Cube Highways has won the third group of toll-operate-transfer auctions in India.
The National Highways Authority of India awarded the Singapore-based toll road operator projects spanning 352 miles of national highway stretches in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu.
Very strong financial and emotional incentives are needed to overcome the psychology of the American commuter, which persuades people to drive their own cars, even in heavy traffic, rather than use public transportation. Changing their habits is not helped by companies offering incentives such as free workplace parking, especially since cars represent control, autonomy and privacy to people, according to researchers.
Toll operator Transurban will offer toll refunds to motorists traveling along the newly opened express lanes on I-395 who forget to switch their E-ZPass Flex to HOV over the next few weeks. The eight miles of lanes stretch from Springfield, Va., to the border of Washington, D.C.
Motorists without Good to Go! passes have been billed an extra $2 for using the newly opened state Route 99 tunnel in Seattle. The extra fee can be waived by setting up a Good to Go! account, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation.
The Maine Turnpike Authority plans to use a different plowing method for clearing snow in construction zones in the Portland area. Instead of allowing space between the left-hand and right-hand plows, the plows will be closer together to prevent snow from building up on barriers, and the plows will have new flashing green lights, says MTA Chief Operations Officer Peter Merfeld.
The Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority will use a bond to fund $50 million in projects such as the deck replacement of the Newport Pell Bridge as part of the 10-year Renewal and Replacement Plan. It also refinanced the current balance of its 2010 Toll Revenue Bonds to save more than $425,000 in yearly debt service.
The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission unanimously rejected a state study of how toll lanes could be added to the Capital Beltway and I-270. Officials felt that the state had not satisfactorily addressed finances, possible environmental effects and transit options.
"The Lion King" composer and Grammy winner Hans Zimmer recently unveiled custom sounds for BMW electric vehicles. The silence of electric engines gave the automaker an opportunity to focus on "holistic sound experiences" for drivers.
Congress is working on autonomous vehicle regulations, and "hopefully we'll be able to get some very important legislation across the line as quickly as possible," said Sen. Gary Peters, D-Mich., who is among those leading the effort. He and other lawmakers noted the potential benefits of AVs in terms of safety and the expansion of transportation options for elderly Americans and those with disabilities.
MIT transportation spinout Superpedestrian is developing embedded computers that can determine why electric scooters malfunction. In addition to addressing battery and braking problems, the platform's software also enforces city speed and parking laws.
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