"Courageous conversations" must be planned in terms of structure and emotional calm, writes Julia Felton. She advises focusing on five steps: clarity, curiosity, being coherent, being congruent and reaching closure together.
An Indiana Department of Transportation study will determine whether to add more toll booths to interstates and should be complete by early November. The agency is considering using the potential revenue to supplement the expected decline in money from the gas tax.
The 11 new miles of toll lanes on MoPac Boulevard in Austin, Texas, are open, and officials with the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority are working to determine the effect that variable toll rates have on congestion. This article suggests that motorists be patient while the system adjusts to driver behavior to set rates.
Three leaders in Washington state have been named by the Oregon Department of Transportation to a board that will study tolling on Interstates 5 and 205 in Oregon. Washington state Department of Transportation Administrator Kris Strickler, Vancouver City Councilmember Anne McEnerny-Ogle and Clark County Councilor Eileen Quiring will represent the state.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held at the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, on Thursday for a new toll plaza. An official said the truck traffic that uses the bridge to cross between Mexico and the US is positive for the economy.
The University of Texas at Austin has developed a system that collects public and private traffic data from street sensors, automated vehicles, GPS-enabled buses and ridesharing companies and makes the information publicly available in an attempt to improve transportation systems. The project, called Data Rodeo, is pushing government agencies to make their data available, and the ultimate goal is to "get more value out of the data."
Wyoming hopes to see an influx of federal transportation dollars if federal infrastructure legislation is adopted, and it is working on a master plan to account for anticipated traffic volume on 400 miles of Interstate 80 that cross through the state. The plan is looking at per-mile tolling, and the final report could be ready in December.
RiverLink, the company that operates the Ohio River Bridges, says it has $7 million in outstanding tolls and fees and will begin placing holds on 16,000 vehicles registered in Indiana and nearly 20,000 in Kentucky. Drivers will have 10 days to pay their outstanding bill after a they get a fourth bill before a hold is placed.
The impact of advancing technology in autonomous vehicles will depend on adjusting habits and new laws, write Justin Thompson and Garth Bostic. An increase in the use of ride-sharing programs is needed to curb traffic congestion, and local regulations are necessary to improve-autonomous vehicle advancements, they write.
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