ten miles of toll lanes will be built, along with flood mitigation structures. Houston Public Media (8/16)

States start to look at gas-tax alternatives

States are starting to realize that they must look for alternatives to the gas tax. A group of transportation agencies on the East Coast is look at a use tax, where a tax is added when people fuel up, and other states have studied a mileage tax, but implementing such systems would be expensive. The Tribune-Democrat (Johnstown, Pa.) (8/16)

Adding toll lanes to highways a growing trend

Construction wrapped up recently on the 91 Express Lanes project in Corona, Calif., which added two toll lanes to the 15 Freeway. The project is an example of a growing national trend to use tolls to fund infrastructure projects, and studies have shown that toll lanes relieve congestion better than general purpose lanes. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (8/15)

California project to create dual toll lanes on interstate

OC 405 Partners is expected to begin construction early next year on the $1.9 billion Interstate 405 Improvement Project in Orange, Calif. The project will add two new lanes in each direction, with one of them joining an existing lane to become dual toll lanes. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (free content) (8/15)

Trump looks to speed infrastructure permitting

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Tuesday with the aim of reducing to two years the environmental permitting process for new infrastructure projects. But the administration has yet to provide details regarding how it hopes to increase public and private investment in infrastructure. Reuters (8/15), Politico (8/15)

Wyoming to study ITS International: Tolling is a 'powerful tool to maintain and manage an infrastructure network' tolling on Interstate 80

The Wyoming Department of Transportation is considering adding tolls to Interstate 80, and it recently launched a study of the issue. HDR Engineering will conduct the research, which will also look at a third travel lane and overhead messaging. Wyoming Business Report/The Daily Rocket-Miner (8/11)

Texas scraps some toll roads while other states add more

Several toll projects in Texas have either been scrapped or had tolls removed, signaling a changing in the direction of tolling in the Lone Star State. Pat Jones, executive director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, was critical of a state transportation report that called for the elimination of tolls when debt on a road or bridge was paid off, saying the money is needed to maintain the infrastructure. ABC News/The Associated Press (8/11)

Video: Tolling gantry for Florida express lane installed

The first toll gantry of the new tolling system on Interstate 295 was installed in Florida's Jacksonville area. The new express lanes on the road, scheduled to be completed next year, will be tolled, and the state's Department of Transportation is educating motorists about SunPass. WJXT-TV (Jacksonville, Fla.) (8/11)

Toll road proposed in Texas county

The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority in Texas wants to build a 3.6-mile tolled extension of Highway 249, a move supported by the Montgomery County commissioners. The $63 million project could be completed in 2020. Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas) (8/10)

$342M toll-lane project kicks off in Va.

A groundbreaking ceremony marked the start of a project that will convert two reversible high-occupancy vehicle toll lanes on Interstate 395 in Virginia outside Washington, DC, into three reversible toll lanes. The $342 million project should be completed in 2020. WTOP-FM (Washington, DC) (8/9), The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Washington (8/9)

Colo. congressman supports tolling interstates

Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., supports tolling interstates to fund transportation, but Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., opposes the idea. The two debated transportation and other issues at a forum. The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Denver (8/9)

Business, political leaders support tolls to pay for new bridge

A bridge is planned over the Ohio River on Interstate 69 between Kentucky and Indiana, and a group of local business and political leaders has selected its preferred location. The group said it supports tolling the bridge to fund construction, but the project's planners have not decided on the location or the funding source. WFIE-TV (Evansville, Ind.) (8/9)

Toll lane helps Interstate 70 in Colo. reduce congestion

A new toll lane on the eastbound side of Interstate 70 in Colorado around Denver has relieved congestion in the area, and a westbound toll lane is scheduled for construction. The roadway's Eisenhower Tunnel saw a record number of vehicles between Friday and Sunday: 157,657. KMGH-TV (Denver) (8/8)

Transurban to test autonomous vehicles

Transurban will test driverless vehicles on toll roads it operates in Australia and around Washington, DC. The tests will assess the vehicles' ability to navigate different driving situations. ZDNet/Australian Associated Press (8/8)

US records lowest infrastructure spending level ever

Spending on infrastructure reached its lowest level ever recorded in the second quarter of 2017, and experts say that has huge economic and safety implications. The US spent only 1.4% of GDP on infrastructure projects, and many states have been forced to cut back as well. The New York Times (free-article access for SmartBrief readers) (8/8)

Toll road in Austin to be complete in 2019

A 3.6-mile toll road under construction in Austin, Texas, should be complete in 2019. State Highway 45 Southwest will connect with the MoPac Expressway and Farm-to-Market 1626 to reduce driving times in the region. KXAN-TV (Austin, Texas) (8/8)

Fitch raises debt rating for San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agencies

The San Joaquin Hills Transportation Corridor Agency manages a 15-mile toll road in California's Orange County and saw a 9.4% increase in traffic during fiscal 2016. Given the upped volume and recent rate increases, Fitch Ratings upgraded $2.19 billion in debt. Orange County Business Journal (Irvine, Calif.) (8/1)

South Dakota county commissioner proposes tolls on bridges

South Dakota has no toll roads or bridges, but Yankton County Commissioner Gary Swenson wants his county to consider adopting the funding model. He'd like to toll bridges and use the funds to maintain the structures.
(Sioux Falls, S.D.) (8/1)

Washington State to pilot road use free project

The Washington State Transportation Commission is starting a pilot project that will charge motorists a road use fee in an attempt to offset the decline in the gasoline tax. It has chosen Emovis to help implement a system to calculate road miles traveled, collect the charge and study the potential for state interoperability. Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (8/1)

$3.98B New York bridge to open

The first span of the $3.98 billion Tappan Zee Bridge over the Hudson River in New York should open Aug. 25. The new structure, to be called the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, has been paid for with cash for the past two years, and "the remainder after 2020 will be paid with toll revenue from the entire (state Thruway) system," said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Daily News (New York) (7/27), WCBS-TV (New York City) (7/27)

Florida to begin lane-widening project

A $76 million lane-widening project is to begin in the fall in Florida's Orange County. The State Road 408 project will cover about 3.4 miles and will be completed by Lane Construction Corp. World Highways online (UK) (7/27)

$1.06B public-private partnership in Houston taking shape

Drive 288, a $1.06 billion public-private partnership project to improve 10.3 miles of State Highway 288 in Houston to alleviate congestion, will convert the freeway into a tollway and reconstruct some interchanges. Blueridge Transportation Group is the lead developer of the project, which has become environmentally challenging. Boss Magazine (7/2017)

Toll roads become popular assets for investors

There's been a spate of consolidation in the toll road sector, plus increased interest in purchasing the infrastructure because investors, including pension funds, see value in income-producing assets, including toll roads, which guarantee rate increases that keep pace with inflation or exceed it. The Australian Financial Review (subscription required) (7/26)

