Opponents of the electronic logging devices, including truckers, are stepping up protests and calling for a delay in its implementation, though that would require the involvement of the Trump administration. Truckers don't want to be monitored by the federal government, citing privacy concerns.
San Francisco Bay Area Rapid Transit District in California has signed a 20-year power-purchase agreement for electricity from Canadian Solar. The transit network is looking to be fully powered by sustainable energy by 2045.
The Trump administration wants to shift the burden of funding a massive infrastructure bill onto state and local governments, but Urban-Brookings Tax Policy Center senior fellow Tracy Gordon says those entities are "already feeling beleaguered." The federal government would provide competitive financing if the local government could show methods that would raise revenue for infrastructure, but they could also still use funding from private entities.
The West Virginia Parkways Authority is conducting a study on the viability of corporate sponsorship for its turnpike and should report on it early next year.
In 1995, Southern California opened the country's first toll lane with variable pricing, and now congestion-based tolling is used in 41 jurisdictions throughout the US. "We're seeing a lot of this around the country -- it's becoming an accepted and reliable way that state, city and county governments are using to manage their congestion," said Patrick Jones, CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
A 6-mile-long express lane on the tolled Veterans Expressway in Tampa, Fla., is complete and will open Saturday, while a lane extension is slated to open in the spring. Motorists who choose to use the lane will pay a variable toll in addition to what they already pay, but tolling won't start immediately.
Overpasses on New York state parkways are lower than standard legal bridge clearance, so the state will install over-height vehicle detectors. The systems will be placed at 13 locations on Long Island and will issue warnings if vehicles are too tall.
The Spanish government wants a regulatory agency to revoke its approval of Atlantia's $18.88 billion offer for Spanish toll-road operator Abertis. Atlantia is in a bidding war with Hochtief for the tolling company and says it has complied with all Spanish regulations.
California's Office of Administrative Law has approved the 6C electronic toll collection protocol to enhance interoperability in the state, and it wants the system in place by 2024. "This announcement by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is a landmark moment in the work to advance the nation toward interoperability on all electronic tolling systems," said Patrick Jones, CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
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