Beijing's Xinhua news agency reports attempts by the central government of China to assert control over provincial government initiatives in building tollroads.
Penn Pike chief says planning to issue concession RFPs for els in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia (ADDITIONS)By Peter Samuel on February 28, 2008
Penn Pike chief Joe Brimmeier is saying the Turnpike Commission is planning to issue Requests for Proposals shortly for toll concessions to build elevated toll express lanes on:
- (1) the Parkway East (I-376) east of Pittsburgh
- (2) the Schuykill Expressway (I-76) northwest of Philadelphia (pronounced 'skookull' with appropriate Dutch/Philly gutterals. REVISED)
In the wake of the Federal Transit Administration's 'No' to Virginia's request for federal funding for construction of the $5b Dulles Rail project, state officials are rethinking their plan to have the area's Airports Authority take over the Dulles Toll Road. This could open the way for resumption of the private sector concessioning that was interrupted by the MWAA intervention in 2006.
Texas DOT Turnpike division chief Phil Russell says that the Trans Texas Corridor 69 (TTC69) will offer opportunities for both public authority style tolling and private lease concessions. He says the decision announced last week to look first at upgrading existing routes is "no different" from the approach taken on TTC35. The difference of the second TTC, he says, is only in the nature of development along the route.
CNN anchor Lou Dobbs and reporter Lisa Sylvester were at it again last night (Oct 8) beating up on toll concessions, this time the Virginia DOT's negotiations with Transurban and Fluor for building toll lanes on the Capital Beltway.
A transcript follows with comments interposed (PSam for Peter Samuel):
DOT have provided us with some more detail on their assessment of the
value of three possible toll facilities to be put out for bid by
investors. We've got "Possible leases of existing toll facilities" a
five page screed dated 2007-09-05. It says the Sunshine Skyway Toll
Bridge in Tampa, Alligator Alley Naples to Ft Lauderdale, and Beachline
East expressway are "most likely candidates for consideration."