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VA. General Assembly Tables I-81 Tolls This Session

February 1, 2019

VA. General Assembly Tables I-81 Tolls This Session

Efforts to toll Interstate 81 in Virginia appear to have been put on hold this legislative session after the Virginia Senate Finance Committee adopted a substitute measure that establishes the Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund but does not identify any funding options for improving Interstate 81.

Va. Lawmakers Introduce I-81 Tolling Legislation

January 17, 2019

Va. Lawmakers Introduce I-81 Tolling Legislation

Va. State Senators Mark Obenshain and Charles Carrico introduced SB 1716 Jan. 16 to authorize the Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to impose tolls on Interstate 81 and deposit the revenues into an Interstate 81 Corridor Improvement Fund.

Anti-tolling Coalition Pushes Back Against Va. Plans to Toll I-81

January 9, 2019

Anti-tolling Coalition Pushes Back Against Va. Plans to Toll I-81

Va. Gov. Ralph Northam on Jan. 8 announced plans to place tolls on existing lanes along Interstate 81 to fund $2.2 billion in improvements to the western Virginia highway.

RIDOT to Add 10 More Truck-Only Toll Gantries

December 20, 2018

RIDOT to Add 10 More Truck-Only Toll Gantries

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) said Dec. 20 that it would construct another 10 truck-only tolling gantries on Interstate 95 after the Federal Highway Administration reviewed its environmental assessment and issued a “Finding of No Significant Impact.”

Indiana Governor Decides Against Tolls

December 3, 2018

Indiana Governor Decides Against Tolls

Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb on Nov. 30 abandoned plans to add tolls to Indiana’s existing interstates, saying that the state no longer needed tolling revenues because it had committed enough money for transportation infrastructure enhancements.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Opposes Truck Only Tolls on I-81 at Public Hearing

October 23, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Opposes Truck Only Tolls on I-81 at Public Hearing

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) urged Virginia Secretary of Transportation Shannon Valentine to refrain from charging tolls on commercial trucks to pay for $2 billion of improvements along Interstate-81.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Criticizes Promotion of Failed Tolling Program

October 6, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Criticizes Promotion of Failed Tolling Program

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) criticized the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) over the issuance of its recent notice soliciting participation in the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP). The ISRRPP is one of the few ways the federal government allows for tolls to be placed on existing interstates. The notice invites state Departments of Transportation to submit applications for three potential slots on a rolling basis until further notice, based on a directive from Congress.

FHWA Seeks Applicants for Failed Tolling Pilot Program

October 4, 2018

FHWA Seeks Applicants for Failed Tolling Pilot Program

The Federal Highway Administration on Oct. 2 issued a notice soliciting State Department of Transportation participation in the Interstate System Reconstruction and Rehabilitation Pilot Program (ISRRPP), which would permit three states to collect tolls on existing Interstate highways for the purposes of reconstructing on rehabilitating Interstate Highway corridors.

Indiana Toll Road Rates Rising for Truck Drivers to Fund Governor’s $1 Billion Infrastructure Plan

September 11, 2018

Indiana Toll Road Rates Rising for Truck Drivers to Fund Governor’s $1 Billion Infrastructure Plan

Truck drivers who use the Indiana Toll Road could see toll rates rise by a whopping 35 percent if the Indiana Finance Authority approves a contract renegotiation with the toll road’s private operator at its Sept. 20 meeting. The rate increase was announced last week by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb as part of his Next Level Connections infrastructure plan to raise $1 billion for trails, broadband, roads and flights.

Seven States Eye Tolls

September 1, 2018

Seven States Eye Tolls

We all know that America’s infrastructure needs improvement. As time passes, it becomes more and more urgent for our elected officials to decide how best to finance the repairs and maintenance of the nation’s roads and bridges. Unfortunately, far too many continue to consider placing tolls on existing interstates. Tolling is a failed policy. New tolls waste revenue, double tax drivers, create traffic diversion and severely hurt local economies. Our nation simply cannot afford for tolling to become synonymous with transportation financing.

