An outage that has affected the Maryland Transportation Authority's website and phone system has prompted the waiving of late fees for people who have been unable to pay tolls. The tolls that drivers owe are not being forgiven.
The Illinois Tollway has proposed adding tolls along part of Interstate 80 and using the toll revenue to improve the interstate. The Illinois Department of Transportation has said it might not have the money for such improvements for 20 years, said Bob Schillerstrom, Illinois Tollway Board of Directors chairman, at Monday's Joliet City Council meeting.
The Virginia Department of Transportation revised its algorithm, resulting in lower rush-hour tolls for solo drivers taking Interstate 66 within the Capital Beltway. Future adjustments are planned, although prices are still likely to reach high levels at times of peak demand, said David Caudill of VDOT.
The US Transportation Department said recently that it will make no assumptions that commercial trucks will have human drivers, and some observers are estimating that driverless semitrailers could be in operation in two years. The vehicles could reduce the costs of long-haul shipping by an estimated 40%, but some groups have raised safety-related concerns.
Indonesian state-owned lender Bank Mandiri is lending money to state-owned construction firm PT Hutama Karya for the construction of a 115-mile toll road. The road is meant to improve the transportation of goods and services between Terbanggi Besar and Kayu Agung.
About 5.8 million toll transactions took place between Dec. 4 and Aug. 31 for drivers on Interstate 66 in Virginia, state data show. Virginia appears to have imposed $3 million in administrative fees and court costs, the data indicate.
Pennsylvania state lawmakers have voted in favor of a five-year test project that would allow the installation of electronic speed-monitoring equipment in construction zones. Vehicles traveling more than 11 mph over the speed limit would receive warnings and fines, and the editorial board of Lancaster's LNP newspaper supports the move.
For the first half of 2018, fleet driver turnover averaged 96%, the highest level in five years, according to the American Trucking Associations. To improve this, fleets are actively working to provide bonuses, expanded benefits and use of mobile freight apps, in addition to refining interview processes.
Ford is testing its Intersection Priority Management system, which uses vehicle-to-vehicle communications to allow cars to navigate intersections without the need for stoplights. The system broadcasts each car's speed, location and direction of travel while suggesting the optimal speed for each car to navigate an upcoming intersection safely.
Employers who gamify the workplace pit employees against each other by scoring their performance publicly, practicing "micromanagement with unprecedented granularity," writes Vincent Gabrielle. The end result is an unhealthy work environment, says Tae Wan Kim, business ethicist at Carnegie Mellon University: "Gamified workers have difficulty seeing what contributions they really make."
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