The New Hampshire Senate's Transportation Committee passed a bill Tuesday to install electronic toll collection on the Spaulding Turnpike. If the bill becomes law, the state Department of Transportation wants to begin construction at the Dover and Rochester toll plazas in fiscal 2019.
Electronic toll collection on the Findlay Connector section of the Pennsylvania Turnpike will be postponed past Sunday's scheduled start so more testing can be done. The new equipment will photograph vehicles without E-ZPasses and mail bills to those motorists.
A toll booth will be installed at the mouth of the Middle Canyon in Tooele County, Utah, and a pay station at a point farther in the canyon as approved by county commissioners. Revenue generated by tolls will be used to clean up the canyon, which is heavily used by hikers and mountain bikers.
Autonomous vehicle maker Voyage has started an open-source program to improve autonomous vehicle safety. The first phase includes scenario testing, functional safety reviews and autonomy assessment along with a testing toolkit.
Developments in tolling interoperability were discussed and demonstrated at the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association Managed Lanes, AET & Technology Summit in Charlotte, N.C. Regional efforts that can eventually be combined into a national system were a primary topic.
Students from Penn High School in Mishawaka, Ind., and the Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. are working together to plant 100 trees along the Indiana Toll Road. This is the second year of the event, said the toll authority.
An American Action Forum study asserts adopting a mileage-based tax rather than a gas tax would be the most effective way to stabilize the Highway Trust Fund. The AAF also recommended congestion pricing as a long-term revenue generation option.
The Toll Road FACT (Fitch Analytical Comparative Tool), the first such tool for the sector, contains comparative financial data for a portfolio of 35 publicly rated operating US toll road issuers and enables graphical plotting of key metrics by region, facility type, asset type and rating. The database includes five years of data, providing a comprehensive base for historical trend analysis specific to individual issuers or within the peer group at large. This link provides access to download the FACT and these complimentary reports: "Peer Review of U.S. Toll Roads (Attribute Assessments, Metrics and Ratings)" and the "Managed Lanes Peer Review."
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