Lisa Callahan, long an attractive, smart and lively personality at toll industry meetings retired last Friday after 37 years with the Kansas Turnpike Authority. She'd been director of communications, there, it seemed, for ever.
She'll be missed.
Her departure followed by a month or so the retirement of Mike Johnson, the last chief executive of the Kansas Turnpike as an independent state toller.
Mike Heiligenstein, the founding chief of the Austin Texas area's toller CTRMA (Central Rexas Regional Mobility Authority) is the new president of IBTTA, the toll industry association. He was formally elected at the recent annual meeting in Vancouver BC.
The New York State Thruway has a large tree clearance program along the roadside in the Poughkeepsie area, 12.5 miles of it between mile markers (MM) 62 and 74.5 and southbound 6.5 miles between MM68 and MM74.5. This is at the southern end of the ticket system.
This was described to us by a traveling engineer as a third-laning project that we should report.
However the only 3rd laning project on the Thruway is up to the northwest in the Albany area.
Having decisively defeated the green-left Labor Government in recent national elections the new conservative government led by Tony Abbott has wasted no time fulfilling promises to roll back the Al-Gorish anti-carbon policies they put in place. Abbott as leader of the opposition had famously said of manmade global warming once that it was "absolute crap" though he otherwise spoke more judiciously.
Xerox has been selected for the big toll operations and customer services contract that was rebid after being cancelled on the then Federal Signal Technologies unit about a year ago. The back office portion of the contract provides service for TxDOT's toll operations and a number of smaller toll operations all over the state involving a total of close to 100 million transactions per year - 250k to 300k/day.
There are about 750,000 TxTag electronic toll accounts to manage.
NTE Mobility Partners-3 have gone to financial close in segment 3A of the North Tarrant Express project, one of several multi roadway, multi lane, multi interchange projects expanding the capacity and options for motorists to the immediate west and north of Dallas Ft Worth International Airport in Dallas TX.
Oregon is pushing ahead with a plan for road use charges (RUC) with a Road Usage Charge Summit scheduled for November 13 to 15 in Portland. The pursuit of a simple, single RUC system in Oregon has proven a dead-end. After two pilot programs and years of public debate Oregon DOT is pursuing a diversified approach allowing drivers many options for the charges they pay and the technology used.
Some topics for the 2013 Oregon Summit:
- objectives and policy implications of the Road Usage Charge Program
- proposed system architecture
'Pile-ups' in the cash lanes but free flow ride in the 'Easy Pass' lanes.
August traffic numbers at the eleven tolled border crossings US-Canada continue their long drift downwards comprising a significant drop in truck traffic and a just slightly negative car traffic trend. Truck crossings were down 2.7% 2013-08 over 2012-08 while car traffic was down 1.1%. For the year-to-date those numbers were trucks down 4% and cars down 0.4%.
A Bloomberg news report says that the Foothill and Eastern TCA "is nearing the biggest default in the $3.7 trillion municipal (bond) market since Detroit's biggest bankruptcy." The report by James Nash, a Bloomberg reporter in Los Angeles notes that FETCA bonds recently traded at their lowest prices for the year, 95.03c in the $.
The risk of default Nash writes is that the "window to complete the refinancing (at low interest rates) may be closing."