General Motors is making a bet on electric and self-driving vehicles, with CEO Mary Barra noting that climate science and the regulatory environment make "pretty clear that to win in the future," driverless and electric vehicles are the path to take. Barra expects GM to eventually have 1 million in annual electric vehicle sales.
Lyft is adding bike lanes to its app so biking customers feel more protected. The lanes will show up as dark green or dotted green lines depending on if they're protected or not, and the feature is rolling out first for iOS and soon for Android -- in markets in which the company offers bike- and scooter-sharing.
The Harris County Toll Road Authority says it will waive tolls on some Houston-area roads "because of high water on the frontage roads," hoping it will allow traffic to move as needed in the wake of Tropical Depression Imelda. The HCTRA says it will continue to monitor conditions and update drivers.
Michigan state Sen. John Bizon has co-sponsored a bill directing the Michigan Department of Transportation to study whether the state should adopt tolling and what that might look like. Bizon calls the proposed feasibility study a "looksee" at tolling, including economic effects, discounts and funding ideas.
The 290 toll road in Texas ends in a bottleneck of traffic for drivers waiting to pass through the city of Manor. Unfortunately, during the proposal process, city residents rejected an extended toll road over fear that it would split the city in two. So, when the project was completed five years ago, the bottleneck began.
A potential four-lane divided outer loop highway around Kansas City is estimated to cost $3.39 billion to build, and a study by HNTB Corporation found it may not have good potential as a toll road. Leavenworth County Commissioner Jeff Culbertson suggested an additional Missouri River bridge connecting the Kansas county to Missouri that would allow travel from Lansing to Missouri's Kansas City International Airport in 10 minutes.
A battery-operated driverless shuttle built by Navya and operated by Beep is now shuttling passengers along a one-mile route between the Laureate Park Village Center and Lake Nona Town Center in Orlando, Fla. The bus holds 10 passengers, travels at 15 miles per hour and is free to users.
Khazanah Nasional Berhad is selling its complete 55% stake in PT Lintas Marga Sedaya, which operates Indonesia's 72.7-mile Cikopo-Palimanan toll road, to the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board and PT Astra Tol Nusantara. While the sale price was not disclosed, Bloomberg reported last week that around $500 million had been offered.
The National Highways Authority of India has identified $4.2 billion worth of highway projects spanning around 590 miles across eight states for the government's Public-Private Partnership program. The roads will be built on the build-operate-transfer tolling model.
Tab Bowling, Mayor of Decatur, Ala., says as manufacturing continues to gain strength in the northern part of the state, the area should consider an alternate route over the Tennessee River. Bowling believes those hauling freight would be "thrilled" to pay a toll if it would expedite transit.
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