Motorists using the Detroit Windsor Tunnel will soon be able to use a mobile phone app brandnamed NEXPRESS Pay As You Go(™) The app generates a unique QR-code (see picture nearby) that can be read by a scanner.
The last small part of the McDonnell administration's plan to use tolls to reconstruct I-95 south of Fredericksburg has been killed. Friday the state House passed a mammoth bill HB2313 containing the clause just before the end: "11. That no tolls shall be imposed or collected on Interstate 95 south of Fredericksburg pursuant to the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program without the prior approval of the General Assembly."
The governor's office supports the bar on tolls, having negotiated tax increases instead.
2012-04-23: Virginia secretary of transportation Sean Connaughton says there will be no more major highway construction projects in the state without tolls. He was speaking in an interview with TOLLROADSnews Friday. He said the costs of major transport projects needed in the state are far beyond the capacity of the gasoline tax and federal grants to fund.
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Kenneth Orski who follows transport funding issues in Washington DC says US Government grants to the states for highways will drop from the current level of $41b/year to about $32b next year based on the end of deficit financing under a newly budget conscious House of Representatives. That $32b will be the result of relying solely on federal gas/diesel tax revenues - as we used to before the massive deficit spending of 'stimulus' funds the past three years.
The state Senate in West Virginia recently voted down enabling legislation for toll development of US35. The legislation SB606 sponsored by the state governor would have provided authority for sale of $80m of toll revenue bonds plus a backup pledge of up to $8m/yr lottery monies. It passed the finance and transportation committees but was defeated on the floor of the Senate by a 21 to 12 vote.
Highway Toll Administration LLC say they got a favorable preliminary ruling in a patent court battle with rival PlatePass. The two companies provide electronic toll collection equipment and services to rental car companies around the US.
The Federal Highway Administration officially announced this afternoon in a short five paragraph statement that it declined to approve tolling on I-80 in Pennsylvania "because the application did not meet the federal requirement that toll revenues be used exclusively for the facility being tolled."
USDOT officials have told state Governor Ed Rendell that Pennsylvania cannot toll I-80 because state plans for use of the proceeds are not permitted under existing federal law. Governor Rendell said this at a press conference in Harisburg this afternoon. He was confirming the news which was broken this morning by the Patriot-News of Harrisburg.
Tom Barnes in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette quotes Governor Ed Rendell as saying he expects the Feds to say something on I-80 tolls in the next two weeks. Rendell and Pennsylvania officials had a meeting on the subject with US Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood in Washington last week.