Recent Streetsblog USA posts about Tolls

The Indiana Toll Road and the Dark Side of Privately Financed Highways

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This is the first post in a three-part series on the Indiana Toll Road and the use of private finance to build and maintain highways. Part two takes a closer look at how Australian firm Macquarie manages its infrastructure assets. Part three examines the incentives for consultants to exaggerate traffic projections, making terrible boondoggles look like financial […]

So Your City Is Adding HOT Lanes. Will They Work for Transit?

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High-occupancy vehicle lanes can help incentivize carpooling (and let solo drivers sit in punishing congestion). But too often, transportation agencies spend millions of dollars to widen the road to make carpool lanes, instead of simply designating existing lanes. To recoup some of the expense, the agencies also let drivers pay to use the new “high-occupancy/toll […]

Moody’s Warns of Rising Debt Load for Toll Roads

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Despite increased toll rates, toll roads saw their debt per roadway mile increase by a third last year, from $14.3 million in fiscal 2011 to $18.9 million in 2012. The average toll per transaction rose from $1.82 to $1.96 over the course of the last year. Moody’s warned in a press release last week that […]