The US Justice Department has subpoenaed the executives of several container shipping lines, including A.P. Moller-Maersk, MSC, Hapag-Lloyd, Evergreen and Orient Overseas Container Line, to testify in an antitrust investigation. Details on what the agency is looking for were not disclosed.
At Ford's Chicago plant, executives launched two initiatives to decrease water usage. According to the company, the Chicago assembly plant can save 550 million gallons of water during the next five years.
Volvo has chosen a Southern California firm to provide high-speed wall-mounted electric vehicle chargers for its plug-in hybrid models in China and Europe. AeroVironment's product charges cars three times faster than competing technology, and company officials believe adoption of electric vehicles will increase as prices drop due to lower battery costs.
A consortium has been awarded a $460 million contract to design, build, finance and maintain the Highway 427 expansion project in Toronto. Called LINK 427, the consortium will extend sections of the highway and add high-occupancy toll lanes.
A recent poll by the Ohio Turnpike Commission found that 89% to 93% of drivers want to remove the gates at toll booths. The poll also found that many were willing to pay higher tolls to make that happen, and the agency is exploring several scenarios that would lead to the gates' removal.
The National Highways Authority of India is seeking a new concessionaire to complete a 20.5-mile road-widening project. The original concessionaire has finished much of it, but it had difficulty acquiring land.
The Australian Parliamentary Innovations Committee is exploring the idea of separate lanes for autonomous vehicles. The keys to advancing autonomous vehicles are safety and education, and a separate lane could advance the cause, the group says.
Minnesota researchers studied the use of infrared technology to find violators in high-occupancy toll lanes and found the technology wasn't accurate enough to determine the number of people in a vehicle. Law enforcement does most of the enforcement of high-occupancy toll lanes, but that is expensive.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which is the transportation planning agency for California's Bay Area, is considering a toll increase, and officials in Marin have put together a wish list of projects the additional revenue could help fund. The increase level hasn't been established, but a $3 increase would generate an added $381 million a year in revenue that could aid nine California counties.
Indiana Toll Road drivers with electronic transponders will continue to receive a discount -- until the end of May -- on tolls after the Indiana Finance Authority approved extending a subsidy to the private company that operates the road. The agency pays Indiana Toll Road Concession Co. the difference between a cash payment and a transponder's payment.
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