The Utah Department of Transportation's connected vehicle safety project with Panasonic is moving into its second phase. UDOT fleet vehicles will be equipped with onboard technology that can connect to roadside units, gathering data about weather and road conditions that can be shared with other drivers.
San Francisco hopes an online game, "Unclog Fog City," will help sell the idea of congestion pricing as part of the city's effort to reduce rush-hour downtown car traffic by 15%. Players can create their own congestion pricing system and get a chance to win $100.
2020 has seen a big jump in big-box occupancy, with net absorption increasing by 51% in the first half of the year compared to the same period last year, according to a report from real estate brokerage firm Colliers International Group. Amazon is among the top occupiers and is projected to lease almost 98 million square feet in the US this year, the report says.
Corridor pricing, vehicle miles traveled pricing and cordon pricing will be considered during the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Traffic Reduction Study. "Pricing can encourage just enough people to change the way they travel some of the time to achieve the small change in demand needed to get people moving," said Tham Nguyen, director of the agency's Office of Extraordinary Innovation.
The Senate voted to avoid a government shutdown and extend the Highway Trust Fund by one fiscal year on Wednesday. The Highway Trust Fund extension includes $13.6 billion in funding for infrastructure needs.
Granite boulders will need to be bored through at the site of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel project in Virginia, pushing the completion date of two additional tunnels back two years to 2024. The boulders were placed 60 years ago to protect four artificial islands that anchor portals for the site's two original tunnels.
The North Carolina Turnpike Authority's series 2020 triangle expressway system senior lien turnpike revenue bond anticipation notes have garnered a BBB rating from Fitch Ratings. Fitch assigned a stable rating outlook to the notes, which total about $499.5 million.
Virtual hearings are scheduled for Oct. 13, 14 and 15 to gain public input on proposed toll increases for the New York Thruway system beginning in 2021. The proposal calls for a 30% increase in tolls for drivers without an E-ZPass in 2021, when the 570-mile highway will adopt a toll-by-mail system for drivers without the E-ZPass.
The Harris County Commissioners Court in Texas unanimously voted to discontinue plans for a toll road extension to the Fort Bend Parkway that would have connected it to the southwest corner of Loop 610. Court approval will need to be secured in order for the proposal to move forward in the future.
Autonomous vehicles operating as a platoon could collectively make decisions that would reduce traffic jams and save lives, researchers at Michigan Technology University speculate. The researchers, who have developed a model they plan to test with real AVs, say platooning could also reduce fuel consumption.
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