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  • Audit transportation dollars before considering tolls

    03/20/2019 7:55:50 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Day ^ | March 3, 2019 | Timothy M. Herbst
    I recently had the privilege of representing residents in eastern Connecticut that were opposed to the construction of the proposed state police gun range immediately adjacent to Pachaug State Forest. I personally thanked Gov. Ned Lamont for keeping his word in opposing this project. In politics, you are only as good as your word. That is why Lamont must also keep his word and not institute tolling on cars in Connecticut. Leaders in Hartford are missing the mark when it comes to tolling. They always seek to find alternate revenue sources through taxes or fees before first examining priorities, spending...
  • Easier Metro access, more regional bike trails approved as Md. pushes back on free toll plan

    03/16/2019 10:51:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    WTOP ^ | December 20, 2018 | Max Smith
    WASHINGTON — Efforts to alleviate traffic for tens of thousands of D.C.-area commuters were approved Wednesday, but not before Maryland attempted to eliminate a provision pushing for uniform tolling practices across the region’s express lanes. The resolution adopted by the region’s Transportation Planning Board is the first concrete action toward new goals developed over the last two years to reduce traffic jams and get people from home to work or other activities faster and with more efficiency. “The first step, a concrete effort, toward the projects, programs and policies this region [will] fund and implement in the coming years,” said...
  • Virginia Toll Operator’s Losses Flash Red Light For New Toll Lanes

    03/15/2019 10:15:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | September 13, 2018 | Ben Ross
    Washington, D.C. is the nation’s capital — and its suburbs could be moving towards becoming the nation’s capital of privately owned express toll lanes. The Virginia side of the Potomac has placed a big bet on such roadways, with 14 miles of pay lanes in the middle of the region’s famous Beltway, reversible toll lanes along 29 miles of I-95, and construction under way on three more highway segments. Last September, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan announced an even more ambitious plan for his side of the river, covering 77 miles of the Beltway and I-270. If these plans go forward,...
  • Maryland is focusing on adding toll lanes in plan to widen the Beltway and I-270

    03/14/2019 10:55:15 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 14, 2019 | Lus Lazo
    As part of its controversial plan to widen the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, Maryland says it intends to focus on the implementation of toll lanes — as many as four on each highway — and abandon earlier considerations of more general-purpose lanes, bus rapid transit and bus-only lanes. Maryland transportation officials have narrowed the number of possible construction alternatives to seven from an original list of 15 for further study of potential toll operations in the two corridors that suffer some of the worst traffic congestion in the region. Gov. Larry Hogan (R) in September 2017 proposed widening the...
  • Funding for Chesapeake Bay

    03/13/2019 7:15:21 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 38 replies
    I believe that I've found the first thing that President Trump is reportedly doing, with which I disagree. When the Europeans came to what they decided to call 'America', the Chesapeake Bay was an incredibly fertile food source. After the Industrial Revolution, the bay gradually declined, until in the 1970s, farmers there told me that the bay grasses - essential to the lives of all the fish and shellfish life - were mostly gone. The Chesapeake Bay Program has done a great deal of good and has achieved progress in helping to bring the Bay back. Mr. Trump, please don't...
  • Powerful Maryland House committee approves budget with increased school funding

    03/09/2019 12:49:26 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | March 8, 2019 | Luke Broadwater
    A powerful General Assembly committee voted Friday to revise Gov. Larry Hogan’s more than $46 billion budget proposal to provide millions more in funding for Maryland’s public schools, while cutting some of the Republican governor’s prized initiatives. Led by Baltimore Democrat Maggie McIntosh, the House Appropriations Committee approved a spending plan that provides about $320 million more for operating Maryland’s public schools. That would be the first step toward implementing recommendations from the so-called Kirwan Commission, which has proposed ambitious new programs to boost student performance. The committee’s spending plan also includes $500 million for public school construction and $46...
  • California rail authority calls Trump plan to end high-speed rail funding 'rash and unlawful'

    03/04/2019 5:18:25 PM PST · by Libloather · 49 replies
    LA Times ^ | 3/04/19 | RALPH VARTABEDIAN
    The California rail authority delivered a sharp rebuttal Monday to the Trump administration, saying its threat to cancel and rescind $3.5 billion in grants for the state bullet train project is “rash and unlawful.” In two letters to the Federal Railroad Administration, state officials say they have not breached the terms and conditions of the grants and are making progress in building what would be a transformative passenger rail system. The federal agency issued notice two weeks ago that it intended to terminate a $929-million grant issued in 2010 for the high-speed rail system and was exploring options to seek...
  • Advisory panel says highway-capping ‘Stitch’ project could cost $452M

