President Donald Trump has scuttled a planned infrastructure advisory council, but construction groups say the action shouldn't get in the way of the president's plan for $1 trillion in infrastructure investment.
On Friday, westbound traffic will begin to flow across the new Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, which is replacing New York's Tappan Zee bridge. The bridge over the Hudson River links Westchester County with the New York State Thruway, and a combination of toll revenue, a bank settlement and federal funds are paying for the $4 billion project.
The US has over 1,500 lane-miles of managed lanes, and Robert Poole of the Reason Foundation contends that the lanes are an effective way to deal with congestion. However, he notes that transportation officials must proactively deal with three issues: pushback over increasing toll rates, resistance to adding managed lanes on existing interstates and criticism from rail advocates.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo wants to add congestion pricing to bridges and tunnels around the New York City area, but he faces an uphill battle to get the state legislature to approve the idea. The New York Times Editorial Board supports the move and suggests that the revenue could be used to fund public transportation improvements.
The Florida Department of Transportation plans to begin construction on a 13-mile extension to the tolled Suncoast Parkway in 2018. The agency is opening construction bids in October, and legal challenges are expected.
The interstate system was created to have "freedom from tolls," but that idea has changed drastically in recent years as government agencies look for new sources of revenue. A recent report found that since 1990, about 1,000 miles of toll roads have been added in the US, and more are likely.
Florida Polytechnic University hopes to be a leader in autonomous vehicle development, and it has partnered with MIT to build a test track. Construction has started, and the next phase, expected to start next year, will involve building a learning lab and areas to test the vehicles in different environments.
The bond rating of the Kansas Turnpike Authority was increased by Moody's Investors Service, which said the authority has a stable financial history and above-average liquidity.
A public-private partnership between the Port of Houston and Terminal Link Texas broke ground on a shipping container facility at the Bayport Container Terminal. The project is part of the port's planned $333 million investment in 2017 and 2018.
Houston and Texas Central Partners have reached an agreement on the construction of a bullet train between Houston and Dallas, a project that is expected to create 10,000 construction jobs. The agreement is not legally binding but shows that both sides are committed to the privately funded $15 billion project.
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