One way to motivate a team is to huddle together each day with a meeting that's clear on structure and goals, write Karin Hurt and David Dye. They note that a productive huddle should reiterate the main points and ensure that everyone understands what has been said.
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is looking to study congestion pricing, which it thinks could generate billions of dollars for its transit network. The study would look at changing carpool lanes into toll lanes and possibly imposing a fee for driving in certain areas.
A recent Connecticut Department of Transportation estimate found that all-electronic toll collection could generate $1 billion a year toward improving transportation and infrastructure in the state. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont has a plan for tolling heavy cargo trucks, and Pat Jones, executive director of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association, said the state is "gradually envisioning and building a system that will stand them in good stead for decades and generations to come."
The Transportation Authority of Marin wants to reduce the duration of a pedestrian and bicycle lane pilot project on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, in the San Francisco Bay Area, from four years to six months. The agency says vehicles need limited access to the lane to relieve congestion during the morning rush hour.
A draft environmental impact statement by the I-69 Ohio River Crossing Project Team calls for the construction of a tolled, four-lane bridge over the Ohio River between Indiana and Kentucky. A public comment period for the project is underway.
The Hong Kong government will forgo a plan to increase tolls at two harbor crossing tunnels and decrease tolls at another. The government will not bring the issue before the Legislative Council, which did not support the plan sufficiently; the government plans to continue garnering support for the proposal.
The City/County Association of Governments and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority in California are finalizing negotiations on an owner-operator agreement for a $514 million toll lane project on US 101, but yet to be determined is the entity that will operate the lanes. Delays are likely to result if the agreement is not completed by mid-February.
Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., is the ranking member of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and is urging President Donald Trump to mention infrastructure during his 2019 State of the Union address, because he believes Republicans need to be pushed into starting the legislative process. But Graves is concerned about discussions of infrastructure being drowned out by the partial government shutdown.
A great disparity exists in how commuters travel to work, according to a study of 270 US metropolitan areas by Richard Florida and Karen King of the University of Toronto School of Cities. More than three-quarters (76.4%) of commuters drive to work alone, while 5% use transit, 2.7% walk and 0.5% use a bike.
European information technology company Atos has released the Horus Security Suite for ITS, which aims to protect connected vehicles in smart city applications. The product's goal is to ensure that data exchanges in vehicle-to-everything environments remain confidential.
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