Daily News Briefs, December 12, 2022

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Lincoln Tunnel And All Other PANYNJ Facilities Are Now Cashless

ABC News New York reports, the Lincoln Tunnel’s new all-electronic toll system went into operation on schedule early yesterday morning. “The move was the last step in a $500 million project to bring modern toll collecting to all of the Port Authority’s bridges and tunnels.” The authority reckons that by eliminating stops at the tunnel’s obsolete tollbooths it will save motorists over a million gallons of fuel a year, eliminate more than 11,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions annually and reduce rear-end collisions.

NJ.com reports that PANYNJ engineers will now “have to plan and schedule demolition of the old toll booths and plazas without affecting traffic. That phase of [AET conversion] will be a multi-year undertaking to coordinate demolition around already planned repairs and routine maintenance work at the George Washington Bridge and the [Holland and Lincoln] tunnels, with the goal of limiting inconvenience to motorists, authority officials said.”

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Shailen Bhatt Confirmed As FHWA Administrator

USDOT announced that the US Senate confirmed Shailen Bhatt’s appointment as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration on December 8. Transportation secretary Pete Buttigieg commented, “[Bhatt’s] leadership will be a tremendous asset as we continue to implement the largest investment in our nation’s roads, bridges and highways in a generation, and we are thrilled to have him on our team.” Bhatt served as an FHWA associate administrator during the Obama administration. At the time of his confirmation, he was a senior vice president at AECOM. His prior experience includes leadership of the Colorado and Delaware Departments of Transportation, and the Intelligent Transportation Society of America.

AASHTO Journal reports on the confirmation and the goals Bhatt outlined during the committee hearing on his nomination.

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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