Topics: Tolling/Privatization

Tolls Cripple Supply Chain, Fleet Exec Says

Tolling existing interstate highways would cripple the U.S. supply chain, hurting manufacturers, shippers, distributors, and consumers, according to Chris Garrett, owner of Golden Strip Transfer in South Carolina and a member of the South Carolina Trucking Association. More

House Panel to Investigate Public-Private Partnerships

The House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure has formed the Panel on Public-Private Partnerships that will focus on the use of public-private partnerships across all modes of transportation, economic development, public buildings, water, and maritime infrastructure and equipment. More

South Carolina Legislation Proposes Tolls on I-95

Lawmakers in South Carolina have introduced legislation calling for tolls on a portion of Interstate 95 in the state. Sen. Bradley Hutto and Sen. Kevin Johnson introduced the bill, which would implement a toll along I-95 where it crosses Lake Marion in either Orangeburge or Clarendon County. Hutto said that because Interstate 95 is a federal highway, all money collected through the toll would go toward repairs and improvements on Interstate 95 only. More

DOT Secretary Outlines Infrastructure Priorities; Funding Options

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx officially outlined his top priorities for the Department of Transportation, highlighting America’s infrastructure deficit and identifying ways for the Department to use innovation and improved planning to stretch transportation dollars further. Foxx said he sees signs the nation may finally be ready to tackle its "infrastructure deficit." More

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

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