2013-04-26: Matthew Click southeast division director for tolls for HNTB has written the most powerful case we've seen for toll lanes. It's short but sharp. Toll managed lanes he says are really the only feasible way that major urban areas can come to grips with the costs of congestion. Building extra free lanes will not relieve much congestion because latent demand in peak hours soon overloads them. So there's congestion in more lanes in rush hours.
2012-07-20: The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission announced today that HNTB had been selected after a competitive procurement to manage conversion of the Turnpike system to all-electronic tolling (AET.)
HNTB has gotten a program management job at the Illinois Tollway that should pay $69.9m, the Tollway announces. The work is described as "systemwide program management, technical and administrative services for the Move Illinois program."
HNTB was competing with Parsons Brinckerhoff.
"Move Illinois" is the PR name for a $12 billion capital program to
- rebuild, widen and modernize the Jane Addams Tollway (I-90)
HNTB's list of "eight best practices for implementing all-electronic tolling" by Rick Herrington has provoked quite a discussion at the Alliance for Toll Interoperability's Linked-In blog
our report of the Herrington piece:
The doctrine that tolls should only be used for adding extra capacity on Interstates - espoused by the Democrat Party administration's transport sec Ray LaHood and the Republican leader of the US House transport committee Cong John Mica alike - is not supported by public opinion according to a survey published by HNTB.
An emailed newsletter from HNTB's top two toll experts lists what they regard as "eight best practices" for going to all-electronic tolling. The email is called a Transportation Point Tolls Extra. The piece is authored by Rick Herrington, director toll services and Gregory Le Frois, director toll facilities group.
The HNTB list as edited by us:
US secretary of transportation Ray LaHood (Dem) and US House of Representatives transport committee chair John Mica (Repub) are both out of touch with public opinion in their hostility to use of tolls to rebuild interstates and relieve congestion - according to surveys by the big Kansas City based engineering firm HNTB.
Maine legislature's oversight agency has issued a report generally positive about the performance of the state's Turnpike Authority (MTA) but it is critical of the relationship with engineering consultants HNTB, and it comments on some extravagance by the Executive Director Paul Violette in sponsorships and travel expenses.
HNTB announces it has recruited Jim Ely, longtime chief executive of Florida Turnpike Enterprise and one of the most prominent figures in the US toll business going back to the early 1990s. He'll be a VP and vice chair of the firm's toll practice, they say. The move has been industry gossip for several weeks.
Maine Turnpike Authority's effort to build a new south-end toll plaza raises issue of all-electronic tollingBy Peter Samuel on January 7, 2010
All-electronic tolling (AET) is being vigorously argued over in Maine as an alternative to an approx-$50 million plaza with open road tolling in the center and cash lanes to the sides (ORT + cash).