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May 23, 2018
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3 options proposed for tolling Highway 99 tunnel
3 options proposed for tolling Highway 99 tunnel
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The Washington State Transportation Commission is seeking public input on three tolling options for the Highway 99 tunnel in Seattle. Legislative estimates in 2012 said tolling would need to generate $200 million toward the $3.3 billion cost of building the tunnel, plus operation and maintenance costs for the structure, which is replacing the Alaskan Way Viaduct.
GeekWire (5/22) 
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Mass Pike AET Project Wins Gold
In case you missed it, the Mass Pike's all-electronic tolling (AET) system took home new honors. The project was awarded the 2018 Engineering Excellence Gold Award by ACEC-MA in March. MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack joined CDM Smith in accepting the award. Learn more, then read about the project.
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Okla. authority seeks federal loan to extend expressway
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority decided Tuesday to apply for a low-interest $100 million loan from the federal government to partly fund an extension to the Gilcrease Expressway in Tulsa, Okla. Executive Director Tim Gatz said revenue generated by tolls would be used to repay the loan.
Tulsa World (Okla.) (5/23) 
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New tolled express lanes open in Tampa, Fla.
The Florida Express Lanes project is complete with the opening of tolled express lanes today on the Veterans Expressway in Tampa, Fla. Motorists in the new lanes will be required to have SunPasses or other interoperable transponders.
WFLA-TV (Tampa, Fla.) (5/23) 
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Tolls extended by 15 years on road in India
The Maharashtra State Road Development Corp. in India has extended tolling on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway through 2045, an additional 15 years. The funds will be used to build an 8.3-mile section of road.
The Hindu (India) (5/22) 
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Smart pavement pilot project planned in Colo.
Smart pavement pilot project planned in Colo.
Kansas City, Mo., startup Integrated Roadways has partnered with Cisco, Kiewit, WSP and Wichita Concrete Pipe on a smart pavement pilot project in Colorado. The technology created through the project will detect the position of vehicles on the roadway and notify first responders when accidents occur.
The Kansas City Star (Mo.) (tiered subscription model) (5/21) 
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China leading charge from gas to electric vehicles
China sold 72,000 passenger electric vehicles in April, compared with 19,700 US sales, as it is set to lead the global charge to replace gasoline-engine vehicles, according to a Bloomberg New Energy Finance forecast. "China's EV policies are reshaping the corporate strategies of global carmakers such as Toyota and helping its battery makers get into the supply chain for global automakers," notes Nannan Kou, author of the forecast.
BloombergQuint (India) (5/22) 
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Finance and Funding
IBTTA, AASHTO host webinar on funding infrastructure
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association and the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials hosted a webinar to discuss toll roads and fuel taxes as ways to fund infrastructure in the US. "Economists have broad consensus that user charges are the most efficient way to fund construction and maintenance of infrastructure," said Weifeng Zhong of the American Enterprise Institute.
Transportation Today (5/22) 
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US transportation official says Gateway Tunnel is a local project
Matthew Kopko, a US Department of Transportation advisor, said nine out of every 10 riders on the rail system that travels underneath the Hudson River are New Jersey residents, and that makes the proposed Gateway Tunnel a local project. The Trump administration wants New York and New Jersey to cover most of the project's estimated $30 billion cost.
Hudson County View (N.J.) (5/21) 
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Policy and Legislation
N.C. community decides to toll private road to deter traffic
A neighborhood in Pender County, N.C., plans to charge a $5 toll to motorists traversing its private road as it tries to cut down on traffic. Residents say they need the money to maintain the road, which is used heavily as a shortcut to Surf City, N.C.
WWAY-TV (Wilmington, N.C.) (5/22) 
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The 2019 conference planning ideas roundtable
The 2019 Conference Planning Ideas Roundtable will take place Sun., July 22, 2018, in Portland, Ore. This is tied to IBTTA's Summit on Finance & Policy. All IBTTA members are welcome and encouraged to attend. This is YOUR opportunity to discuss topics and possible content for meetings, workshops and conferences in 2019.
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Technical tour
Have you signed up for the Technical Tour during IBTTA's Maintenance & Roadway Operations Workshop in Harrisburg, Pa.? Now is the time. Visit here to learn more.
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