The Alabama Department of Transportation has closed the public comment period on the Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. Toll collection is expected to start in 2025.
Increased traffic is boosting express lane revenues, according to a Fitch Ratings report. No priced-managed lanes have failed completely, said International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association executive director and CEO Pat Jones, noting that although some lanes may not have reached certain goals, those goals could be attained over the next few years.
The construction team behind the Gordie Howe International Bridge, which will link Michigan and Ontario, Canada, has announced a package of community benefits to help the communities in Windsor and Detroit, which are most impacted by the work. The initiatives include hiring local and minority firms as contractors.
Florida's Tampa Bay Regional Planning Council will hold a workshop on June 18 to discuss with Citrus County commissioners the effects and opportunities surrounding the construction of the Suncoast Parkway toll road. The TBRPC will present the results from a study of possible land uses at and near planned interchanges at US 98, West Cardinal Street and State Road 44.
Professors Ian Ayres, Steven Berry, Kenneth Gillangham and Barry Nalebuff write that tolls can provide new revenue to fix broken roads, and also reduce congestion and encourage the use of public transportation like trains and buses. Conn. Governor Ned Lamont has proposed a plan that would give local commuters a 20% discount on tolls and provide a 30% discount for those who pay with a Conn. E-ZPass account.
Florida's Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority's Connected Vehicle Pilot received this year's Intelligent Transportation Systems award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. THEA received the award for its innovative deployment of connected vehicle technology designed to reduce traffic accidents in downtown Tampa.
Columnist Tom Still writes that Wisconsin officials should consider current and future trends when setting a transportation budget. The rising popularity of electric vehicles, ride sharing and autonomous vehicles could impact gas tax revenues, and tolls could be an alternative funding solution, writes Still.
The Indian ministry of road transport and highways has retained Boston Consulting Group to work with the National Highways Authority of India to update policies for the country's toll system. "We are in the process of finalizing the draft which is being steered by NHAI. BCG has suggested we need to rationalize the rates and reduce them for goods vehicles and increase passenger car fares," a ministry official said.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont will meet with state lawmakers in the coming days to discuss transportation funding, specifically electronic tolls. Lamont is vigorously supportive of tolls, but is willing to negotiate with legislators on how they should be implemented.
Smaller trucking fleets are likely to be hit the hardest in the next recession, said Bob Costello, the American Trucking Associations' chief economist, in a speech at the NASSTRAC spring conference. He noted that uncertainty over tariffs and trade may lead to cuts in capital spending and hiring and could trigger a recession before 2021.
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