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April 20, 2018
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Boston, Seattle both look at congestion pricing
Boston, Seattle both look at congestion pricing
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Boston is considering congestion pricing to reduce traffic congestion, and Seattle sees the method as a way to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and raise funds for public transit, while the New York Legislature did not pass a "cordon toll" for New York City. "Two cities on the United States' east and west coasts, both with epic local traffic problems, are considering congestion pricing as a way to get people and goods moving again," says Bill Cramer, communications director for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
Planetizen (4/19) 
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Webinar: Planning for the Autonomous Age
Are you ready for the big changes set to disrupt how people and goods move? In this new era, what is the best approach to long-range planning? In a webinar on Monday, April 23, CDM Smith's planning experts will share their insights and advice. Register and receive a free professional development hour for attending.
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Tolling Today
Commentary: Tolled lanes can reduce L.A.'s congestion problem
Toll lanes using variable pricing, built without taxpayer funding, are one of the best tools Southern California can use to reduce traffic congestion, write Baruch Feigenbaum and Rebecca Castaneda of the Reason Foundation. The authors note a 2017 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recommendation that a 621-lane-mile Express Lane network be built.
Los Angeles Daily News (4/19) 
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Belarus considers P3 for road project
Belarus met with interested companies regarding the country's pilot project for the reconstruction of the M10 motorway. Plans call for the road to become part of the European transport system.
BelTA News Agency (Belarus) (4/19) 
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Ga.'s Northwest Corridor Express Lanes project nears completion
The Georgia Department of Transportation expects to complete construction of 30 miles of reversible express lanes this summer. The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes will require drivers to use Peach Passes.
WSB-TV (Atlanta) (4/20) 
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Technology
FHWA accepting applications for technology grants
The Federal Highway Administration will accept applications from states and local governments for $60 million in transportation technology grants designed to make transportation safer and more effective using data. Examples of potentially eligible programs are integrated corridor management, real-time traveler information and traffic data collection.
Roads & Bridges online (4/19) 
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Technology expected to radically change transportation
Technology expected to radically change transportation
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Technology is rapidly changing the transportation and trucking industries. Autonomous vehicles, GPS devices capable of responding to traffic complications and high-speed rail such as the Hyperloop are all expected to advance in the coming years.
Cerasis blog (4/18) 
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Finance and Funding
Colo. toll road pays off bonds, eliminates registration fee
The E-470 Board of Directors in Colorado has voted to eliminate the $10 annual fee that has been imposed on vehicle owners in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties since the toll road was built 30 years ago, starting Sept. 1. "The E-470 Board is proud to fulfill the promise of ending the fee once the debt is paid off," said E-470 Board Chair Heidi Williams.
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Denver (4/19) 
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Canada looks for cost savings on Gordie Howe International Bridge
Canadian officials sought ways to save money on the Gordie Howe International Bridge between the US and Canada after potential bidders expressed concerns about the project's budget, per documents obtained by The Canadian Press. The goal is "de-risking the project as much as we could to move forward," said Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi.
The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)/The Canadian Press (4/19) 
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Policy and Legislation
Calif. newspaper endorses toll increase ballot measure
The Sonoma Index-Tribune supports a ballot measure to increase tolls on state-owned bridges in California's Bay Area. Revenue from the increased tolls will fund regional transportation projects, and Sonoma County, Calif., will receive $100 million to improve Highway 37 if the measure passes.
The Sonoma Index-Tribune (Calif.) (4/19) 
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IBTTA News
IBTTA's AET, Managed Lanes & Technology Summit
IBTTA's AET, Managed Lanes & Technology Summit will be one of the industry's biggest meetings this year! See you in Charlotte! Safe travels.
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The Toll Excellence Awards applications process is open
IBTTA's Toll Excellence Awards recognize the very best projects and programs the international tolling industry has to offer. Each year, we celebrate IBTTA agency and private sector members whose creative, innovative and positive programs set a new standard of excellence. By providing wide recognition for a job well done, the Toll Excellence Awards speed up the transmission of new ideas and emerging practices throughout the industry and to the driving public. Click here for more information on the award categories and the May 14th deadline to submit your entry.
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