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About Danny Pryor

Danny Pryor is a media, content and web developer with a long history in broadcast and print journalism. He is also the executive director of Turnpike Information Company. Danny has earned two awards from the Associated Press for his work in media, including Best Individual Achievement for Large Market Radio in Miami. He resides in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

2017 Toll Increases Impact Multiple States

Many Agencies Raising Tolls For Capital Improvement Projects

Road Widening and Technology Upgrades Lead Lists

Drivers across many of the nation’s toll roads will find themselves pitching more change into the basket as they pass barriers in 2017, as a number of states’ tolling agencies announced they are preparing to raise costs. Pennsylvania’s Turnpike Commission announced its rate increase in July, via an online news release. The Ohio Turnpike Commission began raising rates in 2013, and the commission has already published Ohio’s annual rate increases on its website through 2023. Illinois announced its rate increase for 2017 early in 2016.

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Oklahoma Toll exhibit from NewsOK.com. Illinois Tollway rate card from Illinois Tollway. Ohio Turnpike toll rates from The Ohio Turnpike Commission. Pennsylvania Turnpike rates from the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission.

In making its announcement for 2017, the PA Turnpike Commission said its toll increases were necessary to fund a “10-year spending plan which invests more than $5.77-billion” into the turnpike system. Part of that plan, the commission said, includes road widening and reconstruction projects.

The Ohio Turnpike Commission issued a proclamation, in 2013, that stated, in part, “[T]oll rate increases are needed to pay any increased operating costs over the next ten years, as well as increases in debt service payments required because of the issuance of Turnpike Revenue Bonds.”

Illinois Tollway construction

Road work on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, in April 2016.

Meanwhile, Illinois has been on a massive technology and infrastructure improvement plan that, this year, included a major upgrade of the Jane Addams Memorial Highway, in addition to improvements on other toll roads of the Illinois Tollway system. The current set of price increases is due to impact primarily truckers. New all-electronic tolling systems are also set to become operational Illinois’ Route 390 later in 2017, according to the state’s official toll website.

Different Dates For Toll Rate Hikes From State To State

Not all 2017 increases are happening on New Year’s Day. While Illinois and Ohio are hiking rates on January 1, Pennsylvania is giving drivers a one-week grace period, of sorts. Penna rates will go up on January 8.

However, not all 2017 toll rate increases have been finalized, and not all state toll agencies know whether they plan to raise rates.

Some Toll Adjustments In Some States Still Uncertain

The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority had planned a 12% toll increase that would take effect January 1, but a challenge to the bond issue the increase would fund has put the precise date, and the increase, in doubt, said Jack Damrill, the authority’s Director of Communications and Facilities.

However, Mr. Damrill sounded confident Oklahoma’s tolls would be adjusted in the coming year, regardless of the state’s Supreme Court case. “There is a good possibility the toll increase could be put on hold until the outcome of the litigation,” he wrote in an email, adding, “In short, our tolls will be changing sometime in 2017.”

Chad Huff, with Florida’s Department of Transportation, said authorities in that state were unsure about any toll increase on Florida’s Turnpike in 2017, even though the state’s legislature has authorized the agency to raise rates to keep up with U.S. Consumer Price Index, a process the state calls “toll indexing.” Huff said Florida’s toll agency would review the potential for a 2017 increase well after the start of the year, suggesting a decision may be made early in the second quarter of 2017. “Our toll rates are evaluated in the Spring, for possible implementation in the Summer,” Huff wrote TurnpikeInfo.com. “Best to check back in April.” Florida typically raises rates in July, although there were no increases in 2016.

Indiana, Massachusetts Hike Rates In 2016

Indiana Toll Road eastbound

The Indiana Toll Road, pictured above, recently underwent a major resurfacing that finally forced the state’s concession company to raise rates in July of 2016.

Some states have already raised rates ahead of the coming new year. Tolls across Indiana went up July 1, after an announcement by the Indiana Toll Road Concession Company, a private-sector company contracted to run the state’s 157-mile toll highway. The ITR connects to the Chicago Skyway on the west end and to the Ohio Turnpike at the east gate. The ITRCC announced the hike only two months before it officially took effect.

