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  • Gas taxes, food delivery fees and more: Washington lawmakers eye 33 fees, taxes to pay for transportation

    05/07/2021 10:46:34 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    The Seattle Times ^ | April 12, 2021 | Mike Lindblom
    Nowadays, the government needs more than gasoline taxes to fund its vast mission to expand, replace and preserve transportation routes in Washington state. Legislators have drawn up a menu of 33 tax and fee increases under the proposed 16-year Forward Washington plan, updated last week by Senate Transportation Committee Chair Steve Hobbs, D-Lake Stevens. That way, perhaps no single cost will provoke enough public fury to torpedo the plan. “Nobody likes to be taxed, but we also want to make this fair as we spread it across different sectors,” Hobbs said Friday. His approach holds direct gas-tax hikes to 9.8...
  • Tired Of Paying Toll Tax, Angry Villagers In Karnataka Use Bulldozer To Construct Road Of Their Own

    05/06/2021 3:13:05 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    The India Times ^ | April 8, 2021 | Basit Aijaz
    While FASTag was seen as a transformative step to overcome various toll hurdles, the initiative doesn't have everyone's blessings. Ever since, FASTag was made mandatory for vehicles, there have been frequent commotions between locals and toll companies over concession. There has also been a growing demands of locals wanting a toll-free service as another option. However, as such a drastic rule change seems far from simple, it has led to people taking matters into their own hands. Tired of paying toll tax, villagers in coastal Karnataka, used a bulldozer to construct a 'parallel' road to bypass the booth. The residents...
  • MTA pulls security cameras from NYC subway train due to vendor’s ties to Chinese facial recognition company

    04/23/2021 9:14:19 AM PDT · by Salman · 19 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | APR 22, 2021 | CLAYTON GUSE
    The MTA on Thursday abruptly halted a program to test new security cameras on subway cars — a day after the Daily News raised questions about the ties the company providing the technology has to a Chinese firm that specializes in facial recognition technology. Transit managers last week sent a memo to subway crews alerting them of new video cameras installed on a four-car G line train. The new tech is part of a years-long effort by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to improve security and put more eyes underground. The test program installed four cameras in each of the cars,...
  • Gov. Tom Wolf Proposes Phasing Out Pennsylvania's Gasoline Tax

    04/17/2021 2:13:46 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 25 replies
    Construction Equipment Guide ^ | March 16, 2021 | Associated Press
    Amid a deepening stalemate over financing highways and public transit, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf on March 12 proposed phasing out his state's gasoline tax, the second highest in the nation, and appointed a commission to recommend alternative ways to pay for the state's needs. Wolf ordered a panel of several dozen lawmakers, transportation industry representatives, transportation planners, government officials and others to deliver recommendations by Aug. 1 of funding alternatives to foot the extra billions of dollars deemed to be necessary. "Our economy, our communities and our future rely on a strong transportation system that supports our safety and growth,"...
  • New W&OD Trail Bridge Crossing Rt. 29 Avoids Chaotic Intersection

    03/25/2021 11:43:14 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 14 replies
    The Falls Church News-Press ^ | March 18, 2021 | Matt Delaney
    The anticipated opening of the Washington & Old Dominion trail bridge over Route 29 along the City of Falls Church and Arlington’s border is finally here, letting pedestrians and cyclists alike breathe a sigh of relief. A ribbon was cut for the bridge on Friday, signaling the completion of one major part of the Dual Trails project that is being started in Falls Church and eventually expanded to other sections of the W&OD, according to NOVA Parks executive director Paul Gilbert, the agency that primarily manages the trail. But more importantly, the bridge’s construction removes one of the 45-mile trail’s...
  • Maryland selects Transurban, Macquarie to develop toll lanes for Beltway, I-270

    03/23/2021 6:16:32 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    MSN News ^ | February 18, 2021 | Katherine Shaver, Washington Post
    Maryland transportation officials announced Thursday that they have selected Australian toll road operator Transurban to develop high-occupancy toll lanes for the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270, potentially cementing the company’s dominance in the Washington region. If Transurban and its partner, Australian investment bank Macquarie Capital, ultimately reach a 50-year deal with the state to build and operate the lanes, Transurban eventually would control 102 miles of express toll lanes around the nation’s capital — 37 in Maryland and 65 in Northern Virginia. Connecting high-occupancy toll (HOT) lanes in the two states would mark the beginnings of a regional network of...
  • Missouri: House Passes Public Transit Self-Defense Bill

