Penn Pike Commissioner William Lincoln resigns citing stress of racketeering charges against colleagues
2013-03-22: Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission secretary/treasurer J William Lincoln resigned today citing as reason the "additional personal stress over the events of the past two weeks" and unspecified health problems. The past two weeks saw culmination of a nearly four year grand jury investigation into racketeering at the Turnpike, and a heap of criminal charges against several close colleagues.
2013-03-20: The board of directors of Miami Dade Expressway Authority voted 10 to 3 this Tuesday confirming the seven year old plans to use a move to all-electronic toll collection (AET) to spread toll points over all major segments of their system - full tolling. Under cash collection and roll-through electronic tolling a majority of the links in their system were without tolls.
As many as 75% of trips went untolled.
2013-03-18: Since Cofiroute, the French toller pioneered toll express lanes on the 91 Freeway nearly 20 years in the northeast corner of Orange County California such HOT or toll managed lanes have achieved a great record of success. But even the best ideas can be misapplied or poorly implemented.
Of the people charged by PA Attorney General I really only know Joe Brimmeier. I met him quite a number of times when he was CEO and talked on the telephone more. He's intelligent, capable and fun to be with. I liked the guy.
Penn Pike - eight charged with corruption including ex-chair Rubin, ex-CEO Brimmeier, ex-COO Hatalowich
2013-03-13: The state attorney general Kathleen Kane has filed criminal charges against five former officers of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, two vendors and a former leading Democrat state senator in so-called pay-to-play corruption. This follows nearly four years of a grand jury and police investigations. The attorney general said that a "pay-to-play culture permeated" the turnpike.
2013-03-12: Trucks are increasingly being equipped with hybrid units handling GPS satellite positioning, DSRC, and wireless in the one radio.
2013-03-11: We try to keep it simple: a 'toll lane' is any lane in which a toll is collected. And it's Express. But serious classifiers and afficionados have a heap of acronyms that generate hottles, ettles, tottles, bolles, tells and even hovels. Toll lanes come in many and changing shapes even within these acronymnal classes.
2013-03-08: Legislators in Maryland have filed bills to privatize via longterm P3 concession the Intercounty Connector (ICC) and the I-95 toll express lanes.
Massachusetts DOT is committed to going all-electronic (AET) by the middle of 2016, but they'll take the Tobin Bridge cashless first as a demonstration to familiarize the public. Frank DePaola the state's highway administrator said this in an interview with TOLLROADSnews.
2013-03-05: Tollways are now being developed on several approaches to Austin Bergstrom Airport. TxDOT has said it will sponsor a short 2 mile tollway outside the Airport in the median of Texas State Highway 71 (TX71) to complete expressway standard connections to the 130 tollroad.