To protect themselves from negative publicity from President-elect Donald Trump, some supply chain leaders at the World Economic Forum are discussing the benefits of local production. Industries, including car manufacturers, technology companies, food companies and fashion, are considering the value of re-shoring operations.
In a recent poll, 66% of surveyed Canadians said they would prefer to pay tolls rather than more taxes to fund infrastructure improvements. Many supported the use of public-private partnerships even though they don't want private management of infrastructure and are wary of government waste.
Construction will begin soon on a $31 million project to add 2.2 miles of reversible lanes on Interstate 95 in Virginia's Stafford County. The lanes would be free for any high-occupancy vehicle with an E-ZPass Flex, but solo drivers would have to pay.
Twinning eight sections of the 100-series highways in Nova Scotia, Canada, could cost $1.5 billion, and the Department of Transportation and Infrastructure is trying to determine if citizens are willing to pay tolls to fund the project. A series of public meetings is scheduled on the topic.
The Colorado Department of Transportation has launched the RoadX program, which will study connected vehicles and other cutting-edge transportation technology. The state is partnering with AECOM, Atkins and CH2M on the project and wants to bring "these formative technologies to enhance Colorado's transportation system."
Texas is embracing autonomous vehicle technology and wants to create an environment where autonomous vehicle companies want to conduct tests in the state. The first of those tests could be on high-occupancy toll lanes in the Houston area.
The next phase of the $1 billion Project Neon to improve an interchange is Las Vegas is about to start. The work is expected to create traffic problems, and an active traffic management system will use sensors that monitor traffic and alert drivers to problems.
New rules in New York state allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to suspend vehicle registrations for flagrant toll violators. "Toll evaders [flout] the law and do so on the backs of hard working New Yorkers who play by the rules," Gov. Andrew Cuomo said.
The combustion engine and other traditional automotive technologies are rapidly giving way to cars increasingly run by computers and consumer electronics, writes Bill Roth. Internet-of-things and artificial-intelligence technology is shifting the power to drive change from automotive firms to tech companies, and millennials in megacities will drive adoption of shared, on-demand vehicles that will replace the car-ownership model, writes Roth.
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