History shows that Connecticut, now seeking funding for Gov. Ned Lamont's LET'S GO CT highway infrastructure program, has long depended on tolls, according to Richard DeLuca, author of the book "Post Roads & Iron Horses." DeLuca wrote in an op-ed that tolls have long been viewed as "the fairest way to fund any transportation project."
Legislation in Massachusetts would create a pilot in which tolls at three tunnels would increase by 25% during peak hours and decrease by the same percentage during off-peak hours. Lawmakers are considering whether the pilot would exempt people from the pricing changes if they are below certain income levels.
Tolling-sector advisory company Traffic Technologies has been purchased by infrastructure and engineering company Gannett Fleming. Traffic Technologies' more than 25 clients includes the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District; the North Carolina Department of Transportation; the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority; and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.
Cashless tolling is now required at the all-electronic tollbooths at the Hatem Bridge in Maryland's Cecil and Harford counties. A video system will identify drivers who do not use an E-ZPass at the bridge.
The Illinois Tollway is gathering feedback from residents of the Chicago suburbs of Hinsdale and Western Springs concerning the future location of a pedestrian bridge that crosses Interstate 294. The existing bridge will be torn down as part of the Tri-State Tollway expansion project, and a new bridge could be constructed at the same location or elsewhere.
Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, a Canadian pension fund manager, has reached an agreement to purchase the Highway Concessions One portfolio from IDFC Private Equity. The portfolio consists of five toll roads and two annuity projects in India.
Legislation in New Jersey would mandate independent evaluations of any proposed bridge or tunnel toll increases by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. The proposal emerges after 2011 toll increases gained approval two weeks after eight public hearings were held in one day.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., said increasing fuel taxes would not be "politically risky." "People are tired of congestion. They're tired of potholes. They're tired of being detoured," he said.
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