    03/09/2021 12:32:41 PM PST · by MCF · 11 replies
    NRA-ILA ^ | 9 March, 2021 | Staff NRA-ILA
    Yesterday, the House passed House Bill 52 by an overwhelming majority of 124-32, to ensure law-abiding citizens may carry firearms for self-defense on public transit. It now goes to the Senate for further consideration.
  • Infrastructure Projects Worth $306B Will Help NY's Economic Recovery: Cuomo

    02/19/2021 10:18:09 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    Engineering News-Record ^ | January 19, 2021 | Eydie Cubarrubia
    In his State of the State address, Gov. Andrew Cuomo touted the $306 billion in current and proposed infrastructure projects around New York that he said would revitalize the economy after COVID-19 shut down businesses and non-essential construction. In his Jan. 14 speech, the governor said a total $51 billion was being spent for projects to revive Manhattan's Midtown West neighborhoods, citing potential new projects as well as those well into planning. That figure includes the $1.6 billion Moynihan Train Hall, which opened Jan. 1; the $1.5 billion Jacob K. Javits Center expansion, expected to be completed this year; and...
  • Exit renumbering project moves to part of Route 128 in February

    01/30/2021 4:53:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 38 replies
    WCVB 5 ABC ^ | January 27, 2021 | Nowcast News Center 5
    BOSTON — The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is getting ready to switch the exit signs along part of Route 128 to a mileage-based system. Work on the signs along Route 3 is expected to be finished on Tuesday and installations along Route 128 from Gloucester to Peabody will begin Wednesday. The swapping of signs along that part of Route 128 is expected to last about eight days, MassDOT officials said. The exit numbers are being changed by MassDOT to comply with federal highway mandates, which require mile-based exit signs. Massachusetts is one of three states that have not yet begun...
  • D.C. warns a maglev stop at Mount Vernon Square would bring disruption

    01/30/2021 4:35:01 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 45 replies
    The Washington Post Bezos Adware Farm ^ | January 25, 2021 | Luz Lazo
    Construction for a maglev train line that would take passengers from Washington to Baltimore in 15 minutes could alter a D.C. neighborhood and affect nearby properties for years, District officials said Monday. A maglev station in the Mount Vernon Square area has the potential to change the character of the neighborhood and bring “substantial construction and long-term operational implications on nearby properties,” Andrew Trueblood, director of the D.C. Office of Planning, said in a statement that urged residents and city leaders to engage in the federal review of the multibillion-dollar project. The 40-mile “superconducting magnetic levitation train system,” commonly called...
  • Province anticipates another banner year ahead for road construction

    01/26/2021 6:13:52 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 2 replies
    CBC News ^ | January 22, 2021 | Michael Gorman
    Transportation Minister Lloyd Hines says 2021-22 will likely be another record year for road building in Nova Scotia. The annual government highways plan is usually out by December, but the document has been delayed by the pandemic, said Hines. "We are anticipating that we will match or eclipse the number from last year, which will be a cumulative amount of over $1 billion spent on improving our highway system in Nova Scotia in the last two fiscal years," the minister told reporters following a cabinet meeting on Thursday. Hines said the budget right now for roads and highways for the...
  • Stephanie Pollack Leaving MassDOT to Join Biden’s Federal Highway Administration

    01/25/2021 3:37:57 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 21 replies
    StreetsBlog Mass ^ | January 21, 2021 | Christian MilNeil
    MassDOT Secretary Stephanie Pollack has been appointed to the new Biden-Harris administration as the new Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Pollack has led MassDOT since 2015, at the beginning of Governor Charlie Baker’s first term. Before she joined the state government, Pollack had been Associate Director for Research at the Kitty and Michael Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University, and an attorney and director of the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF). As a CLF attorney in the 1990s, Pollack helped negotiate a package of significant transit improvements that the state promised to build as mitigation...
  • Murphy Administration Celebrates Final Step Toward Construction of New Portal North Bridge

    01/18/2021 5:08:37 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    Insider NJ ^ | January 14, 2021 | Insider NJ
    TRENTON – Governor Phil Murphy, alongside Department of Transportation Commissioner and NJ TRANSIT Board Chair Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, NJ TRANSIT President & CEO Kevin Corbett, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill, Congressman Tom Malinowski, and Amtrak Board Chair Tony Coscia, today celebrated the finalization of the Full Funding Grant Agreement (FFGA) with the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to construct a new Portal North Bridge. NJ TRANSIT CEO and President Kevin Corbett executed the agreement with the FTA today, which will provide $766.5 million dollars in federal funding for the Portal North Bridge. The new Portal North Bridge, a $1.8 billion...
  • Report: How to Fix Surface Transportation Funding

