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  • Texans driven mad as tolls burn holes in their wallets

    12/04/2017 12:19:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 70 replies
    The Texas Tribune ^ | November 17, 2017 | Alex Samuels
    Angela Dean spends at least $200 a month to cover after-school care for her 5-year-old son. Getting back and forth to work — and making sure she picks him up in time — costs another $200 just in tolls.“If I didn't take toll roads, my commute would be an hour-and-a-half or more depending on traffic,” Dean said. “I get off work at 5:30 p.m. and I have to pick my son up by 6:30 or pay crazy late fees. When I take the toll roads, I get there with about 15 minutes to spare.”The North Texas suburbanite uses the President...
  • Police search for suspect in road rage stabbing on MD 200

    11/27/2017 10:40:54 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WTOP ^ | October 21, 2017 | Dick Uliano
    WASHINGTON Maryland State Police want the publics help bringing to justice a pickup truck driver who stabbed a man this week on MD 200 the Intercounty Connector. The victim was a passenger in a white Chevy Silverado which was heading eastbound on the ICC, Wednesday afternoon, around 3:30. The incident began with a dispute between the drivers of the Silverado and a gray Ford pickup. The suspect then drove his gray truck on the shoulder to get around the white truck, according to police. On the ramp to northbound Interstate 95, as the Ford truck blocked the path...
  • I-Con of Danger; part one (Dangerous highway in Indiana)

    11/05/2017 11:11:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    WTHI-TV 10 ^ | November 2, 2017 | Rondrell Moore
    VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) - It's the interstate many of you have sworn to never travel again. Just this summer, Interstate 70 was the host of several horrific accidents, in a matter of days. But why is that? That is why we are taking a look into what makes I-70 so dangerous. ----------- They are the titans of the road; the giants of the interstate. They are semis. semis carry 80 thousand pounds of weight. Big to all, scary to some. But to Corban Matney, they're a way of life. "Altogether, I've been driving about 30 years." As a semi-truck...
  • Maine to emphasize road safety in future construction projects

    10/25/2017 10:11:51 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Portland Press Herald ^ | October 20, 2017 | Peter McGuire
    State officials intend to redirect highway funding to improve safety on Maine roads and stem a rising trend of injuries and deaths among pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers.Changes to transportation funding follow the completion of a report by a state task force on roadway safety. The task force was commissioned in February by Transportation Commissioner David Bernhardt in response to a rising trend of vehicle collisions, specifically pedestrian deaths. It released its report publicly on Friday. “We had a terrible year last year with fatalities on our road system,” said Joyce Taylor, chief engineer at Maine Department of Transportation. “That really...
  • Pedal to the Kettle: Gourmet Truckers Fix Savory Meals at 70 Miles an Hour

    10/16/2017 7:59:37 AM PDT · by SES1066 · 10 replies
    Wall Street Journal (A-hed) ^ | 10/15/17 | Jennifer Smith
    Long-haul truckers, who spend weeks on end working and sleeping in spaces the size of a modest suburban bathroom, say life on the road does have its monastic charms. Cooking dinner at 70 miles an hour has never been one of them. ... Trucker-chefs swap recipes online and compete in virtual contests like the Chopped Challenge run by Big Truck Cooking, a 12,600-member Facebook group whose recent contest entries include slow-cooked Thai peanut pork and skillet shepherds pie.
  • Sam Houston Tollway fully reopens after Harvey flooding, damage

    10/09/2017 11:00:32 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    KHOU ^ | September 11, 2017 | KHOU.com staff
    HOUSTON -- Good news for drivers heading into Monday morning: Sam Houston Tollway's main lanes are now fully open in both directions. That means tens of thousands of commuters can now get back to their regular routes. But with the good news comes some bad news: Harris County Tolls will start up again Tuesday at 4 a.m. on all toll roads except for the section of Sam Houston Tollway between Highway 59 and Highway 290. Tolls will be waived because some feeder roads are still closed. Fort Bend County Tolls resume Monday. The toll way opening is a few days...
  • Interstate 11 opening causes GPS glitch

