TransCore Introduces Nationalpass™ US Interoperability Solution May 17, 2016 00:00TransCore made a major announcement this morning that it has developed a "technology [that] enables motorists who travel across multiple regions to now seamlessly travel on U.S. toll roads using one transponder and one account." Called Nationalpass™, TransCore's service is a response to the federal MAP-21 Act mandate that "highway toll facilities . . . implement technologies or business practices that provide for the interoperability of electronic toll collection by October 1, 2016." TransCore is inviting "individuals most closely involved with the national interoperability initiative -- personnel associated with tolling agencies throughout the U.S. and also members of the United States Congress and their staff," to register for the service now. The company says it will start to offer Nationalpass to the general public in July 2016.
Plenary Salutes CU Grads by Temporarily Waiving US 36 Tolls May 05, 2016 18:23KUSA-TV News reports, "As a way to thank commuters and communities along the corridor of US 36 and congratulate CU-Boulder graduates, Plenary Roads Denver will waive Express Lane tolls on May 7. All tolls on the US 36 Express Lanes will be waived from 6 to 9:30 a.m. in westbound lanes and from 3 to 6:30 p.m. in eastbound lanes.
CFX Will Open Customer Service Lanes to Accept E-Pass Deposits May 05, 2016 18:21WFTV News (Orlando) reports that "Two of the cash lanes at State Road 408 and the Conway toll plaza will be turned into customer service drive-thru lanes, the Central Florida Expressway Authority announced. The two lanes will allow drivers to put cash on their E-Pass accounts." CFX tells the newspaper the change is designed "to get more E-Passes into cars and cut down on the number of daily cash transactions."
Kentucky Admitted to Full Membership in E-ZPass Group May 05, 2016 18:18WDRB-TV News (Louisville) reports that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet "has met the conditions needed to join the E-Z Pass Group’s decision-making board before an April 30 deadline. . . . Kentucky sought to join ahead of the scheduled start of tolling on the Ohio River Bridges Project by the end of 2016."
GDOT Official Expects August Start for I-85 HOT Lanes Project May 05, 2016 18:16
Gwinnett Daily Post (Lawrenceville) reports that Georgia Department of Transportation Commissioner Russell McMurry told a May 4 business gathering that he expects construction to begin on the I-85 high-occupancy toll lane extension project in August. According to the newspaper, McMurry said, "They are actually working through design now, getting the permits in place and ready to turn dirt in August. That’s about a $149-$150 million investment in mobility and trying to bring mobility up the northeast side of the county. . . ."