WHIOTV7 » Texas officials have recently moved to scrap tolls on several highways for the first time in 40 years, bucking a national trend toward more tolls on mostly urban roadways to shift the costs of transportation to those who use the roads. “The common theme is just toll fatigue,” says a member of the Texas House transportation committee.
The Austin Chronicle » As construction continues on MoPac’s long overdue toll lanes, CH2M, the Colorado-based engineering company responsible for the project’s design and construction – originally scheduled for completion in September 2015 – reported in its March 31 quarterly report that its disruption of Austin’s westside commute was “approximately 75% complete.” The delays have come with extreme cost overruns at CH2M; the company estimated them at $121.3 million in March, and blamed both the cost and delays on seemingly everything short of a plague of locusts
Capital & Main » Are toll roads economically fair? Public perception has long resoundingly agreed that they are not. Three years, when Caltrans first proposed installing HOT lanes on the 405 Freeway in Orange County, local mayors, county supervisors and readers objected rancorously. “We’re creating a system of transportation haves and have-nots,” declaimed one letter to the editor.