A consortium wants to privatize the New Hampshire Turnpike System and build and operate several rest area plazas along the roadway. The Public-Private Partnership Infrastructure Oversight Commission is to discuss the proposal at a meeting today.
States have increasingly turned to tolls to raise revenue, and that could increase if the Trump administration puts more emphasis on local revenue for its infrastructure legislation. "I think 2018 is going to be a very good year for tolling," says Pat Jones, executive director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
Some drivers without E-ZPass transponders say they haven't received bills for using the thruway in New York, and the New York State Thruway Authority is working with its vendors to remedy the situation. The problem has also led the authority to offer an amnesty program that begin Monday.
The State Road and Tollway Authority in Georgia won the 2017 Georgia Transit Association performance award. The authority opened the state's first reversible toll lane on Interstate 75 last year and played a role in helping to reopen Interstate 85 after a section of it collapsed.
The Cobequid Pass in Nova Scotia was created 20 years ago to reduce traffic deaths, and people testifying at a public hearing praised the success of the only toll road in the province. Tolls have helped maintain the road, which will be paid off in 2019-20, years ahead of schedule.
Traffic in Vancouver, Canada, is some of the worst in North America, and a new plan to impose fees and tolls on the area's roadway could help fix the problem, this editorial states. However, politicians lack the will to impose fees, despite the fact that mobility pricing is a proven way to reduce congestion.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed an executive order that helps make Ohio a leader in the development of autonomous vehicles and smart roads. The order created a statewide center, DriveOhio, that will be headed by an executive director who will work with transportation and other agencies.
The Nature Crafted Collection, a new line from DaVinci Roofscapes, adds three new shake shingle colors to the company's offerings. The line allows buyers to create an aged-wood look without worry with a composite shake that carries a lifetime limited warranty.
Perovskite is a material that helps make solar energy conversion highly efficient, but it degrades quickly in real-world conditions. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory, along with researchers from the University of Texas at Austin, were able to pinpoint the degradation at the surface of each grain.