Va. toll prices increase, trips decline | Jamaicans to be offered shares in toll road firm | New Atlantia CEO takes diplomatic approach to resolve crisis
January 27, 2020
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The 10.3 miles of toll lanes on Texas 288 in Harris County are expected to be completed by mid- to late summer, according to the project's builder, Blueridge Transportation Group. The toll lanes are part of a $1.1 billion project of the Texas Department of Transportation.
Full Story: Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (1/24) 
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Tolling Today
Interstate 66 toll prices inside the Capital Beltway increased from July to September 2019 compared to the same quarter in 2018, while the number of trips decreased, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Morning toll prices increased 4.5% and evening tolls jumped 7.7%, while trips decreased 9.2% during the morning commute and 3.9% during the evening commute.
Full Story: Patch (1/24) 
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Initial public stock offerings of toll road firm TransJamaican Highway Limited could begin in early February. The government is "trying to create wealth for the average Jamaican," Prime Minister Andrew Holness said.
Full Story: The Daily Herald (Sint Maarten) (1/24) 
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New Atlantia CEO Carlo Bertazzo has apologized for the 2018 Genoa bridge collapse that killed 43 people and has requested discussions with the Italian government concerning the company's highway agreement. The government had threatened to discontinue the agreement when Bertazzo's predecessor was slow to apologize for the collapse.
Full Story: Reuters (1/24) 
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Technology
Bellevue, Wash., could be the ideal city for autonomous vehicle shuttles by the mid-2020s, according to Mike Lindblom. A light-rail train is set to launch in the area in 2023, and it is conceivable that a driverless shuttle could travel from the light-rail station to different parts of the city.
Full Story: The Seattle Times (tiered subscription model) (1/21) 
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An occupancy detection system is being installed along Interstate 77 in North Carolina to make sure drivers are using the toll lanes properly. The system will determine the number of people in a vehicle, then compare that number to a vehicle's transponder setting.
Full Story: Statesville Record & Landmark (N.C.) (1/25) 
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Finance and Funding
A proposed West Virginia House bill would allow the use of debit and credit cards to pay tolls on the Turnpike. If passed, the law would take effect July 1, 2021.
Full Story: Bluefield Daily Telegraph (W.Va.) (tiered subscription model) (1/24) 
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Toll rates will decrease for users of the Penang Bridge in Malaysia by 18% starting Feb. 1. The reduction is part of an overall lowering of toll rates for all highways operated by PLUS, says Finance Minister Lim Guan Eng.
Full Story: Free Malaysia Today (1/25) 
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Policy and Legislation
A judge recently ordered Rhode Island trucking company Commodity Haulers Express to pay a $9,050 fine, including surcharges and assessments, for failing to pay more than $10,000 in Maine Turnpike tolls from July 1, 2015 to Dec. 6, 2019.
Full Story: Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (tiered subscription model) (1/25) 
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Join us in Austin, Texas, for IBTTA's 88th Annual Meeting and Exhibition. Austin continues to be at the forefront of developing a modern multi-modal transportation system that includes express lanes and other toll-supported projects. Breakout tracks will feature Finance, Security, Connected Communities and Change Management. Please download and review the Session Description document. To submit your presentation, please use the online form.
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