Advanced urban-mobility technology could support 30% more customer traffic while reducing travel time by 10%, according to a McKinsey report. More seamless mobility can occur with the growth of ride-sharing, electric vehicles and autonomous vehicles.
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association is making further upgrades to TollMiner since last year's rollout of the resource, which offers data management and visualization. The most recent update offers year-over-year traffic and revenue data for all US toll operators, and it allows the tolling industry to present data in a more visual format.
Virginia state senators and delegates introduced legislation this week that proposes tolling Interstate 81 and using the estimated annual $150 million in resulting revenue to improve the highway. Tolls would be 17 cents per mile for trucks and 11 cents per mile for other vehicles, and the six proposed gantries would be 50 miles apart.
The deadline has passed for the West Virginia Parkways Authority's offer of a $24 E-ZPass for three years of unlimited turnpike access, but the authority is still offering $25 one-year unlimited passes. The offer also requires the driver to purchase a $13 transponder.
The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority, which is handling the construction of the Gordie Howe International Bridge between the US and Canada, is opening new offices in Detroit and Windsor. The authority also has a new website aimed at providing regularly updated information about the project.
Montgomery, Alabama's capital, is the middle of a smart transportation project that includes testing streetlights, free Wi-Fi and app-based parking management. The Smart City Living Lab, in downtown Montgomery, is a public-private partnership.
The federal government's partial shutdown is creating concern among state and local transportation agencies as federal funds remain in limbo, often affecting local agencies the hardest. Some agencies are using their reserves or seeking loans to maintain funding levels, and the shutdown also adds uncertainty to their planning for the spring construction season.
A Connecticut state senator said he would like to see drivers be exempt from highway tolls in the state in cases where a toll is a certain number of miles from an E-ZPass' registration address. He did not say whether the exemptions would be determined based on road miles or another method.
Legislation filed in Virginia would require tolls within a hurricane evacuation area to be put on hold if the governor orders an evacuation. Currently, toll collection in Virginia can be suspended only if authorized during an emergency by the state commissioner of highways.
D.J. Gribbin, former infrastructure adviser to President Donald Trump, said a 2017 executive order is an important move toward easing infrastructure project delays that critics blame on bureaucratic issues. The goal should be to help nonfederal agencies move forward on regionally significant projects that can face delays because of environmental reviews, Gribbin said.
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