The Florida Department of Transportation is accepting bids for a planned high-speed rail line between Orlando and Tampa that would be privately funded. Brightline, which operates a similar rail line in South Florida, confirmed it is bidding on the project.
Hungary-based AImotive has started testing autonomous vehicles on US 101 in California. Valet parking, highway autopilot and urban driving are the three software products AImotive eventually plans to sell.
Wharton finance professor Robert Inman says infrastructure should be a higher priority for local, state and federal governments. "There's a role both for taxes connected to debt and user fees or tolls connected to the marginal costs of providing the infrastructure on a daily basis," Inman says.
Prefabricated construction, robots and software are helping confront the construction industry's worker shortage. Productivity within the construction sector has not kept pace with the rest of the economy, and "it's finally just gotten too expensive to build the old-fashioned way," says Margaret Whelan, an investment banker for the homebuilding industry.
Architecture and engineering firm HOK and the Building Research Establishment in the UK have partnered to bring a new-construction green building certification program to the US: Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method, or BREEAM. The certification has been available outside the US since 1990, and a pilot project is expected to start here this summer.
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The Philadelphia City Council adopted a tax on construction that is designed to raise $22 million a year for affordable housing, but the mayor could veto the measure. Construction unions oppose the law, but it is supported by affordable housing advocates.
The Illinois Tollway will review plans Thursday to demolish the O'Hare Oasis over Interstate 294 as part of an expansion project. Oasis bridges, which the authority began adding in 1959, were popular among travelers, but the designs incorporating structures over roadways have come to be seen as hazards.
The Virginia Department of Transportation is to begin construction on a project to add a third eastbound lane to part of Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway. The $85.7 million project is to be completed in 2020.
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