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  • More construction, fewer toll collectors in tollway's 2018 budget draft

    11/29/2017 5:56:23 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | November 13, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Is that toll collector in the booth an endangered species? Not quite with 387 collectors working for the Illinois tollway in 2018, but the numbers are dwindling as the agency moves toward an automated system. Through attrition, toll collector jobs will drop by 32 next year, which accounts for nearly 60 percent of the 55 eliminated positions agencywide, according to the proposed budget recently released. Other budget highlights include an estimated $60 million spike in revenues and a $269.7 million increase in capital spending from 2017. Overall the operations and maintenance budget, which includes salaries and equipment, will rise by...
  • When will you be able to use your E-ZPass nationwide?

    06/16/2017 3:53:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    NJ.com ^ | May 18, 2017 | Larry Higgs
    Will your E-ZPass allow you to pay a toll in a faraway state, where toll tags are named something else like SunPass or FasTrak? The concept to do that is called "toll interoperability" and it was supposed to go nationwide last October under a federal mandate. That means is Jersey drivers could use their E-ZPass on any toll road or bridge even if it uses a different electronic toll payment system. It would allow different toll systems communicate with each other and properly bill a driver who uses another agency's tag. The idea differs from electronic tolling which bills the...
  • Lawmakers debate return of tolls to Connecticut’s highways

    04/26/2017 8:06:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    FOX 61 ^ | April 18, 2017 | Jenna DeAngelis and Jeevan Vittal
    HARTFORD – Toll talk is back at the State Capitol. Some lawmakers say it will drive billions into the state over the next two decades and others want to put the brakes on the idea.At a hearing, Monday, the proposal to bring electronic tolls to Connecticut highways was discussed, with public comment both for and against it.State accountants said the way Connecticut funds transportation will no longer be sustainable in the next four years and a new revenue source is needed.“This doesn't make any sense at all," State Sen. Toni Boucher said. "This is just another name for another tax...
  • SunPass, E-ZPass compatibility remains in limbo

    04/17/2017 7:49:38 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 36 replies
    The Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | January 14, 2017 | Wayne K. Roustan
    Josh Kalin drives between Delray Beach and Delaware a couple times a year to visit his son and he has to have a SunPass and an E-ZPass account to pay the tolls. "It's a pain in the neck," said the 80-year-old retired opthalmologist. There's no end in sight. Although Congress required that all state toll systems be compatible by October 2016, the deadline passed and no new target date has been set. "We are unaware of any federal action as a result of the missed [deadline]," said Chad Huff, with Florida Turnpike Enterprise. Florida's SunPass, Georgia's Peach Pass, and North...
  • From grease to specialized license plate covers, drivers try to beat tolls

    11/15/2016 8:10:49 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 33 replies
    MassLive ^ | October 30, 2016 | Scott J. Croteau
    Across the country people have tried all sorts of ways to trick all-electronic tolling technology from capturing their license plates in order to avoid paying a toll, but officials in Massachusetts said the tricks aren't new and the technology is ready to catch the scofflaws.Massachusetts will move to all-electronic tolling on Friday and has Raytheon's All Electronic Tolling System ready to read E-ZPass transponders as well as take pictures of the vehicles including the rear and front license plates if drivers go through without a transponder.Raytheon's system is able to take color pictures of vehicles and track the make and...
  • Massachusetts Turnpike: EZ-Pass Replaces Cash, Toll Booths Now a Thing of the Past

    11/12/2016 1:03:35 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 62 replies
    Inquisitr ^ | October 30, 2016 | Ryan Anthony
    The Massachusetts Turnpike is in uncharted water as EZ Pass has replaced cash along the state’s turnpike system and many toll collectors have been laid off. In a world where many systems have gone electronic from payment for movies to parking, it was only a matter of time before the personless, electronic system eventually took over toll roads, as well. Along the Massachusetts Turnpike, it happened this weekend with toll collectors working their last shifts and the state moving quickly to tear down the booths where collections happened for decades. According to the Boston Globe, the new cashless collections system...
  • VDOT awards I-66 procurement bid: Project to be funded entirely by private sector

    11/11/2016 8:22:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Fairfax County Times ^ | November 11, 2016 | Angela Woolsey
    The Commonwealth of Virginia awarded procurement of its Transform66 Outside the Beltway project to I-66 Express Mobility Partners, a consortium of private companies, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced on Nov. 3. I-66 Express Mobility Partners, which consists of transportation infrastructure company Cintra, public infrastructure investment firm Meridiam, and the contractors Ferrovial Agroman US and Allan Myers VA, Inc., will be responsible for financing, designing, building, maintaining and operating the interstate expansion. The Virginia Department of Transportation’s (VDOT) Transform66 Outside the Beltway project will add two express lanes in each direction between I-495 and Gainesville along with three general purpose lanes...
  • It's time for Wisconsin to seriously consider tolling

