Daily News Briefs, December 13, 2019

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Express Lanes Will Have No Maximum Toll Rate under New MTC Protocol

Patch (Fremont, California) highlights one aspect of express lane policy changes about which the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) is now soliciting public comment. Patch notes that when East Bay I-880 HOV lanes are converted to express lanes (a project slated for completion next summer), an MTC affiliate will implement dynamic pricing at a minimum toll rate of fifty cents but no fixed maximum rate.

California Express Lanes Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) San Francisco Bay Area (CA)


CTRMA Contributes to Metro Austin Livability

Austin Business Journal publishes an article by Mike Heiligenstein explaining how Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority projects shorten commutes and generally enhance regional transportation, even for residents of metro Austin who don’t have a CTRMA facility within their county.

In a separate sponsored contribution to the newspaper, Heiligenstein describes CTRMA’s 183A phase III project (now undergoing final design) as a response to mounting growth and traffic congestion in suburban Williamson County. He also notes that the mobility improvements brought about by previous stages of the 183 project fostered positive economic and quality-of-life impacts.

Austin (TX) Metro Area Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) Texas


Truckers Renew Constitutional Claims about Tolling in Petition to US Supreme Court

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette looks at the issues raised by the Owner Operator Independent Drivers Association in the petition it filed this week in the US Supreme Court. The trucking group is asking the Court to review trial and appellate court rulings that dismissed OOIDA’s lawsuit challenging the purpose and amount of Pennsylvania Turnpike toll rate increases made necessary by the state legislature.

Issues of Law Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC)


SH 130 Tollway Opening Helped Define the San Antonio of the 2010s

KSAT named the 2012 completion of the SH 130 toll road, “touted as having the nation’s fastest speed limit at 85 mph,” one of the news stories that defined San Antonio’s past decade.

San Antonio TX Metro Region SH 130 Concession (TX) Texas Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)


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

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