Republicans Should Pivot to Infrastructure

City Lab (7/18)

IBTTA working toward interoperable nationwide tolling

More than 50 million transponders are used by US motorists, and the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association is working toward ensuring that each transponder works throughout the country's network of tolled roads. "To make the nation truly interoperable, not only is technology key, but agreements must be in place between states to make it work, and those take time," noted IBTTA's Bill Cramer. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content)/Fast Copy News Service (7/26)

Portion of Wekiva Parkway to open Thursday

The Central Florida Expressway Authority will open a $102.6 million portion of the Wekiva Parkway on Thursday. The $1.6 billion parkway will finish the beltway for Central Florida and protect natural resources. World Highways (UK) (7/25)

$629M loan approved for Calif.'s Orange County Transportation Authority

The US Department of Transportation has approved a $629 million loan for California's Orange County Transportation Authority to help offset the cost of the $1.9 billion improvement project on Interstate 405. About 16 miles of the road will be widened to mitigate congestion under the design-build contract with OC 405 Partners. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (free content) (7/26)

Raytheon receives Toll Excellence Award

The International Bridge, Tunnel, and Turnpike Association awarded Raytheon with its 2017 Toll Excellence Award for Private Sector Innovation. Massachusetts Department of Transportation contracted Raytheon to design and build a new all electronic toll network along the state's toll roads. Boston Real Estate Times (7/25)

Trump infrastructure initiative delayed by legislative roadblock

Despite expectations of bipartisan backing for a national infrastructure package, the Trump Administration's initiative has been stuck behind other legislative priorities. Even though infrastructure is popular across geographical and political divides, few details of the plan have been released as The White House struggles to align conflicting visions for funding sources, ease concern over support for rural areas, and decide whether to introduce a bill as part of a larger tax reform package. The New York Times (7/23)

US turning to P3s to help fund infrastructure needs

With over $1 trillion needed to help to get US roads and transportation systems back on track, the government is turning to public-private partnerships to help fund and maintain projects. This option has proved successful with many projects, it helps alleviate some of the taxpayer burden, and it allows us to "accomplish much more than with tax dollars alone," writes John Parkinson, executive director of the Association for the Improvement of American Infrastructure. The Hill (7/22)

Managed lanes project in Calif. awarded $152.2M TIFIA loan

The Interstate 15 Express Lanes Corridor project in California's Riverside County will receive a $152.2 million Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act loan to build north- and south-bound managed lanes along the interstate. The project includes widening several bridges, adding retaining walls and installing an electronic toll collection system. Roads & Bridges online (7/21)

Ala. bridge to widen without increased taxes

Alabama officials and the private owners of the tolled Foley Bridge on Alabama's coast didn't get off to a good start when they tried to reach a solution to summer congestion. However, that changed, the bridge will be widened with no increase in tolls or taxpayer funds, and that is just one example of how private ownership of infrastructure can be a good thing, writes Baruch Feigenbaum. Reason Foundation (7/21)

Miami-Dade Express (MDX) considers turning shoulder into ride-sharing lane

The shoulders of the Dolphin Expressway could be turned into lanes for buses and ride-sharing cars from Uber and Lyft if a plan by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority gets the go-ahead. The idea is to encourage people to leave their own cars at home and reduce congestion. Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (7/20)

Poll finds bipartisan support for raising federal gas tax

A recent Bloomberg National Poll found nationwide support for an increase in the federal gas tax to fix crumbling roads and bridges. 51% of Republicans and 67% of Democrats expressed support for the idea. Twenty six states have raised their gas tax since 2013 and eight have done so already this year. The White House has expressed a willingness to consider an increase and that all options are on the table when it comes to fixing infrastructure. Bloomberg (7/20)

u.s. transportation funding is not created equal

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Traffic up 15% for Transurban's toll lanes in Va

Transurban operates tolled express lanes on interstates 95 and 495 in Virginia, and the combined lanes have seen a 15.8% increase – 91,000 trips a day – over last year. The company collected $35 million from the lanes in the first quarter. The Free Lance-Star (Fredericksburg, Va.) (7/9)

Another NYC bridge converts to electric toll collection

The Verrazano-Narrows Bridge between Brooklyn and Staten Island is the latest around New York City to convert to all-electronic toll collection. The state plans to convert most bridges and tunnels in the region to cashless toll collection. Daily News (New York) (7/7)

Wisconsin Republicans disagree on road funding amounts

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker proposed borrowing $500 million to help improve the state's infrastructure, but Republicans in the state Senate want to up that to $850 million. However, there's a stalemate because those in the Assembly say that number is a non-starter. Wisconsin Public Radio (6/21), WXOW-TV (La Crosse, Wis.)/The Associated Press (6/21)

Miles traveled on US roads increased in first 4 months of 2017

The US Transportation Department says drivers' mileage was up 1.2% year over year in April and could surpass 2016's record. The 1.01 trillion miles traveled on US roads in the first four months of 2017 is a 1.5% increase over the same period in 2016. Reuters (6/20)

Ohio a hotbed of transportation research

For decades, auto manufacturing companies have been testing vehicles at the Transportation Research Center in East Liberty, Ohio, and officials at the center are looking to expand the facility to test autonomous vehicles. Transportation research is going on in other cities in the state as well, as well as on the Ohio Turnpike, a section of which will test smart technology. Springfield News-Sun (Ohio) (free registration) (6/19), Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (6/20)

Army Corps approves South Carolina interstate

The Army Corps of Engineers has issued a permit to allow construction to start on the 80-mile-long Interstate 73 in South Carolina. The project is expected to cost more than $1 billion, but officials will need to come to an agreement with a tolling concessionaire before work can start. WLTX-TV (Columbia, S.C.)/The Associated Press (6/20), WBTW-TV (Myrtle Beach, SC) (6/20)

Atlanta tolled express lanes exceed vehicle projections

I-75 South Metro Express Lanes in Atlanta opened in January and have seen 500,000 trips. That puts the express lanes about 25% ahead of original projections, and the State Road and Tollway Authority expects continued growth. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (6/15)

Wyoming DOT studying toll lanes on Interstate 80

About 13,000 vehicles a day use Interstate 80 in Wyoming, and that could increase to 25,000 over the next 20 years. The Wyoming Department of Transportation is studying ways to make the road safer, including the possibility of adding toll lanes. Star-Tribune (Casper, Wyo.) (tiered subscription model) (6/14)

Commissioners approve tolled extension of Highway 249 in Texas

Montgomery County commissioners in Texas have voted to support a tolled extension to Highway 249. The Montgomery County Toll Road Authority says the 3.6-mile extension would be funded by a bond issuance, although no decision has been made yet on whether the Texas Department of Transportation or the county will finance the project. Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas) (6/13)

