Daily News Briefs, July 25, 2019

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Work Resumes on CTRMA's MoPac South Extension Plan

Community Impact Newspaper looks at the revival of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s MoPac extension project in South Austin. Progress on implementation of the extension plan was slowed for several years by a lawsuit (subsequently resolved in CTRMA’s favor) and a state moratorium on toll facility projects.

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


GDOT Gets $5 Million INFRA Grant for New Ramp to Express Lanes

East Cobb News reports, Georgia DOT received a $5 million INFRA grant from USDOT, the final funding piece for a project to build a ramp connecting Akers Mill Road to the Northwest Corridor Express Lanes. The article notes that most of the $44 million project budget comes from state and local sources. $44 million project.

Atlanta Business Chronicle also reports.

Atlanta (GA) Metro Region Express Lanes Georgia Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)


Florida's Turnpike Will Provide Fast EV Charging at All Service Plazas

Orlando Sentinel reports, “All eight service plazas on Florida’s Turnpike from Sumter County to Miami will be getting fast charging stations for electric cars, Gov. Ron DeSantis said [yesterday]. Speaking outside the Turnpike headquarters . . . , DeSantis said each plaza will have three fast charging stations begin to be installed before the end of the year.” Funding will reportedly come from Florida’s share of the Volkswagen emissions settlement. The governor added that the state “hopes to begin the bidding process to install such stations off of major interstate exits in the near future.”

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Florida Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE)


NY Thruway's Effort to Staff Tollbooths Until Cashless Conversion Occurs

WGRZ reports, although the New York Thruway is in the process of converting to all-electronic tolling, it is recruiting toll collectors and will continue to do so until the day it stops accepting cash. The article looks at the status of the thruway’s existing workforce and its offer to prospective recruits.

AET (All-Electronic Tolling) New York New York State Thruway Authority Toll Collectors


RITBA Enforcement Campaign Aims to Keep Drivers Safe During Construction

The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority announced the beginning on Monday, July 29, of a multi-agency speed and distracted driving enforcement campaign to coincide with the speed limit restrictions made necessary by Phase II of the Newport Pell Bridge road deck project. RITBA said RIDOT as well as state and local police agencies will cooperate in the effort to cite offenses that occur on the highway approaches to the bridge and the span itself.

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Rhode Island Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA)


These are a few of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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