Maybe they should have built this?
Mike Breslin, one of the great pioneers and veterans of electronic tolling is dead. He died in Dallas TX of cancer late June, we've heard. Breslin worked for almost everyone at one time or another, and experienced most of the industries ups and downs with grace.
My father like many academics born on the continent in Europe was amazingly adept in multiple languages. He read French, Spanish and Italian and could carry on basic conversation in all three. As a professor of Germanic languages his university department taught German, Dutch, Swedish and, for a while, Old Norse. But he was a bit of a braggart about it too. I can remember as a boy of about 13 traveling with the family on a month-long car tour from Cambridge England, where we were living, through Belgium, Germany and Holland. In Belgium my father seemed to speak French and Dutch fluently.
For the first time there's a comprehensive statistical analysis of 'smart growth' theory. It doesn't hold up.
A new work assigns 18th century turnpikes a key role in the industrial revolution in Britain. Stephen Davies a professor of history at Manchester Metropolitan University writes that improvements in transportation were of crucial importance in supporting industrialization, and turnpikes were more important than canals. He writes:
President Eisenhower credited with being the father of the U.S. interstate highway system wanted it tolled. Even after the Congress instituted the special gas tax to finance it, Eisenhower kept coming back to tolls as a way of supplementing the fuel tax revenues. But he faced implacable anti-toll prejudice from bureacrats at the Bureau of Public Roads, the predecessor to the Federal Highway Administration, and there would have been major obstacles in the Congress.
What are US toll collections we often get asked?