Indonesia looks to private market for 6 new toll projects | Judge clears resumption of Suncoast Parkway 2 construction in Fla. | HNTB conducting study on tolling interstates
July 11, 2018
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Group sues over Regional Measure 3 in Calif.
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.
Marin Independent Journal (San Rafael, Calif.) (7/10),  KGO-TV (San Francisco) (7/10) 
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Tolling Today
Indonesia looks to private market for 6 new toll projects
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.
Antara (Indonesia) (7/10) 
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Judge clears resumption of Suncoast Parkway 2 construction in Fla.
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.
Tampa Bay Times (St. Petersburg, Fla.) (7/10) 
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HNTB conducting study on tolling interstates
HNTB conducting study on tolling interstates
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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.
The Heartland Institute (7/10) 
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Technology
Audi partners with Huawei to develop connected technology
Audi partners with Huawei to develop connected technology
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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.
TechCrunch (7/10) 
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Maintenance & New Products
Construction to begin on repairs to Reagan Memorial Tollway in Ill.
The Illinois Tollway is to begin repaving and repair work on 16 miles of the Reagan Memorial Tollway, including ramps and bridges. The work is part of a $14 billion, 15-year capital program.
Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model) (7/10) 
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Finance and Funding
Transurban disputes criticism, will decrease fees
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.
ABC (Australia) (7/10) 
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Policy and Legislation
Lawsuit filed against semitruck tolling in R.I.
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 Providence Journal (R.I.) (free registration) (7/10) 
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Federal council claims $1B in savings through expedited processes
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.
Engineering News-Record (7/9) 
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IBTTA News
IBTTA's Summit on Finance & Policy is 2 weeks away
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.
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Registration is now open for IBTTA's 86th Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Baltimore, Md.
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.
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