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.
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.
2013-02-10: Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) is determined treat most of its new toll road patrons as reckless drivers who deserve to be pulled over by the cops and given $80 fines.
2013-01-29: Before they opened the MD200 Inter County Connector (ICC), Maryland Transportation Authority (MdTA) had been handling 10,000 camera images a day at seven conventional toll facilities with their mix of transponder tolls and cash collection. That 4.8% was a mix of violations and transponder misreads - motorists in the transponder toll lanes sans a functioning transponder.
Thomas 'Mike' Miller president of the Maryland senate is throwing around a bunch of proposals for raising money for roads and transit:
- devolving to counties authority to levy up to 5c/gallon in fuel taxes
- a 3% statewide increase in the gasoline/diesel tax
- a longterm lease on the ICC to garner upfront funds for rail transit projects
2013-01-16: A bill just introduced in the Maryland state Senate requires the Maryland (Toll) Transportation Authority (MdTA) to start the EIS process of studies, outreach, planning and permits needed for a new Chesapeake Bay bridge. The bill SB0093 is introduced by the Minority (Republican) Leader of the state Senate E J PIpkin and other eastern shore delegates.
2012/12/23: State senator Ron Young (Dem, Frederick), a former mayor of Frederick City and long the most prominent local pol has introduced a bill in the Maryland state Senate (SB15) to seek the federal OK for a toll on US15 at a single toll point at the Pennsylvania border. The bill scheduled for a first reading January 9 specifies that the toll revenues raised be used for:
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
2012/12/03: Virginia DOT is doing forecasts of future pressure on Potomac River crossings but Maryland on the other side of the river isn't cooperating - so far. The Virginia study announced last month is described by VDOT as aimed to "develop a common set of data from which Virginia, D.C. and Maryland can discuss approaches to ease congestion and increase multi-modal mobility among the three jurisdictions."
The westbound span of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge was closed to traffic last night and this morning after workers on the bridge reported "unusual and slight vertical movement," according to the official notice from Maryland Transportation Authority. The westbound span is the 3-lane 1973 bridge.