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Road salt and de-icing solution might not be the most obvious symbols of a safe, well-run toll road. But when temperatures dropped just below freezing last week in the Dallas-Forth Worth area, it fell to the North Texas Tollway Authority (NTTA) to... Read More
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Of the two House bills Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced earlier this week, the proposal to raise the gas tax and index it to inflation has received by far the most attention. But the Road Usage Fee Pilot Program Act of 2013 is the measure that... Read More
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At a September forum organized by the Reason Foundation, IBTTA Executive Director and CEO Patrick Jones came up with another great metaphor to explain the roots of the highway funding crisis.   One of the most persistent myths about tolling is that... Read More
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At the U.S. Travel Association’s Connecting America Through Travel conference earlier today, two unique maps were released that show how traffic congestion is pushing American cities farther apart. Based on travel times, not geography, U.S. Travel... Read More
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The renaissance is about to begin. And tolling is leading the way.That’s the optimistic, yet realistic message in an IBTTA guest post published earlier this week by the InfrastructureUSA blog, an influential website that advocates to restore America... Read More
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In his November 9 column, Washington Post reporter Robert Thomson came up with the ultimate winning narrative for congestion management projects like Virginia’s 495 Express Lanes. Thomson, a.k.a. Dr. Gridlock, produced a first-year review of the 495... Read More
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I’d like to share with you this recent article by New York Times writer, Thomas Freidman.  He writes about how America is perceived abroad and America’s future. Mr. Freidman raises many good points.  One, I have highlighted in bold, as he points out... Read More
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Citing history dating back to 1772 and court cases ever since, lawyers for the Virginia Department of Transportation delivered a blistering rebuke earlier this summer to the false notion that tolls are taxes. Along the way, VDOT put together a... Read More
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“Tolling the interstates—all interstates, not just I-80—deserves consideration.” With that simple quote, a newspaper in rural Pennsylvania showed what it takes to change public attitudes on tolling. The catalyst was the mid-September release of... Read More
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When the North Carolina Turnpike Authority (NCTA) first held public engagement meetings in 2010 on its proposal to toll key sections of Interstate 95, some of the most frequently asked questions had to do with the economic impact of tolling. You... Read More

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