Traffic on Georgia toll lanes exceeds initial estimates

Reversible toll lanes on Interstate 75 in Georgia's Clayton and Henry counties opened in January, and traffic on them has exceeded initial projections. The State Road & Tollway Authority predicted that the lanes would log 6,000 weekday trips, but they have averaged 7,600. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (6/13)

Texas toll road working to protect the environment

Some environmentalists are concerned about damage to the watersheds near the Texas 45 Southwest toll road, which is under construction in Austin, Texas. However, Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, writes that the road will improve traffic safety in the region, is being built responsibly and includes "water-quality ponds, vegetated controls, permeable friction course pavement, and hazardous materials traps at all creeks, waterways and culverted drainage ways." Austin American-Statesman (Texas) (free content) (6/12)

Tampa planning organization moves ahead with toll-road plan

The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization has voted to maintain a plan that will eventually add 90 miles of toll lanes to interstates around Tampa, Fla. The public voiced opposition at a recent meeting, but the business community supports the lanes. Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (6/13)

California changing law to prevent toll cheaters

When cars are sold in California, they get notices of sale affixed to their windshields, but no license plates until the metal plates are sent in the mail. That cost the Bay Area $13 million in unpaid tolls last year, but that will change in 2019, when auto dealers will need to attach camera-readable plates before the cars leave the lots. San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (6/12)

Oregon looks to tolls with transportation bill

A transportation bill before the Oregon legislature would add tolls on interstates 5 and 205, if adopted. The bill would also increase the gas tax, tax new cars and bicycles, raise vehicle-registration fees and institute a payroll tax, and the toll provision could set the groundwork for adding tolls even if the bill is overturned by the courts or voters. The Oregonian (Portland) (6/10)

Managed toll lanes to be added to Interstate 45 in Texas

By 2020, the Texas Department of Transportation will begin a $7 billion project in the Houston area that will reroute and improve Interstate 45. The project will include the addition of both managed and express lanes and is needed to reduce congestion. Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas) (6/12)

Video: Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise opens new Minneola Interchange

Construction has finished on a new interchange on the Florida Turnpike in the Minneola area, and the road opened Saturday. The $29 million interchange uses all-electronic toll collection and allows people to access the turnpike in both directions. The Daily Commercial (Leesburg, Fla.) (6/10)

Jones: Tolls on interstates help state funding

The Trump administration's infrastructure plan would open up interstates to tolling, but many Democrats in Congress oppose the idea. Pat Jones, IBTTA's executive director, says tolls are needed to help improve the finances of cash-strapped states, but some say the tolling amounts to double taxation because drivers have already paid the gas tax. Bluefield Daily Telegraph (W.Va.) (tiered subscription model)/Community Newspaper Holdings (6/10)

Jones: Looking at all infrastructure funding options "is wise"

President Donald Trump is pitching his $1 trillion infrastructure plan, but it faces opposition in Congress and across the country for its reliance on private investment and tolling. Pat Jones, International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association CEO, said that there's not enough money available to do all the infrastructure work wanted and that "the Trump team is wise to put all options on the table, including private investment." Commercial Carrier Journal (6/7)

Minnesota to study adding tolls; Indiana considers interstate tolling

Legislation recently passed by Minnesota calls for a study that will look at existing toll lanes, their potential expansion, potential pilot projects and tolling technology, with results to be available by Jan. 2, 2018. Meanwhile, the Indiana Department of Transportation wants to studying tolling interstates, and the agency is considering seeking the help of outside consultants. KAAL-TV (Austin, Minn.) (6/7), The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (6/8)

Wisconsin considers tolling to overcome budget impasse

Wisconsin lawmakers are at an impasse over the state transportation budget, and Gov. Scott Walker said he is willing to support tolling interstates if it's tied to a reduction in the state's gas tax. The head of the state senate said tolling "is something that needs to be explored," but tolling interstates would need federal approval and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to implement. La Crosse Tribune (Wis.) (5/30)

Report: Public-private partnerships could help Kentucky infrastructure

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce says roads and bridges in Kentucky need significant investment, and the agency has produced a report that points to public-private partnerships as a solution. The state recently passed P3 legislation, but the state Legislature must approve any project over $25 million. Daily News (Bowling Green, Ky.) (5/27)

California DOT looks at tolled express lane in San Francisco Bay Area

The California Department of Transportation is considering adding a tolled express lane to Highway 101 in the San Francisco Bay Area, but the road is so narrow in places that it would have to convert a regular lane into an express lane. The route has 200,000 daily commuters, and the agency wants to improve traffic flow. KNTV-TV (San Francisco) (5/30)

Oklahoma Turnpike earmarks money to train highway patrol cadets

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has decided to donate $5 million to the Oklahoma Highway Patrol to train and support 30 cadets in 2018. The OHP suffered an 11% decrease in funding in 2017, and no cadets are being trained this year. The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City) (5/31)

IBTTA supports Trump's plan to reduce restrictions on interstate tolling

President Donald Trump's outline of an infrastructure proposal gives states more flexibility to toll interstates, an idea that the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association supports. "Toll financing may not be the answer for every highway, bridge, or tunnel project in the country, but the power of tolling is proven and effective," said Patrick Jones, the organization's executive director and CEO. Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (5/26)

Trump's interstate tolling plan faces hurdles in Congress

President Donald Trump wants to loosen restrictions on tolling interstates, but the idea could be a tough sell in Congress. Supporters of the idea say it would give cash-strapped states a new revenue stream, but opponents say a pilot program that allowed states to toll interstates has not been successful. The Hill (5/28)

IBTTA supports Trump's plan to lift restrictions on tolling interstates

President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2018 includes $200 billion for infrastructure investment over 10 years and lifts some restrictions on tolling interstates. Some are opposed to the idea, but Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, supports it, noting that states wouldn't be forced to institute tolls, but could use them if they needed another revenue source. Fleet Owner (5/23), Transport Topics Online (5/23)

Tolled express lanes coming to Jacksonville, Florida

Tolled express lanes are coming to Interstate 295 in Jacksonville, Fla., and phase one construction should be finished this fall. Use of the lanes will require a SunPass transponder. WJCT-TV/WJCT-FM (Jacksonville, Fla.) (5/23)

Kansas could get new 6-lane toll road

A proposed six-lane tolled Patriot Highway would be heated and have Wi-Fi, would be an outer beltway of Kansas City, Kan., and would be built via a public-private partnership between the Leavenworth County government and Via Maris Consulting Group. County commissioners have discussed the proposal and signed a memorandum of understanding, but they have not voted on it. Leavenworth Times (Kan.) (5/23)

