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9/30/2020

Urban mobility challenges should be addressed with adaptation models, not prediction models, says computer scientist and urban mobility researcher Carlos Gershenson. He specializes in the study of self-organization of complex systems, and his adaptation model has been successfully applied to Mexico City's metro system.

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9/30/2020

Uber and Lyft drivers in Seattle now will get a minimum wage of $16.39, effective Jan. 1. The Seattle City Council unanimously passed the measure as part of the mayor's Fare Share program, which Lyft described as "deeply flawed."

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Cities Today
9/30/2020

Costco had difficulty stocking enough of certain products at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic, and Chief Financial Officer Richard Galanti says it will take six to nine months for some product categories to rebound. The wholesale retailer is expanding manufacturer relationships to build up reserves of high-demand products, extending supplier payment periods and adjusting purchase orders for seasonal items and other products.

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9/30/2020

The effects of climate change on toll road operations will continue to present challenges as well as opportunities, writes Bill Cramer, communications director for IBTTA. Tolling agencies have the operational experience to succeed during difficult times, while user financing ensures agencies can remain resilient in the face of unexpected challenges, Cramer writes.

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Tolling Points
9/30/2020

Business leaders, law enforcement personnel and politicians have spoken out in favor of a proposed road expansion from I-10 to I-65 in Alabama, noting that it would help during hurricane evacuations. The tolled section of the road would extend from Highway 31 to the northern part of the Baldwin Beach Express, says state Senator Chris Elliot.

9/30/2020

The Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority's $80 million State Highway 45 Southwest toll road is among the winners of the ENR Texas & Louisiana Green Project contest. The Mobility Authority invested $2 million for an independent environmental compliance manager to guide construction of the four-lane toll road on the Edwards Aquifer Recharge Zone in Austin.

9/30/2020

The California State Route 11 toll road is expected to be built by the end of 2021, to be followed by the construction of the Otay Mesa East Port of Entry between San Diego and Tijuana, Mexico. "We represent the last piece in the San Diego region that's available for industrial land to build manufacturing facilities, high tech facilities, and we see development coming with the new infrastructure," said Alejandra Mier y Teran of the Otay Mesa Chamber of Commerce.

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BorderReport
9/30/2020

The Federal Highway Administration has disbursed $574 million in emergency funds for 39 states, some tribal governments, federal agencies and Puerto Rico to rebuild or replace bridges and highways damaged by disasters. California was allotted the largest amount of the emergency relief funds at $64.5 million, mostly due to fire damage.

9/30/2020

The New Jersey Turnpike Authority has established an interim policy to allow US flags to fly on overpasses until a permanent policy can be established. Previously, flags were prevented from being displayed on highway overpasses, along with banners and similar items.

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9/30/2020

Lidar will provide the next level of safety for cars because it's able to "touch" things, whereas cameras and radar can only "look," says Jun Pei of lidar startup Cepton Technologies. Though lidar is most often associated with autonomous vehicles, Pei says the technology is valuable now for use in advanced driver-assistance systems.