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12/11/2019

Toll road systems are moving closer to nationwide interoperability, with 17 states and 37 agencies on board, said IBTTA Executive Director and CEO Pat Jones in a recent interview. "Ninety-five percent of toll transactions are already interoperable. The challenge is simply knitting together each region that is interoperable," Jones said.

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Tolling Points
12/11/2019

The Connecticut legislature will convene a special session of the General Assembly in January to vote on Gov. Ned Lamont's transportation proposal. Twelve bridge tolls for only trucks is expected to be included in the plan.

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The Associated Press
12/11/2019

Motorists can now use K-Tag, Texas TollTag or Oklahoma PikePass as part of electronic tolling on the Kansas Turnpike at the Southern Terminal near the Oklahoma border. The three states have a cooperative arrangement for their electronic turnpike systems.

12/11/2019

The Jakarta-Cikampek II elevated toll road in Indonesia will be inaugurated ahead of schedule on Dec. 12. The 22.6-mile, $1.15 billion road has been under construction since July 2017.

12/11/2019

Motorists in Sugar Grove, Ill., can now access I-88 to and from the east with the opening of the rebuilt interchange at Route 47. All-electronic toll plazas have been installed on the new ramps.

12/11/2019

Blockchain technology can provide electronic toll collection systems with enhanced security and interoperability, according to David Smith. Blockchain makes for smoother and faster toll transactions for both the user and operator.

12/11/2019

The Port Authority of New York & New Jersey reportedly has reversed course and will not cancel the carpool discount at the George Washington Bridge and Holland and Lincoln tunnels. The Port Authority said it first canceled the discount partly because of cashless tolling that is scheduled to begin by 2021.

12/11/2019

Rhode Island Trucking Association President Chris Maxwell says it is harmful to the industry for a company like Commodity Haulers Express to run up unpaid tolls. Maxwell's comments came after the trucking company had five of its tractor-trailers seized for owing $75,000 in unpaid tolls to the Maine Turnpike Authority.

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GoLocalProv
12/11/2019

Police offers can only drive toll-free while performing official duties, according to Virginia law. Toll payment for Interstates 395, 495 and 95 are controlled by Transurban, not the Virginia State Police.

12/11/2019

One truck plus three days, 2,800 miles and 40,000 pounds of butter equals the first autonomous commercial freight cross-country trip. Plus.ai did the job -- with a backup safety driver and an engineer on board -- and co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Shawn Kerrigan touted the "safety, reliability and maturity of our overall system," which includes cameras, radar and lidar.

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