The Halls River Bridge in Homosassa, Fla., which is nearing its completion after three years of construction, will be the first in the country to use a hybrid composite beam of glass and concrete fiber-reinforced polymer instead of concrete and steel, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. The bridge structure's experimental design will be monitored and lab-tested for future use.
The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's analysis of three electric and three diesel options for all-day commuter rail service found that electrified service would come with a higher upfront capital cost than diesel, but would offer lower operational and maintenance costs. Additionally, the diesel options would result in a net increase in greenhouse gas emissions and smog-forming nitrogen oxides, MBTA found.
Active transportation infrastructure pumps $34.1 billion into the US economy each year, but that total could more than quadruple with improved connectivity, according to a report by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. There are major health benefits from the physical activity associated with rail trails as well as a potential 54-million-ton annual reduction in carbon dioxide emissions.
Toll roads with flowing traffic help reduce harmful emissions and transportation costs, according to a study by researchers at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University. The study calculated the number of stops for trucks on a regular road with traffic lights and possible snarls compared to traveling on a toll road.
The number of China's electronic toll collection users has climbed to more than 147 million, or 77% of registered vehicles, according to the Ministry of Transport. With 66.3 million new ETC users since May 15, China has moved closer to its year-end goal of having more than 80% of registered vehicles using ETC devices.
The 6.8-mile Laguna stretch of the Cavite-Laguna Expressway in the Philippines will open this month, according to the Department of Public Works and Highways. The toll road will connect the South Luzon Expressway to the Cavite Expressway and is expected to serve approximately 10,000 vehicles daily.
Nashville-based TransCore has been awarded a $507 million contract to design, install and maintain a congested toll system that will apply to drivers entering New York City below 60th Street. Congestion pricing tolls are expected to be in operation in 2021 and raise as much as $15 billion for Metropolitan Transportation Authority capital projects.
Tattile's new Axle Counter system can determine the number of axles on a vehicle in order for toll operators to determine the proper charges. The system uses artificial intelligence to recognize and count axles and wheels in real time.
Approximately $800 million in roadwork is needed to produce high-occupancy toll lanes on Interstate 64 from Newport News' Jefferson Avenue to Bowers Hill in Chesapeake, Va., according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. The lanes would charge varying tolls depending on the speed of traffic.
The Abu Dhabi Department of Transport in the United Arab Emirates has decided to reduce fines at toll gates by 25% if paid within 30 days. Also, it had previously suspended new toll road charges until Jan. 1.