Daily News Briefs, November 22, 2019

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CTRMA Puts a Ban on 250 Vehicles Whose Operators Owe Multiple Toll Payments

KVUE reports, the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority’s habitual violator program entered its next phase this week when the authority board authorized staff to mail notices that 250 vehicles are now banned from using the authority’s tollways. According to CTRMA, the vehicles’ operators collectively have 1,200 unpaid toll bills and owe about $2,000 in tolls. To enforce the ban, law enforcement officers will reportedly keep watch for violators, who could then become liable for additional sanctions including a $500 fine and a registration renewal hold. KVUE notes that CTRMA plans to issue ban notices every month and as many as 800 more vehicles may be eligible for exclusion from the authority’s facilities.

Wednesday’s CTRMA board meeting agenda included several other significant items related to  2020 bond issuances, future toll rates and procurements.

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


Investigative Report Gets to the Heart of Boston's Traffic Mess

Boston.com reports on the conclusions drawn from this week’s three-part Boston Globe Spotlight Team investigation of the city’s “crippling traffic problems.” According to the article, “The in-depth exposé illustrated an intensifying problem; according to state data, Greater Boston has 300,000 more cars and trucks than it did five years ago. . . . The biggest takeaway [from the Spotlight series] seems to be that a significant number of the 1.7 million people who regularly drive solo to work in the economically booming region need to change their habits. But those habits have been shaped and remain entangled in decades of car-centric policymaking. And recent efforts at the margins — both in the public and private sectors — have failed to make a significant dent.” Congestion pricing’s potential to effect change in the car-commute ethos is reportedly a major topic of the Spotlight inquiry.

Boston Metro Area Congestion Pricing Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Massachusetts Turnpike


MassDOT Details Plans for Converting to Milepost-Based Exit Numbering

WCVB reports, “The Massachusetts Department of Transportation has unveiled specific details of what exit numbers across the state will be changed to as it takes steps to install federally mandated mile-based exit signs across the Commonwealth’s highways.” WCVB adds, “MassDOT says the conversion . . . will be implemented on a route-by-route basis, starting in western Massachusetts and moving eastward. The project is scheduled to be completed in spring 2021. For individual routes, exit numbering conversion will take place east to west or north to south.” (Link inserted by TRN.)

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Massachusetts Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) Massachusetts Turnpike US Department of Transportation (USDOT)


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

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