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

    03/05/2018 6:39:48 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WTOP ^ | February 21, 2018 | Max Smith
    FAIRFAX, Va. — Both Interstate 66 tolls for solo drivers and expanded HOV hours have not slowed traffic on most major parallel routes during the morning rush hour, Virginia transportation officials said Tuesday.A new analysis — which found the average daily toll paid in January was $12.37 — also showed that even an increased number of cars on some roads like U.S. Route 50 did not significantly change travel times in January, compared with the same time a year earlier.“What we’re still seeing is the project is working as intended,” said Nick Donohue, Virginia’s deputy transportation secretary.The Virginia Department of...
  • Interstate 73 may benefit from Trump's infrastructure plan

    02/21/2018 7:54:50 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WBTW News 13 ^ | February 13, 2018 | Chris Spiker
    MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WBTW) - The South Carolina leg of a proposed interstate that would end on the Grand Strand may benefit from President Trump's infrastructure plan. Some leaders say Interstate 73 construction could be approved sooner, but paying for the highway could change. The president's plan says the federal government would pay for 20 percent of a project, with more costs shifted towards local governments, the private sector and people. That means if I-73 is built, it will likely include tolls. "I think the odds for I-73 are looking better and better," says Brad Dean, president and CEO of...
  • Georgia's largest road construction project is almost done, GDOT says (tolled express lanes)

    02/16/2018 6:10:27 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    WSB TV 2 ^ | February 13, 2018 | Steve Gehlbach
    COBB COUNTY, Ga. - The largest road construction project in state history is nearing completion, and relief for commuters is almost here. Georgia's Department of Transportation program manager for the project told Channel 2's Steve Gehlbach even after delays for weather and after the I-85 collapse, the new 75 express lanes should open by the end of summer. Its the longest land bridge in the state of Georgia," program manager for the project, Stephen Lively said. Northern sections above the 75-575 split and through Marietta are mostly complete, including one 6,000-foot raised section. Lively said the goal is to have...
  • Virginia lawmakers ask Congress to take action on Interstate 81

    02/15/2018 7:50:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    CBS 19 News ^ | January 26, 2018 | Caleb Stewart
    HARRISONBURG, Va. (WHSV) -- A group of 16 Virginia lawmakers has penned a letter to Virginia's Congressional Delegation (comprised of Senators Tim Kaine and Mark Warner and Representatives Bob Goodlatte, Barbara Comstock, and Morgan Griffith) asking for federal assistance to improve Interstate 81. The interstate has long been a source of frustration for people in the Shenandoah Valley, with the Virginia Department of Transportation reporting at least a 12-percent increase in traffic in just the past five years and a 55-percent increase of delays from crashes, construction, or bad weather. In 2014, Delegate Steve Landes introduced a state budget item...
  • Gov. Terry McAuliffes last transportation deal: 10 more miles of toll lanes on Interstate 95

    02/09/2018 10:44:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | January 10, 2018 | Luz Lazo
    Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D) announced a deal Wednesday that will add 10 more miles of express lanes to the Interstate 95 corridor, expanding the system of high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes to Fredericksburg by 2022. As part of the agreement, the private company building the lanes will give the state $277 million upfront to cover costs of a bridge over the Rappahannock River and other improvements along the corridor, Virginia transportation officials said. The deal essentially moves forward a 10-mile extension from Garrisonville Road (Route 610) in Stafford County to Route 17 in the Fredericksburg area. It also builds on...
  • Fuel tax increase is the fastest, most direct way to meet state transportation needs

    01/25/2018 1:08:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ^ | January 8, 2018 | The Post-Dispatch Editorial Board
    At a measly 17 cents a gallon, Missouris fuel tax is woefully inadequate to fund the states growing need for transportation-infrastructure improvements. The more the system deteriorates, the worse our states business climate will become. Gov. Eric Greitens could put some muscle into his determination to attract business and generate more jobs by embracing a long-overdue fuel tax increase. The Missouri 21st Century Transportation Task Force, created by the Legislature and approved by the governor last year, proposes to boost the tax by a dime, and by 12 cents for diesel, which is only about half of whats needed to...
  • Freeways aren't free, and Texas politicos don't want to pay

    01/25/2018 11:06:29 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 47 replies
    The Houston Chronicle ^ | January 3, 2018 | Houston Chronicle Editorial Board
    Just after the end of World War I, a young Army officer who was born in Denison, Texas, was assigned to accompany an expedition of military vehicles driving across America. The mission was to determine the difficulties the nation might face moving an entire army across the continent. Lucky thing the country was no longer at war. The convoy constantly ground to a halt on unpaved roads, sinking into mud, slipping into ditches and sliding into quicksand. The cross-country journey took 62 days, averaging about six miles an hour, something close to the speed of a leisurely walk. The lessons...
  • Mixed reaction to leaked infrastructure plan

