MTA Awards $507M Contract To Build Congestion Pricing Tolls

All drivers entering Manhattan below 60th Street will be required to pay the toll, which state officials estimate could raise $15 billion.

MANHATTAN, NY — The MTA has selected a Nashville-based company to build the system that will be used to toll drivers entering Manhattan’s central business district to reduce congestion and raise money for MTA projects, the transit agency recently announced.

TransCore beat out two other bidders to secure the MTA contract to design, install and maintain what the MTA calls a “first-of-its-kind” tolling system below 60th Street in Manhattan. Congestion Pricing was a major part of this year’s state budget and Gov. Andrew Cuomo expects the policy to raise at least $15 billion for MTA capital projects.

MTA officials said that congestion is expected to take effect for all drivers entering Manhattan below 60th Street in 2021.

“This nation-leading program brings us one step closer to making New York a more environmentally sustainable and economically vibrant city. Quite simply, it makes New York City a better place to live, work, and visit. I look forward to working closely with leadership at TransCore and New York City DOT as we move full speed ahead to make CBDTP fully operational in 2021,” MTA Chairman and CEO Patrick Foye said in a statement.

Designs for the tolling system are still in the preliminary stages, so the transit agency didn’t have much to share on how the tolls will work. Since most New York City-area drivers use E-ZPass, TransCore may end up leveraging that market into its system, transit officials said. The tolling infrastructure will likely be installed on existing mast arms and poles throught the city, so the MTA expects a minimal change to New York’s cityscapes.


Bay Area Bridge Toll: What to know about electronic, cashless system

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — We told you about the upcoming changes at all Bay Area bridges as they get rid of all cash lanes. But so many of our viewers reached out to us online with questions. We thought we could help.
Over the next five years all of them, including the Bay Bridge, will transition to all-electronic tolls. This isn’t anything new for those with a FasTrak device.

Those devices are attached to a person’s personal credit card. But let’s face it, not everyone has a credit card.
It will be a few years before all Bay Area bridges transition to all-electronic tolling, just like the Golden Gate Bridge did in 2013. We wanted to find out how it’s working there.

“If you do not have a FasTrak and you cross the bridge you’ll receive an invoice by mail to the registered address for the vehicle. And it’s not extra,” explained Paolo Cosulich-Schwartz, the spokesperson for the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway, Transportation District.

One of our viewers, Kaytlyn Ashley West asked, “What about the people visiting from out-of-state who have no reason at all to have FasTrak and the like?”

We went to a car rental company to find out what their policy was. So we found out that the big rental companies have a tolling program, but it does comes with a fee.



MDTA Moves To Speed Up Bay Bridge Work

The Maryland Transportation Authority is carrying out Gov. Larry Hogan’s directive earlier this month to speed up rehabilitation work on the Chesapeake Bay Bridge.

“The safety of Marylanders is our top priority every day, which is exactly why we are moving forward on this urgent project,” MDTA Executive Director Jim Ports said in a statement. “Governor Hogan has directed us to look at every possible solution to expedite the project, and we are confident that these actions will allow us to make these repairs as quickly as we can and limit the impacts on local residents. We especially appreciate the input of the community, including Queen Anne’s County leaders, as we move forward with this project.”

Hogan issued the order after weeks of concerns over miles-long backups on both ends of the bridge.

The deck surface in the right lane on the westbound span needs to be replaced. Officials said the deck surface is severely deteriorated and that continuing to use it would have posed safety risks and resulted in a lengthier and more costly project.

To speed up the work, the contractor will use multiple crews to do work day and night, seven days a week. Crews will work simultaneously in multiple work zones along the span. Crews will install jersey walls and cones so that all four work zones can be in place as soon as possible. Two-way traffic on the westbound span will only be in place for emergencies and severe backups.

Cashless tolling was already in place on Thursdays and Fridays. That policy will continue to start at noon in the months ahead, but end at 8 p.m. instead of 10 p.m. The change will allow crews to implement two-way traffic on the eastbound span earlier than otherwise possible and close the westbound span for overnight work.

Crews will also work through Thanksgiving week.

In the future, cashless tolling will be the norm statewide. In the next year, workers will demolish specific toll booths to create wider lanes at the toll plaza and will install overhead gantries to implement full-time cashless tolling. After that work is done, crews will demolish the entire toll plaza, reconstruct the roadway and fill the toll collector access tunnel.

MDTA officials also pledged to work with leaders in Queen Anne’s and Anne Arundel counties and to continue to reach out to residents in affected areas.

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