A New York City law that adds regulations to ride-hailing vehicles has resulted in renewed consideration of congestion pricing, writes Fredrick Kunkle. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not succeed in implementing congestion pricing in the city, and efforts by Gov. Andrew Cuomo also have fallen short.
The Florida Department of Transportation is to begin taking bids for a design-build contract for a new Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa, Fla., and the bids will be required to stay below $814 million. The bridge is expected to contain four express toll lanes, and a bid could be awarded in 2019.
The Oregon Transportation Commission voted to authorize the state's transportation department to study tolling five additional roads at a meeting at which it also unanimously agreed to seek federal approval for tolling interstates 5 and 205 in Portland. "Tolling can help us both manage demand and finance bottleneck relief projects that will provide people a better commute and help us keep commerce moving," said commission Chair Tammy Baney.
Atlantia unit Autostrade has eliminated all tolls for ambulances throughout Italy. Before the change, ambulances were exempt only when responding to emergencies.
Roads with solar panels bring the potential to reduce the amount of land needed to produce electricity, but the technology is in the early stages of development. The US, China and France are testing roadway solar panels, but the technology will most likely be used initially on driveways, patios and other small spaces before roads.
Blueridge Transportation Group is building toll lanes on Texas 288, and the company will soon begin reworking the Texas 288 and Loop 610 interchange. The Texas Department of Transportation and Blueridge have a 50-year comprehensive development agreement that covers maintenance and operations.
Shares of Atlantia, owner of toll operator Autostrade, fell more than 20% after its bridge in Genoa, Italy, collapsed. Shares of other toll road operators fell as well.
Four people in Pennsylvania have been charged with felonies for accumulating tolls and fees on the state's turnpike worth a combined $315,000. The same legislation that authorized felony charges in such cases permits the state to suspend vehicle registrations of toll evaders under certain conditions.
Ford Motor Co. told the US Department of Transportation in a 44-page self-driving safety report that it wants to be known as the most trustworthy company in the market. "Developing self-driving vehicles is not simply about the technology -- it is about earning the trust of our customers and of those cities and businesses that will ultimately use it," Ford CEO Sherif Marakby says.
A real-world demonstration of cellular vehicle-to-everything technology on roadways has debuted in conjunction with the Colorado Department of Transportation's regional traffic management center in Denver. The effort was the product of work from Ford Motor Co., Panasonic, Qualcomm, Ficosa (C-V2X onboard units), Kapsch TrafficCom (roadside units) and Savari (wireless communication network technologies).
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