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8/7/2020

General Motors CEO Mary Barra said the company could spin off its electric vehicle operations into a separate company, an idea that first popped up in 2018. "We are open to looking at and evaluate anything that we think is going to drive long-term shareholder value," she said.

8/7/2020

The 6.4-mile Texas State Highway 249 segment from Pinehurst to Magnolia will open to traffic Saturday, with tolling to begin in the fall. The segment is part of a 25.5-mile, $798.6 million Highway 249 toll road extension project from Pinehurst to Navasota.

8/7/2020

The Maryland Transportation Authority has implemented permanent all-electronic tolling throughout the state switching to it temporarily beginning in March due to the coronavirus pandemic. "By combining innovation, safety and savings, this truly is a win-win for the state government and for everyone who travels in our great state," said Gov. Larry Hogan.

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8/7/2020

As revenues from gas and diesel fuel taxes decline, the future of highway funding is through tolling at the state level, according to Robert Poole, director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation. "I think the states are in a position to lead this process because state governments, believe it or not, are trusted more than the federal government," Poole said.

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8/7/2020

The AZ511 travel planner app, which allows public access to Arizona Department of Transportation traffic cameras, has been released by the department. The app also provides real-time data from the DOT and offers a mode for safe dashboard mounting.

8/7/2020

A decrease in traffic due to the coronavirus pandemic has the Serbian government projecting a 20% decline in toll revenue this year. Toll road travel was down by about 5.4 million vehicles year-over-year by Aug. 3, said Infrastructure Minister Zorana Mihajlovic.

8/7/2020

Repairs for the cracked West Seattle Bridge could cost between $160 million and $225 million by the end of 2021, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. Seattle could shift $70 million in city money to facilitate the repairs, while the SDOT says it plans to borrow $100 million using bonds and take out an additional internal loan.

8/7/2020

The Maine Turnpike Authority is not looking for license plates from certain states or tracking vehicles, according to Turnpike spokesperson Erin Courtney. Social media posts have claimed the Turnpike Authority is attempting to identify Massachusetts and Rhode Island residents who are required to undergo a 14-day quarantine or provide proof of a negative coronavirus test within three days of arriving in Maine.

8/7/2020

The dominant topic at the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's truck safety summit Wednesday was driver-assist technologies, which experts say are reducing the frequency and severity of crashes. The agency is urging truck drivers to use automatic emergency braking, forward collision warnings and other technologies, which Bendix Commercial Vehicle Systems executive Richard Beyer says half of truck drivers are already using.

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8/7/2020

Cadillac's first all-electric vehicle, the 2022 Cadillac Lyriq crossover, was unveiled online Thursday and will hit showrooms in 2022. General Motors wants sales of battery-powered Cadillacs to outstrip those of gas-powered versions within a decade, and the Lyriq's battery will be GM's Ultium, with a range of up to 400 miles.

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