Dulles Toll Road outside Washington, D.C., collected $23 million in toll revenue combined in January and February, a 4.9% increase over the same period last year. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the road, also saw a 23.5% decline in road expenses during that period, in part because of a mild winter.
More fuel-efficient cars mean less gas-tax revenue available for infrastructure, and that has led Massachusetts to consider tolling more roads and interstates. Tolls are currently collected only on the Massachusetts Turnpike.
Connecticut has no tolled roads, but a bill before the state legislature may change that. This editorial supports the bill, stating that many safeguards, such as improved technology and a "lockbox" to keep revenue away from the general fund, are in place and that the state needs to find revenue to upgrade its aging infrastructure.
Congestion on US Highway 101 in California's Marin County and on the Golden Gate Bridge has transportation officials considering extending the hours for high-occupancy vehicle lanes. A recent survey showed that 75% of drivers believe heavy congestion lasts beyond the normal hours in which those lanes operate.
IRB Developers operates the Mumbai-Pune Expressway in India, and tolls will increase by 18% on April 1. The toll increase was mandated under rules adopted in 2004 by the Maharashtra State Road Development Corp.
A Pennsylvania lawmaker has introduced a bill that would provide a tax credit of 50% for tolls paid on the Pennsylvania Turnpike. The credit would be up to $500 and would apply to Pennsylvania residents and business owners.
A bill before the Maine Legislature would mandate that the Maine Turnpike Authority find a way to improve traffic between Gorham and the Maine Mall Road. The authority would then either widen a connector road or build a new one, but Peter Mills, the authority's director, says a new road is the better option, as it would have less adverse effects on the community.
Plans were unveiled for a $1 billion renovation project at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport outside Washington, D.C., and work could begin later this year. The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority released renderings of the project, which would add new security checkpoints and a concourse.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., has introduced legislation that would raise the federal gas tax by no more than 1.5 cents per year. The bill would allow the government to issue $17 billion a year in bonds and put the revenue into the Highway Trust Fund to be used for infrastructure projects.