US Department of Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao notes that a national discussion on infrastructure has been needed for a long time and that President Donald Trump's plan brings such discourse to the forefront. She highlights the I-4 Ultimate Project, a public-private partnership project in Florida, as an example of a model that can work in other areas of the country because it uses public and private money.
Installing wireless service in the New York City subway system brought challenges such as securing the proper equipment and preventing interruptions in train service, Danny Crichton writes. The project cost more than $300 million and took about 12 years to complete.
Illinois Toll Highway Authority Executive Director Greg Bedalov has taken a position with the Illinois Sports Facilities Authority and has resigned as head of the toll authority. He started in that position in June 2015.
The Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority wants to build the Hidalgo County Loop, a 102-mile road near the US-Mexico border, and has decided to move forward without the Texas Department of Transportation, allowing the road to be tolled. The first 12.2-mile section has been built, and the second phase is being reconfigured, as bids were higher than expected.
A project to connect Interstate 95 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike in Bristol Township should wrap up this year. The $1.1 billion project has been planned for decades.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority plans to build the $300 million Gilcrease Expressway extension project between Interstate 44 and Edison Street in Tulsa County, and work could begin this year or in early 2019. But space for toll plazas is limited, so PikePass and PlatePay transponders are being considered.
Star Systems International, based in Hong Kong, has introduced a multiprotocol radio frequency identification toll reader. The equipment is "a significant step forward, with innovative features to improve performance in the demanding roadside environment," says Chief Technology Officer Stephen Lockhart.
Robert Krol, an economics professor at California State University at Northridge, argues that variable tolls are the way to reduce congestion on the nation's roads and that President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan does a good job of removing the barriers to tolling interstates. Krol also praises the plan's focus on local control.
Denver officials have said they should be allowed to discontinue the use of human flaggers at road crossings along a commuter train line. The flaggers are costly, and experts argued at a recent hearing that they do little to improve safety.
Russia-based Yandex has unveiled an autonomous-car pilot in Moscow. The Russian capital provided a good test course for the pilot car because of its high-volume traffic, dense pedestrian population and snowy road conditions, Yandex says.
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