Some drivers were upset with the price of dynamic tolling on new express lanes on Interstate 66 in Virginia, but the editorial board at The Washington Post argues that the lanes are altering drivers' behavior and thus doing their job. The lanes help reduce congestion and encourage carpooling and the use of public transportation.
The tolled express lanes on Interstate 580 between Dublin and Livermore in the San Francisco area earned in excess of $9 million in revenue in their first year of operation and have become the leading express lanes in the region. Between October 2016 and October 2017, more than 7.9 million vehicles used the lanes -- more than used other express lanes.
The Virginia Department of Transportation says tolling charges for using the new Interstate 66 express lanes will appear on statements several days after drivers use the lanes. The agency is double-checking charges, making sure drivers are accurately billed, and it says motorists can file complaints if their bills are incorrect.
The government in Indonesia is converting toll roads into open-road tolling, but it has not decided what system to purchase for the final phase. The country hopes to have all-electronic tolling in place by the end of 2018.
A connected vehicle pilot project is being implemented in Tampa, Fla.; it will be funded partly by the US Department of Transportation. The agency will put radios and computers in more than 1,600 vehicles to enable better traffic signal response.
Foxconn Technology Group is building a $10 billion manufacturing plant in Wisconsin, and it plans to use autonomous vehicles to move cargo and workers to the facility. The company wants to see lanes dedicated to autonomous vehicles built on Interstate 94.
The Washington State Transportation Commission is to begin a pilot project that would charge vehicles for miles driven, but it is worried about the lack of diversity in the driving pool. The commission has received about 4,300 applications from drivers willing to participate, but more drivers from rural areas are needed, as well as a better mix of older and new vehicles.
Transurban Group has been awarded a contract to build, toll and operate the West Gate Tunnel Project in Australia, and it plans a $1.43 billion equity offering to fund construction. The mega-project could cost $4.14 billion.
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