Infrastructure plan unveiled, would lift interstate tolling restrictions

President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan would inject $200 billion into infrastructure projects to help incentivize private-sector participation to bring the total investment to $1 trillion. Regulations would be streamlined, the Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act expanded, and tolling on interstates less restricted, giving states another tool to use if they chose to, says Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of IBTTA. The Hill (5/23), Politico (5/23)

Managed toll lanes open in Texas

The Texas Department of Transportation has completed construction on managed toll lanes on Interstate 35E, and the lanes should open today. The lanes are designed to keep vehicles traveling at a minimum of 55 mph, and rates will be fixed for the first six months. Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas) (5/19)

Record number of vehicles travel on Ohio Turnpike

Randy Cole, executive director of the Ohio Turnpike, offered agency updates recently, noting that most of the planned construction this season will take part in the western part of the state. In addition, tolls are expected to increase 2.7% annually until 2023, and the turnpike broke a record for the number of vehicles using it last year, at almost 55 million. WFMJ-TV (Youngstown, Ohio) (5/19)

Electronic toll collection on Massachusetts Turnpike nearly 100% accurate

The Massachusetts Department of Transportation implemented electronic toll collection on the Massachusetts Turnpike last year, and the agency says the system is more than 99% accurate so far. About 86% of transactions involve E-ZPass transponders, and the remaining vehicles receive bills in the mail. The Republican (Springfield, Mass.) (5/8)

States not waiting for feds to increase infrastructure spending

Skepticism continues to grow about whether Congress and the Trump administration will pass major infrastructure legislation, and at least two dozen states have raised their gas or sales taxes to improve infrastructure. Both Republican- and Democratic-controlled states have taken infrastructure funding into their own hands. The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster)/The Associated Press (5/6), Wisconsin State Journal (Madison)/The Associated Press (5/6)

Court rules against challenge to North Carolina tolled lanes

The North Carolina Court of Appeals has agreed with a lower court's ruling that the state acted properly when it awarded a contract to a private company to build tolled express lanes on Interstate 77. A group had filed a lawsuit against the contract, saying the road should be widened without the use of tolls. WECT-TV (Wilmington, NC) (5/2)

Trump "absolutely" committed to $1T infrastructure bill

President Donald Trump is "absolutely" committed to a $1 trillion infrastructure bill, said press secretary Sean Spicer, even though no plan has been presented by the administration. "Let's get through this week and then hopefully have some additional details moving forward," Spicer said. The Hill (5/1)

New interchange to be built on Interstate 85 in Georgia

Construction on a new interchange on Interstate 85 in Georgia will start in 2018 after the Gwinnett County Board of Commissioners voted to accept $6 million in federal funding. The interchange will connect with and extend tolled express lanes. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (5/2)

Program on Pennsylvania Turnpike alerts truck drivers about dangerous curves

The Pennsylvania Turnpike is participating in the Drivewyze Driver Safety Notifications program, where an in-cab connected device alerts truck drivers about potential rollover zones along the turnpike. The goal is to improve safety, and the program will move from being a pilot project to a permanent program before the end of the year. Fleet Owner (5/2)

Washington State embraces dynamic tolling in HOT lanes

The Washington State Department of Transportation says high-occupancy toll lanes are a "very effective tool" to relieve congestion in the Seattle area, and the state has been using them on State Route 167 and Interstate 405 as part of a long-term pilot program. The lanes use dynamic tolling and keep traffic flowing even at peak times. KCPQ-TV (Seattle) (5/2)

Florida DOT considers turnpike expansion

The Florida Department of Transportation wants to widen a 7-mile section of the Florida Turnpike near Boynton Beach from two lanes to three and is seeking public input on the idea. The plan would also allow for additional tolled express lanes in the future, but some have criticized that aspect. WPTV-TV (West Palm Beach, Fla.) (5/2)

First 2 sections of Florida toll road to be complete this summer

Construction on the 10-mile-long, tolled Wekiva Parkway is underway in central Florida, and the first two sections should open this summer. When complete in 2018, the work will finish the Central Florida Beltway. WOFL-TV (Orlando, Fla.) (5/2)

Feds approve loan for toll road expansion in Colorado

A $276 million expansion to Colorado State Highway 470 will add express toll lanes to a 12.5-mile stretch, and the federal government has approved a $109 million loan for the project. The Denver Post (5/1)

Florida DOT studying express toll lanes on Interstate 95

A study is being conducted by the Florida Department of Transportation on the feasibility of tolled express lanes on Interstate 95 in Jacksonville. Toll rates would vary based on demand, and construction will start in 2022 if the project is approved. WJCT-TV/WJCT-FM (Jacksonville, Fla.) (4/28)

Indiana governor signs bill that raises $5B for roads, bridges

Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed a bill that increases the gas tax by 10 cents, raises vehicle registration fees and charges a fee to owners of electric and hybrid vehicles. The law is expected to generate $5 billion over seven years for road and bridge projects, and it also allows the state to ask the federal government if it can toll existing interstates. The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (4/27), The Indianapolis Star (tiered subscription model) (4/27)

Illinois Tollway board approves $4B road-widening plan

The board of the Illinois Tollway has approved a $4 billion plan to widen the Central Tri-State Tollway and will not increase tolls to fund the project. Instead, it will use some of the revenue from a toll hike in 2012 and will charge the cash rate for vehicles with I-PASS accounts that don't have transponders. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (4/27), WMAQ-TV (Chicago) (4/27)

North Carolina DOT head wants to accelerate construction schedules

North Carolina Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon spoke to a regional planning organization recently and said his state will work to accelerate current road construction projects and study self-driving vehicle technology. He also noted that some data that the agency collects isn't used, and he plans to change that. Salisbury Post (NC) (4/27)

30M vehicle crossings over Washington floating bridge in first year

Construction of the world's longest floating bridge wrapped up a year ago, and the Washington State Department of Transportation said vehicles have taken 30 million trips across the tolled span on State Route 520 since then. The next phase of the project should start in 2018. GeekWire (4/25)

Colorado looks to install toll lanes on Interstate 25

The Colorado Department of Transportation is considering expanding 18 miles of Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Monument to eight lanes and installing various configurations of high-occupancy toll lanes. The four-lane section of road experiences heavy congestion, and officials expect the area's population will increase. The Denver Post (4/25)

Trump to seek $200B in taxpayer funding for infrastructure

President Donald Trump plans to unveil an infrastructure bill and is likely to seek $200 billion in taxpayer money. That money would be used to leverage private investment, according to Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, who said, "The president wants a trillion dollars' worth of work on the ground and we're going to give it to him." Bloomberg (4/20)

$855M design-build contract awarded for Texas toll road

The Texas Department of Transportation is building a tolled loop around Houston, and it recently awarded an $855 million contract to Grand Parkway Infrastructure to develop, design, construct and maintain a 44-mile segment of that road. Work could start in 2018 and be substantially complete in 2022. Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (4/20)

