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  • Maryland board approves 'monumental' multi-billion dollar Traffic Relief Plan

    01/22/2020 8:54:40 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Construction DIVE ^ | January 9, 2020 | Kim Slowey
    Dive Brief: In what Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is calling "a monumental and historic achievement," the three-member state Board of Public Works voted Wednesday to approve amendments to the public-private partnership (P3) that will deliver Hogan's $9 billion Traffic Relief Plan. The plan includes implementation of Maryland and Virginia's Capital Beltway Accord, which allows for a new American Legion Bridge between the two states near Washington, D.C., and the approval will allow the state to solicit bids. In order to win a majority vote for the plan, Hogan agreed to eliminate from the first phase of the project the widening...
  • The FASTag fiasco (India)

    12/15/2019 8:15:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Frontline (The Hindu) ^ | November 30, 2019 | V. Sridhar
    Three years after the colossal failure of demonetisation the Narendra Modi government has embarked on a similar venture, the FASTag programme, this time targeting road users across the country. But just a day before the November 30 deadline, by which date all vehicles plying the highways would have been mandatorily required to affix an RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) tag on their vehicles, the government blinked. And, like demonetisation, the design of this scheme also reflects a simpleton’s naivete. The announcement that those without the tag would be charged double the tariff at the toll gates set off a firestorm of...
  • I-TEAM gets answers for driver wrongly billed for Miami SunPass toll

    06/12/2019 4:49:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    News 4 JAX ^ | April 18, 2019 | Tarik Minor, Jodi Mohrmann and Eric Wallace
    ACKSONVILLE, Fla. - The I-TEAM gets results for a Jacksonville driver who was puzzled after getting a bill in the mail from a toll road in Miami – as she doesn’t drive outside of Northeast Florida. What News4Jax learned highlights imperfections in the new, high-tech toll system coming to Jacksonville this year. When Jacksonville’s tolls came down in 1989, drivers paid at the familiar toll booths along expressways around Jacksonville and across the state. Now, with the latest advances with the SunPass system, drivers can pay tolls electronically without stopping. This system is coming to Jacksonville’s First Coast Expressway and...
  • 21st Century Policy Opinion: Stop Federal Spending Outside Freight Corridors

    06/12/2019 4:39:38 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | June 10, 2019 | Marc Scribner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute
    The U.S. Interstate Highway System is the backbone of American commerce and personal travel. Funded on a pay-as-you-go basis largely through federal excise taxes on motor fuel, today it accounts for 25% of total vehicle-miles traveled despite accounting for just 2.5% of total road network lane-miles. Yet, much of the Interstate system, construction of which began in the 1950s, is nearing the end of its functional life, along with the infrastructure of other surface transportation modes. Over the next two decades, trillions of dollars of investment will be needed to rehabilitate and in some cases rebuild this infrastructure, according to...
  • SunTrax project moves toward phase two in Polk

    06/12/2019 4:29:36 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    The Ledger ^ | June 3, 2019 | Gary White
    AUBURNDALE — Florida has one of the world’s most famous asphalt ovals in the Daytona International Speedway. A slightly smaller track recently completed in Auburndale won’t draw massive crowds for races, but it’s part of a project that could hasten the day when self-driving vehicles take over the roads. Crews finished laying asphalt for the 2Ľ-mile oval — phase one of SunTrax — in early May, and construction will begin in the coming months on infield elements designed for the development and testing of connected and autonomous vehicles. The second phase of SunTrax, a project overseen by Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise...
  • 70-mile stretch of turnpike through Central Florida going cashless

    06/11/2019 3:31:03 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 66 replies
    ClickOrlando.com ^ | May 22, 2019 | Adrianna Iwasinski
    ORLANDO, Fla. - Imagine not being able to pay cash for some of the toll roads you use every day. It's already happened in and around Miami and near Tampa, but now it is going to be happening in Central Florida. The Florida Turnpike Enterprise confirmed that all Florida's Turnpike roadways are going to all-electronic tolling in a 70-mile stretch from Osceola County to Sumter County by next summer. According to FTE, the project will take place on Florida's Turnpike from Kissimmee Park Road at milepost 239 to I-75, which is at milepost 309. "They're going to continue on the...
  • Md. Chief Of Toll Operations Abruptly Resigns

    04/20/2019 5:16:23 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 27 replies
    WJZ 13 CBS Baltimore ^ | April 18, 2019 | Associated Press
    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — The head of the Maryland Transportation Authority has abruptly resigned. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that no reason for his departure was publicly released. Kevin C. Reigrut oversaw the state’s eight toll facilities. He led the 1,700-employee agency since January 2017.
  • Tech Billionaire Allegedly Behind A False Flag Operation Played A Role In Creating Fake News...

