Uber responded to consultant Bruce Schaller's findings that the growth of ride-sharing services in Seattle added around 94 million miles driven in 2017 by recommending congestion pricing rather than regulatory constraints. "Congestion pricing would mean that everyone using Seattle's roads ... pays their fair share to help reduce congestion and improve our public transit system," said Uber spokesman Nathan Hambley.
The State Road and Tollway Authority in Georgia has revoked the 90-cent-per-mile maximum toll on Interstate 75 express lanes in two counties and repealed the maximum toll charge on Interstate 85 lanes in Gwinnett and DeKalb counties. An agency official said the move will help keep traffic flowing in the state's express lanes.
Memphis and the University of Memphis FedEx Institute of Technology have developed a system to predict the adoption of connected autonomous vehicles. Among the study's findings: Giving up control of the vehicle was a more significant deterrent to adoption than safety concerns; improved social status is the least important incentive to owning such a vehicle; and the risk of virus attack is the most important barrier to adoption.
The Cameron County Regional Mobility Authority in Texas took a step toward interoperability when it approved a unified toll system for international bridges and some county parks. The approval was made possible by the authority's switch from a third-party vendor to in-house operations, and it hopes to extend the system beyond the county.
The Thousand Islands International Bridge between the US and Canada celebrated its 80th anniversary Saturday. Shane Sanford of the Thousand Islands Bridge Authority noted the bridge's role as "a symbol of good will."
The Orange County Transportation Authority has started replacing 18 bridges as part of a project to widen the 405 Freeway in California. This FAQ discusses freeway configuration once the work is complete, charging for express lane use and paying for future improvements.
Patrick Jones, executive director and CEO of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, celebrated his birthday recently. Jones, who became IBTTA's CEO in 2002, discusses his early career and stresses the role of Congress in protecting America's infrastructure.
The Regional Transportation Commission of Southern Nevada has multiple responsibilities, including serving as the region's metropolitan planning organization and a new responsibility being administrator of Southern Nevada Strong. The RTC is in a good place when it comes to making the transportation system a core smart community component, writes Chairman Larry Brown.
The Italian government has started proceedings to revoke the concessions of Atlantia division Autostrade, which manages a bridge in Genoa that collapsed. The disaster killed 38 people, and the government said the collapse "obliges us to take new initiatives which are much more rigorous than those adopted by previous governments."
The two Democrats running for governor in Massachusetts differ on congestion pricing. Jay Gonzalez supports congestion pricing, while Bob Massie said raising tolls would be a form of regressive taxation.
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