Jones: Educate public on why taxes, fees are needed for infrastructure

Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of IBTTA, puts the blame for lack of infrastructure investment on the American public, contending that few of us are interested in paying for needed repairs even though we want better roads and bridges. To get past this, Jones suggests that Congress and the president "treat the American people like adults and explain the need for bigger investment in the form of taxes and user fees." (4/18)

Want America to Be ‘Great’ Again? Pay For IT

We need a national vision to pay for and revitalize our infrastructure for all Americans. For decades, my association and many others have urged Congress and the states to make much bigger investments in our vital infrastructure. But we are still far behind where we would like to be. The problem is us. We say we want better roads and safer drinking water. But year after year, we refuse to come up with the money to make the big improvements that we need. Time Magazine (4/18)

California spending nearly $2B on toll-lane projects

California recently completed building toll lanes on Interstate 91 and next year will begin a $450 million project to add toll lanes to 14.6 miles of Interstate 15, and transportation official Anne Mayer noted that "from the beginning, we've identified the 91 as being the top priority and the 15 (is) connected to the 91 so it's the next logical project to address." Also, a $1.4 billion toll-lane project is proposed on 33 miles of Interstate 10 in San Bernardino County. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (4/19)

Virginia thinks toll lanes might be the first place for autonomous vehicles

The auto industry takes about five years to develop a new product, but the technology industry's development timeline is closer to 18 months. That has pressed transportation officials in Virginia to develop rules that govern autonomous vehicles, and one thought is that autonomous vehicles could begin operating in toll lanes, as they are separated from general traffic. WTOP-FM (Washington, DC) (4/19)

ConstrucTech TV

Watch Pat Jones's interview on ConstrucTech TV, hosted by Peggy Smedley, as he discusses the Trump Administration's possible infrastructure investment plan. Constructech magazine (4/2017)

Contractor selected for $234.5M Fla. toll-road project

Wekiva Parkway has won a design-build contract from the Florida Department of Transportation to build 6 miles of elevated toll road over the Wekiva River in central Florida. The $234.5 million project includes three bridges and three wildlife bridges, and construction could begin this year. Construction Dive (4/19), Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (4/14)

Toll fund could improve public transit in Virginia

A revolving toll fund in Virginia could award a $3.5 million grant to expand public transit on the planned high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstate 64 and add two new buses. The Commonwealth Transportation Board must approve the grant before anything can happen. The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (4/16)

Tolling bill presented at hearing in Connecticut

At a hearing Monday, Connecticut lawmakers discussed a bill that would bring tolling to the state; a final vote could be held in May. The Senate has proposed an amendment that would implement a "lockbox," committing all toll revenue to transportation projects only. WTIC-TV (Hartford, Conn.) (4/18)

JV awarded $263M contract to build tolled express lanes in California

A joint venture between Skanska USA and Ames Construction has won a contract from the Riverside County Transportation Commission valued at $263 million to build tolled express lanes on Interstate 15 in California. Work could start next year on the 15-mile project. Elsinore (4/13)

Australian pension fund eyes US infrastructure investment

Australia's largest pension fund is interested in investing in US infrastructure projects. However, AustralianSuper, with $75 billion in assets, is being cautious in part because of the dearth of details in the US government's infrastructure plans. Bloomberg (4/10)

Fitch positive about express toll lanes

Fitch Ratings evaluates 11 express toll lane projects, most of which are public-private partnerships, and notes that they speak "well of the various state transportation departments that selected these particular projects and the scrutiny of their developers and financiers," this article states. Reason Foundation (4/6)

Tolls considered to fund infrastructure construction in New Hampshire

The American Society of Civil Engineers has given New Hampshire a C- grade for its bridges, roads, ports and other infrastructure. The state is looking at how to pay for infrastructure improvements, and tolling and more "locally sourced funding" are two options under consideration. New Hampshire Public Radio (4/5), Concord Monitor (NH) (tiered subscription model)/The Associated Press (4/5)

$115M toll bridge, road a top priority for county in Illinois

A $115 million road and toll bridge is a top priority of the Kane County Department of Transportation in Illinois. The agency hopes to invest $366.8 million in infrastructure projects over the next five years. Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (3/28)

Toll lanes could come to Interstate 55 around Chicago

Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner wants to add tolled express lanes on Interstate 55 in the Chicago suburbs and wants the legislature to give the green light to the project by month's end. However, the House wants more information on the public-private project's costs and fees. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.)/The Associated Press (3/27)

Germany's toll plan could bring in $540M

The lower house of parliament in Germany plans to institute a toll on foreign-registered cars and expects that the toll would bring in $540 million annually. Environmentally friendlier cars would pay less, but the plan is not without controversy. Reuters (3/24)

Massachusetts looks at tolling more roads

More fuel-efficient cars mean less gas-tax revenue available for infrastructure, and that has led Massachusetts to consider tolling more roads and interstates. Tolls are currently collected only on the Massachusetts Turnpike. The Sun Chronicle (Attleboro, Mass.) (3/23)

Georgia building $178M HOT lane

The Georgia Department of Transportation is building a $178 million high-occupancy toll lane through Gwinnett County. The 10-mile extension is part of a larger effort to expand road infrastructure in the region. Gwinnett Daily Post (Lawrenceville, Ga.) (3/22)

Jones supports wider use of P3s for infrastructure projects

It's estimated that US infrastructure needs $4.6 trillion in repairs and upgrades, but where that will come from is a conundrum. "We need more money coming into the system to pay for all the operations and maintenance and capital needs that we have," said IBTTA's Patrick Jones, who would like to see wider use of public-private partnerships. S&P Global Market Intelligence (3/20)

Bay Area managed toll lanes see 7.6M drivers in 1st year

Construction was completed last year on managed toll lanes on Interstate 580 in California's Bay Area, and a report by the Alameda County Transportation Commission states that 7.6 million drivers have used the lanes so far. The region has 50 miles of managed toll lanes, and hundreds more miles are planned. San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (3/16)

California toll lane project to open Monday

The new 8-mile-long, $1.4 billion expansion project on the 91 Freeway in Corona, Calif., is complete, and the road will open Monday. The project added two managed toll lanes and a general purpose lane in each direction to help relieve congestion. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (3/16)

Two counties worked together for toll lane project in California

The $1.4 billion 91 Project in California's Riverside County came together partly when the county's Transportation Commission began working with the Orange County Transportation Authority on a way to widen the road. The project added toll and general-purpose lanes, and the lanes opened to traffic Monday. The Orange County Register (Santa Ana, Calif.) (free content) (3/14)

Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission testing electronic tolling

