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  • Maryland’s proposed expansion of Beltway and I-270 ranks among top U.S. ‘boondoggles,’ group says

    07/08/2018 1:11:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | June 26, 2018 | Fredrick Kunkle
    Maryland’s $9 billion plan to expand the Beltway and Interstate 270 is among the nation’s biggest boondoggles, a public-interest advocacy group said Tuesday in a new report. The report — issued by U.S. PIRG Education Fund and Frontier Group — highlights nine highway projects, including Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s plan to widen certain roadways using public-private partnerships and tolling to pay for them. The advocates say these projects are unwise for several reasons. They say expanding or building new highways always leads to more congestion over time through the wholly predictable phenomenon of “induced demand”: When new capacity opens up,...
  • Toll tax collection on national highways to continue: Nitin Gadkari

    07/07/2018 8:11:59 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Financial Express ^ | July 4, 2018 | Express Drives Desk
    Toll collection will continue and any exemption relating to toll taxed on national highways has been ruled out. Union Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that people should be willing to pay if they want good services. The minister said toll collection can "never go" if funds are to be raised for constructing roads under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model. "The toll (collection) will never go. The toll will be there. If you want good services, you will have to pay for it," Gadkari said at a function of the PTI employees unions on Tuesday night. Expressing concern...
  • Extension of 836 expressway into Kendall wins key vote in Miami-Dade

    07/02/2018 7:51:56 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | June 21, 2018 | Douglas Hanks And Jenny Staletovich
    Miami-Dade commissioners on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to extending the 836 expressway 14 miles into West Kendall, rejecting warnings about environmental damage and urban sprawl in favor of bringing relief to commuters in the congested suburbs. "We've got to start somewhere," said Commissioner Javier Souto, whose district includes western areas in the county. "Do something. Do something." A final vote awaits later this year, but the 9-2 vote captured what appeared to be broad support for the signature transportation package from Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who cited the toll road's extension as a top priority as he prepares to leave office...
  • Officials: At least 95 million toll transactions still pending as part of SunPass upgrade

    06/27/2018 12:18:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    WFTV 9 ABC ^ | June 25, 2018 | Racquel Asa
    ORLANDO, Fla. - One state lawmaker isn’t ruling out the possibility of an investigation, while thousands of customers wait for tolls to start posting to their SunPass accounts.SunPass conducted a major upgrade earlier this month, and since June 1st, many drivers haven’t seen any charges yet. Officials had promised to post those toll charges gradually, so as not to overwhelm the system.This delay is already causing concern for some drivers—like Mark Hammonds, who we caught in between trips that often take him on the turnpike. “You’re at risk of not being reimbursed if you don’t file them timely,” he said. The state...
  • Cedar Park passes resolution supporting toll road projects

    06/26/2018 8:13:49 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Hill Country News ^ | June 21, 2018 | Kayla Bouchard
    Area residents who use the 183A toll road will likely see new tolls heading northbound to Liberty Hill and southbound into Austin in the coming years. The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, operator of the 183A toll road, is looking to extend 183A for 6 miles to the north from the current end of the toll segment in Leander to just north of S.H. 29 in Liberty Hill. CTRMA also seeks to widen the existing U.S. 183 south of S.H. 45 near Lakeline Mall down to the Arboretum area in Northwest Austin, adding a pair of variable toll ‘express lanes’...
  • MoPac toll lanes meeting traffic estimates, exceeding revenue hopes

    06/19/2018 11:09:49 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | June 6, 2018 | Ben Wear
    Use of the MoPac toll lanes has been steadily growing in the seven months since the lanes opened throughout their entire 11-mile lengths, but it is falling slightly short of a first-year estimate made before construction began. Revenue from the added lanes on each side of North MoPac Boulevard, due to variable toll rates that on average have been higher than expected, has at least met expectations this spring and could exceed them when the agency begins in earnest to pursue unpaid tolls. “I wouldn’t be surprised to see the numbers bump up a bit” as collections efforts step up,...
  • $1.6 billion LBJ East project gets official blessing from TxDOT

    06/19/2018 10:41:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | May 24, 2018 | Ray Leszcynski
    AUSTIN — After months spent hashing out how to pay the $1.6 billion tab, North Texas' most pressing freeway need at long last gained the blessing of the Texas Transportation Commission at its Thursday meeting. The Texas Department of Transportation now has its governing body's approval to seek bids on 10.8 miles of Interstate 635 between Central Expressway and Interstate 30 — known as LBJ East to planners. A contract will be awarded in the summer of 2019, and construction is to finish in 2024. The result will be another free lane in each direction, continuous frontage roads that the...
  • Planned Gridlock or Traffic Relief? Governor Hogan’s Traffic Relief Plan Offers Hope

