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  • The infrastructure myth

    06/21/2017 9:49:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    The Lagniappe Weekly ^ | June 21, 2017 | Jeff Poor
    Throughout the 2016 campaign and into the early stages of his presidency, Donald Trump vowed to make infrastructure improvements around the country. The promise was all part of his brand of populism — spend more money domestically and less abroad. America first. “We need members of both parties to join hands and work with us to pass a $1 trillion infrastructure plan to build new roads and bridges and airports and tunnels and highways and railways all across our great nation,” Trump pledged at a campaign rally in Melbourne, Florida, earlier this year. Given Trump’s Russia investigation toxicity, it will...
  • Truckers to get overnight toll discount during NYC construction

    06/21/2017 7:44:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 3 replies
    Fleet Owner ^ | June 13, 2017 | Neil Abt
    Truckers entering New York City by bridges and tunnels operated by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will receive a 50 percent discount on tolls during overnight hours this summer. From July 10 and Sept. 1, trucks will receive the discount between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. at the Henry Hudson Bridge, Whitestone Bridge, Throgs Neck Bridge, RFK Triborough Bridge, Queens Midtown Tunnel, Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn Battery Tunnel, Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge and Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge. The move is part of an effort to alleviate “the near-term summer crisis,” MTA said in...
  • How will Texas continue to pay for its highways?

    06/17/2017 12:54:06 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Housont Chronicle ^ | May 23, 2017 | Kyle Shelton, via The Urban Edge
    Texas is a highway state. This reality stems from the need to meet the mobility demands of both sprawling metropolitan regions and vast rural areas.Paying for the state's massive system of highways has always been a challenge, however. Estimates from the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) put the state's highway expansion and maintenance needs alone at nearly $383 billion by 2040. Existing public funding, projected to be $70 billion over the next decade, will not be able to cover that cost without unprecedented funding increases after 2026.While Texans are clearly amenable to paying for better roads — two recent state...
  • Scott Walker says he's open to tolling

    06/17/2017 5:01:39 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 69 replies
    The Wisconsin State Journal ^ | May 31, 2017 | Mark Sommerhauser
    BELOIT — Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday signaled he’s open to charging tolls on Wisconsin’s Interstates, but with a key condition: linking it to a reduction in the state’s 30.9-cent-per-gallon gas tax. Walker also said an impasse over the state’s next transportation budget risks costly delays to billion-dollar highway projects now under construction. That includes a $1.2 billion expansion of Interstate 39-90 from the Madison area to the Illinois state line. The Interstate formed the backdrop for Walker’s remarks in a press conference at a Beloit rest stop. Republicans who control the state Assembly have proposed seeking federal approval to...
  • Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure promise has an obstacle: His own budget cuts

    06/16/2017 5:52:41 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WZVN ABC 7 ^ | June 9, 2017 | Patrick Gillespie
    NEW YORK (CNNMoney) -- President Trump says he's creating a $1 trillion plan to rebuild America's roads, bridges and runways. "We will create the first class infrastructure our country and our people deserve," Trump said Wednesday in Cincinnati. "It's time to rebuild our country to bring back our jobs." Trump has dubbed this week as "infrastructure week." But an analysis of the Trump budget finds that it cuts infrastructure spending overall by $55 billion, according to the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton Budget Model, a non-partisan research organization. (Coincidentally, Trump graduated from the Wharton School in 1968). Over 10 years, Trump's...
  • NBC2 Investigators: Tolls won't be used for Cape Coral Bridge project

    06/16/2017 5:17:47 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 1 replies
    NBC 2 ^ | May 26, 2017 | Delia D'Ambra
    LEE COUNTY, Fla. - The entire westbound span of the Cape Coral Bridge will be replaced in about 11 years. That overhaul will be an expensive project costing $88 million. At the rate you're paying the $2 toll right now, the money could be saved and ready to pay for it in half that time. However, that’s not happening, and NBC2 investigated to find out why. More than 20,000 vehicles pass over the Cape Coral Bridge in a single day. Drivers headed to the Cape from Fort Myers have to pay $2 before jumping on the westbound span. "Living on...
  • Hillsborough leaders vote to go forward with TBX's toll lane successor, Tampa Bay Next

