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
June 21, 2018
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Miami commissioners give first approval to $650M expressway extension
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.
Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (6/21) 
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Reduce Crashes, Protect Workers in Work Zones
RoadQuake® 2F Rumble Strips alert distracted drivers in work zones. RoadQuake RAPTOR Rumble Strip Handling Machine reduces workers' exposure to live traffic. PSS will demonstrate RoadQuake & RAPTOR at IBTTA Maintenance Workshop Tech Tour, Sunday, June 24. Or, visit our booth at the workshop!
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Opinion: Governments should reconsider objections to "user pays" road pricing
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.
ITS International online (UK) (6/20) 
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Engineering firm studying tolls on Ind. interstates
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.
The Times of Northwest Indiana (Munster) (6/20) 
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Interstate 485 toll lanes in N.C. could be under construction by next summer
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."
The Business Journals (tiered subscription model)/Charlotte, N.C. (6/20) 
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Portland, Ore., adding sensors to collect data on bike and other traffic
Portland, Ore., adding sensors to collect data on bike and other traffic
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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.
ZDNet (6/19),  The Oregonian (Portland) (6/18) 
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Company granted permission to expand autonomous vehicle testing in Boston
Autonomous vehicle company nuTonomy has been granted permission to test self-driving vehicles throughout Boston. The company has already been testing the vehicles in a section of the city.
U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (6/20) 
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Maintenance & New Products
New Fla. Turnpike ramp to use only electronic toll collection
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.
Sun-Sentinel (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) (tiered subscription model) (6/20) 
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Finance and Funding
Mo. residents to vote on gas tax increase
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 Missourian (Washington, Mo.) (6/19) 
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MTA looks at ways to reduce construction costs
MTA looks at ways to reduce construction costs
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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.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (6/20) 
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Policy and Legislation
San Clemente, Calif., files lawsuit against tolling agency over public records
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.
San Clemente Times (Capistrano Beach, Calif.) (6/20) 
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Tomorrow, events begin for IBTTA's Maintenance & Roadway Operations Workshop!
Board of Directors and Committee Meetings are open to all IBTTA members on June 22-23, 2018, in Harrisburg, Pa.

The Annual Service Project will take place at Milk & Honey Farms on Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Harrisburg, Pa. Have you signed up to volunteer?

More than 200 are registered to attend the Maintenance & Roadway Operations Workshop on June 25 and 26. View the agenda here
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