2013-08-06: The Georgia State Road and Tollway Authority (GSRTA) says in an announcement today that November 21 is tentatively set, "weather permitting" as the date for ending toll collection on the GA400 tollroad north of central Atlanta. A toll plaza demolition contract for $3.5m will remove the 2x2 lanes ORT and 2x7 lanes cash plaza over the next year.
2013-08-05: Cameron Country Regional Mobility Authority (CCRMA) in the Brownsville TX area is continuing all-electronic tolling on the next phase of the SH550 that will provide an expressway standard direct connection between US77 and the Port of Brownsville. The SH550 project is an upgrade of a surface highway FM511, and the ports of Brownsville and Isabel and South Padre Island to the east..
2013-08-04: The Sawgrass Expressway designated Toll-869 on the northwest outskirts of the Miami/Ft Lauderdale metro area is being converted to all-electronic tolling by Florida's Turnpike. The announcement was made in a press release we missed July 12 and reported this weekend in the South Florida Sun Sentinel by Michael Turnbell.
Florida Turnpike to replace legacy Allegro protocol tags with 6B+ stickers as part of national interoperability
2013-08-02: Florida's Turnpike is beginning an effort to swap-out about 2 million remaining Allegro transponders that were the backbone of state's SunPass electronic toll collection in Florida from its beginning in 1999 through 2008.
20th anniversary of E-ZPass IOP this Saturday - much comment on accomplishments but focus on national IOP
2013-08-01: The E-ZPass Group notes that Saturday August 3 is the 20th anniversary of the start of interoperability among E-ZPass tollers, and the system claims to be largest in the world.
2013-07-31: Under a new transportation funding bill passed recently in Massachusetts the state DOT will reinstate tolls for passenger vehicles on the western end of the Turnpike - from the New York State line to Interchange 6 near Chicopee in the Springfield area. In addition the law instructs MassDOT to study and report on new tolls on the state's borders with the thought of tolling mainly interstate traffic.
2013-07-30: Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and other top state officials gathered today at mile marker 353 for a groundbreaking ceremony for work on Stage 1 of the Turnpike big I-95 interchange project. MM353 west of the Turnpike's unconnected bridging over I-95 is the site of a new mainline toll plaza to be the new eastern terminus of the Turnpike's ticket system.
Work is under way on a major new stretch of the Grand Parkway TX99 on the outskirts of the Houston area as the third beltway 'box' (others being the inner I-610 and the Sam Houston Tollway TX8.) The 38 miles (Segments F-1, F-2, and G) now being worked on by design-build-operate-maintain joint venture Zachry-Obebrecht Parkway Buildersgo from
2013-07-29: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commissioners at their meeting this month approved a January 1 2014 increase in toll rates of 2% for E-ZPass electronic toll transactions and 12% for cash toll payments. For the fourth time since 2011 the Penn Pike is pushing electronic tolls up less than cash tolls.
The average car (Class 1) toll under the new rates will be $2.92 E-ZPass vs $4.49 cash, a $1.57 or 35% discount.
2013-07-29: North Carolina DOT says its NC QUICK PASS brand electronic toll system is now fully interoperable with Florida's SUN PASS. That means SUN PASS and compatible Florida account holders can drive on North Carolina toll facilities and their tolls will be debited against their regular SUN PASS account.
The NCDOT website shows a new sign "Now Accepting...." and the SUN PASS logo.