Electronic tolling will be installed next month on the Beaver Valley Expressway in Pennsylvania's Beaver and Lawrence counties. It's the second cashless toll system installed by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, which is studying how well it works. WYTV-TV (Youngstown, Ohio) (3/13)

Ohio looks to the future with autonomous vehicle testing

The Ohio Turnpike and OTTO Motors plan to test autonomous semi-trucks this year on heavily traveled Interstate 80. Advocates says Ohio's variable climate and mix of urban and rural settings are good conditions in which to test autonomous vehicles. WVXU-FM (Cincinnati) (3/13)

Tolls reduce congestion on Illinois highway

Tolling was implemented on Route 390 in Illinois last year and has helped reduce traffic congestion more than anticipated. Traffic declined between 4% and 8% in February, leading tollway spokesman Dan Rozek to say, "[O]ur customers recognize the value of the convenience and faster travel times provided by the new Route 390." Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (3/13)

Oregon mayor supports tolling legislation

The Oregon legislature is considering a bill to allow tolls in the state, and Ted Wheeler, the mayor of Portland, has thrown his support behind the idea. "Tolling has been in existence around the globe and in other parts of the country for decades, and for us to simply say it's off the table, and we're not going to talk about it at a time when our city and regional transportation infrastructure is literally crumbling under our feet – we don't have that luxury," he said. Oregon Public Broadcasting (3/9)

Agency says managed toll lanes off to good start in 2017

Fitch Ratings says managed toll lanes in the US are generally exceeding revenue expectations for 2017. It also notes that providing free access to those lanes to high-occupancy vehicles has benefits but also brings issues. ITS International online (UK) (3/9)

Ohio Turnpike testing autonomous semi-trucks

Ohio wants to be a key player in the development of autonomous vehicles, and it has already developed two smart corridors, with plans for more. The state is testing autonomous trucks from OTTO Motor, and it may work with Peloton's platooning trucks as well, says Randy Cole, executive director of the Ohio Turnpike. WKSU-FM (Kent, Ohio) (3/10)

Illinois Tollway undertaking $1B in construction this year

The Illinois Tollway plans to undertake $1 billion in construction this year and is holding an event to promote construction and design opportunities. The goal is to include more firms, as well as more diverse firms, in the process. (3/9)

Indiana Governor looks to tolls for long-term infrastructure needs

Former Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels and current Gov. Eric Holcomb discussed the state's need for a long-term infrastructure plan. Holcomb noted that tolls are an "extremely stable way of truly getting that user fee" to help pay for future needs. Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (3/8)

Jones supports Trump's effort to use private funding in infrastructure

Something needs to be done to inject funding into the Highway Trust Fund, and places like Europe have looked to private investment to improve infrastructure. Pat Jones, director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, thinks President Donald Trump is wise to look at all options, because "[o]ur desire to spend on infrastructure far exceeds the available money." Overdrive magazine online (3/8)

Trump wants to "dream big" with infrastructure plan

President Donald Trump held a meeting with top advisers and business executives to discuss his infrastructure plan and suggested that states could be given only 90 days to start a project after receiving funding. He also expressed interest in high-speed rail and the Hyperloop, saying, "America has always been a nation of great promise, because we dream big." The Hill (3/8), The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (3/8)

Toll lanes being built to improve traffic on Colorado interstate

Construction will begin next year on the $1.17 billion Central 70 Project in Colorado, which will add toll lanes and improve the major east-west interstate highway over the Rocky Mountains. Congestion is a major problem on the road, and the state's Department of Transportation is trying to develop plans to minimize the disruption to drivers during the project. The Aurora Sentinel (Colo.) (3/8)

Managed toll lanes in California city to open at the end of the month

Managed toll lanes are being added to the 91 Freeway in Corona, Calif. The $1.4 billion project should be finished by month's end. The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.) (free registration) (3/7)

Georgia looks to use more managed toll lanes

Georgia is in the middle of the largest traffic project in the country, an $834 million effort to add reversible toll lanes on 30 miles of Interstate 75. The project should be finished in 2018, and the state is considering other managed toll lane projects. The Marietta Daily Journal (Ga.) (tiered subscription model) (3/7)

Chao: Tolls could help fund infrastructure initiative

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao said adding new tolls would be one way to help fund a proposed infrastructure initiative, noting, "The federal government cannot assume the cost for all of it." She also said public-private partnerships will play a role. The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (3/4)

New Jersey toll revenues increase for 5th straight year

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority says toll revenue increased last year on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway and brought in $1.57 billion, exceeding predictions. It was the fifth straight year revenue increased. (Morristown, NJ) (3/3)

Oregon lawmaker introduces bill to allow P3s

A state representative in Oregon has introduced legislation that would allow city and county governments to enter into public-private partnerships. He hopes the legislation will lead to the construction of the Northwest Passage toll road around the Portland metro area, a road that could cost as much as $20 billion. The Oregonian (Portland) (3/1)

State could seek federal approval for chance to toll interstates

The federal FAST Act tolling program allowed the Federal Highway Administration to select states to pilot the tolling of interstates. However, its choices -- Missouri, North Carolina and Virginia -- missed the deadlines, so Oregon hopes to apply. The Oregonian (Portland) (2/24)

Chao says infrastructure bill faces uphill battle

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao says passing major infrastructure legislation President Donald Trump promised during his campaign will be challenging. Trump has proposed using public-private partnerships to fund the effort, but Chao acknowledges that other financing methods will be needed. Bloomberg (2/26)

Illinois tollway improvements spur economic growth

A $2.5 billion widening project was completed last year on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway in Illinois, and the effort has spurred economic growth in the region, including greater residential construction, which "hasn't happened in a very long time," said Hoffman Estates Mayor Bill McLeod. In addition, the SmartRoad system will go live this year and alert motorists to traffic issues. Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, Ill.) (2/22)

More than 90% of Bayonne Bridge users have E-ZPass

The electronic toll system at the recently reopened Bayonne Bridge is collecting tolls via E-ZPass from more than 90% of bridge users; license plate cameras are handling the other bridge users. Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (2/21)

Report: Interstate tolling could offer financial benefits

A report by Fitch Ratings states that tolling of US interstates could help alleviate the financial burden of improving infrastructure. Interstate tolling is inconsistent in the United States, the report states. ITS International online (UK) (2/21)

Toll roads play a major role in Florida transportation network

Central Florida Expressway Authority Vice Chair Fred Hawkins discusses the state of toll roads and traffic management in Florida. The state has the most miles of toll roads in the country. WMFE-FM (Orlando, Fla.) (2/17)

Pennsylvania Turnpike plans $217M widening project

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission wants to expand 7.5 miles of the Pennsylvania Turnpike from four to six lanes and has scheduled an open house to discuss the project. The commission wants to conduct preliminary work on the $217 million project over four years, and then the reconstruction would begin. Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (2/17)