    01/25/2018 7:16:42 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    Fleet Owner ^ | January 23, 2018 | Sean Kilcarr
    A leaked six-page memo that purportedly outlines some of the key principles of the Trump administration’s long-awaited infrastructure plan is drawing fire from several corners of the trucking industry – especially regarding plans to allow states to broaden interstate tolling efforts and commercialize rest stops.“Our primary concern is that the memo talks about giving states the ‘flexibility’ to toll existing interstates and ‘reconcile the grandfathered restrictions on the use of highway toll revenues with current law.’ We’re gearing up for a big fight over that,” Stephanie Kane, spokesperson for the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, told Fleet Owner.Related: ATRI: Fuel tax...
  • Applause for Tolls From Audience of Construction Workers

    01/25/2018 7:06:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    CT News Junkie ^ | January 19, 2018 | Christine Stuart
    SOUTHINGTON, CT — In alphabetical order, a majority of Democratic and one unaffiliated candidates for governor endorsed the idea of installing electronic tolls on Connecticut’s highways and received applause for it. The nine candidates participated in a forum Friday sponsored by the Connecticut Construction Industries Association. The same group sponsored a similar forum in December for the Republican gubernatorial candidates as well. None of the candidates who are still in the “exploratory” phase of their campaigns for governor were invited to either forum — only the declared candidates. The problem: Connecticut’s special transportation fund will start running a deficit in...
  • An independent and Democrats say tolls are necessary

    01/22/2018 11:11:06 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Connecticut Mirror ^ | January 19, 2018 | Mark Pazniokas
    Southington Oz Griebel, a petitioning candidate for governor who once led the state Transportation Strategy Board, told an audience of construction executives and union members Friday that Connecticut must embrace electronic tolling and higher gasoline taxes to preserve and improve its transportation infrastructure.At a transportation forum for Democratic and unaffiliated candidates, Griebel offered the broadest prescription for how to stabilize and grow a special transportation fund now projected to hit insolvency by 2022, leaving the state unable to borrow money to address a growing backlog of transportation needs.Many of the Democrats, unlike the Republican field at a similar event...
  • E-ZPass users can use pass, get discount on Central Florida toll roads

    01/22/2018 10:47:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 9, 2017 | Gal Tziperman Lotan
    Drivers from northern states that use the E-ZPass system for toll roads will be able to use their passes to drive on some Central Florida toll roads and get the same discount SunPass users receive.Central Florida drivers, however, will not be able to use their EPasses to pay for tolls if they travel to the 16 E-ZPass states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and South Carolina.One of our main objectives is to improve the ease and uninterrupted travel that E-ZPass customers enjoy, and portability to the Sunshine State is certainly a common request, E-ZPass Group Executive Director P.J. Wilkins...
  • What's next for I-35 now that toll plans are scrapped?

    01/21/2018 10:49:36 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    KHOU ^ | January 3, 2018 | Rebeca Trejo, KVUE
    AUSTIN - As we begin the new year, congestion on Interstate Highway 35 continues to be a problem for commuters in Central Texas. Late last month, TxDOT leadership voted to scrap plans to add tolls to the interstate. So, what plans does the state have to address traffic on the interstate and other highways? TxDOT is looking to its leadership, the Texas Transportation Commission -- a government-appointed 5-member body. Because leadership voted against tolls, TxDOT is essentially regrouping and said it is wanting to talk with local partners to get to a solution for I-35. KVUE spoke with Ben Wear,...
  • Oklahoma drivers can expect to pay more on turnpikes in 2018

    01/20/2018 8:12:56 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    Oklahoma's News 4 ^ | December 6, 2017 | KFOR-TV & K. Querry
    OKLAHOMA CITY Drivers across Oklahoma can expect to pay more on some turnpikes next year. On Tuesday, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority voted to increase the tolls of some routes by 2.5 percent in January. Experts predict that the increase will cost drivers between 5 cents and 10 cents more on their trip. As you may remember, tolls were increased on the states turnpikes in March by about 12 percent. At that time, turnpike officials warned that rates would increase again in 2018 and in 2019. Officials say another 2.5 percent increase is expected in 2019.
  • Quotables: A closer look at Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission's toll-jacking

