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7/20/2018

A pilot proposed by the Massachusetts Department of Transportation would give Boston drivers who avoid rush hour traffic at least a 25% discount on tolls. The program, which would cover the Boston Harbor tunnels, the Massachusetts Turnpike and the Tobin Bridge, is subject to gubernatorial approval.

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WCVB-TV (Boston)
7/20/2018

Former Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure DJ Gribbin has joined Stonepeak Infrastructure Partners. Stonepeak also announced a $7.2 billion third infrastructure fund.

7/20/2018

The rapidly changing landscape of transportation -- with the emergence of ride-sharing, dockless bikes and scooters, electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles -- means cities around the world must look for long-term solutions. As an example, Shaun Abrahamson says urban cities that planned for taxi use now must prepare for ride-sharing.

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TechCrunch
7/20/2018

A report by Sam Schwartz Engineering has found that implementing a two-way toll on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge could reduce the number of vehicles on roads in Lower Manhattan by 137 per hour. The study also projects that a combination of two-way tolling and a congestion-pricing program could reduce traffic by 337 vehicles per hour on Houston, Watts and Canal streets.

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Verrazano-Narrows Bridge
7/20/2018

Toll collection in India in the 2017-2018 financial year grew by 18% over the previous year, the government reported. Rajasthan generated the most toll revenue, followed by Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat, the government added.

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The Times of India
7/20/2018

Jeff Conerly, a North Carolina resident, said there are several solutions that will deter people from heavy use of a private road through two neighborhoods as a shortcut to the beach. The neighborhoods have instituted a private toll booth on holiday weekends, but they consider options including a state takeover of the road or the installation of barriers to access as more long-term solutions.

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Jeff Conerly
7/20/2018

General Motors and Google's Waymo are battling to lead the self-driving vehicle market, using San Francisco as their primary testing ground. Stacey Bartlett says federal regulatory approval of vehicles lacking steering wheels or foot pedals will be necessary before GM can take its autonomous vehicles to market.

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Detroit Free Press
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7/20/2018

Elon Musk's Boring Co. has won the bid to build an underground high-speed transit link between O'Hare International Airport and downtown Chicago. Musk estimates that construction will begin in "three to four" months, with completion in around three years.

7/20/2018

The Active Traffic Management system in Fairfax County, Va., is turning off its capability to open an extra lane between Virginia 123 and the Capital Beltway on Interstate 66. The technology is being retired to launch construction to build two high-occupancy vehicle lanes between the Capital Beltway and Gainesville, Va.

7/20/2018

Thirty-nine states have pursued 209 funding bills for transportation so far this year while federal infrastructure funding continues to be considered, says the American Road and Transportation Builders Association. "We believe a permanent fix to the [highway] trust fund should be the cornerstone of any major infrastructure package," says ARTBA Chairman Matt Cummings.

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