Texas DOT adding toll lanes to 10.3 miles of Houston road | Feasibility study supports proposed Indian toll road | Cedar Park, Texas, puts US 183 expansion project resolution on agenda
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June 18, 2018
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Md. to expand Interstate 95 toll lanes in 2 counties
The Maryland Transportation Authority has expanded the scope of a project to add toll lanes to Interstate 95 north of Baltimore into Harford County. The project originally would have added a single toll lane to the interstate, but the expanded version will add two northbound lanes at a cost of $1.1 billion.
The Baltimore Sun (6/15),  WBFF-TV (Baltimore) (6/15) 
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Texas DOT adding toll lanes to 10.3 miles of Houston road
The Texas Department of Transportation has started a project to add toll lanes to 10.3 miles of Texas 288 in Houston. The work is expected to be completed next summer.
Houston Press (6/15) 
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Feasibility study supports proposed Indian toll road
The Greenfield Chennai-Salem Express Highway in India, which is intended to increase commercial traffic and improve the economy, is viable, a report states. The 172-mile road is expected to contain eight toll plazas.
The New Indian Express (India) (6/17) 
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Cedar Park, Texas, puts US 183 expansion project resolution on agenda
A resolution supporting the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority's plans for two projects valued at more than $800 million was on the agenda of the Cedar Park, Texas, City Council on Thursday. One project would expand the tolled section of US 183 by six miles, and the other would widen part of the highway to six lanes and would incorporate variable tolling.
Hill Country News (Cedar Park, Texas) (6/14) 
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Technology
Connected, autonomous vehicles among winners of Ga. Tech challenge
Connected, autonomous vehicles among winners of Ga. Tech challenge
(Noah Berger/AFP/Getty Images)
Winners of The Georgia Smart Cities Challenge included a Gwinnett County connected vehicle project and a Chamblee, Ga., effort to use autonomous vehicles to transport people from mass transit stations. Selected entrants will receive seed funding and technical support from Georgia Tech, sponsor of the challenge.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (6/14),  Government Technology online (6/13),  StateScoop (6/13) 
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Finance and Funding
Denial of grant funding for Ala. bridge shouldn't result in toll rise
The Alabama Department of Transportation was not awarded a $250 million grant from the federal government for the $2 billion Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. The department hopes to succeed with future applications and does not anticipate raising tolls.
WALA-TV (Mobile, Ala.) (6/15) 
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Calif. projects being planned after toll increase measure passes
The widening of Highway 101 in California and improvements to Highway 37 are among the projects that will be funded after Bay Area voters approved a toll increase on area bridges. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is working on construction and funding timelines.
Petaluma Argus-Courier (Petaluma, Calif.) (6/17) 
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Policy and Legislation
Commentary: Mileage tax is better than gas tax to fund infrastructure
Commentary: Mileage tax is better than gas tax to fund infrastructure
(Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)
California should replace vehicle fees and fuel taxes with user fees that are based on miles traveled rather than fuel source, writes James Moore II of the University of Southern California. "The need for a policy change is urgent," writes Moore, citing declining fuel use as autonomous vehicles become more prevalent.
Los Angeles Daily News (6/16) 
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IBTTA News
This Friday, events begin for IBTTA's Maintenance & Roadway Operations Workshop!
Board of Directors and Committee Meetings are open to all IBTTA members on June 22-23, 2018, in Harrisburg, Pa.

The Annual Service Project will take place at Milk & Honey Farms on Sunday, June 24, 2018, in Harrisburg, Pa. Have you signed up to volunteer?

More than 200 are registered to attend the Maintenance & Roadway Operations Workshop on June 25 and 26. View the agenda here.
 
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IBTTA mourns the loss of James Brookshire Jr.
IBTTA mourns the loss of James Brookshire Jr., who served as president of IBTTA in 1998.
The Virginian-Pilot (Norfolk) (6/17) 
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