New York City is investing $100 million in water and rail infrastructure in an effort to reduce the city's dependence on trucks to move freight. "Our method of getting stuff to people and stores, or people and their houses, is outdated and inefficient," Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen said.
Subsidence has become a major problem for manmade canals in California, and residents will vote on a proposition in November to fund a $350 million fix to the Friant-Kern Canal. Farmers have been extracting groundwater from the Central Valley, causing the ground to sink.
A US Circuit Court of Appeals judge is questioning whether the Delaware River Basin Commission has the authority to regulate fracking in the state. The judge recently sent a lawsuit back to the lower court to rule on whether the agency has jurisdiction.
New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu has signed a transportation plan that includes converting all toll collection in the state to electronic systems. The plan "addresses our infrastructure needs by focusing on preservation, maintenance and the safety of existing pavement and bridge infrastructure," Sununu said.
The Washington State Transportation Commission plans to announce today which of three proposals it recommends for tolling on Seattle's Highway 99 tunnel. The tunnel must generate $200 million in revenue by 2045 to fund operations, maintain the tunnel and pay off its debt.
Conduent, which oversees operations for the SunPass system in Florida, has accumulated a backlog of around 100 million unprocessed charges since it began a system update in June. Other states reported similar problems with Conduent, and the New York Thruway Authority ended up providing amnesty and discounts early this year to compensate users.
Progress is being made on the $287.4 million Spaulding Turnpike-widening project in New Hampshire. Toll revenue is funding the project, and work is expected to be completed in 2020.
Helping members of the public comprehend the importance of transportation requires tapping into their values and priorities, says Michelle Neiss of DHM Research. Data science helps expand perspectives about transportation issues, Neiss says.
Fitch Ratings has given the South Bay Expressway in San Diego, acquired by the San Diego Association of Governments in 2011 when its private developer declared bankruptcy, an A- bond rating. Scott Monroe of Fitch said the toll road has strengthened enough that it could probably remain viable through a recession.
The Brazilian state of Sao Paulo is preparing to file a lawsuit against the government of Brazil for lowering tolls in response to a trucking strike. Sao Paulo officials want compensation for state and highway concessionaires.