    06/18/2018 9:22:07 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Montgomery County GOP ^ | June 18, 2018 | Mark Uncapher, MCGOP Chairman
    Any Montgomery County voter looking for traffic relief will not get much hope from the transportation manifestos of Montgomery County’s “progressive” Democrats this primary season. Collectively, they all try to outdo each other in their opposition to anything involving spending for roads. Instead of supporting projects that will reduce travel times, they propose diverting more money to public transit. They push a strategy of “planned gridlock” that is intended to drive motorists from their cars. If alleging “planned gridlock” seems harsh, consider the Montgomery County Council legislation designed to slow traffic flow by significantly narrowing travel lane widths on some...
  • Cline Avenue Bridge project on schedule for January 2020 completion

    06/18/2018 7:46:04 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    nwi.com ^ | June 15, 2018 | Andrew Steele
    A new Cline Avenue Bridge is rising in East Chicago, with more than a third of 29 piers in place that will carry traffic 100 feet above the Indiana Harbor Ship Canal, and with the casting of surface segments well underway in a building erected for that purpose at the bridge's Riley Road headquarters. The privately owned toll-bridge is scheduled to open to traffic in January 2020. "The project is moving along — it's on schedule," said Terry Velligan, the bridge's general manager of operations, on Tuesday. Normally 168 workers are on-site each day, he said. Velligan works for United...
  • Hogan responds to ethics concerns over pulled transportation contract

    06/14/2018 11:01:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    WTOP ^ | April 20, 2018 | Nick Iannelli
    WASHINGTON — Maryland Republican Gov. Larry Hogan is responding to ethics concerns raised over a proposed consulting contract that is tied to a huge transportation project.The $68.5 million contract, related to Hogan’s $7.6 billion plan to widen parts of the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, was pulled from consideration Wednesday by the Maryland Board of Public Works, which approves state contracts.“We held up the approval just to make sure that there isn’t any conflict,” Hogan told WTOP in an interview Friday. “I expressed some of the same concerns that other people have and that’s why the board of public works...
  • More toll lanes from Baltimore to Richmond? Business leaders push them to ease traffic jams

    06/14/2018 9:12:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    WTOP ^ | May 16, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — A group of powerful business leaders is calling for more toll lanes on highways from Richmond, Virginia, to Baltimore.The first focus of the Greater Washington Partnership’s toll lane push is expected to be on Maryland’s plans for toll lanes around the Capital Beltway and up part of Interstate 270, with lobbying from the CEOs of some of the largest companies in Maryland, Virginia and the District to get the rules in Maryland to match those on Virginia’s Interstate 495 Express Lanes.Virginia’s lanes are free with a minimum of three people in the car and an E-ZPass Flex, while...
  • Maryland rakes in millions of dollars from toll fines, penalties

    06/14/2018 1:12:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    SFGate ^ | April 28, 2018 | Luz Lazo, the Washington Post
    Maryland's stepped-up efforts to collect unpaid tolls are raking in millions of dollars for the state - outpacing the growth in toll revenue itself. State lawmakers and consumer protection groups say the crackdown - which includes referring thousands of delinquent accounts to collections - is punitive and predatory and is pushing Marylanders into debt - and in some cases bankruptcy. Transportation officials say they are only enforcing tolls motorists should be paying anyway - a major shift from years past when the state allowed scofflaws to run up hefty amounts in unpaid tolls and fines without consequences. "Certainly, we want...
  • Should you get your E-ZPass in Maryland or Virginia?

    06/13/2018 10:13:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2018 | Luz Lazo
    Use of the E-ZPass electronic payment system has grown exponentially across the Washington region in recent years as the network of toll lanes has expanded in the Interstate 95 corridor with new facilities from Stafford County to just north of Baltimore. Both Maryland and Virginia are actively promoting E-ZPass, hoping to reduce cash payment at toll plazas — where the option exists — and to encourage the seamless use of all-electronic toll facilities such as the 495 Express Lanes and 66 Express Lanes in Virginia and the Intercounty Connector in Maryland. In that spirit, Maryland announced last week that it...
  • I-95 Bottleneck: Anderson pushes plan to add shoulder lane at Occoquan

