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9/20/2021

Ohio's 33 Smart Mobility Corridor is now operational along a 35-mile span of state Route 33. "The tech infrastructure being deployed ... will help develop and advance transportation technologies that will make travel safer for everyone," notes Lt. Gov. Jon Husted.

9/20/2021

Toyota is seeking a patent for a camera system to track traffic violations committed by nearby cars, storing images on a server. The information could potentially be accessed by law enforcement.

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9/20/2021

Amazon has permanently barred more than 600 China-based brands after investigating reports of repeated violations of company policies designed to ensure the authenticity of customer reviews. Amazon said it will keep improving its efforts to weed out review abuse and policy violations.

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The Verge
9/20/2021

Floodwater from hurricanes often totals vehicles, which is what happened to Rahel Abraham's car when Hurricane Harvey hit Texas in 2017. Determined to find a solution, Abraham developed what is essentially a giant plastic bag for cars that zips shut and allows the car to float without damage if waters rise high enough.

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The Drive
9/20/2021

The Virginia Department of Transportation has awarded a three-year, $51 million contract to Conduent Transportation to implement and operate toll lanes along Interstate 64 in Hampton Roads. Conduent's plans include license plate imagery technology as well as the possibility of vehicle occupancy detection.

9/20/2021

The Delhi-Mumbai Expressway in India is due to open in March 2023, according to Minister for Road Transport and Highways Nitin Gadkari. Toll revenue could reach $200 million monthly, Gadkari said.

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NDTV (India)
9/20/2021

A consortium that includes Transurban has won an auction to take control of the remaining 49% stake in Sydney's Westconnex tolled tunnel network. The $8.1 billion acquisition gives the consortium 100% control.

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9/20/2021

Sept. 27 will bring the House's vote on the Senate-approved infrastructure bill, says House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer. However, the widely supported bill's fate is uncertain, as some Representatives have threatened to withhold their support unless work is completed on a $3.5 trillion safety net bill.

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9/20/2021

Eight Louisiana ports, including ones in Baton Rouge and New Orleans, have sent a formal request to President Joe Biden for funding to help repair damage and clear obstructed waterways after Hurricane Ida. Port officials say the storm damaged maritime facilities and infrastructure, prompting multiple closures and delays.

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FreightWaves
9/20/2021

Consumer demand has resulted in more trucks traveling from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to East Coast destinations, creating an imbalance of freight capacity and leading to higher rates. Since May 2020, costs for loads going from Los Angeles to Dallas have jumped more than $2 per mile, compared with an increase of 40 cents per mile for return loads, and West Coast load rejection rates have also climbed.

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