Consortium proposes privatizing N.H. turnpike system | Ga. toll authority garners transportation award | N.Y. thruway authority working to fix billing issue
January 19, 2018
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Jones: "2018 is going to be a very good year for tolling"
States have increasingly turned to tolls to raise revenue, and that could increase if the Trump administration puts more emphasis on local revenue for its infrastructure legislation. "I think 2018 is going to be a very good year for tolling," says Pat Jones, executive director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
National Public Radio (1/18) 
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Consortium proposes privatizing N.H. turnpike system
A consortium wants to privatize the New Hampshire Turnpike System and build and operate several rest area plazas along the roadway. The Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Oversight Commission is to discuss the proposal at a meeting today.
New Hampshire Business Review (1/18) 
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Ga. toll authority garners transportation award
The State Road and Tollway Authority in Georgia won the 2017 Georgia Transit Association performance award. The authority opened the state's first reversible toll lane on Interstate 75 last year and played a role in helping to reopen Interstate 85 after a section of it collapsed.
The Marietta Daily Journal (Ga.) (tiered subscription model) (1/18) 
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N.Y. thruway authority working to fix billing issue
Some drivers without E-ZPass transponders say they haven't received bills for using the thruway in New York, and the New York State Thruway Authority is working with its vendors to remedy the situation. The problem has also led the authority to offer an amnesty program that begin Monday.
The Journal News (White Plains, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (1/18) 
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Canadian toll road praised as a success
The Cobequid Pass in Nova Scotia was created 20 years ago to reduce traffic deaths, and people testifying at a public hearing praised the success of the only toll road in the province. Tolls have helped maintain the road, which will be paid off in 2019-20, years ahead of schedule.
The Chronicle-Herald (Halifax, Nova Scotia)/SaltWire Network (1/18) 
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Mobility pricing is a proven way to reduce congestion
Traffic in Vancouver, Canada, is some of the worst in North America, and a new plan to impose fees and tolls on the area's roadway could help fix the problem, this editorial states. However, politicians lack the will to impose fees, despite the fact that mobility pricing is a proven way to reduce congestion.
The Globe and Mail (Toronto) (tiered subscription model) (1/18) 
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Cohda software augments Nvidia's surround vision
Australia-based Cohda Wireless has integrated its vehicle-to-everything software into Nvidia technology, which provides surround vision. Cohda's software will allow vehicles to detect hazards around large trucks, on blind corners and over hill crests.
Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (1/17) 
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Ohio looks to become leader on autonomous vehicle research with new center
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that helps make Ohio a leader in the development of autonomous vehicles and smart roads. The order created a statewide center, DriveOhio, that will be headed by an executive director who will work with transportation and other agencies.
Fox Business/The Associated Press (1/18) 
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Finance and Funding
Chamber sets out plan for gas-tax increase
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is pushing for a 25-cent gas tax increase to fund infrastructure work, as well as more public-private partnerships and more efficient permitting.
The Hill (1/18) 
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Policy and Legislation
Trump could debut infrastructure plan during State of the Union
Trump could debut infrastructure plan during State of the Union
Trump (Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
President Donald Trump could outline his administration's infrastructure plan during his State of the Union address Jan. 30. Details are still scarce, but Reuters explains how the $200 billion in federal money could be allocated among "American Spirit" and rural projects, loan programs and cost-sharing infrastructure work with states.
Reuters (1/18) 
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This evening: A celebration of life for Neil Schuster
Friday, Jan. 19
6-9 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
4444 Arlington Blvd.
Arlington, VA 22207
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The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don't want it badly enough.
Randy Pausch,
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