Daily News Briefs, May 13, 2022

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Virginia And Maryland Schedule Meetings Express Lanes Extension Study

Virginia DOT announced a series of public information meetings on the I-495 Southside Express Lanes study, which it is conducting in cooperation with Maryland and federal agencies. Currently in its initial environmental review phase, the study is looking into a potential 11-mile extension of the metro DC express lanes system on the southern section of the I-495 beltway. A virtual meeting session is scheduled for next Wednesday evening, May 18. Following it will be three in-person sessions, on May 19 (in Oxon Hill, MD), May 23 (in Springfield, VA), and May 25 (in Alexandria, VA).

95/395/495 Express Lanes (Metro Washington DC) Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Express Lanes Maryland Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transurban Virginia Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) Washington (DC) Metro Region


Buttigieg Spotlights IIJA Funding For Improvement Of Existing Transport Infrastructure

Transport Topics reports, USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg “pointed to grants proposed by the Biden White House for fiscal 2023 as funding that potentially could modernize major aspects of the country’s mobility network. During a U.S. House appropriations panel hearing May 10, Buttigieg emphasized the $1.5 billion requested for the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) program would assist state agencies with improving existing infrastructure. Such improvements ideally would facilitate the movement of freight along supply chains.”

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Coin Machine Repairs Create Headaches For Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

KRMG reports, “Thieves are breaking into coin operated toll booths across Oklahoma, costing taxpayers [sic] thousands of dollars over the years. To make the problem even worse, the broken toll booths can’t be repaired because they are obsolete, and parts are difficult to find. The Assistant Deputy Director of Toll Operations for the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, David Machamer[,] says it is not the coins that are being stolen but the damage being done to the booths that is so expensive.” Machamer notes that OTA still has 107 automatic coin machine lanes and the repair issues are one reason the agency is gradually implementing systemwide cashless toll collection.

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

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