    06/16/2017 4:12:45 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Tampa Bay Times ^ | June 13, 2017 | Caitlin Johnston
    TAMPA — Hillsborough County leaders voted Tuesday to move forward with a plan to add 90 miles of toll lanes to Tampa Bay's interstates despite continued opposition from the people whose neighborhoods would be impacted the most by the project. The Hillsborough County Metropolitan Planning Organization — a 16-person board which approves transportation projects — listened to more than 3˝- hours of public comment on its Transportation Improvement Program, which lists the county's priorities for the next five years. The TIP includes dozens of projects, from road maintenance to bike paths. But the evening's debate centered around only one project:...
  • 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...
  • Journal Times editorial: The time for toll roads has arrived in Wisconsin

    06/15/2017 10:10:55 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Journal Times ^ | May 30, 2017 | The Journal Times Editorial Board
    Now that the long Memorial Day holiday is over and legislators and the governor have returned from their road trips, we hope they have a better sense of the condition of highways around the state and a renewed sense of urgency on the need for upgrades and repairs. The first order of business, it would seem to us, is to come to some agreement on a state transportation budget for the next two years. Hopefully, hopefully, when that is done they will also take a longer-term view of Wisconsin’s highway construction needs and how best they should be met —...
  • Trump infrastructure push faces cold shoulder from Congress

    06/15/2017 5:41:19 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    WXOW News 19 ^ | June 6, 2017 | Erica Werner (AP)
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Repairing the nation's crumbling roads and bridges was supposed to be an area ripe for bipartisan compromise between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump. Instead, Democrats are panning Trump's proposed $1 trillion overhaul and even Republicans are balking at some aspects of the emerging plan. The White House's self-proclaimed "Infrastructure Week" began with Trump appearing Monday with aviation officials and some prominent GOP lawmakers to announce plans to privatize the nation's air traffic control system and separate operations from the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Penalties for unpaid tolls could plunge — but only on some tollways

    06/15/2017 3:58:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 11 replies
    The Austin American-Statesman ^ | May 18, 2017 | Ben Wear
    The rapidly escalating tollway fines that have left some Texans owing thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars could be a thing of the past, based on an amendment that surprisingly found its way into a Texas Department of Transportation bill this week. But the impact to your pocketbook would depend on which tollway you’re driving. Under the amendment, a car owner who has driven on a tollway without paying — even hundreds of times — would owe at most $73 in fines every six months, plus the unpaid tolls. But that change, proposed by Rep. Ina Minjarez, D-San...
  • VERIFY: Are Houston toll road fees ever going away?

    06/12/2017 10:59:41 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 41 replies
    KHOU ^ | May 19, 2017 | Tim Wetzel
    HOUSTON - The teachers at Spring Forest Middle School asked KHOU 11's Verify team whether Beltway 8 has been paid off and if the tolls will ever go away in the foreseeable future. "Why do we still pay for toll roads?" wondered 7th grade teacher Rebecca Mustachio. "To be honest, I thought we would be done paying for toll roads." We are not even close to paying the bill for those roads, according to Roxana Sibrian of the Harris County Toll Road Authority. In a statement emailed to KHOU, the authority says it will be paying off construction debt until...
  • Tolls, private financing obstacles to Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure plan

    06/12/2017 8:16:35 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Huntsville Item ^ | June 10, 2017 | Kery Murakami CNHI Washington Bureau
    WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s grand plan to spend $1 trillion over the next 10 years on highways and other infrastructure improvements faces a formidable roadblock in Congress and state legislatures. There’s agreement the investment is badly needed to improve the nation’s sagging infrastructure but how to cover the huge expense is the point of tension. Trump would use $200 billion in public funds to generate $800 billion in private money under a partnership program that would finance government bonds and also return a profit to private companies through interstate tolls and other user fees. To do that, Congress would...
  • Throwback Tulsa: Controversial Creek Turnpike opened 25 years ago