    02/25/2019 4:37:48 PM PST · by markomalley · 24 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2/24/19 | Chris White
    Reid Hoffman, a billionaire who was allegedly involved in a false information campaign in Alabama, played a crucial role in developing software capable of creating “deepfake” news articles, sources confirmed.Tesla CEO Elon Musk suggests he distanced himself from OpenAI in 2018 after disagreements about the direction researchers were taking the group. One of the big tech billionaires responsible for financing a project creating “deepfake” news articles is a prominent Hillary Clinton supporter and Democratic donor.  The liberal billionaire who allegedly backed a misinformation campaign during the midterm elections played a significant role in funding a group responsible for creating a...
  • Disinformation campaign targeting Roy Moore’s Senate bid may have violated law, Alabama AG says

    12/27/2018 2:17:25 PM PST · by ptsal · 52 replies
    AL.com (Alabama) ^ | 27 Dec 2108 | Craig Timberg and Tony Romm
    Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall said Thursday that his office is exploring whether disinformation tactics deployed against Republican Roy Moore during last year's special election violated state campaign laws and said he was worried that the operation could have affected the closely fought Senate race. "The information is concerning," Marshall, a Republican, said in a phone interview. "The impact it had on the election is something that's significant for us to explore, and we'll go from there." Moore lost the election to his Democratic rival, Sen. Doug Jones. Marshall, who said he learned of the disinformation campaign called Project Birmingham...
  • Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman apologizes for funding a group tied to disinformation...

    12/26/2018 6:41:35 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 23 replies
    WP ^ | 12/26/18 | Tony Romm , Craig Timberg, Aaron C. Davis
    Internet billionaire Reid Hoffman apologized on Wednesday for funding a group linked to a “highly disturbing” effort that spread disinformation during last year’s Alabama special election for U.S. Senate, but said he was not aware that his money was being used for this purpose. Hoffman’s statement is his first acknowledgement of his ties to a campaign that adopted tactics similar to those deployed by Russian operatives during the 2016 presidential election. In Alabama, the Hoffman-funded group allegedly used Facebook and Twitter to undermine support for Republican Roy Moore and boost Democrat Doug Jones, who narrowly won the race. Hoffman, the...
  • Frederick [County, Virginia] concerned it may not get I-81 fixes it needs

    11/21/2018 10:44:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Winchester Star ^ | October 23, 2018 | Josh Janney
    WINCHESTER — The Frederick County Transportation Committee on Monday expressed concerns that the county may not get the Interstate 81 improvements it needs to reduce traffic congestion and accidents. The Office of Intermodal Planning and Investment, the Virginia Department of Transportation and the Department of Rail and Public Transportation are studying the entire length of the I-81 corridor in the Virginia, as directed by the General Assembly, to identify changes that will reduce traffic backups and crashes as well as find the funding to make those changes. The I-81 study team identified 105 projects — valued at $4.25 billion —...
  • Where does your toll money go? Miami drivers, sick of traffic and expense, want to know

    10/16/2018 8:05:08 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Miami Herald ^ | October 10, 2018 | Dylan Jackson
    In life, some things are unavoidable: death, taxes — and if you live in South Florida — tolls. Coughing up money to drive on the highways add to the cost of living in South Florida. Drivers in Miami-Dade and Broward spent more than a half billion dollars in tolls fees in the last year. Consider: A daily trip from Kendall to downtown Miami costs over $4 roundtrip by Sunpass, or about $1,000 a year for a five-day a week, 50-week commuter. For those who haven’t signed up for Sunpass, the toll-by-plate rate of almost $8 per day amounts to $2,000...
  • Some skeptical that tollway authority testing tracking technologies only for toll purposes

    10/05/2018 10:56:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Illinois News Network ^ | September 11, 2018 | Greg Bishop
    A freelance automotive journalist worries a testing site operated by the Illinois Tollway Authority could be for more than just testing automated tollway technology. Paul Brian said he’s noticed a site with various sensors on northbound I-294 for years with a sign that reads “for testing purposes only.” Illinois Tollway Authority officials said the site is used for testing various sensors, but only for tollway purposes. The site, established in 2015, had an initial price tag of $2.7 million. “The Illinois Tollway has used the test site to study a range of systems – some of which were adopted and...
  • Officials: At least 95 million toll transactions still pending as part of SunPass upgrade

