Mexico’s President Pledges To End Toll Plaza Hijackings in Sonora

Fronteras Desk (via KJZZ) reports, “After Mexico’s National Guard successfully removed protesters from toll booths in other states,” President Andrés Manuel López Obrador is promising to end the occupations at Sonoran tollways. “Members of the Sonoran Free Transit Movement have been shutting down the toll booths across the state for more than two years now — arguing that the sometimes hefty fees are unconstitutional.” López Obrador told reporters, “We have just carried out, and it was a success, an operation to liberate the toll booths in Sinaloa. Now we’re coming for Sonora, because it’s the same. And they aren’t just shutting down toll booths, charging, but they threaten people, there is violence. So we’re putting order to the chaos.”

TCA Reopens Routes Briefly Closed By Major Brush Fire

The Transportation Corridor Agencies announced that yesterday’s temporary highway closures due to a major Orange County brush fire have been lifted, and all segments of the 133, 241 and 261 Toll Roads that were affected are now open.

ABC News Los Angeles reports that the Bond Fire continued to spread early this morning and hundreds of firefighters are working to bring it under control.

VDOT Opens 2021 Enrollment for ERC Tunnel Tolls Refund Program

WVEC reports, the enrollment period for Virginia DOT’s 2021 Toll Relief Program is open through February 13, 2021. The program provides partial Midtown and Downtown Tunnel toll refunds to eligible low-income residents of Norfolk and Portsmouth who open or already have a Virginia E-ZPass account. Applicants are required to register at the Norfolk or Portsmouth E-ZPass customer service center. (Elizabeth River Crossings is funding the program for ten years under an agreement with VDOT.)

New Orange County Brush Fire May Interrupt 241 Toll Road Traffic

The Transportation Corridor Agencies warned motorists that some closures of the 241 Toll Road may be necessary today as firefighters work to control an Orange County brush fire ignited last night by a house fire.

ABC News Los Angeles reports that the “Bond Fire” is growing rapidly and has already forced the  evacuation of residents in the Silverado, Williams and Modjeska Canyons.

CTRMA Commentary: An Austin Suburb’s Prosperity Owes Much To Mobility Investment

In an Austin Business Journal article, Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority chief Mike Heiligenstein holds up the 183A Toll Road project as an example of “how improving mobility can help shape the trajectory of a region’s economic prosperity.” Providing congestion relief and opening new areas to development, the two completed phases of 183A have helped shape Williamson County’s expansion into a “healthy, thriving, and inclusive community,” Heiligenstein writes. He notes that CTRMA’s “flexible financial engine” enables it to expand capacity in anticipation of traffic increases instead of responding to gridlock conditions. Heiligenstein also discusses the 183A Phase III expansion slated to get underway next year.