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11/17/2017

General Electric will acquire new companies to streamline its supply chain operations in an effort to boost profit margins while reducing costs overall. Though vague in details, the company's investor update indicated a rigorous revamping.

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11/17/2017

Volkswagen says it will spend $11.8 billion through 2025 to create so-called new energy vehicles, which are all-electric and plug-in hybrid cars that meet China's energy requirements. It plans to launch 15 of these vehicles over the next three years with 25 more after 2025.

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11/17/2017

A year ago, the Massachusetts Turnpike switched to open-road tolling, and the state's Department of Transportation says nearly half a billion transactions have been processed. Around 86% of travelers used an E-ZPass to pay tolls, and MassDOT says the move has reduced commute times.

11/17/2017

A four-lane, 13-mile extension is planned for the Suncoast Parkway north of Tampa, Fla., and Lane Construction Corp. -- a subsidiary of Salini Impregilo -- won a $134.6 million contract to build one of the two sections. Construction could begin in 2018, and will include 15 bridges.

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11/17/2017

A private company built the South Bay Expressway toll road at a cost of $658 million, but later went bankrupt. The San Diego Association of Governments bought it for $351 million, and recently refinanced the debt in a move will save $147 million over 26 years.

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Times of San Diego
11/17/2017

Maryland plans to add toll lanes to the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and the Baltimore-Washington Parkway, but officials in Montgomery County want more transit options. They say taking more vehicles off the road might be better than expanding the congested highways, and Pete Rahn, the state's transportation secretary, said that could be part of the discussion when the state hires a private company to design and build the toll lanes.

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11/17/2017

Flex Route is a new traffic management system deployed by the Michigan Department of Transportation on US 23. It uses overhead signs, electronic message boards and mounted cameras to provide lane control, especially during peak hours.

11/17/2017

A recommendation from General Motors would give makers of self-driving vehicles safeguards from lawsuits if an owner fails to maintain a vehicle as outlined by the manufacturer. The California Department of Motor Vehicles likes the idea, but trade groups warn that manufacturers could pass the maintenance burden to consumers in order to shift liability in accidents -- exposing autonomous-car users to legal risk.

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The Associated Press
11/17/2017

Flixbus, which has a network of 200,000, low-cost, daily connections to 1,200 destinations in 26 European countries, plans to open its long-haul road travel operations in the US next year.

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CityLab
11/17/2017

The Tesla Semi is an all-electric semitrailer designed to automatically avoid jackknifing and travel 500 miles on a single charge. The battery-powered, nearly all self-driving truck can go from zero to 60 mph in five seconds without a trailer and could be less expensive to operate than trucks that run on diesel.

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