Amazon announced it will start giving merchants worldwide 30 days' notice and a reason before taking them off the e-commerce platform, starting in August. Following the announcement, Germany halted an investigation of Amazon's related merchant terms and conditions.
The New York State Thruway Authority hosted its first listening sessions with members of the public about proposed toll rate changes for the 3.1-mile Governor Mario M. Cuomo Bridge connecting Westchester and Rockland Counties. Tolls are frozen through 2020, and NYSTA Executive Director Matthew Driscoll says there is no deadline yet to decide on toll changes.
The Maryland Transportation Authority Board is considering a variety of tolling changes that could save drivers $28 million over five years, including a pay-by-plate option to bill tolls to credit cards. Other changes include new vehicle classifications with lower toll rates for motorcycles and vehicles towing single- and double-axle trailers.
The Indonesia Toll Road Authority (BPJP) has committed to one toll bridge and six toll road projects this year, totaling $10.83 billion. The 4.6-mile Balikpapan-Penajam Paser Utara toll bridge was initiated by a business entity and funded "through a right to match scheme," said BPJP head Danang Parikesit.
Canada's Prince Albert city council will reconsider adding a toll to the Diefenbaker Bridge, which spans the North Saskatchewan River, after a report found nearly nine million vehicles a year use the bridge. However, revenue projections from a toll vary widely, depending on whether all drivers or just non-residents are charged, said city Financial Services Director Cheryl Tkachuk.
A segment of the Metro Manila Skyway Stage 3 tollway in the Philippines has opened to light vehicles, reducing travel time from Buendia, Makati, to Paco, Manila, from one hour to only six minutes. Stage 3 is 70% complete, and once the entire project connects the South and North Luzon Expressways, travel time will drop to 15 minutes from its current time of up to two hours.
India's Ministry of Road Transport and Highways has instructed the National Highways Authority to convert all toll lanes of all national highways to RFID-based FASTag e-tolling as of December 1. The move is aimed at preventing congestion at toll plazas, though one hybrid lane will be allowed at each toll plaza for oversized vehicles where other forms of payment will be accepted.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers vetoed a proposed $2 million study of tolling and mileage fees after lawmakers raised registration and title fees to fix roads and blocked a gas tax increase. Mike Nichols, president of the Wisconsin-based free-market think tank Badger Institute, said improvements in fuel efficiency mean a "mileage-based system for tolling is the way to go."
Columnist Paul Muschick is calling on the state government in Pennsylvania to stop using Pennsylvania Turnpike funds to pay for mass transit and construction on non-Turnpike roads. Turnpike Commission CEO Mark Compton called the funding arrangements "onerous."
Several coastal Alabama politicians have requested that Governor Kay Ivey ask the Toll Road, Bridge and Tunnel Authority to reconsider financing the I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project through tolls.
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