Rhode Island DOT Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Truck-Only Tolls

August 29, 2018

Rhode Island DOT Files Motion to Dismiss Lawsuit Challenging Truck-Only Tolls

The Rhode Island Department of Transportation filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by the American Trucking Associations, Cumberland Farms Inc., M&M Transport Services and New England Motor Freight challenging the states truck-only tolls, arguing that they are asking the court to do something that it lacks jurisdiction to do. In a motion filed Aug. 24 in the U.S. District Court of Rhode Island, RIDOT cited the Tax Injunction Act, which restricts the power of the federal district courts to prevent the collection or enforcement of state taxes, as well as the 11th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution.

Anti-Tolling Coalition: Toll Studies Overpromise Riches

August 7, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition: Toll Studies Overpromise Riches

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (ATFI) urged Connecticut residents to be wary of the state’s plan to study tolling of state highways citing a long history of tolling studies that have misled policymakers into thinking tolls are practical infrastructure funding solution, when in fact, they are not.

ATA, Motor Carriers Sue Rhode Island Over Truck Toll Program

July 10, 2018

ATA, Motor Carriers Sue Rhode Island Over Truck Toll Program

The American Trucking Associations, along with Cumberland Farms Inc., M&M Transport Services Inc. and New England Motor Freight, asked a federal court to rule Rhode Island’s RhodeWorks truck-only toll scheme unconstitutional, arguing it discriminates against interstate trucking companies and impedes the flow of interstate commerce.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Submits Testimony Opposing Va. I-81 Tolls

June 18, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Submits Testimony Opposing Va. I-81 Tolls

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, on June 15 urged Virginia’s Commonwealth Transportation Board (CTB) to exclude recommendations for tolls from its upcoming I-81 Corridor Improvement Plan, which is due to the Virginia General Assembly later this year.

Anti-Tolling Coalition Chastises Rhode Island for Truck-Only Tolls

June 6, 2018

Anti-Tolling Coalition Chastises Rhode Island for Truck-Only Tolls

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates, of which NATSO is a founding member, sharply criticized the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) on June 5 for moving forward with truck-only tolling in the coming days, arguing that it is bad public policy that will reroute prosperity around the state.

Tolls Represent Regressive Tax, Anti-Tolling Coalition Says

January 22, 2018

Tolls Represent Regressive Tax, Anti-Tolling Coalition Says

Tolls represent a regressive double tax that disproportionately hurts lower income drivers and will create significant disruptions for local communities, a representative of the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates said in a recent interview with National Public Radio (NPR).

Indiana Trucking Association Urges Gov. to Abandon Tolling

November 13, 2017

Indiana Trucking Association Urges Gov. to Abandon Tolling

Gary Langston, President of the Indiana Motor Truck Association, urged Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to remove consideration of tolling from all of Indiana's Interstates just as he did for I-465 in the state. The Governor earlier this year said that tolling shouldn't be considered around the Indianapolis loop. However IDOT on Nov. 1 issued a feasibility study that claimed the state could raise up to $53 billion by tolling six other major Interstates.

INDOT Tolling Study Presents Unrealistic Toll Expectations

November 2, 2017

INDOT Tolling Study Presents Unrealistic Toll Expectations

The Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates sharply criticized the Indiana Department of Transportation Nov. 3 for issuing a Tolling Feasibility Study that presented a misleading and unrealistic outlook for Indiana’s potential use of tolls.

DOT Secretary Chao Reaffirms Push for Private Financing for Infrastructure

October 24, 2017

DOT Secretary Chao Reaffirms Push for Private Financing for Infrastructure

Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao reaffirmed that DOT still expects private financing to play a role in the Administration’s infrastructure plan despite recent criticism of public-private partnerships by President Trump. Secretary Chao also said that work on an infrastructure package will not begin until after Congress works on tax reform, squashing suggestions that a tax code overhaul could be used to pay for an infrastructure package.

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Blast FHWA for Promoting Failed Tolling Pilot Program

October 20, 2017

NATSO, Anti-Tolling Coalition Blast FHWA for Promoting Failed Tolling Pilot Program

NATSO and the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates on Oct. 20 blasted the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) for soliciting state participation in a failed federal tolling pilot program arguing that tolls harms businesses and local communities.

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