UPS today said it plans to generate 25% of its electricity from renewables, cut emissions by 12% from its global ground operations and increase by 25% the total number of vehicles running on alternative fuels. In its latest corporate sustainability report, the company noted other steps, such as investments in software and updated aircraft and the possibility of using a person's exact GPS location, rather than a street address, on the last mile of delivery.
The first section of the First Coast Expressway, which is being built by the Florida Department of Transportation, should be finished this year. The toll road will use the SunPass transponder system, and tolling could begin in 2018.
The Southwestern Pennsylvania Commission has approved placing the final 14-mile section of the Mon-Fayette Expressway in its long-range plan, allowing the project to continue moving forward. There was local opposition to completing the toll road, and the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission had ceased engineering and design work on the $2.16 billion final section.
The Puget Sound Regional Council, in Washington state, conducted an experiment on driver behavior more than a decade ago in which it sent participants pretend invoices based on what they would have paid had dynamic tolling been in place. The drivers said the experiment influenced their decisions on when and where to drive.
Intelligent transportation systems integrate technologies to monitor and improve traffic flow and enhance transportation modes. This article looks at how the Autobahn and Highway Financial Stock Corp. in Austria deployed an intelligent transportation system using technology from Cisco.
Interstate 73 in South Carolina has been given final approval, and officials want to use a public-private partnership, along with federal, state and local funds, to build it. The road would need to be tolled to supplement the other sources of revenue.
The Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District is raising tolls on the iconic bridge Saturday, and the revenue will help fund maintenance needs. In 2013, the bridge district predicted a $142 million deficit over five years if tolls were not increased.
The House and Senate are both working on legislation to regulate autonomous vehicles. The House Energy and Commerce Committee is hoping to combine 13 bills into one legislative package, and the Senate has agreed to a set of principles on the legislation, but no bill has been introduced.
Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., chair of the House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, writes that while President Donald Trump has talked often of his $1 trillion infrastructure idea, it doesn't solve the real problem for Congress: finding a long-term funding solution for the Highway Trust Fund. Graves and 252 other members of Congress recently sent a letter to House leadership seeking a bipartisan solution to fixing the fund.
The California city of Rancho Cucamonga has launched a two-year program that will offer $4,000 incentives to area businesses, municipal facilities and residential developments to install electric vehicle charging stations. There are 650 electric vehicles in Rancho Cucamonga and 16 Level 2 charging stations, including 10 owned by the city.
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