US companies who import materials from China to manufacture goods in the US could be hit with most of the imposed tariffs proposed by the White House, analysts say. Ultimately, US consumers will see significant increases in prices.
Boston is considering congestion pricing to reduce traffic congestion, and Seattle sees the method as a way to decrease greenhouse gas emissions and raise funds for public transit, while the New York Legislature did not pass a "cordon toll" for New York City. "Two cities on the United States' east and west coasts, both with epic local traffic problems, are considering congestion pricing as a way to get people and goods moving again," says Bill Cramer, communications director for the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association.
Technology is rapidly changing the transportation and trucking industries. Autonomous vehicles, GPS devices capable of responding to traffic complications and high-speed rail such as the Hyperloop are all expected to advance in the coming years.
Toll lanes using variable pricing, built without taxpayer funding, are one of the best tools Southern California can use to reduce traffic congestion, write Baruch Feigenbaum and Rebecca Castaneda of the Reason Foundation. The authors note a 2017 Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority recommendation that a 621-lane-mile Express Lane network be built.
The Georgia Department of Transportation expects to complete construction of 30 miles of reversible express lanes this summer. The Northwest Corridor Express Lanes will require drivers to use Peach Passes.
The Federal Highway Administration will accept applications from states and local governments for $60 million in transportation technology grants designed to make transportation safer and more effective using data. Examples of potentially eligible programs are integrated corridor management, real-time traveler information and traffic data collection.
The E-470 Board of Directors in Colorado has voted to eliminate the $10 annual fee that has been imposed on vehicle owners in Adams, Arapahoe and Douglas counties since the toll road was built 30 years ago, starting Sept. 1. "The E-470 Board is proud to fulfill the promise of ending the fee once the debt is paid off," said E-470 Board Chair Heidi Williams.
Canadian officials sought ways to save money on the Gordie Howe International Bridge between the US and Canada after potential bidders expressed concerns about the project's budget, per documents obtained by The Canadian Press. The goal is "de-risking the project as much as we could to move forward," said Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi.
The Sonoma Index-Tribune supports a ballot measure to increase tolls on state-owned bridges in California's Bay Area. Revenue from the increased tolls will fund regional transportation projects, and Sonoma County, Calif., will receive $100 million to improve Highway 37 if the measure passes.
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