The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association has filed suit in San Francisco Superior Court against the Bay Area Toll Authority over Regional Measure 3, a ballot initiative passed in June that raises toll rates to generate revenue for transportation projects. The association asserts that the measure, which passed with 55% of the vote, should have required approval by two-thirds of voters because it should have been classified as a tax increase.
The Indonesian government plans to accept offers from private companies for six new toll roads covering 203 miles. Toll Road Regulatory Board chief Herry Trisaputra Zuna said the bidder requesting the least government support will prevail.
Construction on the Suncoast Parkway 2 toll road will resume "by the end of the week," a consultant said, after a judge declined a group's request to keep construction suspended due to concerns over environmental permitting. Christine Girardin of engineering consultant WSP USA said plans include relocation of a portion of the Etna Turpentine Camp, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and is within the path of construction.
The Indiana Department of Transportation has hired HNTB to conduct a study related to tolling interstate highway traffic. Reason Foundation Transportation Policy Director Robert Poole says that tolling is the only way for states to update the aging interstate system.
Audi has signed a deal with Chinese cellular company Huawei to develop connected vehicle technology. The partnership, which will incorporate a new cellular standard called LTE-V, will sell vehicles in China at first.
Transurban said it plans to announce fee reductions next week after leaked internal documents showed user fees for e-tags far outstrip cost and criticism ensued. "To say that there's no scrutiny on our prices and fees is just abjectly incorrect," said Wes Ballantine of Transurban.
The American Trucking Associations and three companies have filed a lawsuit in Rhode Island over tolls being charged to semitrucks, contending that they are unconstitutional and that they impede interstate commerce. The Rhode Island Department of Transportation said the trucks-only tolling program "will benefit the users of Rhode Island's bridges and ensure they are repaired and paid for in a fair and equitable manner."
The Federal Permitting Improvement Steering Council says it has helped save $1 billion by reducing delays since it was created in 2015. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who co-created the council, says it is a "win-win all the way around" that helps reduces taxpayer expense while expediting project completion.
This Summit in Portland, Ore., July 22-24, 2018, brings together individuals interested in transportation funding, finance, road usage charging, and public policy to discuss the most effective ways to improve mobility in a constrained resource environment. Featured topics include tolling as part of tax policy, public perspectives on tolling, the long-term financial implications of connected and autonomous vehicles, managing change and tolling the interstates. See the agenda here. Time to register and make your hotel reservations.
IBTTA's Annual Meeting & Exhibition brings together experts from around the world to collaborate on a wide-ranging slate of technical, management and policy issues affecting the tolling industry. Learn from your peers through panel presentations, discussions, networking events and exhibitions featuring cutting-edge products and services. No matter where you are in the tolling industry, this is an event you don't want to miss! Check out the program, register now and book your hotel today.