Managed lane projects are being developed nationwide as cost-effective congestion management relief tools. When developing an RFP, the agency should require close coordination between the toll system integrator and the design-build contractor. On many projects, the system integrator is hired under a separate contract from that of the contractor. But that could be detrimental. A coordinated approach benefits the project in four ways.
The mitigation market as it exists today has its good qualities, but there are some drawbacks too. I’d like to propose some ideas and open a dialog about ways we can try to improve our industry.
Main Similarities and Differences that Impact Congress’s Decision on the Water Resources Development Act
Have you heard about the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016? Not to be confused with the WRDA of 1974 or WRDA of 1992 – those are just three of 11 WRDAs. All WRDAs are related to water resources needs, but the actual applications are varied among environmental, structural, navigational, flood protection, hydrology, and other needs. The WRDA is revisited approximately every two years and does not designate new money for spending, but authorizes projects for which lawmakers can make spending appropriations in the future.Continue Reading →
As tolling and toll facilities become a more popular transportation infrastructure improvement choice for state agencies and an investment opportunity for private entities, there are more options for customer interaction than ever before. Differing business rules, tolling systems, tolling facilities, hours of operation, pricing models, back office payment options, and numerous system account types have resulted in the creation of a diverse number of choices agencies are offering to attract and retain customers.Continue Reading →
Working with cultural and historic sites can be a sensitive proposition. In a recent example, the federal government requested a temporary cessation of the Dakota Access oil pipeline that runs through the reservation of an American Indian tribe, the Standing Rock Sioux.Continue Reading →