Home Depot has invested in several pilot facilities and innovations over the past five years, and now it has the ability to deliver parcels to 95% of the US population in two days or fewer. The company's goal is to ramp up its pilot fulfillment centers so it can reach 90% of US residents with next-day or same-day delivery on a large number of product offerings.
Officials are coming around to the idea of a $514 million tolled express lanes project on Highway 101 in San Mateo County, Calif. They are discussing plans to offer discounts to low-income residents and putting the toll revenue into bus service.
The West Virginia Parkways Authority expects record traffic over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and General Manager Greg Barr said the agency will not be able to keep designated E-ZPass lanes open during the busiest times. "If we did, there are so many people coming down the road that don't have transponders, traffic would back up to the two-lane highway," he said.
Maryland officials are seeking private partners to construct and manage tolled lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 in Maryland, and a document about the project has been released prior to a meeting with potential partners. The first phase is estimated to cost $2 billion to $5 billion, and the state hopes to have a partner selected by the end of 2020.
Australian toll operator EastLink recently surveyed 18,000 drivers and found people have not embraced the idea of fully autonomous vehicles being safe. "When it comes to minimum acceptable safety, a significant proportion of people have unrealistic, unachievable expectations, which will be a significant hurdle for the autonomous vehicle industry to overcome," EastLink spokesman Doug Spencer-Roy said.
The Arkansas Department of Transportation wants to expand Interstate 49, but a recent study found that tolls alone were not enough to fund the project. The work is estimated to cost $776 million with annual operation and maintenance costs of $118 million, but the project would only generate $243 million annually, according to a revenue analysis.
Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., is expected to chair the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee when Democrats take control of Congress next year, and he supports the idea of raising gasoline taxes to fund infrastructure. He said the midterm elections showed doing do is not a political third rail.
The University of British Columbia has opened a new smart-technology facility that will test vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology. One of the projects will find ways to improve the safety of commercial traffic from natural resources in the region.
Increasingly, local government officials are expressing reservations about self-driving vehicles on their streets, with New York City delaying autonomous-vehicle testing in Manhattan and a city council committee chairman in Chicago vowing to prevent them from using the city's streets. A bill in the US Senate would establish uniform nationwide guidelines for self-driving vehicles, but action on the proposed legislation has ground to a halt in Congress.
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