New East Span of Bay Bridge in serious danger due to incompetence of specs testing & oversight - engineers in report to state senateBy Peter Samuel 1 day ago
2013-12-08: A group of prominent metallurgical engineers say that the Caltrans, the bridge builders and the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA) have shown “woefully inadequate” understanding of hydrogen embrittlement problems that led to the failure of anchor rods in the new $6.4 billion main self anchoring span (SAS) of the Bay Bridge.
Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioner Pasquale “Pat” T. Deon appears headed toward another four-year term after the Pennsylvania State Senate Transportation Committee unanimously approved his nomination this week. The full Senate is expected to follow suit and approve the nomination, possibly this week.
2013-12-05: The new Democrat Governor of Virginia Terry McAuliffe said today he’s going to “take a hard look” at whether to proceed with the US460 tollroad in southeastern Virginia. The 55 mile, 89km project to provide a second expressway connection between the I-95 corridor and the Norfolk/Hampton Roads ports area was pushed strongly by his Republican predecessor Bob McDonnell.
2013-12-04: Moody’s Investor Services have uprated the outlook for US tollroads from negative to stable. They think traffic should grow 1.5% on a median basis in 2014, which they describe as a “sustainable comeback” from the 3% decline since 2009.
They think toll revenues should grow to a “mid-single digit percentage range” in 2013 and 2014 which we guess means 4% to 6%.
2013-12-04: So far 3M has had all the sales of 6C transponders in the North American toll market but that has changed today with the announcement that Confidex of Finland has made a sale to E470 Public Highway Authority which does the electronic tolling for three toll facilities in the Denver CO area. It’s a small sale of about $30,000, we understand for supply of 50,000 tags.
That’s 60c apiece!
Amazon’s prototype Prime Air delivery drone looks like a very practical way for big automated warehouse vendors to get into lowcost retailing of perishables like fruit, meat, fish and milk. As well as giving new meaning to Express delivery service.
The E-ZPass Group has announced work with OmniAir Certification Services (OCS) to specify a testing program for ensuring full compliance of competitive equipment with E-ZPass readers and tags. OCS was hired by the E-ZPass Group for fees of around $50,000 to detail the testing needed. The documents are due to be completed by the end of the year.
2013-11-27: Paul Violette, 23 years the chief executive at the Maine Turnpike and a former president of IBTTA, is being released from jail today after serving 20 months of a 3.5 year sentence for years of living high off the Turnpike.
2013-11-26: Taiwan’s major highways will transition to all-electronic free flow operations early next year - about 900km, 540 miles of tollroad which include three north-south routes with 22 toll points doing about 1.7 million transactions a day (600m/yr) and generating some $700m of annual toll revenue. In the new all-electronic system tolls will be levied at 319 toll points producing finer grained pricing than the old mix of manual and ETC.
Maryland moves another slow step toward getting new Nice Bridge on Lower Potomac, but it’s a near-20 year processBy Peter Samuel 14 days ago
2013-11-25: Maryland Transportation (Toll) Authority (MdTA) has approved the next move on the long slow journey to a replacement of a bridge built in the term of one Governor Harry Nice (1936-40.) They have committed some $56m over five years to buying the right-of-way and getting design work done. There’s no commitment to actual construction yet.