Daily News Briefs, October 8, 2021

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Texas Highway Equipped For ORT Is Still Toll-Free Two Years After Opening

KFOX asks, “It’s now been two years since the Border West Expressway opened and the question remains: When will TxDOT start charging tolls?” The 7.5-mile-long highway, which completes a loop around El Paso, was designed and equipped for open-road tolling. However, tolls have never been collected due to TxDOT’s mandate to defer toll collection indefinitely. The highway’s co-developer is the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA). Executive Director Raymond Telles says it’s up to TxDOT to decide when and if to start tolling, and he sees “no changes on the immediate horizon.”

Border West Expressway (El Paso, TX) Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority (CRRMA) Open-Road Tolling Texas Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)


Seven Transportation Agencies Receive Recognition For Safety Initiatives

The Roadway Safety Foundation and the Federal Highway Administration issued a news release describing the safety initiatives they recognized in this year’s National Roadway Safety Awards competition. Seven transportation agencies from across the country won awards in either the  Infrastructure and Operational Improvements or the Program Planning, Development and Evaluation category. The state transportation departments in California, Florida, North Carolina and Texas were recipients. The release notes, according to preliminary federal data, 38,680 people died in motor vehicle crashes in 2020 — a 7.2 percent increase from 2019 — despite a 13.2 percent decrease in vehicle miles traveled.

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Industry Awards & Recognitions US Department of Transportation (USDOT)


NTTA Conducted Enhanced Commercial Vehicle Safety Checks This Week

The North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) and Texas Department of Public Safety personnel conducted enhanced commercial vehicle safety checks across the roadway network this week. Over a two-day period, troopers checked buses, trucks and other commercial vehicles, as well as drivers, for compliance with safety requirements. NTTA stated that problems with brakes, defective tires and overweight loads are the most common safety infractions found during inspections.

Dallas-Ft. Worth Metro Region (DFW) Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) Texas


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

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