Learn about the I-77 express lanes, North Carolina's first-ever P3 and managed lanes project and visit Charlotte's Motor Speedway. There you'll see the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series garage area and take a ride through two infield race tracks. Vroommm! Register today for the Summit and the technical tour before the tour fills up.
Manatee County, Fla., is considering changing its fee structure for construction development so funds collected can go toward bus shelters and other elements of transit infrastructure. Currently, new developments must pay transportation impact fees that can only be applied to roadwork.
The industrial internet of things will use sensors, computers, cameras and other devices to link every facet of the supply chain from products to machines and tools, according to this analysis. An "internet of everything" allows for benefits such as monitoring inventory, space management in trailers and improves real-time decision making about asset use.
The emergence of cloud technology and various startups in the industry is helping the freight forwarding market to become more efficient and transparent. Some organizations are turning to technology for invoice creation and payment through online platforms, while others are utilizing tools to better connect suppliers with customers.
Shipper costs per mile are up 4%, while transit times are increasing for routes of 450 to 550 miles, according to Zipline Logistics. The company's analysis shows a 16.2% increase in transit days after the electronic logging device mandate went into effect.
The use of analytics is a critical component to allowing UPS to continue to compete with Amazon. Not only will the company's EDGE data projects help it to save as much as $300 million a year upon full deployment, but it is also helping to minimize mistakes, improve performance and determine when trucks should be washed, reports Elizabeth Woyke.
The federal gas tax is no longer collecting enough revenue to fund infrastructure in the US, and the White House's infrastructure plan would allow for heavier reliance on tolling, Justin Fox writes. The federal gas tax has remained essentially the same since 1993, and inflation and better fuel mileage have caused revenue from the tax to decline, Fox writes.
Autonomous vehicles will soon have a major effect in the US and around the world, and Congress and federal agencies are working to develop a regulatory structure for the technology, Noah Smith writes. The government needs to require communications among vehicles, Smith writes, suggesting that the easiest way to achieve that goal "is to mandate that self-driving software companies make public all of the software and protocols that they use for communications between cars."
Proposals in the Virginia House Appropriations Committee might result in modified tolls on Interstate 66. One proposed amendment would call on the Virginia Department of Transportation to modify the tolling algorithm to reduce vehicles' target speeds, but the department says it currently lacks sufficient data to make such a change.
Installation of gantries for cashless tolling on New York's Grand Island bridges is underway. The New York State Thruway Authority says cashless tolling is expected to be in effect in March.