Daily News Briefs, November 16, 2023

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New MassDOT Secretary Talks About Funding And Her Vision Of A Unified Transportation System

NBC News Boston reports, speaking with the independent MBTA Advisory Board yesterday, newly installed Massachusetts DOT Secretary Monica Tibbits-Nutt minced no words, describing highway congestion in the state as a “crisis” and laying out her vision for solving it along with the looming fiscal cliff that the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) faces. With regard to fiscal issues, Tibbits-Nutt said all revenue streams are on the table for consideration, and she’s up for hard discussions about funding. She noted, however, that legal issues surrounding expanded tolling would limit what’s actually feasible for the state. The secretary outlined “one transportation system” that will unify planning among MassDOT, the MBTA, regional transit authorities and all airports. She also described Governor Maura Healey’s plan for Tibbits-Nutt to work closely with the state secretaries of housing and economic development, whose remits are intrinsically linked to determining the public’s mobility needs. The secretary shared her own frustrations as a Boston commuter from central Massachusetts. “For me,” she said, “every place that you go, you should have at least three ways to get there. And they should be three ways that are cheap. And I mean, really, truly affordable. . . . No one should be forced to own a car, no one.”

Boston Metro Area Company and Agency Financial Issues And Reports ETC Systems Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Massachusetts Turnpike Transit and Toll Roads


Applegreen Will Install EV Chargers At All 17 Pennsylvania Turnpike Service Plazas

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission has contracted Applegreen to install electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers at all 17 of the commission’s travel plazas by the end of 2025, LancasterOnline reports. In an article focused on the Bowmansville, Lancaster County, plaza where new chargers will come online in 2024, the website notes that eight existing Tesla superchargers will remain in place, but two Blink chargers will be removed. Applegreen was awarded a $498,805 grant from PennDOT for the work at Bowmansville, which will cost between $1 million and $1.5 million. Initially, Applegreen will install four fast chargers at each of the turnpike’s travel plazas, aided by PennDOT’s $171.5 million share of National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Program funding. It’s expected the number of units installed will increase along with electric vehicle utilization. (See PennDOT’s NEVI web page for more information.)

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Iris Buyer LLC and Applegreen PLC Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) Service Plazas US Gov't Transportation Funding US Infrastructure Funding And Financing Initiatives


Florida Town Councilmember Suggests Bridge Tolling Could Alleviate Congestion

Fort Myers Beach Observer and Bulletin reports, Fort Myers Beach, Florida, Councilmember Karen Woodson recently surprised her colleagues attending a planning session by proposing that the city back a bridge tolling plan as a way to “alleviate . . . past seasonal traffic issues.” Two bridges provide access to the town, but it doesn’t own them. Woodson floated the idea of working with Lee County and Florida DOT to explore the tolling concept. Other city officials were either cool to the idea or had no immediate comment.

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