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2/20/2018

Proposals in the Virginia House Appropriations Committee might result in modified tolls on Interstate 66. One proposed amendment would call on the Virginia Department of Transportation to modify the tolling algorithm to reduce vehicles' target speeds, but the department says it currently lacks sufficient data to make such a change.

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Installation of gantries for cashless tolling on New York's Grand Island bridges is underway. The New York State Thruway Authority says cashless tolling is expected to be in effect in March.

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Construction is to begin this month on a project to widen seven miles of the Northeast Extension of the Pennsylvania Turnpike between the exits for Lansdale and Quakertown, with tolls funding the project's entire cost. The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission will hold an open house Wednesday to educate the public on the $225 million project.

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The Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority is adding connected-infrastructure equipment to more than 1,600 vehicles and at more than 40 locations. The equipment is part of the US Transportation Department's connected-vehicle pilot, and 10 streetcars in Tampa are to be included.

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Autonomous vehicles will soon have a major effect in the US and around the world, and Congress and federal agencies are working to develop a regulatory structure for the technology, Noah Smith writes. The government needs to require communications among vehicles, Smith writes, suggesting that the easiest way to achieve that goal "is to mandate that self-driving software companies make public all of the software and protocols that they use for communications between cars."

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2/20/2018

The federal gas tax is no longer collecting enough revenue to fund infrastructure in the US, and the White House's infrastructure plan would allow for heavier reliance on tolling, Justin Fox writes. The federal gas tax has remained essentially the same since 1993, and inflation and better fuel mileage have caused revenue from the tax to decline, Fox writes.

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2/20/2018

A resolution approved by the Yonkers City Council requests that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo end toll collections on Interstate 87 near the city, as officials say people avoiding the toll are causing traffic congestion in Yonkers. Removing tolls in the past has reduced the New York State Thruway Authority's revenue by millions of dollars.

2/20/2018

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2/19/2018

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.

2/19/2018

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.

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