    09/04/2017 4:15:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    FOX 5 Vegas ^ | August 17, 2017 | Faith Tanner
    LAKE MEAD (FOX5) - A section of Interstate 11 opened Wednesday between the 95 and Railroad Pass Casino. But some drivers said they are having a hard time navigating it, thanks to a glitch from GPS technology. When a 2.5 mile stretch of I-11 opened, Apple and Google maps didn't register it. Instead, it caused a major glitch, and instead of routing people down the 95 toward Boulder City and Arizona, drivers were being redirected all the way through Lake Mead National Park. The route takes more time and also comes with a $20 toll. "I pulled over with all...
  • Drivers, Pay Attention

    05/21/2017 10:58:14 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 120 replies
    The Intelligencer (Wheeling News-Register) ^ | May 20, 2017 | Heather Ziegler
    Please stop, I silently beg the three drivers heading down the on ramp to Interstate 70 from Washington Avenue. Im driving parallel to them at 55 mph with a line of traffic behind me. I have my turn signal on signifying that Im getting off at the exit just west of that on ramp. I cannot slam on my brakes and stop on the highway to allow these drivers to merge into my lane. Yet they keep coming down the ramp toward me. Fear has crept into my throat and I cannot scream if I wanted to. Dont they understand...
  • Indiana Toll Road asks drivers to 'Put the Phone Down'

    04/11/2017 11:02:37 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WNDU 16 ^ | February 27, 2017 | Travis Robinson
    When you're driving, there's a good chance you've seen someone on the phone, and maybe you've even been that person. Fifty-seven percent of American drivers admit to being on their phone while driving. Indiana Toll Road construction for the 80/90 Push project is just about halfway done. They expect to be finished July fourth, but in order to do that, they need workers to stay safe. So they're trying to cut down on those numbers. It really is difficult to put a dent in those numbers because we're all on-the-go. On top of that, you probably haven't met anyone who...
  • Accidents create need for changes at Gurnee tollway exit

    01/28/2017 10:15:55 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | January 23, 2017 | Bob Susnjara
    Bill Bertram frequently felt uneasy as cars whizzed past while he waited in traffic to reach the Tri-State Tollway's Grand Avenue exit ramp in Gurnee in the months after a $19.4 million reconstruction project was completed in 2015. Thoughts of being a sitting duck for a rear-end crash crossed his mind. Still, the 59-year-old Round Lake Beach resident said, driving north on the tollway to the westbound exit ramp was the most efficient option to head home from his Evanston job. On Nov. 16, at about 5:15 p.m., the rear-end crash he worried about happened. Bertram was stuck in a...
  • Tolls are coming to Germanys autobahns

    11/20/2016 11:52:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    Politico.eu ^ | November 4, 2016 | Janosch Delcker
    BERLIN — German Transport Minister Alexander Dobrindt’s political future is tied to the success of imposing a toll on foreign drivers using the country’s autobahns, and despite being slapped down by the European Commission he isn’t giving up on the idea.“The tolls are coming,” Dobrindt told the Bild newspaper on Friday, following news that the EU and Germany are about to settle their dispute over introducing the payments. “I am confident that we will be able to close negotiations with the EU Commission on a positive note in November.”Dobrindt told reporters he expected tolls to come into effect after national...
  • Downtown road work, detours galore driving commuters crazy

    09/25/2016 2:16:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | September 24, 2016 | Colin Campbell
    <p>Tweefie Millspaugh has a relatively short commute from her home in North Baltimore's Abell neighborhood to her job at a downtown law firm. Without traffic, she says, it takes about 15 minutes.</p> <p>But lately, the 54-year-old has found herself yelling fruitlessly in the driver's seat as she sits for 45 minutes on streets jammed by road closures across the city's center. After work, she waits again in a crawling line before finally inching out of her parking garage and into the gridlock.</p>
  • The Ohio Turnpike gears up for self-driving car testing

    08/26/2016 7:04:59 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    13 ABC ^ | August 25, 2016 | Lissa Guyton
    TOLEDO (13abc Action News) - Self-driving cars are getting closer to becoming a reality in America. Testing is underway in a few places around the country and if you travel the Ohio Turnpike, you'll soon be sharing the road with them. We spoke with drivers and the head of the Ohio Turnpike Commission about the testing. The autonomous vehicles could be on the turnpike by the end of the year. The Ohio Turnpike will be turned into a test track of sorts for the emerging technology. Randy Cole is the Executive Director of the Turnpike Commission, "It's 241 miles of...
  • Which state has the worst drivers in the U.S.?

