Daily News Briefs, May 3, 2021

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VP Harris Offers Non-Committal Comments On Brent Spence Project

The Cincinnati Enquirer reports, Vice President Kamala Harris was in Cincinnati last Friday for a “roundtable discussion” about public transit. In her comments during and after the meeting, she said the Brent Spence Bridge is “a very important bridge in America” and predicted there will be “a lot of conversation about its qualifications for some support out of the American Jobs Act.” Asked if tolls should finance part of the estimated $2.5 billion cost of rehabilitating the bridge, Harris stated, “I will leave that up to the local authorities to make those decisions.”

American Jobs Plan Brent Spence Bridge (Cincinnati, OH) Kentucky Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Ohio Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT)

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NY State Bridge Toll Hike Took Effect Saturday

Mid-Hudson News reports, “E-ZPass tolls on the five bridges across the Hudson River operated by the New York State Bridge Authority increased effective [Saturday] May 1. Cash tolls for a vehicle with four tires remain the same at $1.75; however, E-ZPass tolls increased 10-cents, from $1.35 to $1.45. Drivers on the commuter plan are now also paying 10-cents additional, from $1.10 to $1.20 per round trip.” The rate increase will provide funds for the ongoing, $90-million Newburgh-Beacon Bridge redecking project. (Link inserted by TRN)

Daily Freeman also reports on Saturday’s rate change, which is the second in a series approved by the NYSBA board.

New York New York State Bridge Authority (NYSBA) Toll Rate Changes

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

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