    01/13/2018 8:09:33 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 48 replies
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | January 7, 2018 | Tribune-Review
    Motorists frustrated by the unending cycle of toll increases by the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission can take some comfort in a performance audit of the agency announced by state Auditor General Eugene DePasquale. The latest increase, effective Sunday, boosted tolls 6 percent; it's the 10th consecutive increase in as many years. Mr. DePasquale said the audit will examine the Turnpike Commission's assertion that traffic will increase despite increased tolls. It will also look at the turnpike's annual payments to PennDOT and the commission's process for awarding construction contracts. Given the increasing toll on motorists' wallets, a closer look at turnpike operations...
  • PA Turnpike reminds travelers of 2018 toll increase

    01/05/2018 6:04:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission ^ | January 4, 2018 | News Release
    HARRISBURG, PA (Jan. 4, 2018) —The PA Turnpike Commission (PTC) today reminded motorists that beginning 12:01 a.m. on Jan. 7 tolls will reflect a six-percent increase for both cash and E-ZPass customers. The toll increase, approved by commissioners last July, is needed to meet the PTC’s funding and capital-improvement obligations. Additionally, the PTC is legislatively mandated to offer $450 million in supplemental funding to PennDOT each year under Act 44 of 2007. Since Act 44 was passed, the PTC has provided payments to PennDOT totaling $5.875 billion. Of that amount, $3.625 billion has provided financial assistance to the commonwealth’s mass-transit...
  • Ark. DOT studies possible first toll road for state

    01/03/2018 4:16:52 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    Equipment World's Better Roads ^ | December 26, 2017 | Don McLoud
    A future Interstate 49 and whether it will become Arkansas first toll road are being considered, with public meetings likely coming in early 2018, reports KFSM news station.The interstate section being considered would stretch from Barling to Alma over the Arkansas River. The Arkansas Department of Transportation has commissioned a study on charging tolls on the future highway section.The study is scheduled to be completed next fall, and public meetings are expected at the first of 2018 to get public input on the project, the station reports.Interstate 49 would eventually stretch from New Orleans to Canada. Portions of the highway...
  • Maryland plan to build toll lanes on Beltway, I-270 piques companies interest

    12/30/2017 1:05:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 13, 2017 | Katherine Shaver
    Maryland Transportation Secretary Pete K. Rahn dangled a $9 billion carrot Wednesday in front of more than 100 companies potentially interested in adding express toll lanes to the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. Its amazing, Rahn quipped to more than 320 highway engineers, designers and builders in a ballroom at the BWI Airport Marriott in Linthicum. You can get a lot of attention when you put a nine in front of a B. Officially, the Maryland Department of Transportations industry forum was intended to provide companies more details about the plan to add four toll lanes each...
  • $17 tolls? VDOT says 1st day on I-66 averaged $14.50 round trip

    12/29/2017 10:38:32 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    WTOP ^ | December 8, 2017 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON About two years ago, during the last big debate over Interstate 66 rush-hour tolls for solo drivers, there was a lot of talk about $17 round-trip tolls. Virginias transportation secretary said this week that the tolls drivers have seen inside the Beltway so far remain in line with those projections. New data the Virginia Department of Transportation provided Thursday from the first day of tolls on Monday morning show the average morning toll for drivers who paid with an E-ZPass, or who will get automated violation notices in the mail, was $10.70, while the average afternoon toll paid...
  • W.Va. Legislators Debate Tolls for Interstate 70 Use

    12/29/2017 9:52:48 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Wheeling News-Register ^ | July 22, 2017 | Joselyn King
    WHEELING Motorists know age and excessive use are taking a toll on Interstate 70 through Ohio County, but some state lawmakers are concerned drivers may be paying tolls after a proposed $172.5 million rehabilitation on the stretch of highway is completed. Delegates Erikka Storch, R-Ohio, and Patrick McGeehan, R-Hancock, both said they voted against a bill which ultimately passed giving the West Virginia Parkways Authority the ability to charge tolls after construction of new roads and major improvements to existing highways because of their concerns about future tolling on Interstate 70. State Senate Majority Leader Ryan Ferns,...
  • Plans coming to ease Baltimore congestion on main highways

    12/28/2017 1:02:57 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    WBAL TV 11 ^ | December 19, 2017 | Kate Amara
    BALTIMORE In September, Governor Larry Hogan announced a massive plan to ease congestion on the D.C. Beltway. Tuesday, it was Baltimore's turn. Hogan and his transportation team unveiled a multipronged approach that could cut commute times for millions of Marylanders. Maryland has the second longest commuting times in the nation. Six of the 15 most congested spots in our state are on the Baltimore Beltway. Hogan announced a $461 million traffic-relief plan for Interstates 695 and 95 north. The plan "will benefit the lives of millions of drivers throughout the Baltimore region," Hogan said. There are four components to...