    05/26/2018 8:16:36 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    InsideNoVa ^ | May 25, 2018 | Stephen Niedzwiecki
    Traffic backs up virtually every day on Interstate 95 southbound where it crosses the Occoquan River entering Prince William County because five lanes are decreased to three. Prince William Supervisor Ruth Anderson, R-Occoquan, has proposed a solution: Build a reinforced shoulder lane along I-95 south from the Route 123 interchange at Occoquan to the Prince William Parkway. This will keep four lanes available. “Not only will this improve commute time, it will prevent frustration with having one of the worst bottlenecks in the nation,” Anderson said. The National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board is conducting an air quality analysis to...
  • Fairfax County commuters desperate to avoid exorbitant I-66 tolls

    05/23/2018 12:11:26 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 35 replies
    The Fairfax County Times ^ | May 18, 2018 | Angela Woolsey
    With Metro still tackling safety and operational issues, and toll rates occasionally hitting $40 or more on the Interstate 66 express lanes inside the Capital Beltway, tolerable options for commuters in Northern Virginia seem hard to come by these days. Kalai Kandasamy wants to offer an alternative. The cybersecurity and information technology consultant developed a Sluglines app in 2016 that helps prospective riders and drivers coordinate trips, and he believes that establishing slug lines in the I-66 corridor could alleviate travel headaches for some workers. “Slugging fills up those empty seats, and it’s good for the environment,” Kandasamy said. “It’s...
  • Small trucking companies worry about the possibility of I-81 tolls

    05/08/2018 11:17:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    WHSV 3 ^ | April 19, 2018 | Monica Casey
    ROCKINGHAM COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) — Lawmakers are searching for a solution to traffic and accidents on Interstate 81. One bill introduced by Senator Mark Obenshain proposes conducting a study of the effects of adding tolls for long haul trucks. The money from the tolls would go toward improving the interstate through Virginia. Senate Bill 971 passed the Virginia Senate unanimously, passed the House on a 95-3 vote with an amendment by Del. Tony Wilt, and then was agreed upon by both chambers. On April 4, Governor Ralph Northam signed the bill into law. The Virginia Department of Transportation has reported...
  • SR 99 tunnel slated for fall opening: What to know about tolling, viaduct closure & more

    04/21/2018 8:37:01 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Q13 FOX ^ | March 27, 2018 | Tyler Slauson
    SEATTLE -- Bertha finished boring the path for a new tunnel under Seattle nearly one year ago. Since then, construction crews have finished installing a double-deck highway end-to-end inside the tunnel. That leaves crews to finish installing and testing the $3.2 billion tunnel's advanced operational and safety systems. So when will the tunnel open? How much will tolls cost? And what happens to the Alaskan Way Viaduct? When will the tunnel open and what happens to the viaduct? After the tunnel is finished, crews will close the Alaskan Way Viaduct for several weeks to realign the highway to the tunnel....
  • Fallout over tolls divides local, state leaders

    04/16/2018 11:04:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The political tide has turned against toll roads in Texas, imperiling a Tomball interchange project and hamstringing frustrated local officials, while setting an ominous tone for projects to come. For years, state officials relied on tolls to tackle some of TexasÂ’ biggest traffic messes as a way to build without adding taxes. Since 2016, however, Gov. Greg Abbott and Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick have taken hard-line stances against the mixing of Texas Department of Transportation money and toll revenues. Most Popular More men accuse former Texas judge, Baptist leader of sexual misconduct Breaking down 2018 Texas A&M football: Quarterback With...
  • Miami's Toll Roads Are Huge Scams That Must Be Eliminated

    04/14/2018 10:53:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Miami New Times ^ | March 19, 2018 | Luther Campbell
    It's time to mount a serious campaign to end tolls in Miami-Dade County. Any time the government wants to charge people money, we should be allowed to vote on it. Florida's Turnpike Enterprise and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) are highway robbers preying on predominantly poor motorists struggling to have a roof over their heads, put food on the table, and take care of their families. I remember the days when there was only one toll on State Road 112 when you left Miami International Airport to get to Miami Beach. Now there are tolls on virtually every major highway...
  • No more cash: Maryland explores changing tolls to electronic only

    04/14/2018 8:17:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    The Capital Gazette ^ | April 13, 2018 | Katherine Brzozowski
    The Maryland Transportation Authority is exploring phasing out all cash toll booths across the state. Today, tolls are collected three ways: by cash, or electronically, by either an E-ZPass transponder or by video tolling — when the state uses a license-plate photo and mails drivers their bill. Transportation officials say that the transition to all-electronic, high-speed toll collection will: save drivers time on their commute, save the state money, reduce accidents at toll plazas, and reduce CO2 emissions as less fuel is being burned, according to a national study by the University of Central Florida. Drivers in Maryland could start...