The Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments' Transportation Planning Board wants to see toll lanes on the Beltway outside Washington, D.C., expanded and extended soon, and it has voted in favor of placing the proposal in a long-range plan. The plan also includes a streetcar project, bike lanes and a push to widen other roads in the region.
Sen. Tom Carper, D-Del., wants to see an infrastructure bill where the federal government contributes more than the $200 billion that's been tossed around. Republicans will need support from Democrats to pass any infrastructure legislation, and Carper says that "most people understand if we want to have better roads, highways, bridges, trains ... we gotta pay for them."
Uber is on track to deploy autonomous vehicles without human backup drivers by the end of next year, said Eric Meyhofer, Uber's autonomous-vehicle chief. Alphabet and General Motors are pursuing similar timelines for deploying autonomous vehicles without human backups.
A report by the Mobility Pricing Independent Commission on vehicle fee options in Vancouver, British Columbia, recommends two options. Motorists could be charged a toll for driving past a specific area, or they could be charged for miles driven.
The $45 million bond to build the Cobequid Pass in Nova Scotia, Canada, will be paid off in fiscal 2019-2020, and the government is trying to decide what to do with tolls once the debt is paid off. Among the options are eliminating the tolls and modifying them.
India's National Highway of the Department of Highways of the State controls the Tiruchi-Musiri-Namakkal Highway, but the National Highways Authority of India is seeking control of the well-traveled road so it can be widened. The road gets extensive wear and tear from heavy use, and the agency is considering a public-private partnership model for the project.
The highway authority in Bolivia has awarded Spain-based Sociedad Iberica de Constructions Electricas a contract for assessment, design, construction, upgrade, maintenance and operation of the country's highway system. The company will install tolling systems, build weight check stations and construct an operations control center.
The plan for toll rates for the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement project in Seattle, also known as the State Route 99 tunnel, is expected in the spring. To help fund the project, the Washington State Transportation Commission is required to set rates that will collect $200 million in tolling revenue.
Electronic toll collection on the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge in New York -- also called the new Tappan Zee Bridge -- began last April, and the New York State Thruway Authority is offering amnesty to drivers who have unpaid tolls from April until Jan. 31 of this year. Customers have until Feb. 26 to clear their balances.
Australia-based Cohda Wireless has integrated its vehicle-to-everything software into Nvidia technology, which provides surround vision. Cohda's software will allow vehicles to detect hazards around large trucks, on blind corners and over hill crests.
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