Toll around the world: an action-packed year in tolling

This article describes the successes and failures of the toll industry in the USA in 2006. In Tampa, Florida the local toll authority chief executive was exposed as running a sideline business. In Orlando, Florida, the local toll authority paid large bribes to notorious anti-toll activists. Despite these failings, both toll authorities were doing a good job. In Boston, heavy concrete ceiling panels in one of the Massachusetts Turnpike's tunnels collapsed onto the roadway, killing one person, and leading to the eventual resignation of the Massachusetts Turnpike chairman and chief executive. Uncertainty over the future of the Turnpike remains. In New York state elections, candidates put pressure on the State Thruway to abolish tolls at two toll points in the Buffalo area. There are problems in setting realistic toll rates and there is interest in privatisation of toll roads. In Australia, traffic forecasts of users of the Cross City Tunnel project in Sydney were overestimated. Three new high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes have been opened in Minneapolis, Denver and Salt Lake City in the USA. Texas is using video tolling as an alternative to cash collection on new toll roads for occasional users. Truck tolling in Germany is operating successfully.

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  • Accession Number: 01061062
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2007 2:10PM