Daily News Briefs, June 17, 2019

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Op-Ed Predicts Success for Maryland Toll Lanes Projects

The Baltimore Sun posts an op-ed column by The Traffic Group’s Wes Guckert endorsing the  recently approved Maryland plan for constructing managed express lanes around Washington, DC. Guckert cites data on Northern Virginia’s I-95 HOT lane and congestion pricing facilities as evidence that Maryland commuters — both toll lane and general purpose lane motorists — will see benefits from similar developments on I-270 and I-495.

Meanwhile, “Land Line” Magazine reports that opposition to the P3 toll lanes plan continues in two suburban DC counties that Governor Larry Hogan claims will benefit from traffic congestion reductions.

66 Express Lanes (Inside DC Beltway) 95/395/495 Express Lanes (Metro Washington DC) Congestion Pricing Express Lanes Maryland Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)


Nebraska Newspaper Calls for I-80 Tolls

McCook Daily Gazette editors favor tolling of Nebraska’s busy segment of I-80. They acknowledge that interstate tolls would drive some traffic onto secondary roads, but suggest that might not be such a bad thing, since it would “help counterbalance the tendency for economic development to concentrate along the interstate at the expense of other regions of the state.”

I-80 Nebraska Nebraska Department of Transportation


New Florida Law Greenlights Automated Vehicle Use

Florida Politics (scroll down to “State paves way for autonomous vehicles”) reports, “A bill aimed at encouraging autonomous vehicle use in Florida is now law. Gov. DeSantis [last] week signed legislation (HB311) that expressly allows autonomous vehicles to drive on Florida roadways. ‘Signing this legislation paves the way for Florida to continue as a national leader in transportation innovation and technological advancement,’ DeSantis said.”

The Center Square (via KPVI) also reports on Florida AV developments.

Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Self-Driving Vehicles


Cintra Agrees to Sell Major Stake in Two Spanish Toll Roads

“Construction Europe” reports, “The Cintra subsidiary of Spanish contractor Ferrovial has agreed to sell a €447 million [approximately US$502 million] stake in two toll roads to French investment and asset management firm Meridiam. The Spanish company said that in doing so, it will gain €474 million in capital, thanks to the divestment of the 65% stake in the Ausol I and Ausol II toll road concessions in Malaga, Spain. Ferrovial said the capital will be used to deconsolidate the gross debt of the project, which amounts to €603 million (€542 million net debt).”

Ferrovial Mergers and Acquisitions Meridiam Infrastructure Spain