Government, Logistics, TCA

Pennsylvania Turnpike Will Hike Tolls for Each of the Next 27 Years, Driving Away Users, Analyst Says

Pennsylvania turnpike toll Mark Danielson/Flickr

The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission’s ninth straight annual toll increase, approved by its board July 18, helps pay for turnpike operations, plus the highway’s $500 million annual capital budget and $450 million for mass transit systems, including SEPTA.

Joseph N. DiStefano | The Philadelphia Inquirer
July 20, 2017
Government, Fuel, Logistics

Rep. DeFazio Aims to Block Trump’s Infrastructure Plan

DeFazio Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter DeFazio is never far from home. His small office at the Rayburn House Office Building is a bona fide southwest Oregon visitor center. Visitors are greeted by posters of college football matchups featuring Oregon schools, photos of the Pacific coast and majestic mountains and a cute little beaver reminiscent of a Gund stuffed animal by the front desk.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
June 19, 2017

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Says He's Open to Tolling

Patrick T. Fallon/Bloomberg News

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker signaled on May 30 that he’s open to charging tolls on Wisconsin’s interstates, but with a key condition: linking it to a reduction in the state’s 30.9-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
May 31, 2017

GOP Launches Another Assault on Rhode Island's Truck-Toll Plan

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. — In their latest assault on Rhode Island's impending truck toll network, Republican state lawmakers and the trucking industry released an analysis on May 23 claiming the plan will generate far less revenue than expected and lead to unnecessary construction projects.

Patrick Anderson | The Providence (R.I.) Journal,
May 24, 2017
Government, Business

Trump’s Infrastructure Plan Calls for Minimizing Tolling Restrictions

States would be allowed to determine whether tolling is an ideal funding option for road projects, under an infrastructure blueprint included in the Trump administration’s fiscal 2018 budget request to Congress.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 23, 2017
Government, Business

Top House Transportation Democrat Warns Against Expansion of Tolling

Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg News

President Donald Trump’s suggestion of privatizing infrastructure projects that could expand tolling nationwide would fail to gain broad public support, Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.), ranking member on the House transportation panel, told reporters May 7.

Eugene Mulero | Senior Reporter
May 8, 2017

Road to Fewer Highway Tolls in Maine Is Full of Curves

Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr

The idea of doing away with the Maine Turnpike Authority and eliminating tolls has a long and unsuccessful history through both Democratic and Republican administrations.

Peter McGuire | Portland (Maine) Press Herald
March 24, 2017

Missouri’s Need for Funds Drives Toll Talk Toward Dead End

Jimmy Emerson, DVM/Flickr

The Missouri Highway 13 Corridor Coalition took stands against tolling Interstate 70 and for state legislators increasing the state fuel tax

Sue Sterling | The (Warrensburg, Mo.) Daily Star-Journal
February 16, 2017
Government, Business

To Toll or Not to Toll Is Question for Trump Infrastructure Plan


The Brent Spence Bridge between Ohio and Kentucky carries twice as much traffic as it was built to handle — it’s 54 years old and functionally obsolete.

Mark Niquette | Bloomberg News
January 27, 2017
Government, Business

Wisconsin DOT Study Finds Tolls Would Raise Billions for State Highways, Boost Travel Costs

Chip Chipman/Bloomberg News

Tolling Wisconsin’s U.S. interstates could raise billions for the state’s most-traveled thoroughfares, but the cost would be borne by motorists, big upfront investments would be needed and it’s unclear if the state could get the federal approval it would require, a new state Department of Transportation study finds.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
December 29, 2016