Jay Walder has been named the CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One, and Ahmed bin Sulayem will be the chairman. The new management team signals a shift in focus to producing a hyperloop system in India.
Employee-development plans are unlikely to improve engagement, retention and critical skills unless managers are involved in the process on an ongoing basis, writes Julie Winkle Giulioni. "[T]he magic and value lie not with the plan but with the planning process -- the relationship and conversation that continually clarify goals, strengths, interests and values in service of employee growth," she writes.
Board members of the Sault Ste. Marie Bridge Authority, which manages the International Bridge, selected Natalie Kinloch, chief operating officer of The Federal Bridge Corp. Ltd., as board chair for 2019. Linda Hoath, executive director of the Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., Convention and Visitors Bureau, was named vice chair.
Voters in Rhode Island and Connecticut recently elected governors who support tolls on semitrucks. Connecticut's governor-elect, Ned Lamont, said on the campaign trail that he believes these tolls can generate $250 million in revenue a year for the state, while an already enacted program in Rhode Island is expected to bring in $45 million annually.
The Transportation Corridor Agencies in California said it will spend $5 million to study options for extending the 241 toll road, plus other projects. The study will look at all options and get public input.
Tolls are increasing at the Midtown and Downtown tunnels in Virginia on Jan. 1, Elizabeth River Tunnels reports. The nonpeak rate of $1.73 is to go up 6 cents.
Mercedes-Benz and Bosch are partnering on an autonomous vehicle ride-sharing pilot project in California. The companies say they hope to make the service available in San Jose, Calif., in the second half of 2019.
Equipment World's 2018 Better Roads survey found that while states are taking the lead on finding new sources of revenue for bridge maintenance, funding remains a major obstacle. Several states have raised the gas tax, but some experts say a mileage tax is needed, especially as vehicles become more fuel-efficient.
A recent poll on funding transportation in the Vancouver, Canada, area found no consensus among residents. The survey found that the most popular option was bringing back bridge tolls, supported by 44% of respondents, while 26% supported tolling roads.