    03/03/2019 1:09:07 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    Curbed Atlanta ^ | March 1, 2019 | Sean Keenan
    After roaming around and studying downtown for a week, the Urban Land Institute’s advisory services panel provided Atlanta leaders with recommendations on how to move forward with the colossal proposed “Stitch” project. On Friday, ULI, which conducts land use research for cities around the globe, suggested the time is now to partner with local elected officials and philanthropic organizations to get the ball rolling on fundraising efforts for the potentially 14-acre project that would install a massive park and new construction above the Downtown Connector. But in order to be competitive for public and private funding—panelists expect the highway-capping project...
  • New Minnesota Democrat Budget Will Cost An Average Family $300 More A Year In Gas Taxes Alone

    03/02/2019 11:06:39 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    Alpha News ^ | February 21, 2019 | Alpha News Staff
    Since his election, Governor Walz has promised to increase the gas tax in Minnesota. Walz delivered on that promise in his just-released budget proposal. In the budget proposal released this week, Walz is proposing to increase the gas tax by 70% which will collect an estimated $1.3 Billion from taxpayers. The average family which drives two cards can expect to pay up to an additional $300 at the gas pump annually. This tax increase will now give Minnesota the 4th highest gas tax in the nation. The budget will have to get passed by the Minnesota Senate which is currently...
  • State Senate president wants $75M for highway projects

    02/26/2019 1:19:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 10 replies
    The Ocala Star Banner ^ | John Kennedy, Gatehouse Capitol Bureau
    TALLAHASSEE — In a move that evokes a bygone era in Florida — one of black-and-white TVs, cheap land and undiscovered beaches — state Senate President Bill Galvano is betting big that asphalt is the key to the state’s economic future. Environmentalists and urban planners are alarmed by the Bradenton Republican’s push for lawmakers to launch three ambitious highway projects across swaths of Florida that are now home to plenty of cattle and pine trees, but few people or jobs. Combined, the road projects amount to what could prove the biggest expansion of the state highway network since Florida’s Turnpike...
  • Cross Downtown Brooklyn Tunnel idea revived as BQE solution

    02/25/2019 11:17:58 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    The Brooklyn Daily Eagle ^ | February 25, 2019 | Mary Frost
    A proposal to build a Cross Downtown Brooklyn Tunnel, an idea studied by the state in 2010, is sparking new interest. As the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway from Atlantic Avenue to Sands Street faces a massive, $3.4 billion reconstruction, a once-in-a-lifetime window of opportunity has opened, says longtime Cobble Hill community leader and graphic designer Roy Sloane. Sloane came up with the tunnel concept at a planning session in June 2010. Sloane, former president of the Cobble Hill Association, is the first to admit he is not an engineer. He was, however, a member of the original Brooklyn-Queens Expressway Advisory Committee and...
  • “It’s nightmarish”: Colorado faces meager budget in fight against I-70 ski traffic

    02/24/2019 8:17:38 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 31 replies
    The Colorado Sun ^ | February 23, 2019 | Thomas Peipert, The Associated Press
    “Friends don’t let friends drive I-70.” The tongue-in-cheek mantra is often uttered by Colorado skiers and snowboarders who frequent resorts far from the crowded mountain corridor, which funnels thousands of vehicles onto two lanes west of Denver every winter weekend. “It’s nightmarish. Hours and hours in the car. I think the last time I went to Keystone (typically a 90-minute drive from Denver), I spent four hours getting there and five hours getting home,” said Cole Capsalis of Denver. “There was more time in the car than skiing.”
  • Northam announces selection of firms to build $3.3 billion tunnel project

    02/24/2019 7:31:27 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | February 16, 2019 | Michael Laris
    Gov. Ralph Northam announced Friday that Virginia has selected a contractor to build two new tunnels and widen a major highway in Hampton Roads. The $3.3 billion price tag — funded by regional gas and sales taxes, tolls and other sources — makes it one of the two biggest transportation projects in commonwealth history. Northam (D) touted the deal, saying he is “proud of the hard work and negotiations that have taken place over this past year,” and state Sen. Frank W. Wagner (R-Virginia Beach) in return offered praise for the embattled governor. “I want to personally thank Governor Northam...
  • DeWine proposing 18-cent increase in state gas tax, generating $1.2 billion

