Daily News Briefs, September 16, 2021

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Delaware Announces Amnesty Program For Toll Scofflaws

Delaware DOT announced that it will conduct a three-month amnesty program for Route 1 and I-95 toll violators beginning October 1. “Anyone with outstanding toll violations incurred . . . between January 1, 2014 and April 30, 2020 is eligible to participate.” The state is waiving civil penalties in return for violators paying their outstanding tolls plus an amnesty fee that is scaled according to the number of outstanding violations. DelDOT’s announcement notes that “close to $143 million owed by toll scofflaws is now going uncollected with some drivers facing thousands of dollars in fines and fees. . . .”

Company and Agency Financials Delaware Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) I-95 Scofflaws

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In Suburban DC, Maryland DOT Launches Its First Ramp Metering System

WTOP reports, “The Maryland Department of Transportation State Highway Administration [yesterday] activated a ramp metering system on 23 ramps of southbound Interstate 270 in an effort to reduce congestion and increase safety on one of the nation’s busiest travel corridors.” The system, which relies on sensors and traffic signals, “is the first of its kind for Maryland.”

WTTG also covers this story.

Maryland Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Transportation Systems Management and Operations (TSMO) Washington (DC) Metro Region

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Exponent Of Private Toll Projects May Run For Governor In Alabama

Associated Press and AL.com report that Tim James, 59, a proponent of private toll projects in Alabama and Louisiana, is exploring the possibility of entering the Alabama gubernatorial race as a challenger to incumbent Governor Kay Ivey. James, who unsuccessfully sought the office in 2010, is the son of former Governor Fob James.

Alabama Louisiana Tim James Inc.

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India's Highway Minister Defends Expressway Tolling

Mint reports, Indians “need to pay if they want better road infrastructure in the country,” national highways and transport minister Nitin Gadkari remarked today while commenting on the progress of Delhi-Mumbai Expressway construction. He said the facility will not only decrease travel time but reduce the consumption and cost of fuel. Gadkari reportedly used an analogy to explain the need for tolls: “If you want to use an air-conditioned hall, you have to pay for it. Otherwise, you can arrange a marriage on a field as well.”

The Times of India reports on Gadkari’s inspection of the landmark project’s construction.

Company and Agency Financials India Infrastructure Investment Trends

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

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