A California law that becomes effective Jan. 1 will rescind carpool lane privileges from up to 220,000 low- and zero-emission vehicles. Although the program that yielded the privileges was designed to motivate car buyers to choose environmentally friendly automobiles, concerns have grown regarding congestion in the HOV lanes.
As electric scooters initiate a second wave of transportation options, municipal leaders who believed they were left out of car-sharing regulations are now focused on setting regulatory standards. The Los Angeles City Council led the way by recently issuing a one-year permit that allows companies to place as many as 10,500 scooters while requiring that real-time information on the vehicles be given to the city.
New Hampshire, Maine and Rhode Island now have toll collection reciprocity agreements with Massachusetts that facilitate collections of tolls incurred by motorists without transponders who did not pay. Massachusetts also anticipates having reciprocity with New York when negotiations with the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey are completed.
The completion date for the Highway 99 Tunnel in Seattle has been moved to 2019. The Washington Department of Transportation will close the Alaskan Way Viaduct three weeks before the tunnel opens, which will create travel complications.
The toll station in Kolsh, Albania, opened uneventfully Monday. Tolls for residents were lowered from five euros to less than one euro after protesters burned down toll booths and had confrontations with law enforcement in March.
The Florida Department of Transportation met with designers and contractors at a forum and discussed the Howard Frankland replacement project, which is anticipated to cost around $800 million. The replacement bridge is expected to have two toll express lanes and four general purpose lanes in each direction, with work expected to be finished in 2024.
The Central Wasatch Commission in Utah plans to propose congestion-reduction spending ideas for $66 million in state funds after reviewing the results of a Utah Department of Transportation study. Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker says canyon tolls could supplement the $66 million.
The lenders for the concessionaire on a 50-mile section of NH-58 in India are looking to replace Haridwar Highways Project. "There are ongoing delays in debt-servicing obligation by the company on account of significant delays in project completion and stretched liquidity profile," states a 2018 Care Ratings report on the vendor.
Problems can arise when number sequences on specialty license plates -- which are becoming more popular -- are alike; those problems include incorrect toll violation notices. A reporter reviewing Lucy Woodward's case determined that the $400 she was charged in tolls and fees should have been billed to a motorist in Alexandria, Va., with a similarly numbered plate.
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