    02/20/2019 10:19:05 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 51 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 20, 2019 | Randy Ludlow and Jim Siegel
    Gov. Mike DeWine will propose an 18-cents a gallon increase in the gasoline tax to maintain and upgrade Ohio’s roads and bridges in the transportation budget he submits to lawmakers Thursday. That would amount to a 64 percent increase in the state’s current 28-cent gas tax, which the state transportation director has said is insufficient for the state and local governments to maintain current roads or finish major new construction projects. DeWine revealed the number Wednesday on WTAM in Cleveland. He did not disclose if the amount would be phased in over multiple years. He also did not discuss if...
  • Commissioners: No to proposed regional bridge district

    02/20/2019 8:12:20 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Albany Democrat-Herald ^ | February 20, 2019 | Alex Paul
    Linn County Commissioners Roger Nyquist, John Lindsey and Will Tucker were unanimous Tuesday morning in their opposition to a proposal by Rep. Paul Evans, D-Monmouth, to create a multi-county taxing district supporting construction of a bridge over the Willamette River in Salem. Evans introduced House Bill 2974 on Friday. It would create a Capital Region Special Bridge District and would exact taxes from residents from Polk, Marion, Linn and Yamhill and possibly Benton counties. The proposal is aimed at spreading the cost of bridges regionally since residents of several counties work in Salem. Nyquist was traveling and participated by telephone....
  • Baltimore’s So Segregated, Even Strava Shows It. These Runners Want to Change That

    02/20/2019 7:15:03 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    Runner's World ^ | February 19, 2019 | Robbe Reddinger
    It’s a warm summer evening and Devan Clapp is standing outside his two-story brick row house in northeast Baltimore’s Ramblewood neighborhood. The streets are quiet, with postage-stamp lawns; a transition area between the city and the suburbs of Baltimore County just a couple miles north. This neighborhood, like every other Baltimore neighborhood Clapp’s family has lived in the last hundred years, was predominantly white, before it wasn’t. He talks of how, in the 1980s, the skin color of his mother and father, godmother and brother, drove their white neighbors up and over to the “more-welcoming” side of the county line....
  • DeWine supports gas tax hike to raise highway cash -- the increase could be big

    02/19/2019 8:13:44 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 83 replies
    The Columbus Dispatch ^ | February 19, 2019 | Jim Siegel and Randy Ludlow
    Gov. Mike DeWine said Tuesday that he will propose an increase in the gasoline tax — and it could be a sizable one — to fix and improve Ohio’s crumbling roads and bridges. The first-year Republican would not reveal the size of the proposed hike. DeWine told reporters the recommended increase would maintain the status quo of highway maintenance and some major projects. That would require another $600 million per year, or an additional 14 cents a gallon — a 50 percent increase in the 28-cent tax — based on figures from the Department of Transportation. The elevation will be...
  • Trump plans to use $8 billion to fund border wall, source says

    President Trump will take dramatic actions to fund his long-promised border wall and declare a national emergency, which will enable his administration to move $8 billion from various federal agencies to fund the project, a senior administration official told Fox News late Thursday. The news comes as Trump is expected to sign a House border security package that provides $1.4 billion for the project, which is far below the $5.7 billion Trump insisted he needed and would finance just a quarter of the 200-plus miles he wanted. Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, said earlier today that Trump will...
  • Plan knots together carbon fee, gas tax and new US 2 trestle

    02/14/2019 1:03:51 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Everett Daily Herald ^ | January 22, 2019 | Jerry Cornfield
    OLYMPIA — A plan for raising billions of dollars to build new bridges, widen old highways and open up fish passages will get its first public review this week. And, depending on the response, it could be its last. Sen. Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens, has drawn up a 10-year, $16.3 billion package of transportation improvements financed largely with a 6-cent hike in the gas tax and new fees on carbon emissions and development. Hobbs, who is chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, calculates that much money is needed to cover the cost of removing state-owned culverts to improve fish passages,...
  • The past, present and future of I-35

    02/14/2019 10:50:08 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    KVUE ^ | February 13, 2019 | Rebeca Trejo
    AUSTIN, Texas — Deep in the heart of Texas is an artery that's been clogged for decades. According to the Texas A&M Transportation Institute, the portion of Interstate 35 that runs through downtown Austin is the third-most congested highway in Texas. About a quarter of a million cars in the Austin area use it daily. Gabrielle Guevara, a New Orleans native who works as a nurse at the Austin Cancer Center in Georgetown, drives on I-35 every day. She describes her commute home as "frustrating." "When I first moved here in August, I thought it was going to be about...