    06/12/2017 7:13:10 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    The Tulsa World ^ | March 5, 2017 | Debbie Jackson
    Least terns. A federal lawsuit. Greenpeace. Vandals. Industrious beavers. Angry homeowners. Bureaucratic delays. These were among the obstacles and setbacks that had to be overcome before the Creek Turnpike was built. At one point, the chairman of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority declared it a “total disaster” and exclaimed: “The Creek Turnpike in Tulsa, God only knows when that’ll be completed,” John Kilpatrick said, as reported by the Tulsa World’s Wayne Greene on Oct. 19, 1990. “If we had it to do all over again, we wouldn’t do that project,” the exasperated Kilpatrick said after federal bureaucrats held up construction of...
  • Private Toll Operators Salivate Over Donald Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

    06/11/2017 11:05:39 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 129 replies
    The Intercept ^ | June 6, 2017 | Lee Fang
    Investors are hoping to seize upon the $1 trillion infrastructure plan proposed by President Donald Trump to transform the nation’s highways, bridges, and tunnels into assets they can monetize by adding tolls and other user fees.The Trump infrastructure plan, which the administration plans to roll out this week, is centered on the idea of “asset recycling,” which refers to the process of securing new infrastructure spending by leasing the operations of existing public property to private operators.The privatization-centered scheme has the nation’s largest toll operators salivating. Transurban, Cintra, and TransCore, three major toll operators, have retained federal lobbyists to influence...
  • Real-time traffic, alerts to go live on I-90 this summer

    06/11/2017 4:16:21 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | May 17, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    Jane Addams Tollway (I-90) drivers can expect those inscrutable black gantries towering over the roadway to get chatty this summer. The Illinois tollway has completed installation and testing of 29 digital message signs between Barrington Road and O'Hare International Airport. The displays will provide real-time traffic updates and safety advisories and direct drivers to shift lanes when crashes occur. The system will go live around the end of July or early August, Chief Engineer Paul Kovacs said at a Wednesday committee meeting. "All the construction is done and we've completed the testing so we know it's operational. Now we're training...
  • Pyke: 5 takeaways from the tollway's momentous Route 53 decision

    06/10/2017 10:55:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Chicago Daily Herald ^ | May 30, 2017 | Marni Pyke
    After years of angst over whether to extend Route 53 north into Lake County, the Illinois tollway moved with dizzying speed last week approving a $25 million study of the project. But while the board's vote took seconds, there were hours of fraught testimony from environmentalists fearful of pollution, residents worried about losing their homes, commuters sick of sitting in traffic and construction industry representatives lobbying for jobs. Here are five take-aways from a momentous week: 1. Promising to pay for the extension could be a game-changer. Unlike his predecessors, Chairman Bob Schillerstrom pledged that if Route 53 is extended,...
  • Michigan Adds Connected Car Upgrades to I-75

    06/10/2017 7:13:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 18 replies
    HDT Trucking Info ^ | May 23, 2017 | HDT Trucking Info
    The Michigan Department of Transportation has begun work on a vehicle-to-infrastructure communications project, in which 3M will provide lane markings, smart sign technology and dedicated short-range communication devices for a three-mile stretch of I-75, according to a report from ITS International. Once these items are installed, the Oakland County stretch of highway will allow the testing of advanced vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communications. The construction project is expected to take about four months to finish.Michigan is emerging as one of the leaders in V2I and vehicle-to-vehicle communications research and adoption. V2I communications involve the wireless exchange of critical safety and operational data between vehicles...
  • Madrid Bans 'Manspreading' On Mass Transit

    06/09/2017 7:27:54 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    MRC TV ^ | June 9, 2017 | Ashley Rae Goldenberg
    The city of Madrid has joined the likes of other Progressive cities like New York City and banned “manspreading” on mass transit. According to Spanish news source the Local, the Municipal Transportation Company (EMT) will be posting signs on the bus system discouraging men from spreading their legs when sitting. A tweet by the Madrid City Council shows the signs will include a big red “x” next to a photo of a man with his legs spread and the phrase, “Respect the space of others” next to it: In a statement provided to the Local, the EMT said, “The new...
  • LIVE Stream: President Trump Delivers Remarks at the Department of Transportation 6/9/17

    06/09/2017 8:47:24 AM PDT · by Mechanicos · 6 replies
    RSBN Youtube ^ | Jine 9, 2017 | RSBN
    LIVE Stream: President Trump Delivers Remarks at the Department of Transportation