Virginia approves toll projects

The Commonwealth Transportation Board has approved a plan to extend high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstate 95 near Washington, DC, and convert high-occupancy lanes on Interstate 395 to toll lanes. The first part of the I-95 project, covering 2.2 miles, is expected to be completed in 2018, and the second part, covering 10 miles, should be finished in 2021. WTOP-FM (Washington, DC) (2/16)


Letter: Timing is right for 'Central Ohio Turnpike'

The Columbus Dispatch 11/8/19

Connecticut needs better transportation infrastructure and tolls are the answer

The Daily Campus - UConn 10/25/19

tolls are a road we should go down

Connecticut Mirror 10/21/19

toll roads are in your future -- embrace it

Deseret News 9/11/19

The truth about tolling

TribTalk 8/22/19

It's Time to Act on Tolls

The Middletown Press 8/21/19

bold funding experiment for the toll roads pays dividends decades later

Orange County Registry 8/14/19

we needed highway tolls before, and we need them again

Connectictut Mirror 8/2/19

Road users should invest in transportation's future

Connecticut Mirror 7/31/19

tolls parked... for now

Greenwich Sentinel 7/25/19

stop milking the pennsylvania turnpike, so it can stop miking drivers

The Morning Call 6/18/19

Maryland Makes the right call in advancing toll construction

The Washington Post 6/5/19

to make a dent in commutes, maryland officials need to focus on the roads

The Washington Post, 5/9/19

poof, there goes another infrastructure weeek

The Washington Post 5/1/19

gas taxes not long-term answer for infrastructure funding

Forbes 4/29/19

editorial: new york has a bold plan to ease traffic. other cities should follow its lead.

The Washington Post 3/18/19

editorial: make sunPass work with other states' toll systems

Sun Sentinel 2/26/19

faraldi: i-81 tolls make sense, business alliance 

The News and Advance 1/29/19

Missouri's highways need help. voters nixed gas tax hike, but lawmakers can act.

The Kansas City Star 11/28/18

tom Diehl: ignoring our roads cost more than fixing them

The Wisconsin State Journal 11/25/18

VA: I-81 Affects our region, too

The News and Advance 8-23-18


The Daily Astorian 8/21/18

tolling is best congestion solution

Lake Oswego Review 8/16/18

Auckland ready to take the toll

NZ Herald 8/16/18

The trouble with trucking

The New York Times 8/11/18

Schillerstrom op-ed: what happens when we build a road?

Daily Herald 7/16/18

FL: deputy's legacy of heroism inspired a place for dogs to play - thank you THEA

Tampa Bay Times 7/9/18


National Review 6/12/18

why the u.s. needs to embrace private sector involvement in infrastructure

Knowledge Wharton 6/10/18

who pays for roads once electric vehicles defund the gas tax?

Forbes 6/4/18

Dick Spotswood: toll hike measure, designed to pass, will benefit Marin

Marin Independent Journal 5/26/18

two keys to passing congestion pricing

Crain's 5/25/18

business in the republicans' america is flourishing, but also changing

The Economist 5/24/18

GA: State well positioned for federal infrastructure plan

Savannah Now 5/14/18

regional Measure 3

The Daily Journal CA 5/14/18

off-peak toll discount pilot program deserves a shot

The Boston Globe 5/17/18

Endorsement: Measure 3 a bridge to traffic solutions

Sonoma Index-Tribune 4/19/18


Los Angeles Daily News 4/19/18


Tallahassee Democrat 4/10/18

when every penny counts, time to get tough on toll scofflaws

The Delaware County Times 4/15/18

Regional measure 3 will improve the local transportation network

The Press Democrat 4/15/18

When every penny counts, the pa turnpike gets tough on toll scofflaws

PennLive 4/9/18

stay on track to congestion pricing, people

The New York Daily News 4/5/18

Albany punts on clearing manhattan's clogged streets

The New York Times 4/2/18

tolls worthy of more careful consideration

Iowa Gazette 4/1/18

User fee is the conservative, efficient way to rehab interstates and roadways - opinion

Sun Sentinel 3/19/18

how president trump can win on transportation infrastructure

The Hill 3/14/18

editorial: there is a smart way to pay for infrastructure. trump can tell congress how.

Washington Post 3/7/18

Congress should back whIte house plan to use tolls to fix infrastructure

The Hill 3/5/18

Governor Mary Fallin and transportation secretary mike Patterson: trump's infrastructure plan brings needed attention for improvements

Tulsa World 3/2/18

federal infrastructure plan shines bright, new light on toll revenue

The Hill 2/16/18

want to rebuild highways and reduce congestion? pay the toll

The Hill 2/16/18

to pay for highways, expanded tolls are better than higher gas tax

Washington Examiner 2/14/18

why toll roads are Wisconsin's only realistic solution to it's transportation roadblock - video segment

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel 2/14/18

Texas Transport Exec Calls Trump's Plans "Surprisingly innovative"

SMART Highways 2/14/18


Washington Post 2/14/18

to pay for highways, expanded tolls are better than higher gas tax

Washington Examiner 2/14/18

Commentary: Transportation funding must change to match new reality

Dennis Powell, an issues management strategist, contends that government leaders lack a new vision for the future funding of transportation. He notes advances in autonomous and connected vehicle technologies, along with photovoltaic roadways, and wonders if user fees rather than a gas tax would better serve funding needs. The Hill (8/2)

Commentary: More states will turn to tolling to fund infrastructure

The federal government has not raised the gas tax since 1993 and has lost millions in gas-tax revenue because of electric vehicles, and that means more states will turn to tolling to fund infrastructure, writes Don Brunell, the retired president of the Association of Washington Business. He asks that such tolling be implemented fairly. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (8/1)

Commentary: Wis. needs to consider tolling

Mike Nichols, president of the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute, explains why the state needs to consider tolling for infrastructure work rather than rely on diminishing funds from the gas tax. He also refers to a webinar by the Reason Foundation's Bob Poole that discusses all-electronic tolling, rebates and value-added tolling. The Cap Times (Madison, WI) (7/21)

Commentary: The benefits of private financing for public works

Critics of the Trump Administration infrastructure proposal frequently point at its heavy reliance on private funds – this piece argues those criticisms are misguided. According to the article private funds increase accountability, shield taxpayers from financial risk, and have an extensive track of success in urban and rural areas. The New York Times (7/17)

Commentary: P3s could help states with infrastructure funding

Several states have raised the gas tax to fund road and bridge construction, but Ryan Ellis, senior adviser for tax policy at the Conservative Reform Network, contends that public-private partnerships that build toll roads would be a better solution. He notes that private companies strive to keep costs low and that they can adapt more quickly to changing situations. Forbes (7/7)

