The Colorado Department of Transportation is recommending a toll of roughly 15 cents per mile for the toll lanes on Interstate 25 between Monument and Castle Rock. The rate will be one of the lowest in the country if approved.
North Carolina Transportation Secretary Jim Trogdon recommended revisions to a 26-mile toll lane project on Interstate 77 that include discounts for frequent users, upgrades to the shoulder to increase capacity, and the possibility of converting one lane from tolled to nontolled on a segment of the project. An advisory group had recommended that the state buy out management company Cintra, but Trogdon said doing so is not feasible.
Congestion has decreased "[e]very place where variable tolls have been implemented systemwide," writes Bruce Starr, a Republican who served in the Oregon state legislature. Vehicle fees and gas taxes would not be as effective as dynamic pricing, Starr writes.
Patrick Brockie, chairman of Infrastructure New Zealand, suggests implementing tolling to manage congestion in Auckland and says polling shows support. "Dynamic tolling (which can vary pricing based on traffic flows) allows even greater control over the outcomes our city needs," Brockie writes.
Wisconsin's Democratic gubernatorial nominee, Tony Evers, supports tolling as an option to improve infrastructure in the state. Evers also said he would consider increasing gas taxes.
A city council in the UK has removed tolls for electric vehicles crossing the Itchen Bridge in an attempt to reduce pollution. Electric vehicles account for 1% of traffic, and the move is expected to reduce toll revenue by $40,610 in the first year.
The Italian government is considering revoking a concession for Atlantia subsidiary Autostrade after a bridge managed by the company collapsed. The company said the move would hurt investors, and it demanded compensation if the concession is revoked.
President Donald Trump signed an appropriations bill committing $1.4 billion for transit projects in March, but local officials are concerned because the money has not been allocated. The Federal Transit Administration says the projects are not "ready-to-go."
William Dickey's wife died in 2013, but she was charged a toll in 2017 for crossing a bridge in a rental truck. Dickey has been awarded $607 in damages and court costs by a Washington County, Ind., superior court judge.
As autonomous cars inch closer to widespread use, the Governors Highway Safety Association released a list of questions to be addressed. Governments and experts will need to consider, for example, what laws will need to be enacted, what law-enforcement rules will need to be altered and how the public coexist can with autonomous vehicles.
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