Daily News Brief, June 27, 2016

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PANYNJ Lays Groundwork for AET on All Bridges and Tunnels with $170 Million Investment

NJ.com reports, “Port Authority officials plan to spend $170 million to modernize the toll collection equipment at its bridges and tunnels and to set the stage to completely eliminate cash tolls. . . . The authority’s Board of Commissioners will be asked to vote on [June 30] to replace the existing Integrated Toll Collection System, which dates to 1997, with new equipment.” PANYNJ plans to reopen the Bayonne Bridge without tollbooths in 2017 upon completion of its improvement project. Spokesman Neal Buccino tells the newspaper, “At this time, the agency does not have plans for the establishment of AET at its other crossings.”

Click here and scroll to page 13 to read PANYNJ documents regarding the proposed toll system contract

New Jersey


DE, PA, CT & NH Propose Pilot to Test VMT

The Washington Post reports, “A group of East Coast states wants to help overhaul the way America pays for its decaying roads, and it’s starting with Monopoly money. Delaware, Pennsylvania, Connecticut and New Hampshire are proposing pilots to figure out how they might charge motorists a fee for the miles they travel — rather than taxing their gas, as state and federal officials do today.” The four states are members of the I-95 Corridor Coalition, which has applied for a federal grant for the project. The report adds, “The Mineta Transportation Institute, which has polled the public on a variety of tax questions for the past seven years, found that the mileage tax was ‘unwaveringly unpopular.’”

Connecticut Delaware New Hampshire Pennsylvania


The Lafayette Toll Road Loop Lives

The Advocate (Baton Rouge) reports, “The Lafayette Metropolitan Expressway Commission is preparing to refocus on one of the more ambitious infrastructure proposals in Lafayette’s history, a toll road loop around the city. The loop proposal,” dubbed the Lafayette Regional Xpressway project, “isn’t new, but it’s been roughly five years since any significant public discussion of the project. . . .” The commission plans to hold public hearings this fall on possible routes for the tollway.