Success of 95 Express leads to five others and bolsters plans for toll express lanes network in Miami metro area
2013-08-28: The success of toll express lanes (TELs) on I-95 just north of Miami is spawning a boom in like facilities on other area expressways.
Illinois Tollway finding Accenture's SAP modules require mods to allow migration from ETCC back office, meanwhile going out for consultants on enterprise software
2013-08-27: There's some rumbling in the ranks at the Illinois Tollway over the transition from the ETCC back office to the Accenture back office software based on modules from SAP, the Germany-based international leader in comprehensive "enterprise" software.
Florida DOT gets investor proposal for toll concession on SR54/56 belt route north side of Tampa area, seeks competing bids
2013-08-23: Florida DOT is seeking competitive proposals for developing state routes 54 and 56, an east-west belt route toward the northern edge of the Tampa metro area as a toll concession under a long term lease of the right of way.
2013-08-23: Construction begins this fall of the first toll express lanes in Texas' capital Austin. They are being added to the 2x3 general use lanes for 11.2 miles, 18km north of downtown Austin. The 2x3 lanes expressway officially Loop 1 but known locally as the MoPac after the Missouri Pacific railroad which sold right of way for the expressway back in the 1960s. The project adds 4th lanes each direction.
2013-08-22: Lawyers for Virginia DOT appealing in the state Supreme Court a Circuit Judge's ruling in Portsmouth in Meeks vs VDOT do a strong, well-documented demolition of the tolls=taxes line of argument frequently used against tolling. The case (130955) involves the toll concession already in place for additions and improvements to the Elizabeth River tunnels and highway connections that link Norfolk to Portsmouth and points west.
2013-08-20: Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel (CBBT) directors voted at their latest meeting for an approximate ten percent toll increase to come into effect January 1, 2014. The higher tolls were adopted as part of a plan to finance an $800m dualization of one of their two single-tube (2x1 lane) tunnels. Similar 10% increases in toll rates will be applied every five years in future in order to generate the revenues to support second tubes.
2013-08-19: Delaware DOT is integrating toll collection more tightly into its motor vehicles division which handles the state's motor vehicle registry and issue of vehicle license plates. Division director Jennifer L Cohan told TOLLROADSnews in an interview Friday that with the growth of open road and all-electronic tolling she sees increasing "synergy."
2013-08-19: Seventeen mixed cash and E-ZPass toll plazas on the Mass Pike's ticket system are being replaced by ten mainline toll points, under the plan for going cashless with all-electronic tolling (AET.) The schedule provides for a Go-Live date for AET systemwide early 2017.
Legislation in New Jersey to allow higher safety-based speed limits on Turnpike and Parkway - O'Scanlon Monmouth Co pol moves
2013-08-15: Legislation will be introduced in the New Jersey Assembly soon to allow higher safety-based speed limits on the state's tollroads. Monmouth County Assemblyman Delcan O'Scanlon told TOLLROADSnews this today in an interview.
"We'll introduce the legislation, and we'll pass it," he declared confidently.
2013-08-14: The Ambassador Bridge is raising car tolls August 15 to $5.00 from $4.75 (both US and Canadian currencies), a 5.3% hike. A discount of $1.00 per trip is available with a frequent user 'Reward' program and use of a 3M 6C electronic toll sticker tag.