Drivers new to Central Florida should buy an E-Pass or SunPass to handle the myriad of toll roads across the region for efficiency's sake. Kelly Healey breaks down the various toll roads to keep drivers in the know.
The IBTTA Global Tolling Summit will be held Oct. 27-29 in Portugal, Lisbon. The summit's sessions will cover many topics, including how Portugal overcame its mobility infrastructure challenges, toll system efficiency and cooperative, connected and automated mobility.
The public comment period on proposed changes to the Bay Bridge tolls will close on Oct. 3, with a report generated at the end of October and a scheduled Maryland Transportation Authority vote on Nov. 21. The MDTA says the reduced tolls and new tolling system will save Bay Bridge drivers money.
The Thousand Islands Bridge Authority in New York says around 40% of passenger traffic and 90% of commercial traffic has adopted the E-ZPass system for the three Canadian and four US tolls at the Thousand Islands International Bridge in Lansdowne, Ontario. E-ZPass integration was introduced in June, and TIBA Executive Director Robert Horr III said the authority can "certainly tell customers like it very much."
A-to-Be USA, a subsidiary of Portugal-based Brisa, was awarded a five-year contract to build and operate an Electronic Toll Collection system on the international bridges linking Cameron County, Texas, to Mexico and for five Cameron County Parks. The Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority awarded the contract that will roll out in two phases.
On Tuesday morning, the signs displaying toll prices along Virginia's Interstate 66 were out for around an hour, marking the second day in a row the signs have experienced technical issues, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Drivers wouldn't be charged for when the error occurred, and the cause of the issue is under investigation.
The US Senate's Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies subcommittee approved the transportation funding bill for the 2020 fiscal year, and it has now moved to the Appropriations Committee for a hearing on Sept. 19. The bill includes $1 billion in funding for the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development grant program.
Legislators representing Merrimack, N.H., are continuing their efforts to remove the ramp toll on both sides of Exit 11 on the F.E. Everett Turnpike, but they face a challenge from the House Public Works and Highway Committee. New Hampshire Department of Transportation officials are worried that removing the toll revenue source may affect bond ratings.
The US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit declined to rehear the lawsuit filed by the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association against the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission after the association requested a review. The lawsuit argued that the state's tolls are excessive.
The $92.7 million central library in Christchurch, New Zealand, received an award for building information modeling from the Registered Master Builders Association, which created the awards to escalate the use of BIM. The QT Hotel in Auckland also received an award.
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