Daily News Briefs, September 27, 2023

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Oregon DOT Survey Solicits Input On Metro Portland Tolling Options

KOIN reports, as promised, Oregon DOT has launched an online survey to obtain public comment on I-5 and I-205 tolling options for its Regional Mobility Pricing Project. The options were unveiled at the September 18 meeting of the Oregon DOT Regional Toll Advisory Committee. “[Public] feedback,” ODOT stated “will help us understand community priorities and inform what’s next for regional tolling in the Portland metro region.”

In the September post to its toll program news blog, ODOT summarized a variety of efforts, including in-person meetings and public comment updates, it is taking to step-up discussions about tolling with its customers. Its aim is to “continu[e] conversations across greater Portland to build a toll program that works for local communities.”

AET (All-Electronic Tolling) Congestion Pricing ETC Systems Oregon Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Portland OR Metro Region Public Outreach And Communication


Minnesota Assembles Task Force On Preparing Infrastructure To Withstand Severe Weather

WCCO reports, “A new panel charged with evaluating strategies to curb the impacts of severe weather on infrastructure in Minnesota met for the first time Monday [September 25], beginning their work of drafting recommendations to present to the state legislature next year. Members of the Infrastructure Resilience Advisory Task Force over the next few months will work on how state and local partners can better coordinate with each other as they respond to damaging storms, rains, winds and snowfall that can tear up roads, bridges, wastewater systems and more.” A legislator assigned to the task force said one of its goals is to draw up a state-level organization, similar to ones existing Colorado and Michigan, that will act as an information clearinghouse and provide support to state and local entities responsible for asset maintenance. WCCO notes, “State climate data show Minnesota is getting warmer and wetter, now with more common heavy rains.” (TRN inserted a link in quoted text.)

The task force members include MnDOT Deputy Commissioner Jean Wallace and representatives of industry groups such as the American Public Works Association and Associated General Contractors of Minnesota.

Climate Change & Infrastructure Resilience Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Maintenance Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Minnesota Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) (MnPASS)


Philippines Aims To Fully Implement AET System Next June

CNN Philippines reports, the Philippines Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) is progressing in its “dry run” of a shared AET system for toll roads operated by the San Miguel and Metro Pacific Tollways Corporations. “We will conduct what they call user acceptance test[ing] sometime in December of this year,” TRB Executive Director Alvin Carullo said during a Senate hearing. The agency’s goal is for drivers to be able to use a single RFID sticker and corresponding payment wallet for both companies’ expressways by June 2024.

AET (All-Electronic Tolling) ETC Systems Interoperability Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation Philippines San Miguel Corporation (South Luzon Tollway)


New Jersey’s “See Something, Say Something” Campaign Alarms Some Drivers

A New Jersey public safety campaign utilizing variable message signs on the New Jersey Turnpike and interstate highways has given some drivers the jitters, Fox News reports. “Suspect Terrorism? See Something, Say Something,” the signs read, with a tip line to call about any suspected threats. “‘This makes me think that there’s an underlying thing going on that’s not public yet,’” one resident told Fox. Others said they assumed the signs were related to the anniversary of the September 11, 2001, terror attacks. The campaign, launched in August to coincide with the US Department of Homeland Security’s September 25, “If You See Something, Say Something” Awareness Day, is a partnership of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), NJDOT and the New Jersey Turnpike Authority. Nearly 200 signs will display the tip line message during rush hours through mid-February.

In its coverage of this story, Shore News Network notes that the new messaging campaign “marks a departure” from New Jersey’s practice of using roadside signs to impart traffic safety advice with a little humor.

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) New Jersey New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) New Jersey Turnpike Authority (NJTA) Public Outreach And Communication US Department of Homeland Security (DHS)


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

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