Matthew Chudoba, a public relations account director, writes that Connecticut needs toll roads as a way to fund transportation improvements. "Over time, it became impossible to ignore the benefits that a steady and reliable user fee would have on the improvement of the driver (and passenger) experience now and well into the future," Chudoba writes.
Ground has been broken on the Gilcrease Expressway Extension, which is expected to ease traffic congestion in Tulsa, Okla., and spur economic development. The $330 million, four-lane toll road will connect the Tisdale Parkway to Interstate 44 and is expected to be completed in 2022.
The quickest route to clear traffic congestion in the Baton Rouge, La., metro area is through the addition of toll roads, writes Livingston Parish News Editor J. McHugh David. A recent Texas A&M University study found that the area ranked third nationally among mid-level cities in traffic problems.
The New Jersey Turnpike Authority recently said that for the eighth consecutive year, there will be no toll increases in 2020 on the Garden State Parkway and Turnpike. No toll increases were needed with toll revenue boosts forecast for next year.
The successful development of all-electronic tolling could serve as an example for how a future of autonomous vehicles could work on a large scale, according to IBTTA's Bill Cramer. "If our industry's experience is any indication, [autonomous vehicle proponents are] in for quite a ride . . . with lots of opportunities to enjoy the trip," he writes.
Philadelphia brought together six focus groups to explore ways to develop as a smart city and the result is a strategic plan now released to the public. The plan includes a Pitch & Pilot approach to smart solutions in which the city solicits ideas to a problem and turn an idea into a pilot project instead of a full commitment.
Almost 343 million vehicles generated approximately $255 million in toll revenue in the first nine months of 2019 on Turkey's bridges and highways, according to the Turkish Highways Directorate.
The Harris County Toll Road Authority is teaming with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Harris County Flood Control District to provide more than $56 million in flood-related improvements along a tributary in Tomball's Willow Creek Watershed.
Four public workshops are scheduled for November on the Interstate 270 portion of Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's Interstate 270 and Interstate 495 traffic relief project. Private companies would cover the cost for the design and construction of toll lanes.
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