    06/27/2018 12:18:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    WFTV 9 ABC ^ | June 25, 2018 | Racquel Asa
    ORLANDO, Fla. - One state lawmaker isn’t ruling out the possibility of an investigation, while thousands of customers wait for tolls to start posting to their SunPass accounts.SunPass conducted a major upgrade earlier this month, and since June 1st, many drivers haven’t seen any charges yet. Officials had promised to post those toll charges gradually, so as not to overwhelm the system.This delay is already causing concern for some drivers—like Mark Hammonds, who we caught in between trips that often take him on the turnpike. “You’re at risk of not being reimbursed if you don’t file them timely,” he said. The state...
  • It’s Time to Rethink America’s Failing Highways

    06/18/2018 8:13:18 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 80 replies
    National Review ^ | June 12, 2018 | Robert Poole
    Here are two recent events you might have missed: In March, House speaker Paul Ryan was widely quoted as saying, “The last thing we want to do is pass historic tax relief and then undo that, so we are not going to raise gas taxes.”The next month, in California, Republicans submitted 54 percent more than the required signatures to put on the November ballot a measure that would repeal the 2017 state law increasing gasoline and diesel taxes. Meanwhile, roads in Los Angeles are in such bad shape that it costs the average driver $892 a year in additional vehicle...
  • Should you get your E-ZPass in Maryland or Virginia?

    06/13/2018 10:13:12 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | May 31, 2018 | Luz Lazo
    Use of the E-ZPass electronic payment system has grown exponentially across the Washington region in recent years as the network of toll lanes has expanded in the Interstate 95 corridor with new facilities from Stafford County to just north of Baltimore. Both Maryland and Virginia are actively promoting E-ZPass, hoping to reduce cash payment at toll plazas — where the option exists — and to encourage the seamless use of all-electronic toll facilities such as the 495 Express Lanes and 66 Express Lanes in Virginia and the Intercounty Connector in Maryland. In that spirit, Maryland announced last week that it...
  • Miami's Toll Roads Are Huge Scams That Must Be Eliminated

    04/14/2018 10:53:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Miami New Times ^ | March 19, 2018 | Luther Campbell
    It's time to mount a serious campaign to end tolls in Miami-Dade County. Any time the government wants to charge people money, we should be allowed to vote on it. Florida's Turnpike Enterprise and the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority (MDX) are highway robbers preying on predominantly poor motorists struggling to have a roof over their heads, put food on the table, and take care of their families. I remember the days when there was only one toll on State Road 112 when you left Miami International Airport to get to Miami Beach. Now there are tolls on virtually every major highway...
  • No more cash: Maryland explores changing tolls to electronic only

    04/14/2018 8:17:56 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 61 replies
    The Capital Gazette ^ | April 13, 2018 | Katherine Brzozowski
    The Maryland Transportation Authority is exploring phasing out all cash toll booths across the state. Today, tolls are collected three ways: by cash, or electronically, by either an E-ZPass transponder or by video tolling — when the state uses a license-plate photo and mails drivers their bill. Transportation officials say that the transition to all-electronic, high-speed toll collection will: save drivers time on their commute, save the state money, reduce accidents at toll plazas, and reduce CO2 emissions as less fuel is being burned, according to a national study by the University of Central Florida. Drivers in Maryland could start...
  • Cashless tolling on Grand Island begins March 29

    04/10/2018 7:37:29 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    WGRZ 2 On Your Side ^ | March 15, 2018 | Jeff Preval
    GRAND ISLAND, NY - The New York State Thruway Authority announced Wednesday that cashless tolling on Grand Island will be operational the night of Thursday, March 29. For months, there has been construction near the North Grand Island Bridge on the 190 southbound and on the 190 northbound near the South Grand Island Bridge. The actual gantries, which drivers will go under to pay their toll, are being built. Once the system becomes operational, according to the Thruway Authority, drivers for a brief period of time will go through the old toll plazas, which will not be operational and then...
  • E-ZPass users can use pass, get discount on Central Florida toll roads

    01/22/2018 10:47:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | November 9, 2017 | Gal Tziperman Lotan
    Drivers from northern states that use the E-ZPass system for toll roads will be able to use their passes to drive on some Central Florida toll roads — and get the same discount SunPass users receive.Central Florida drivers, however, will not be able to use their EPasses to pay for tolls if they travel to the 16 E-ZPass states, including New York, Pennsylvania, Illinois and South Carolina.“One of our main objectives is to improve the ease and uninterrupted travel that E-ZPass customers enjoy, and portability to the Sunshine State is certainly a common request,” E-ZPass Group Executive Director P.J. Wilkins...