Democratic leaders soundly rejected President Donald Trump's proposed $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which includes $200 billion in public investment over 10 years. They said that Trump's proposed budget cuts as much or more as it invests in infrastructure, but IBTTA said the plan gives states the "maximum flexibility needed to make the best funding decisions for their local transportation projects."
President Donald Trump's proposed budget for fiscal 2018 includes $200 billion for infrastructure investment over 10 years and lifts some restrictions on tolling interstates. Some are opposed to the idea, but Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, supports it, noting that states wouldn't be forced to institute tolls, but could use them if they needed another revenue source.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation instituted all-electronic tolling last year, and motorists are hoping the lack of toll booths will save them a few minutes this Memorial Day weekend as they head to the beaches and mountains.
Tolling and high-speed rail should be considered transportation options and ways to improve the country's infrastructure and reduce congestion, since lawmakers and citizens have little appetite for a tax increase, contends Tom Skancke. "We should be paying for the stuff that we use," he says.
Researchers at Delft University in the Netherlands have created a form of self-healing asphalt by adding steel wool to the bitumen. The substance can then be heated as potholes and cracks develop, and it will spread to fill in the holes, which could double the lifespan of any roads it is used on.
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association praised President Donald Trump's proposal to allow states to ease restrictions on tolling interstates and allow private companies to build and maintain rest areas. "Toll financing may not be the answer for every highway, bridge, or tunnel project in the country, but the power of tolling is proven and effective," said IBTTA's Patrick Jones, but not all are onboard with the idea.
A three-mile section of Interstate 75 will be used to test vehicle-to-infrastructure technologies on connected and autonomous vehicles, according to the Michigan Department of Transportation. The MDOT is working with 3M to utilize the vehicle-to-infrastructure technology on signs, temporary traffic controls, pavement markings and information systems.
Vehicle companies are starting to turn to software-driven cloud solutions, thereby putting open source at the center of mobility innovation, writes Ted Serbinski. Manufacturers, including BMW, Ford, Fiat Chrysler and GM, are expected to launch their own open source initiatives soon, he writes.
Samsung Electronics and Savari, a vehicle-to-everything technology company, have become members of the 5G Automotive Association. Samsung will join the association's board of directions, while Savari is the first provider of V2X solutions to join the group.
Lawmakers in Texas are close to passing a House bill that would allow manufacturers to test autonomous cars on state roads but would prohibit the use of state money on privately operated high-speed rail.
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