New IBTTA president: Tolling is a tool to help fund infrastructure | Maine authority will improve turtle safety | Editorial: Time is right for open-road tolling on N.H.'s Spaulding Turnpike
September 22, 2017
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Md. wants to add toll lanes to Baltimore-Washington Parkway
Maryland has unveiled an ambitious plan to expand roads in the state through both a public-private partnership and the addition of toll lanes on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The state wants to form a $9 billion public-private partnership to add four lanes to Interstate 495, and it hopes to get permission from the Department of the Interior, which manages the parkway, to add the toll lanes.
Reuters (9/21),  The Baltimore Sun (9/21),  The Washington Post (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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New IBTTA president: Tolling is a tool to help fund infrastructure
Tim Stewart, executive director of the E-470 Public Highway Authority, will be the 2018 president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Stewart said tolling is an important tool for solving the infrastructure funding equation, and he hopes his time as president will allow him to highlight the successes at his organization.
The Aurora Sentinel (Colo.) (9/21) 
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Maine authority will improve turtle safety
The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to build a new toll plaza in York, and the deal to allow the work required the agency to fund the construction of a tunnel to help an endangered species of turtle cross Route 236. "We sort of like the idea that something very good for the environment will come out of it," said Peter Mills, executive director of the MTA.
WGME-TV (Portland, Maine) (9/21) 
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Editorial: Time is right for open-road tolling on N.H.'s Spaulding Turnpike
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is proposing a $39.1 million project to install open-road tolling on the Spaulding Turnpike. This editorial supports the project, noting that "the time for open road tolling has come."
SeacoastOnline (Portsmouth, N.H.) (tiered subscription model) (9/21) 
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Technology
Auto industry looks to feds for V2V mandate
The installation of vehicle-to-vehicle communications has stalled under the Trump administration. The technology can improve safety and the advancement of autonomous vehicles, but "[u]nless it gets mandated, nobody is going to put it on their cars," said Glen De Vos, chief technology officer at Delphi Automotive, which supplies autonomous vehicle systems.
Bloomberg (9/21) 
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Analytics to improve safety and congestion in N.C.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation has seen positive results from analytics and has decided to use the Viya software platform from SAS. The software will be used in the agency's Transportation Analytics Center, and improving safety is among the chief goals.
Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (9/21) 
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Maintenance & New Products
Closures this weekend on Dallas tollway ramp
The connector ramps from the President George Bush Turnpike to the Dallas North Tollway in Texas will be closed over the weekend for work that includes adding light poles.
Community Impact Newspaper (Pflugerville, Texas) (9/21) 
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Finance and Funding
R.I. to begin installing gantry system in Dec.
In December, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will begin installing the first of 12 gantry systems to collect toll revenue from semitrucks entering the state. The agency wants to have the first system operating by the end of the year, but the Rhode Island Trucking Association is skeptical of that goal.
WPRI-TV (Providence, R.I.) (9/22) 
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Policy and Legislation
Q&A: Texas tolling agency to send letters before invoices for toll violations
This Q&A covers the new policy by the Harris County Toll Road Authority in Texas to send letters before sending toll violation invoices. Customers will have 10 days to pay the tolls once the letters are sent.
KPRC-TV (Houston) (9/21) 
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IBTTA News
Grab Your Passport for Roma
Registration is now open for IBTTA's International Summit of Rome, Oct. 15-17. Learn more here. Ci vediamo a roma.
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IBTTA Foundation celebrates 10 years of accomplishments and successes
The video shown at our recent 85th Annual Meeting and Exhibition highlights the tremendous work and good the IBTTA Foundation and volunteers have accomplished over the past 10 years. Have a look.
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