Indonesia prepares for toll increase on outer ring road | Government of Spain begins phasing out tolls | W.Va. Parkways Authority offers 3-year unlimited E-ZPass
June 19, 2018
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Va. authority considers Dulles Toll Road increase
A Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Board proposal to raise rates at the Dulles Toll Road's mainline plaza by 75 cents and at ramps by 50 cents would increase revenue by an estimated 29%. The increases, proposed to go into effect in January, would be used to fund the Silver Line rail extension.
WTOP-FM (Washington, D.C.) (6/18) 
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Indonesia prepares for toll increase on outer ring road
The Indonesia Toll Road Authority is raising rates on the Jakarta Outer Ring Road starting Wednesday. Deputy Gov. Sandiaga Uno said electronic road pricing and increased parking fees also are planned.
The Jakarta Post (Indonesia) (6/19) 
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Government of Spain begins phasing out tolls
Government of Spain begins phasing out tolls
Abalos (Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images)
The government of Spain plans to begin eliminating tolls as road contracts expire, says Minister of Public Works Jose Luis Abalos. Tolls are scheduled to be eliminated on the AP-1 between Burgos and Arminon starting Nov. 30.
Euro Weekly News (Spain) (6/18) 
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W.Va. Parkways Authority offers 3-year unlimited E-ZPass
The West Virginia Turnpike is offering an unlimited E-ZPass in advance of a toll increase to $4 that becomes effective Jan. 1. The $24 passes will be good for the next three years.
The Register-Herald (Beckley, W.Va.) (6/18) 
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Commentary: Optimism about innovative transportation must be balanced
Commentary: Optimism about innovative transportation must be balanced
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Excitement about new concepts that Elon Musk's Boring Co., Uber, Google and Virgin are bringing the world of urban transportation is understandable, but innovation must be balanced with responsibility, write StateOf founders Ellis Talton and Remington Tonar. Regulators in the public sector must insist that private entities demonstrate financial and social viability, they write.
Forbes (6/18) 
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Finance and Funding
Calif. county may seek advance on increased toll revenue for rail station
The Transportation Authority of Marin in Marin County, Calif., is considering requesting a $2.1 million advance on toll revenue from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission to complete a rail station. The request would ask for funds proposed by Regional Measure 3, a recent successful ballot initiative.
Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, Calif.) (6/17) 
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Competition is driving down infrastructure construction costs in India
Greater competition for engineering, procurement and construction contracts in India has driven down costs by as much as 25% over the past few years. The government's transition to a hybrid annuity model has increased competition for EPC projects.
The Financial Express (India) (6/19) 
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Tolling possible at Ohio River bridge project
Transportation officials have modified three proposed routes for the Interstate 69 Ohio River Crossing between Kentucky and Indiana, and they anticipate making a final decision in the fall. Tolling is being considering for the project, but no decision has been made.
WFIE-TV (Evansville, Ind.) (6/18) 
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Policy and Legislation
Opinion: Consistent spending would strengthen infrastructure
America's infrastructure would be stronger if the country invested more consistently rather than spending based on political and economic fluctuations, writes David Siegel of Two Sigma Investments. The US should spend more than the 2.4% of gross domestic product currently being spent on infrastructure because "the rewards would be greater American innovation, opportunity and economic growth," Siegel writes.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/18) 
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Have you registered for IBTTA's Summit on Finance & Policy?
This Summit in Portland, Ore., July 22-24, 2018, brings together individuals interested in transportation funding, finance, road usage charging and public policy to discuss the most effective ways to improve mobility in a constrained resource environment. Featured topics include tolling as part of tax policy, public perspectives on tolling, the long-term financial implications of connected and autonomous vehicles, managing change and tolling the interstates. See the agenda here.
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Tolling is cool and refreshing!
You know tolling is cool when a major beer company recognizes you! Congratulations to the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority. Happy summer!
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