The Texas Department of Transportation has plans to add toll lanes to 15 roads in the state, but that idea is getting pushback from the state's governor. Gov. Greg Abbott says enough resources might be available that tolls won't be needed.
Harris County, Texas, has sued chemical company Arkema over fires at one of its plants after Hurricane Harvey. The lawsuit, which seeks up to $1 million in penalties and various improvements at the plant, alleges that Arkema violated environmental, safety and building regulations.
Invenergy continues to face local opposition in Freeborn County, Minn., over its proposed Freeborn Wind project, which is set to straddle Minnesota and Worth County, Iowa. Senior Manager Dan Litchfield said the 58-turbine phase of the project in Iowa is complete, has broad support in the state and will comply with Minnesota's turbine sound and siting regulations.
Artificial intelligence is not advanced enough to allow for fully autonomous vehicles to reach the market, but it is being used for features such as cameras that can track drivers' eye positions, experts say. The US and China are at the forefront of efforts to develop autonomous-vehicle technology.
Abilene, Texas, has awarded a $1.5 million contract to Iteris to install wireless broadband-radio and other equipment at 63 intersections with traffic signals. The system will enable technicians to remotely respond to traffic problems.
An ecosystem of autonomous vehicles that resembles dockless bike-sharing systems would bring significant changes to social norms, Nathaniel Bullard writes. For example, parking lots in the sense we're familiar with might become obsolete, he writes.
San Diego will spend up to $5.7 million over the next five years to extend its free downtown all-electric ride-sharing shuttle service. The service is provided by The Free Ride, a startup based in New York.
Every parks and recreation department is different, but each depends on a clear philosophy driven by the leader, writes Robbie Spencer, parks and recreation director in Antioch, Ill. "If other city departments around the area or state are doing things the same or a certain way, don't be afraid to be the trendsetter, not the follower," he argues.
A coastal conservation project finished this summer in Massachusetts is intended to preserve farmland, wetlands and other areas as part of the larger Allens Pond Conservation Completion Project. A trail and observation area are planned near Allens Pond.