In Massachusetts, the residents and visitors traveling the Massachusetts Turnpike were introduced to new tolls on October 28, 2016, along with a new all-electronic toll system that no longer accepts cash. The Mass Pike, as it is known colloquially, connects to the New York State Thruway on the west end of the state, and to Boston and Logan International Airport in the east.

No Toll Increases For New Jersey, New York

Neither the New Jersey Turnpike nor the Garden State Parkway were due for a toll increase in the coming year, said Thomas Feeney, with the New Jersey Turnpike Authority.

In New York, a spokeswoman at the New York State Thruway press office said Governor Andrew Cuomo had frozen future toll increases until after 2020.

 

Gas Price Report For December 5, 2016

Gas price trend for week of December 5, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas did an about-face this week, after three weeks of declines, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, which reports the average national price for regular unleaded shot upward over five cents per gallon in the past seven days. The national average is now nearly $2.21 per gallon, up from about $2.15 just a week ago. Several regions had prices lurch upward as much as eight cents per gallon. In an unusual trend, California, and the broader West Coast, enjoyed a decline in gas prices.

The cost of diesel jumped this week, as well, according to the E.I.A. The E.I.A. reports the national average cost of diesel surged six cents per gallon and now stands at $2.48.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.571: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.380: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.340: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.236: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.231: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.120: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.147: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.107: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$1.979: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.770: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.602: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.526: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.457: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.499: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.415: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.431: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.361: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For November 28, 2016

Gas price trend for week of November 28, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas took another dip this week, but unless you live in one of the states covered with Rocky Mountains, you may not notice. According to the weekly release from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average price of regular unleaded fell only a tenth of a penny per gallon during the week. The average price now stands at $2.15 per gallon, a price that is down a penny from last week’s average, but only due to rounding. Millions of drivers across the Midwest are paying nearly three cents per gallon more than last week, a common happenstance in a region besieged by pricing volatility.

The cost of diesel declined again this week, but no more noticeably than regular fuels, as prices only went down a tenth of a penny, on average, according to the E.I.A. The E.I.A. reports the national average cost of diesel is remains at $2.42 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.572: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.401: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.284: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.192: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.164: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.146: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.067: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.039: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$1.906: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.727: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.549: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.472: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.450: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.446: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.361: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.356: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.290: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For November 21, 2016

Gas price trend for week of November 21, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas took another dip this week, a consecutive weekly decline that will benefit drivers just as the busy Thanksgiving holiday travel gets underway. According to the weekly release from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the average price of regular unleaded fell nearly three cents per gallon during the week. The average price now stands at $2.16 per gallon. Millions of drivers across the Gulf Coast and Lower Atlantic states enjoyed price declines of about six cents per gallon, twice the national average. However, prices in the Midwest increased on the week.

The cost of diesel declined again this week, adding another two cents to last week’s decline. The E.I.A. reports the national average cost of diesel is now at $2.42 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.591: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.422: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.291: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.197: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.185: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.172: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.075: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.014: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$1.918: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.637: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.549: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.471: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.455: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.442: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.356: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.355: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.296: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Report For November 14, 2016

Gas price trend for week of November 14, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas took a bit of a dip this week, according to the weekly release from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The average price of regular unleaded fell nearly a nickel per gallon during the week, the E.I.A. report shows. The nationwide average now stands at $2.18 per gallon, but millions of drivers across the Gulf Coast and Midwest are paying less than $2.00 per gallon.

The cost of diesel took a breather this week, but declines did not match those of regular gasoline. The E.I.A. reports the national average cost of diesel is now at $2.44 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.645: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.456: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.321: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.235: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.225: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.217: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.138: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$1.994: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$1.975: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.657: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.564: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.492: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.482: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.453: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.387: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.363: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.316: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Update For November 7, 2016

Gas price trend for week of November 7, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas ticked upward during the week, although prices fell by nearly three cents in the Gulf Coast and Rocky Mountain regions this week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Even so, a six-cent increase in prices across the Central Atlantic states dragged the average U.S. cost upward by about three-tenths of a penny. Even so, the national average remained at $2.23 per gallon, due to rounding.