    01/04/2021 1:23:18 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | December 9, 2020 | Jessica Lombardo
    The surface transportation construction industry has long had to rely on Washington for its prosperity. We spend most years holding our breath and hoping we will receive more Federal funding to fix our crumbling roads, bridges and highway systems. Currently in the United States, 7 percent of bridges are structurally deficient, and 19 percent of major highway pavements have deteriorated. Yet, our existing financing structure has few tools to address the looming reconstruction challenges facing existing infrastructure. In 2020, Congress passed a one-year extension of the Fixing America's Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. While the one-year extension of the FAST Act...
  • Transportation infrastructure could be key to inclusive economic recovery, but investment has languished

    01/01/2021 2:14:35 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Connecticut Mirror ^ | November 30, 2020 | Keith M. Phaneuf
    Public transit services and Connecticut’s transportation building program have been forced to compete for limited resources for nearly a decade. But if Connecticut is to revitalize its economy in an inclusive fashion, experts say, legislators and governors must embrace both priorities in equal measure. Without a comprehensive, time-efficient system of buses and trains — and interconnecting bicycle and walking paths — too many workers can’t get to the jobs, classes and other training they need to make the economy grow. And if a construction industry that has languished since the last recession isn’t allowed to rebuild Connecticut’s aging infrastructure, many...
  • Best of 2020: Broken promises to fund transportation defined last 15 years

    01/01/2021 10:32:31 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Connecticut Mirror ^ | December 29, 2020 (originally published January 27, 2020) | Keith M. Phaneuf
    The caller, identified as “Bob from West Hartford,” hit a nerve when he dialed into Gov. Ned Lamont’s Jan. 9 appearance on WTIC-1080 AM with morning hosts Ray Dunaway and Joe D’Ambrosio. “Hi Governor Lamont. In the most recent [state] budget you diverted $170 million out of gas taxes in the Special Transportation Fund,” Bob said. “That’s a myth that gets perpetrated day-in and day-out,” Lamont responded. “There is no diversion taking place, so you can put that one to rest.” Not so fast, governor. Although Lamont and fellow Democrats insist the diversion charge is a “myth,” the truth is...
  • So What IS the Deal With The Governor And This New Gateway Project Report?

    12/02/2020 10:28:44 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 9 replies
    StreetsBlog NYC ^ | November 30, 2020 | Dave Colon
    What the L? Gov. Cuomo rocked the regional transportation world this week when he cheered a report suggesting that the existing cross-Hudson tunnels between New Jersey and New York don’t need a full shutdown to rebuild them, potentially throwing yet another wrench into the plan to build a new pair of tunnels to boost interstate rail capacity, a $13-billion piece of the Gateway Project. It’s the latest baffling twist in the decade-plus-long saga. On Sunday, the governor suggested that a report done for the Port Authority by consultants London Bridge Associates showed that the existing century-old tunnels could be fixed...
  • Coronavirus Prompts Revised Transit Policies [semi-satire]

    03/24/2020 10:23:07 AM PDT · by John Semmens · 2 replies
    Semi-News/Semi-Satire ^ | 22 March 2020 | John Semmens
    In a bid to protect citizens from undue exposure to the coronavirus, the Madison, Wisconsin Metro Transit system has issued new guidelines for bus operations. Starting this week, Metro Transit will limit the number of persons allowed on a bus to one at a time. Mayor Satya Rhodes-Conway pointed out that “since each bus requires a driver, no passengers will be allowed on board as long as the driver is behind the wheel. We recognize that ordinarily this would present a hardship for those who depend on public transit to get around the City. To mitigate the hardship on riders,...
  • Virginia’s Recent Extremism a Warning Sign for Other States

    01/28/2020 4:11:39 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | January 27, 2020 | Jarrett Stepman
    The Old Dominion is trending in an ominous direction, and it’s a problem for the whole country. On Monday, the Virginia General Assembly ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. Advocates of the ERA have argued that Virginia is the 38th and final state needed to add it to the Constitution, though the legal argument for that is dubious. Nevertheless, if the ERA were to become law, it would almost certainly provide the legal basis to enshrine left-wing social dogmas nationwide, among other negative consequences. Other states should take note: No matter how conservative your state has been in the past, you’re...
  • PA Turnpike tolls go up 6% in 2020, but smaller increases expected beginning in 2023

    12/31/2019 4:45:29 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 34 replies
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | December 29, 2019 | Ed Blazina
    Pennsylvania Turnpike users can expect 6% toll increases in 2020 and 2021 but then — if the state Legislature follows through with plans to change how the state funds public transit — the rate of annual increases gradually will go down to 3% in 2028. Nikolaus Grieshaber, the turnpike’s chief financial officer, outlined the agency’s financial future recently in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette about the 6% toll hike that begins Jan. 5. The increase marks the 12th year in a row that rates have gone up and will increase the fee for a car traveling the length of...