Congress is trying to formulate and pass a tax package before Christmas, and President Donald Trump said Monday that his administration will unveil a guideline of infrastructure principles soon after that. The guidelines would serve as a "building block" for any legislation.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held recently for a $3.7 billion project that will expand Interstate 66 in Virginia to create two tolled and three free lanes in each direction. Express Mobility Partners is working on the public-private partnership, with the goals of reducing congestion and decreasing travel time.
The Chicago suburb of Bartlett is revamping its downtown area based on a transit-oriented development blueprint, which emphasizes pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly areas. "We want to see lights on in downtown Bartlett on Friday night and Saturday night," said Roberta Grill, Bartlett's assistant community development director.
The Golden Gate Bridge has transitioned to all-electronic tolling, and the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District says it needs to open only five lanes of the eight-lane toll plaza to manage traffic. The agency has "found that this configuration helps moderate traffic flow through the plaza and reduces mishaps due to last-minute lane changes as vehicles approach the plaza."
Some Texas residents have pushed back against the use of tolling to pay for infrastructure, but a new group, Texans for Traffic Relief, is educating the public about the benefits of tolls. The group says that Texas must improve roads due to increasing congestion and that tolls are a way to help pay for improvements.
A 30-mile corridor of toll lanes on Interstates 75 and 575 in metro Atlanta will open in 2018, and the goal is to reduce commuting times in the city. The project will eventually expand to 120 miles of toll lanes, but the $834 million Northwest Corridor is the longest section built so far.
A partnership among drone developer The Sky Guys, Nvidia, IBM and the University of Toronto has been awarded a $587,400 grant to develop drones to monitor toll lanes in Ontario, Canada. The system will combine lidar, artificial intelligence, and cellular, radio and satellite communications to help locate toll violators.
Honeywell has developed a windshield-mounted radio frequency identification tag that can be used in toll collection, as well as parking and fuel payment systems. The tag cannot be cloned, customer data is protected, and transmissions are encrypted.
A 25-member committee in Oregon assembled recently to study tolling on Interstates 5 and 205, and supporters say tolling will help reduce congestion. The tolls would be set based on demand, but not all are behind the idea.
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