The cost of diesel pushed down this week, by about a penny per gallon, according to the E.I.A. The national average settled at $2.47 per gallon.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.686: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.475: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.335: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.268: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.255: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.240: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.165: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.082: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.015: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.673: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.584: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.532: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.502: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.474: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.425: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.384: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.340: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Update For October 31, 2016

Gas price trend for week of October 31, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas continued its downward slide this week, but unlike the previous two weeks, the current trend was felt more broadly across the United States. The Energy Information Administration reports the price of gas fell just over a penny per gallon, while the cost of fuel in many regions fell two or three cents per gallon. A rise in prices across the West Coast and, in particular, California, kept the national average in check. The U.S. average price for a gallon of regular unleaded now stands at $2.23.

The cost of diesel pushed upward this week. The national average remained the same, at $2.48 per gallon. Prices did go down slightly across the Rocky Mountains and the Midwest, according to the E.I.A.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.697: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.478: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.293: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.271: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.248: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.219: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.172: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.075: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.042: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.766: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.583: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.541: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.502: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.475: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.443: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.388: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.353: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Update For Week Of October 24, 2016

Gas price trend for week of October 24, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas continued slipping downward this week, but only just. Last week’s dramatic price declines across the Midwest continued into this week, according to the latest weekly release from the U.S. Energy Information Administration. That decline, along with more moderate price dips across the Lower Atlantic, pushed the national average gas price down about 1.4 cents this week. For most drivers, however, the price of gas actually went up. The U.S. average is now $2.24, according to the E.I.A.

The cost of diesel moderated this week, after a stiff increase last week. The national average remained the same, at $2.48 per gallon, though prices went up in New England and down across the Lower Atlantic.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.680: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.476: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.286: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.274: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.248: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.232: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.196: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.107: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.056: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.747: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.581: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.550: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.485: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.468: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.451: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.378: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.353: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Gas Price Update For October 17, 2016

Gas price trend for week of October 17, 2016

Fort Lauderdale, FL – The price of gas finally tipped downward this week, but only just. A drastic price decline in the Midwest served to distort prices in a week where most drivers actually saw price increases. The cost of fuel, nationwide, dropped about a penny and a half to settle at $2.26, according to the weekly fuel price survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration. The E.I.A. report shows a near-seven cent decline in prices across the Midwest is largely responsible for the pull on the national average. Elsewhere, prices were either flat or up about a penny. Prices across the Rocky Mountain states were up nearly three cents.

The cost of diesel went up strongly on the week, putting more pressure on haulers. The weekly E.I.A. price survey shows diesel shot up almost four cents per gallon this week, and now sits at $2.48. That is a nearly ten cent increase in just two weeks.

Regional cost averages for both gasoline and diesel are listed below, ranked from highest to lowest price.

Regional Gasoline Averages:

$2.679: PADD 5 WEST COAST (INCL. CA)
$2.461: PADD 5 WEST COAST (W/O CA)
$2.269: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.263: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.247: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.237: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.216: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.155: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.043: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Regional Diesel Averages:

$2.742: PADD 5 WEST COAST
$2.579: PADD 1b CENTRAL ATLANTIC
$2.546: PADD 4 ROCKY MOUNTAIN
$2.477: PADD 1a NEW ENGLAND
$2.472: PADD 1 EAST COAST
$2.458: PADD 2 MIDWEST
$2.389: PADD 1c LOWER ATLANTIC
$2.357: PADD 3 GULF COAST

Note: PADD is an acronym for Petroleum Administration for Defense Districts.

Bayonne Bridge Closures Impact Day and Night Traffic

Bridge Only To Open For Rush Hour Traffic

Bayonne BridgeThe Port Authority of New York and New Jersey will close the Bayonne Bridge to all traffic this morning at 9 a.m., and will reopen the span at 3 p.m. this afternoon. The bridge will close again at 7 p.m. this evening, and it will remain closed until 5 a.m. tomorrow. Identical closures will impact traffic on Thursday.

The daytime closure will also be in place Friday, the Port Authority announced, but the overnight closure will not be in effect Friday night.

In brief, the closures are as follows:

  • Wednesday, October 12, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Thursday
  • Thursday, October 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and again from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m. Friday
  • Friday, October 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All traffic will be diverted to the Goethals Bridge during the closures.