Commentary: Congestion pricing would help with infrastructure decisions

Economists have said that congestion pricing is a way to relieve traffic congestion, and GPS and other technology that provides traffic information in real time is making it easier to put that into place. Two academics argue that congestion pricing would allow the country to make better infrastructure decisions and enhance the development of autonomous vehicles. The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/20)

Commentary: Trump must make argument to Congress about benefits of tolls

Robert Krol, professor of economics at California State University, wants Congress to allow tolls on existing interstates because doing so would provide much-needed revenue for infrastructure investment. He suggests that President Donald Trump make a solid argument to lawmakers based on the idea that the fuel tax is outdated and that congestion – and its resulting pollution – should be addressed. The Fiscal Times (6/20)

Commentary: Tolls can improve US interstates

Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation argues against a colleague who opposes tolls on interstates. Poole contends that tolls are need because of the decline in gas tax collections and emphasizes that provisions must be put in place to guarantee that all money collected from tolls is used on capital improvements. Reason Foundation (6/9)

Commentary: Texas toll roads drive state's economy

The former president of the Association of Washington Business writes in this column that Texas has one of the best economies in the nation because it has invested in infrastructure. One of the key reasons for that investment is the Texas Department of Transportation's willingness to partner with private companies to design, build, operate and maintain toll roads. The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (5/30)

Commentary: Truck weight, vehicle-miles-traveled should be considered

Economists say that the taxes paid by tractor-trailers do not cover the damage they cause to roads. Robert Atkinson, the former chair of the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission, believes Congress should adopt legislation that would charge for vehicle-miles-traveled along with a surcharge based on the weight of the truck, the roads it uses and the cargo it's hauling. The Hill (5/22)

Commentary: Nation needs tolls to improve infrastructure

Tom Skancke, executive director of the Western Regional Alliance, writes that America's infrastructure needs a major investment but that the gas tax no longer provides enough revenue. He argues that more toll roads would help solve the funding issue, and he cites several initiatives, including tolled express lanes on State Route 91 in California, as examples. CityMetric (U.K.) (5/19)

Commentary: P3s can be part of federal infrastructure bill

Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla., chairman of the Committee on Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure, believes Congress has an opportunity to pass meaningful infrastructure legislation and pledges to work with others to make that happen. He writes that one of the financing methods for any infrastructure bill can be public-private partnerships. The Hill (5/18)

Commentary: Feds must streamline tolling infrastructure regulations

The laws regarding tolling of existing federally funded highways, tunnels and bridges are disjointed and inconsistent, and the federal government should create a streamlined way for state and local governments to toll federally aided highways, writes William Newton. President Donald Trump wants to launch a $1 trillion infrastructure initiative, which relies heavily on private companies using tolling revenue, Newton writes. Reason Foundation (5/3)

Commentary: West Virginia should extend toll collection on turnpike

The West Virginia Turnpike will be paid off in 2019, and under the legislation that created the road, tolls will cease at that time. This commentary argues for continuing the tolls because the road will still have to be maintained. The Register-Herald (Beckley, W.Va.) (4/23)

Commentary: Tolls would be good for Wisconsin

Wisconsin could collect $29 billion over 30 years if it installed electronic tolling, per a report by HNTB, and the money could be used to maintain roads and bridges in the state. Robert Poole supports the tolling idea, and he writes that tolling has been a valuable tool for improving roads in other states. Wisconsin Policy Research Institute (4/12)

Commentary: Indiana needs tolling to fund transportation system

Kyle Hannon, president and CEO of the Greater Elkhart Chamber of Commerce in Indiana, supports a bill before the state's legislature that would increase the gas tax by 10 cents a gallon and could bring tolling across the state. He says the revenue is needed to improve transportation infrastructure, and he is optimistic that the state's House and Senate can come to some agreement that will be helpful. South Bend Tribune (Ind.) (tiered subscription model) (4/9)

Commentary: User fees must be part of infrastructure solution

Christine Harbin, vice president of external affairs for Americans for Prosperity, contends that user fees need to be part of any infrastructure package that is passed by Congress. She argues that Washington, DC, should return control of infrastructure to state and local governments and that Congress must reduce the regulatory burden. The Examiner (Washington, DC) (3/20)

Commentary: Tolling has advantages but is not a "cash cow"

Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation writes that tolling has a role to play in infrastructure rebuilding but notes that it shouldn't be looked at as a "cash cow" for other projects. He contends that states that have adopted tolling laws have fewer problems with their infrastructure and that that is why other states are looking at implementing toll collection. Reason Foundation (3/15)

Commentary: P3s could improve traffic in Texas

Chris Wallace, president of the Texas Association of Business, contends that Texas has some of the worst traffic problems in the country and writes that private-sector investment could be a way to improve roadways and reduce congestion. Corpus Christi Caller-Times (Texas) (tiered subscription model) (3/13)

Commentary: Toll lanes can solve urban congestion

The Reason Foundation's Robert Poole writes that the US is doing a good job of improving structurally deficient bridges and maintaining roads, and he is opposed to President Donald Trump's call for an infrastructure stimulus package. He writes that urban congestion is the real problem and that toll lanes and other revenue-generating projects are the solution. Reason Foundation (3/6)

Commentary: Los Angeles needs more toll roads

Los Angeles has spent billions of dollars trying to improve its transportation infrastructure, but congestion still plagues the region. Herbie Huff, a researcher at the University of California at Los Angeles' Institute of Transportation Studies, contends that the region needs lots of high-occupancy toll lanes with dynamic tolling, and he cites success stories in Minneapolis and Miami. Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (3/3)

Commentary: Toll cheaters hurt society

Toll cheating has become an increasing problem at bridges and tunnels across the country, states this commentary, which argues that all tools available, such as eliminating driver's license and vehicle registration renewals, must be used to collect the money. The piece states that toll cheating affects public institutions and hurts the country's transportation infrastructure. The Press of Atlantic City (NJ) (tiered subscription model) (2/20)

Commentary: All-Electronic Tolling makes sense

Traffic along the coastal areas of New Hampshire's Spaulding Turnpike and Maine's Interstate 95 can get crowded and botchy at toll plazas. The Maine Turnpike Authority and the New Hampshire Department of Transportation are considering adding new toll plazas, and this article urges the agencies to consider all-electronic tolling because of its increased safety and ease of passage. SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, NH) (tiered subscription model) (2/19)

Opinion: Bridge project P3 would be good for taxpayers

The Brent Spence Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky is more than 50 years old and badly needs to be replaced, and the project is a top priority of the Trump administration's infrastructure plan, writes Kentucky state Rep. Adam Koenig. Koenig supports a plan to create a public-private partnership that would fund half of the $2.5 billion project, writing that it would be a "boon to the taxpayers whose dollars are normally spent without concern." Middlesboro Daily News (Ky.) (2/16)