During its 87th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Halifax, Nova Scotia, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) announced it has awarded the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission the prestigious 2019 President's Award for Toll Excellence. IBTTA is the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them. The President's Award for Toll Excellence is the top honor the international transportation association gives out each year. Read more.
Australia's popular 151-mile Great Ocean Road is challenged by erosion and needed maintenance. The one-hundred-year-old tourist destination road should be tolled with exemptions for locals, says Peter Spring of the Lorne Historical Society.
San Miguel Corp. has suggested an elevated toll road above Epifanio de los Santos Avenue to solve metro Manila's congestion problem. The toll road would have five lanes in each direction, perhaps with a dedicated bus rapid transit lane, and it would stretch from Pasay City to Quezon City in the Philippines.
The Rhode Island Department of Transportation installed the second toll gantry in its efforts to toll trucks as part of Gov. Gina Raimondo's Rhode Works program. The gantry on Route 146 is located in Lincoln, and the RIDOT does not yet have a "go-live" date.
The Lincoln Highway Experience museum will present a panel of historians discussing the effects of the opening of the Pennsylvania Turnpike on the Lincoln Highway in honor of the 79th anniversary of the Turnpike's opening. The event will also feature a display of historic images.
The US Department of Transportation has awarded around $60 million to eight projects in seven states to test automated driving systems. The projects were chosen from more than 70 applicants, including departments of transportation, states and colleges.
Canada's 407ETR Concession Co., which operates toll road Highway 407, is testing a reflective pavement tape that is easier for drivers and driver-assistance systems to see. The tape has reflective ceramic beads embedded in it.
The Bay Area's Open Road Tolling Plan will cost $55 million to transition from toll booths to electronic tolling within four years, says Metropolitan Transportation Commission spokesperon Randy Rentschler. The transition will require new camera systems and the destruction of current toll plazas.
Efforts to replace Louisiana's Calcasieu River Bridge gained traction with the City Council of Lake Charles, which decided to back the Build Our Bridge campaign. Build Our Bridge's John Pohorelsky says the campaign will advocate for the federal funding, with the state pledging $85 million in funding.
Aramark janitorial workers for five General Motors facilities across Ohio and Michigan went on strike over the weekend. The 850 janitors are represented by the United Automobile Workers labor union, which has instituted a companywide strike at GM'a US plants over contract negotiations.
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