Daily News Briefs, October 8, 2019

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Proposed Alabama Amendment Would Require Voter Approval of Any Toll Project

WKRG reports, Dean Young, an Alabama political operative opposed to tolling, has finished a draft of a state constitutional amendment that would “block[ ] future toll projects unless local voters in affected counties vote in favor of a toll.” According to the article, Young has circulated the draft among lawmakers with a questionnaire asking if they will sponsor the amendment, which requires statewide voter approval.

Alabama Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT)

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NY Thruway Extends Successful In-Person Customer Assistance Program

Niagara Frontier Publications reports, “The New York State Thruway Authority announced . . . that cashless tolling customer assistance sessions will continue at the Western New York Welcome Center on the first and third Tuesday of each month. The extension is the result of what the Thruway Authority called ‘the success and resident feedback of the previous sessions that have been held twice a week since June.’” The article notes that thruway staffers have so far served more than 635 customers, the majority of whom needed help updating their E-ZPass account information or making Tolls by Mail payments.

Customer Service Experience E-ZPass New York New York State Thruway Authority

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Malaysian Government Acknowledges It Can't Eliminate Road Tolls

The Star reports, Malaysia’s prime minister acknowledged today that the present government does not have the means to fulfill its goal of eliminating highway tolls. “But the lowering of toll charges can be done,” he said. “If there are (players) from the private sector that will reduce the toll rates, their suggestions can be considered.” The prime minister confirmed that a revised offer by Hong Kong-based private equity firm RRJ Capital to purchase the country’s major tollway concession company, PLUS Malaysia, is under consideration.

New Straits Times also reports.

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

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