Court denies RIDOT’s motion for judgment in truck tolling case

From Transport Topics.

The U.S. District Court of Rhode Island has denied the Rhode Island Department of Transportation’s motion for judgment on pleadings related to the state’s hotly contested trucks-only tolling system, marking a victory for the trucking industry.

The decision, issued July 20, is the latest development in an ongoing lawsuit between RIDOT and trucking industry representatives, including American Trucking Associations, Cumberland Farms Inc. and M&M Transport Services Inc. New England Motor Freight also was part of the lawsuit but has since filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and shut down operations.

The trucks-only tolling system is part of Gov. Gina Raimondo’s RhodeWorks program, which is projected to generate $4.7 billion to finance infrastructure projects.

The defendants, RIDOT Director Peter Alviti and the Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority, filed their motion for judgment after the plaintiffs filed a motion for preliminary injunction in March, according to the court document. The court heard both motions May 28.

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