North Carolina Secretary of Transportation Jim Trogdon is expected to release details on the state's plan for a segment of Interstate 77 in Charlotte, N.C., today. One of the lanes in each direction might be made free rather than tolled, a plan supported by 10 of 12 advisory group members in May.
The expanded use of autonomous vehicles depends on their operating environment, not just their technology, write Nick Oliver, Kristina Potocnik and Thomas Calvard. "[T]he key question we should be asking is not when will self-driving cars be ready for the roads, but rather which roads will be ready for self-driving cars," they write.
Scooter providers Bird and Lime have organized a protest of a Santa Monica, Calif., decision to cap the number of companies that operate e-scooters to two. The companies temporarily shut down use of the dockless vehicles in protest after learning that ride-hailing companies Lyft and Uber, which do not offer scooters, had submitted the top bids for a pilot program.
The advisory group that recommended tolling interstates 5 and 205 in Portland, Ore., should have considered tolling proposals on additional regional roadways to make the potential costs incurred by drivers from Washington state more equitable, writes the editorial board of The Columbian. "Only a comprehensive proposal that addresses all of Portland's overburdened freeways will effectively prepare the area for a prosperous future," the editorial states.
A report by McKinsey & Co. and the International Road Federation has identified five best practices for improving infrastructure. The report identifies a toolbox of funding and management methods, including tolling and congestion pricing.
Directroute (Limerick) operates the Limerick tunnel in Ireland, and it recorded an operating profit of $9.62 million in 2017. Toll income increased to $16.87 million, and traffic guarantee payments are made when daily traffic does not exceed 23,000.
A trucker strike in May caused a 58% decrease in second-quarter profits for Brazilian toll road operator CCR SA. Net income was $71.91 million.
The West Virginia Parkways Authority completed the sale of $172 million in bonds Tuesday. The money was transferred to the West Virginia Division of Highways for road construction projects in the state, and an increase in tolls will pay for the bonds.
Fitch Ratings has changed the senior bond rating for the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority from "stable" to "negative." The potential of "[a]n unclear long-term toll policy and/or continued legislation requiring toll rate reductions" was cited as one of the reasons for the change.
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