    08/08/2016 12:41:07 PM PDT · by simpson96 · 159 replies
    CBS News ^ | 8/8/2016 | Ed Leefeldt
    When you get cut off, stuck behind a slow poke in the passing lane or see someone whizzing by at 90 miles per hour in a 45 mph zone, it's tradition to check the license plate and say, "No wonder--they're from such-and-such state."Now there's a study that gives credence to that claim.(snip)Here's a list of the worst, and the reasons why:1. Florida. Floridians Google "speeding tickets" and "traffic tickets" more than any other state. They also have the second lowest number of insured drivers in the nation.2. Mississippi. The state had the fifth-highest number of deaths resulting from auto accidents...
  • In last 5 years, 67 killed in Utah construction zone crashes

    07/25/2016 12:19:58 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Ogden Standard-Examiner ^ | June 28, 2016 | Mark Shenefelt
    Multiple-fatality crashes in Utah road construction zones have drawn increased scrutiny to the inherent hazards of work areas and the lackadaisical attention many drivers pay to safety warnings there. Despite all of our work with Zero Fatalities and safety messages, people are on their cell phones talking and texting and looking at other things, said Vic Saunders, Utah Department of Transportation Region One spokesman. Within the confines of construction zones, with narrower lanes and barriers that make it a little bit tighter, people are wavering back and forth, and the danger is magnified for everyone. Utah road construction zone crashes...
  • South Florida drivers feel they're spending more money on tolls

    05/25/2016 7:49:30 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Local 10 News ^ | April 29, 2016 | Amy Viteri
    MIAMI - Drivers throughout South Florida have said no matter where their daily commute takes them, they feel they're spending more money, more often on tolls. Local 10 News spoke to several drivers who said the tolls are another expense and don't necessarily help them reach their destination any faster. "Three hundred to four hundred (dollars) a month," Maribel Masvidal estimated she spends commuting from Homestead to her job in South Miami. "A lot of money that could be used on other things for my family." Masvidal said that commute can take her up to two hours one way on...
  • Confusing ramps lead Fort Worth drivers onto toll lanes

    03/28/2016 9:50:07 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | March 27, 2016 | Gordon Dickson (AP)
    HALTOM CITY, Texas (AP) - Shon Newsome almost got tricked into paying a toll for a third time. But on a recent afternoon, just before she was about to drive onto a Loop 820 on-ramp that would have required her to pay a toll, the sales executive pulled off the highway in Haltom City and asked a bystander for directions. She was trying to figure out which lane on the two-lane ramp would take her to the toll-free lanes - but the answer wasnt clear.
  • Florida Attorney General investigating rental car companies for fees added to toll charges

    02/21/2016 5:11:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WPTV ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Strathman
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Take a drive on Florida's toll road. It's not how far you go that determines what you pay. We found it may be the car you drive. "I was mad going on vacation with my wife," explained Steve Pasek. For Pasek, the memories of his Florida vacation are as fresh as the snow back in Ohio. He declined the rental car company's toll service. With the rental car company's automated billing services, you are billed weeks after you return the car. A third party company is used to send you the bill. While Pasek declined...
  • Florida toll road mistakes hit thousands of drivers

    10/17/2015 5:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WFLA News Channel 8 ^ | September 29, 2015 | Steve Andrews
    TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Driving on Florida toll roads is part of doing business for trucker Bill VanEpps. “Tolls are a huge expense, and it adds up to a lot of money at the end of the year,” Bill said. He noticed a lot of mistakes with his EPass account so he switched to SunPass in January. “I’ve discovered weekly mistakes,” Bill added. Between January and September, Bill found 42 mistakes by the SunPass electronic tolling system. “My rig is a five axle rig. I’ve been charged for as many as 7 at one time. I’ve been charged for as...
  • New York and New Jersey drivers pay nearly one-third of all U.S. tolls, report says

    10/06/2015 1:50:32 PM PDT · by lowbridge · 37 replies
    nydailynews.com ^ | october 6, 2015 | brittnay robins
    New York and New Jersey drivers account for nearly one-third of all toll revenues amassed across the U.S., a new report says. Drivers in New York and New Jersey pay the heftiest price for their commutes accounting for almost one-third of all tolls collected across the U.S., a new report says. The report,which was released by the International Bridges, Tunnels and Turnpike Association, indicated that drivers in the two states forked over an astounding $4 billion of the $13 billion in tolls accrued across the country. The primary reason (for New York and New Jersey drivers paying the highest...