UPS will begin adding peak surcharges Sunday for high-volume shippers amid a surge in e-commerce orders. The fees, which are typically implemented during the Christmas holiday rush, will primarily affect larger online sellers such as Amazon and retailers such as Best Buy and Target.
The initial stages of a crisis can energize teams, but now many organizations find themselves in a lethargic, potentially dangerous regression even as they need to be thinking about the rest of 2020 and all of 2021, writes Karin Hurt. "By making the invisible hopes and fears visible, it's easier to move to productive 'How can we?' conversation," she writes.
The Cameroon Ministry of Public Works has awarded a contract to construct and operate 14 electronic tolls to Razel-Bec and Egis in a 20-year deal. Tollcam, the consortium's joint venture, will be responsible for funding, designing, building, operating and maintaining the tolls.
IBTTA Executive Director Pat Jones appears on the Drilling Deep podcast to discuss the financial status of toll road construction and maintenance during the coronavirus pandemic with host John Kingston. On the show, Jones addresses the effects of lost revenue on infrastructure spending due to decreases in traffic volume.
Cities must consider why congestion tolling is being implemented and how revenues will be spent properly when seeking equity in the collection process, writes Kea Wilson. Cities can prevent low-income congestion toll users from being adversely affected by ensuring there are alternative methods of travel and that the most vulnerable benefit from the tolls, Wilson writes.
Atlanta has equipped 400 intersections with technology that allows traffic signals to communicate with vehicles, according to the Georgia Department of Transportation. "It's all about giving drivers good information so they can make smart decisions," said GDOT Director of Operations John Hibbard.
Two ramps near Lower Makefield, Pa., will be closed for three weeks and detours provided beginning Monday, according to the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission. The ramps are at Exit 10 at the Interstate 295/Taylorsville Road interchange.
A rebate between $11.22 and $18.70 is being offered to trucks traveling on the southern 41 miles of Texas State Highway 130 between San Antonio and Austin. The half-off toll discount is being provided to help commercial drivers and freight companies recover quickly from the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the SH 130 Concession Company.
Construction was scheduled to begin in 2024 on Florida's Osceola Parkway extension, but is likely to be postponed until 2034, according to the Central Florida Expressway Authority. The organization is currently writing a budget that would focus on existing road maintenance over new construction projects.
CVS Pharmacy, in partnership with autonomous tech company Nuro, will launch a test of self-driving vehicles to deliver prescriptions in Houston next month. Customers who order online or via the CVS app will get free delivery and will be required to verify their identification to unlock the vehicle and retrieve their prescriptions.
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