New details emerge on GeoToll's - smartphone as national IOP tolltag, also to allow outsourcing of ETC
2013-09-18: GeoToll officials explained new details of their plans for harnessing smartphones for toll collection today in a heavily attended - nearly 200 people were online - 2-hour webinar organized by the Alliance for Toll Interoperability. They plan to offer the option of complete outsourcing of electronic toll collection to tollers (toll agencies) and are confident they'll be able to do that at lower cost.
2013-09-17: Tyler Patterson toll operations engineer at Washington State DOT says the first cellphone-as-tolltag is working well. They are now into their third week of testing a pair of prototype GeoToll packs on Samsung Galaxy S3 mobile phones.
2013-09-16: The US Government Accountability Office (USGAO) has published a 56 page report laying the ground for the federal government to get involved in oversight and toll rate setting at bistate toll authorities.
2013-09-13: Toll express lanes on all major highways get 60% public support versus 10% for a vehicle-miles charge among 300 people who participated in a bunch of five-hour moderated small group discussions (called 'deliberative forums') of alternative ways of dealing with traffic congestion in the Washington DC metro area.
Rebuilding the US Interstate network with tolls - Reason's Bob Poole details a plan for switch from taxes to tolls
2013-09-12: Transportation analyst Bob Poole at Reason has produced a study detailing how tolls should be deployed to rebuild and improve the 46,000 mile US Interstate highway system over about two decades.
PANYNJ paid major premium to dump Xerox/ACS, now substitute is 15 to 18 months behind on new toll system
2013-09-11: The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) paid a major premium in buying a new toll system from ETC Corp, we've been told, not because they were especially enamored of the proposal or the proposer but because the established supplier and lowest bidder Xerox/ACS was seriously out of favor at the Authority - quite why we haven't been able to establish.
Moody's sees US toller prospects negative - traffic flat, costs under control, but debt growing strongly, big toll rate hikes needed UPDATE
2013-09-10: Moody's Investor Services say the immediate outlook for the 42 US toll operations they review is negative. They see no overall traffic growth due to the weak economy and growing risks from debt "leverage." Medium and longer term they see a good future for tolling due to the lack of tax funding for free roads.
The design-build contractor is beginning work soon on Toll-23, the first segment of full tollway of the First Coast Parkway project on the southwest edge of the Jacksonville FL metro area.
Former Inspector General calls for disbandment of Penn Pike Commission - patronage, pay-to-play "still pervasive"
2013-09-06: Anthony Maniscola, a former Turnpike Inspector General, says that despite criminal prosecutions of top Pennsylvania Turnpike officials patronage, pay-for-play contracting and other malpractice continues to be "pervasive." He says the Turnpike should be put under the control of the state department of transportation (PennDOT)
WV financing commission proposes following Ohio, Pennsylvania into debt-based spending on non-toll roads
2013-09-05: An advisory commission on highway financing in West Virginia is recommending that the state follow the example of Ohio and Pennsylvania and use prospective future Turnpike revenues as the basis for greatly expanded borrowing on behalf of non-revenue generating roads.