Topics: Tolling/Privatization

Congress Starts Highway Funding Discussion

Members of Congress met this week to discuss the future of highway funding, and House Transportation Committee Chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said he wants the House to pass a new transportation funding bill by August to allow time for conference negotiations with the Senate. The current highway bill expires Sept. 30. More

Partisanship Threatens Action on Highway Bill

Congress’s partisan divide over tax increases is jeopardizing action on a long-term highway bill, raising the risk that the U.S. will run out of money to pay for projects next year, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. A compromise measure that used general tax revenue to keep highway construction going expires on Sept. 30, and Congress’s research arm has said lawmakers can no longer delay broader action. More

Virginia Supreme Court Upholds Proposed Tolls

The Supreme Court of Virginia has upheld the constitutionality of the proposed tolls on the Midtown and Downtown Tunnels between Portsmouth and Norfolk, reversing an earlier ruling by a circuit court judge that the tolls amount to an unconstitutional tax. The decision marks the end of a lawsuit by residents and business owners working to stop the tolls, which they said were illegal and harmful to commerce. More

Special T&I Panel Report Recommends National Freight Policy, PPPs

The Transportation and Infrastructure’s Panel on 21st Century Freight Transportation released its final report on the current state of freight transportation in the U.S. this week, and called for Congress to direct the Department of Transportation to establish a comprehensive national freight transportation policy and encourage the use of public-private partnerships and innovative financing for freight projects. More

WSDOT Seeks Public Comment on Tolling I-90

The Washington State Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) plan to conduct a series of meetings in Bellevue, Mercer Island and Seattle between now and Nov. 6 to collect public input on whether tolling as well as state or regional taxes, mileage fees, or federal funding should be used to fund new highway capacity. More

Sen. Inhofe Favors Lifting Interstate Tolling Ban

Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) said he would favor removing the long-standing ban on tolling the Interstate Highway System if it would generate more and sustainable revenue for federal highway and transit programs. More

NATSO Joins Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates

NATSO has joined the Alliance for Toll-Free Interstates (AFTI), a new coalition of individuals, businesses and organizations advocating for solutions to the country’s growing transportation needs without tolling existing interstates. More

NATSO Dismisses Tolling Claims in Reason Foundation Study

NATSO, the association representing travel plazas and truckstops, rejected a report that pushes for widespread tolling. The Sept. 12 report was prepared by the Reason Foundation, an organization that has long supported interstate tolls. More

N.C. Bill Strengthens Tolling Prohibition

In another victory for NATSO, American Trucking Associations (ATA) and the No Tolls I-95 Coalition, a North Carolina technical corrections bill signed by Gov. Pat McCrory further strengthens the state transportation law that limited the state's ability to toll existing interstates. N.C. House Bill 92 expressly prohibits the tolling of existing lanes. More

Cities and States Should Reconsider PPPs

Public-private partnerships across the country are riddled with problems, according to Donald Cohen, executive director of a privatization resource center called In the Public Interest. More

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