Opinion: Governments should reconsider objections to "user pays" road pricing | Engineering firm studying tolls on Ind. interstates | Interstate 485 toll lanes in N.C. could be under construction by next summer
The Miami-Dade County Commission voted to preliminarily approve a $650 million project to extend the 836 expressway after testimony that included opposition from environmental groups. The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority hopes to begin construction of the toll-funded project in 2019.
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A "user pays" method of road pricing should be used more widely because it is fairer than gas taxes, writes John Walker of the University of Southampton. Governments should be aware that voter sentiment is becoming more positive as motorists derive benefits from such models, Walker writes.
Engineering firm HNTB expects to complete a draft tolling plan for five interstates in Indiana by October. The results of the statewide traffic study will include revenue estimates and recommendations for how toll rates could be structured.
A 17-mile extension of toll lanes on Interstate 485 in Charlotte, N.C., may be under construction by summer 2019, says the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. The South Charlotte Partners group has advocated with the state legislature, the governor and the turnpike authority to "advance this project as soon as possible."
Portland, Ore., is planning to install 200 sensors to collect data on bicycle, other pedestrian and car traffic in the city as part of a smart city initiative. "Our intent is to define the smart city in [a] way that serves our city's values while at the same time serving as a national model," says Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler.
The new entrance ramp to the Florida Turnpike from Sunrise Boulevard is scheduled to open Saturday, and toll collection will be completely electronic. The project is part of a $50 million interchange renovation.
A measure to increase the fuel tax in Missouri by 10 cents was approved by the state legislature and will be on the November ballot. The increase may raise as much as $293 million for infrastructure projects by 2027 if approved.
The Metropolitan Transit Authority at a meeting Wednesday said it will expedite construction and streamline procurement processes to reduce costs. The MTA anticipates needing $43 billion over 15 years to improve bus and subway systems.
San Clemente, Calif., has sued Transportation Corridor Agencies, a toll road administrator, for allegedly violating California's Public Records Act by not providing requested information about lobbying agreements. The suit asserts that the agency has spent more money on lobbyists than on toll roads.