Friday, April 27, 2012
The page's message seeks effort to fight "this shortsighted tax on our communities."
Opposition continues to build in the East Bay against proposed tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge. The latest effort happened Monday, when the "No Tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge" Facebook page launched. The administrator, Christy Nadalin of Bristol, said Thursday she's looking to make everyone aware of the situation. As of 5 p.m. Thursday the page had 25 "likes." Currently, Gov. Lincoln Chafee's budget calls to transfer ownership of the Sakonnet River Bridge from the Rhode Island Department of Transportation(RIDOT) to the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RIBTA). In a move to create a new revenue stream for fiscally-strapped Rhode Island, putting tolls on the Sakonnet River Bridge has been proposed if RITBA maintains it. …
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
The board also voted to rescind the toll changes, which are effective July 1, should the Rhode Island General Assembly pass legislation in this session that would provide RITBA with “an alternative and sufficient source of revenue.”
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority board of directors voted today during its monthly board meeting for new toll rates for the Newport Pell Bridge as well as a request of the Rhode Island General Assembly to allow RITBA to set toll rates for the Mount Hope Bridge. The rates that were approved by the board are $1.00 per crossing for residents with a RI E-ZPass and $5.00 per crossing for cash and undiscounted E-ZPass. The added revenue, RITBA says, will help pay for the $250 million needed to fund RITBA’s capital projects in the 10-year Renewal and Replacement Plan. Importantly, the board also voted to rescind the toll changes on the Pell Bridge, which are effective July 1, should the Rhode Island General Assembly pass legislation …
Friday, January 20, 2012
Residents continue to voice opposition to this plan even after the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority tabled its talks Wednesday.
On Wednesday, the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority board of directors voted unanimously to table a discussion on a proposal to ask the General Assembly to approve tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge. The board voted to postpone this discussion until its next meeting on Feb. 8. However, local residents are still voicing opposition to this proposal. The following comments were made this week on Bristol-Warren Patch's Facebook page: Paul Mancieri of Leo's Ristorante wrote, "Tolls on the bridge would be a disaster. It's a local bridge not one traveled heavily by out of staters. This would be another form of taxation that in these times is not warranted." Dale Aubrey wrote, "there must have been a reason why they got rid of them in the …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The RITBA board of directors are have postponed voting on raising tolls at the Newport Pell Bridge and setting toll rates for the Mount Hope Bridge.
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority board of directors met this morning for its monthly board meeting. The board voted unanimously to table the discussion on new toll rates for the Newport Pell Bridge, which would raise rates to $5 for cash and un-discounted E-ZPass drivers and $1 for Rhode Island E-ZPass drivers, and its request to the Rhode Island General Assembly to allow RITBA to set toll rates for the Mount Hope Bridge, until its next meeting on Feb. 8. To read the transcript from our live coverage of the meeting, go here.
Friday, October 7, 2011
Jacobs Engineering on Thursday presented background on the financial study behind the Mount Hope Bridge toll proposal.
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) on Thursday continued its discussion with the public about proposed tolls on the Mount Hope Bridge. The proposal, RITBA says, would close a $63 million budget shortfall created by capital improvement projects required over the next 10 years. During the hearing at Portsmouth High School, Rick Gobeille from Jacobs Engineering Group (Jacobs), the consulting company retained by RITBA to conduct a feasibility study, presented the background of the problem. In the 1960s, RITBA implemented a toll of 30 cents for passenger vehicles and 10 cents for commuters. This toll schedule was in place until May 1, 1998, when tolls were removed on the Mount Hope Bridge. Gobeille said a primary factor in …
Thursday, October 6, 2011
The meetings follow two this week in Bristol and Portsmouth.
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA) announced today that it will hold two additional public hearings this month to continue its conversation with the public about its revenue needs and tolling options. RITBA held its first session Wednesday night in Bristol, where approximately 100 residents came out, many to express displeasure with a proposal to add tolling back to the Mt. Hope Bridge. Another session is being held tonight at 7 p.m. at Portsmouth High School. The additional meetings will be at the following locations: At the Bristol meeting last night, RITBA Chairman David Darlington discussed the reality that the tolls on the Pell Bridge are the authority's only source of revenue. According to Darlington, they don't …