Maryland's Inter County Connector MD200 has solid 40k ADT traffic, $40m/year tolls after two years operation
2013-10-24: Maryland's Inter County Connector saw strong growth in traffic in the spring this year achieving solid 40,000 vehicles/weekday patronage over three of five segments with overall traffic at 187,000/weekday adding transactions in all five segments or 37,000 average weekday numbers per segment. May thru' August the numbers haven't substantially changed, but compared with same-month-a-year-back the traffic is up a solid 20% to 25%.
US Census Bureau data for 2012 shows real household income continuing depressed at well below mid-2000s levels and hardly an advance beyond mid-1990s. Given that most traffic and revenue forecasts are based on assumptions of growth in personal income it is little wonder traffic is disappointing to tollers.
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%.
2013-07-09: The high profile toll lanes project on the DC Capital Beltway saw a major leap in traffic and revenue in the June quarter according to data released to the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX) by Transurban, the concessionaire.
IBTTA has a press release out saying a sample of traffic data from "a dozen tollroads" across the country showed "a small uptick" in traffic for Memorial Day this year compared to last. They say the increase was 0.02%.
We'd say that change whether positive or negative is so small the data indicate no more than that traffic is flat.
"Nation's tollroads show no change in traffic over year…" would be our headline.
2013-06-20: Traffic on the Route 91 toll express lanes (91XLs) in the far north of Orange County California is showing slow growth and is running around 33,000 average daily transactions. 2012 saw AADT of 32,635. Traffic peaked at 40,110 AADT in 2007 and has declined some 18.6% since.
Fitch Ratings say that all the US toll operators they cover showed improved toll revenue in 2012 compared to 2011. Traffic was up modestly at most, exceptions being the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway where there were 50% toll hikes. Their traffic dipped 4.1% and 2.9%.
2013-02-04: Transurban, principal shareholder and operator of the 495 toll express lanes on the Capital Beltway has told shareholders in Melbourne Australia that initial traffic is below expectations and that adjustment to traffic patterns and motorist preferences will be required.
2013-01-11: Operators of the 495 Express Lanes on the Capital Beltway in the Washington DC area - a Transurban/Fluor subsidiary - report traffic has been building steadily since they opened November 17 and that they are getting "great feedback" from customers via twitter, emails, and calls to the customer service center.
Maryland's ICC MD200 at 1st anniversary - a tad low vs forecast but growing monthly, tolls about right, speed to rise
2012/12/07: Phil Andrews' Montgomery County district of Rockville and Gaithersburg lies squarely athwart the western end of the MD200 tollroad also known as the Inter County Connector (ICC.) The year old tollroad (it began tolling Dec 5 2011) is a boon for Andrews constituents but he caught some headlines this week echoing pretty well many of