    05/29/2016 1:11:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel ^ | May 16, 2016 | Patrick Jones
    America's roads and bridges got a real workout in 2015. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, drivers last year logged more miles on our roads than in any year in U.S. history — more than 3.1 trillion miles — an increase of more than 3% over 2014. Wisconsin is part of that trend with more than 60 billion of those miles traveled. But, too often, Wisconsinites find themselves idling in traffic or on slow-going, bumpy roads. I'm sure it was not a surprise when a study commissioned by the Local Government of Wisconsin Institute concluded last spring that Wisconsin...
  • Florida Attorney General investigating rental car companies for fees added to toll charges

    02/21/2016 5:11:34 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    WPTV ^ | February 19, 2016 | Jenn Strathman
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Take a drive on Florida's toll road. It's not how far you go that determines what you pay. We found it may be the car you drive. "I was mad going on vacation with my wife," explained Steve Pasek. For Pasek, the memories of his Florida vacation are as fresh as the snow back in Ohio. He declined the rental car company's toll service. With the rental car company's automated billing services, you are billed weeks after you return the car. A third party company is used to send you the bill. While Pasek declined...
  • Florida toll road mistakes hit thousands of drivers

    10/17/2015 5:12:09 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    WFLA News Channel 8 ^ | September 29, 2015 | Steve Andrews
    TAMPA, FL (WFLA) – Driving on Florida toll roads is part of doing business for trucker Bill VanEpps. “Tolls are a huge expense, and it adds up to a lot of money at the end of the year,” Bill said. He noticed a lot of mistakes with his EPass account so he switched to SunPass in January. “I’ve discovered weekly mistakes,” Bill added. Between January and September, Bill found 42 mistakes by the SunPass electronic tolling system. “My rig is a five axle rig. I’ve been charged for as many as 7 at one time. I’ve been charged for as...
  • 4 Tips to Avoid Road Tolls This Summer

    06/18/2015 6:56:30 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Time ^ | June 4, 2015 | Brad Tuttle
    We've got a secret the rental car companies would prefer you didn't know. people camping in RV More The Cheapest Way to Roadtrip Might Surprise You 3 Ways to Avoid Costly Rental Car Insurance These Are the Most Hated Fees in America This won’t come as news to commuters and frequent road trippers, but drivers are encountering more and more toll roads, as well as higher and higher tolls on the existing ones. The latest example is I-10 in Texas, where plans called for the maximum toll during peak travel hours to shoot from $7 to $10 as of May...
  • State looks at all-electronic toll collection

    03/14/2012 6:40:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 24 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 13, 2012 | Candus Thomson
    Maryland may eventually do away with tollbooths on the state's highways, bridges and tunnels and switch to electronic toll collection. A preliminary report by the Maryland Transportation Authority concluded that converting its seven toll plazas is feasible but would cost as much as $180 million. Transportation officials initiated the study as they look for long-term savings and ways to reduce travel time and increase highway safety. "It's something we're interested in doing. It's something the industry is moving toward. But it's complicated and we're in the earliest stages," said Harold Bartlett, the transportation authority's executive secretary. At least eight states...
  • The Arabist Letter (When the Arabs buy our diplomats, they stay bought!)

    05/05/2004 7:23:45 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 19 replies · 315+ views
    The Jerusalem Post ^ | May 5, 2004 | Editorial
    Back when George Shultz was US secretary of state, he made a practice of asking every newly appointed ambassador to locate his country on a globe. When the unsuspecting emissary put his finger on, say, Thailand, Shultz would correct him: "Your country is here," his finger on the United States. The story comes to mind on news that some 50 former American diplomats, taking their cue from their British counterparts, have put their names to a letter denouncing President George W. Bush's policies vis-a-vis Israel and the Palestinians. -snip- Suffusing WRMEA's pages is the conceit that they represent truly "American"...
  • The Arabists and the Anti-"Zionist" (Diplomats Open Letter to President Bush)

    05/05/2004 1:12:03 AM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 336+ views
    FrontPageMagazine.com ^ | 5/05/04 | Joel Mowbray
    Reflecting the perverse logic that has guided the U.S. State Department for decades, sixty former diplomats have written an open letter to President Bush denouncing the currentadministration’s “unabashed support” for the sole democracy in the Middle East: Israel. The hyperbolic screed, released this week, is chock-full of gross overstatements and pure myth.   Yet far more important – and what the media will almost surely overlook – is the stench of bias emanating from almost all of the signers, particularly from the man who organized the effort, former Ambassador Andrew Killgore, who served in Qatar from 1977-1980. The two-page letter follows the...
  • US diplomats launch Bush attack

    05/04/2004 12:43:51 AM PDT · by fdsa2 · 110 replies · 1,205+ views
    The BBC ^ | 4 May 2004 | Staff
    Around 50 retired US diplomats have written to US President George Bush to complain about America's policy towards the Middle East. The letter is similar to one written by 52 former British diplomats to UK Prime Minister Tony Blair last week. The former US diplomats complained that President Bush's approach is losing the US "credibility, prestige and friends". They criticised what they say is Washington's unabashed support for Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. The American diplomats said they were deeply concerned by Mr Bush's endorsement last month of Mr Sharon's plan to withdraw unilaterally from Gaza. 'Great danger' They were...