Tolls on the West Virginia Turnpike will double to $4 in January, when a program for unlimited use of the turnpike also starts. Semitruck drivers likely will see advantages in the new unlimited access program, which cost $8 a year for three years, and will likely also see advantages in other discounts as well.
The year-old dynamic toll lanes on Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia are showing "positive indicators," although "I don't think you are going to see us declare outright success," Deputy Transportation Secretary Nick Donohue says. State officials say the toll roads have led to increased carpooling and public transit use, but critics say the new system tends to benefit those who can afford the toll lanes.
Some local drivers said traffic flowed better at East Boston's Sumner Tunnel before tollbooths were removed in 2017. Factors contributing to the traffic problems could include construction around the tunnel, an improved economy and increased use of ride-hailing services.
An effort is underway in the Senate to pass legislation on autonomous vehicles during the lame-duck session, but some Democrats do not support the measure. Automakers say the current bill would enhance autonomous-vehicle development, but the senators who oppose it say it would do too little to protect the public.
Data from the Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies show 24 cities with autonomous-vehicle pilot projects in the US, the most of any country, with 50 others worldwide. Last-mile, taxi, freight and local deliveries are among the primary intended uses of autonomous vehicles.
Large corporations and investment funds have the capital and resources to fulfill the role the federal government once played in building large infrastructure projects such as interstates and the Hoover Dam, writes Alex Markovsky of the London Center for Policy Research, a think tank. Political leaders should remove the obstacles to private ownership of such projects, Markovsky writes.
Autostrade per l'Italia, a division of Atlantia, will pay for the demolition and reconstruction of a collapsed Italian bridge, but it will not participate in the effort, Italy's transportation minister said. The goal is to replace the bridge by year-end 2019.
The Connecticut Department of Transportation has completed a five-year capital plan that outlines the spending of $12.1 billion on infrastructure and public transit. Tolling is among the funding options under consideration, as the state would need additional money to fulfill the entire plan.
Virginia state Sen. Scott Surovell is calling for the Commonwealth Transportation Board to add a lane in each direction on Interstate 95 between Virginia 123 and the Prince William County Parkway. The $25 million move would involve a payment to Transurban for lost toll revenue, writes Surovell, who adds that he wants Gov. Ralph Northam to quickly arrange such a deal.
Building information modeling technology can benefit clients as well as builders if companies allow clients to access information models, advises Dr. Marzia Bolpagni. Clients can monitor cash flow, search for asset information and better manage infrastructure projects with BIM.