The Georgia Department of Transportation has announced plans to expand its 511 Navigator traffic-management system. The project aims to improve road safety and extend high-speed internet access to more people.
Commissioners in Florida's Osceola County have approved a series of agreements to fund the Osceola Parkway Extension toll road project. The Central Florida Expressway board must still weigh in on the road's alignment.
Oregon has started a mileage tax pilot program, and a recent report from the White House Council of Economic Advisers highlighted the program. The report states that the program "allows consumer choice" and can raise money to pay for infrastructure projects.
Drivers on Interstate 66 toll lanes in Virginia paid a daily average of $12.37 in January, which has led some drivers to take parallel routes to avoid paying. A new analysis shows that these drivers are not slowing down traffic on parallel roads, and "the project is working as intended," said Nick Donohue, Virginia's deputy transportation secretary.
ITR Concession Co. is planning to install windmills along the Indiana Toll Road to reduce the toll road's carbon footprint. The turbines will be designed to catch the draft from passing cars, as well as natural wind currents.
Audi of America plans to install integrated toll collection transponders in the rear-view mirrors of some cars. The company says the equipment is compatible with all toll road systems in the US, as well as those in parts of Canada and Mexico.
Texas is leading in the development of autonomous vehicles, and this innovation has been driven by enabling state laws and programs such as The Texas Automated Vehicle Proving Ground Partnership, one of 10 US Department of Transportation-designated pilot projects. Arlington is testing two low-speed autonomous shuttles that take people from entertainment district parking lots to sports stadiums, among other places.
Public-private partnerships may be a good way to fund infrastructure projects, writes Rebeca Castaneda in this commentary. She highlights the Goethals Bridge between New Jersey and Staten Island and the South Norfolk Jordan Bridge in Virginia as two examples of successful public-private partnerships.
The White House Council of Economic Advisers has come out against a gas tax increase to fund the infrastructure bill, even though President Donald Trump has expressed support for such an increase. "[T]he gas tax's current design isn't really a 21st century design," said Kevin Hassett, the council's chairman; the council does support using tolls.
Mike Heiligenstein, executive director of the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority, is expressing support for the Trump administration's infrastructure plan, saying some of the ideas in the 53-page document are "surprisingly innovative." He says that several of the proposed programs would benefit his region, and he supports the plan's efforts to shorten the project approval process.
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