The French government is considering modifying rules to foster the implementation of congestion pricing in urban centers, per a government source. Legislation allows cities to try out such tolling for three years, but "[n]o city will invest in congestion pricing infrastructure on those terms," the source says.
Siemens Mobility has been conducting pilots of autonomous-vehicle technology on a 4-mile section of streetcar track in Germany. The track is less complex than the open road, and a key ultimate goal of the technology is to reduce train accidents.
United Bridge Partners is a building a privately funded toll bridge to replace the Cline Avenue Bridge in East Chicago, Ind., with a goal of creating a bridge that will last 150 years. Concrete is being placed for bridge's piers, and work is expected to be completed by 2020.
Washington's roads need an estimated $20 billion in maintenance. A per-mile tax and an increased gas tax are among the suggested funding sources for improving the state's roads.
Transportation researcher Robert Poole contends that highways should be treated as "network utilities," as he notes that other crucial utilities in the US are handled by private companies. Poole says enough private capital is available to fund a major infrastructure initiative in the US and that investment funds "have raised over $450 billion in equity to invest worldwide in revenue-producing infrastructure."
Lawmakers in Oregon and Washington are expressing interest in renewing talks about the replacement of the Interstate 5 bridge between the two states. The discussions stalled in 2013.
The Miami-Dade Expressway Authority has taken a transparent approach in pursuing the proposed Kendall Parkway, writes Carlos Gimenez, mayor of Miami-Dade County and chairman of the authority. State, local and federal officials are carefully considering the project, which would be completed with protection of the Everglades in mind, Gimenez writes.
TomTom has unveiled its Origin-Destination Analysis service, which aims to improve city planning to ease traffic congestion. The company also has new partnerships with DKV and Daimler Trucks on TomTom's Bridge telematics platform.
In a sign that it is challenging Tesla, Volvo's Polestar Cars unveiled its first production electric vehicle to launch late in 2019: a $155,000 car with a battery range of 93 miles. It will be produced in China, where Volvo is building a factory to create 500 EV cars annually for the first three years, and the first year's vehicles have already sold.
Commuters cycling to work dropped by 4.7% from 2016 to 2017 nationwide, but a new survey showed a region-high 5.9% of commuters biking to work in the West's top 20 cycling cities. In the East region's top 20 cycling cities, 2.5% of commuters biked to work, as did 2.2% in the Midwest and 2.1% in the South.