Transportation
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10/18/2018

Uber Freight has penetrated the trailer-leasing sector with Powerloop, which will rent trailers directly to carriers. The service is now available in Texas, and Uber plans to expand it to other US states.

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10/17/2018

Lyft has launched a monthly subscription plan that allows 30 rides per month for $299. Passengers will save an additional 5% once they have used their initial set of rides.

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Lyft
10/17/2018

The steep growth of online grocery shopping will continue to accelerate in the next five years, according to a report from Packaged Facts. Online sales, which tripled since 2013 as consumers were offered more options, are expected to more than quadruple by 2023, according to the report.

10/17/2018

The clerk's office of Broome County, N.Y., has begun selling E-ZPass transponders for $25, which is credited to customers' accounts. New York is shifting to cashless tolling by the end of 2020, making E-ZPasses necessary.

10/17/2018

The new State Route 99 tunnel in Seattle is poised to open in early 2019 with toll rates that vary between $1 and $2.25, depending on the time of day and the day of the week. Toll collection will likely begin several months after the tunnel opens so that Washington has time to implement the tolling system and drivers have time to adjust.

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KING-TV (Seattle)
10/17/2018

South Dakota's Yankton County is repairing the Johnson Bridge, which crosses the James River, and one county commissioner is suggesting that the bridge be tolled to fund repairs or replacement. The $70,000 in repair work is expected to be completed in November; the county commission chairman said replacing the bridge would cost $10 million.

10/17/2018

The $599 million Northwest Corridor Express Lanes in the Atlanta area have been named the project of the year by Roads & Bridges magazine. The project consists of about 30 miles of reversible toll lanes on interstates 75 and 575 in Georgia's Cobb and Cherokee counties.

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Roads & Bridges
10/17/2018

Police in India are planning to begin using cameras and an integrated traffic-management system on the Pune-Mumbai Expressway to heighten enforcement of speeding and lane-cutting violations. The system could be operational in six months, and police will assess fines at toll plazas.

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Pune Mirror (India)
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10/17/2018

A survey of 1,011 people in the US found 73% of respondents saying they were willing to pay more in tolls and taxes to improve infrastructure and reduce congestion. The survey, by HNTB, also found 82% saying they'd support higher tolls and taxes if the extra revenue were legally required to go only toward infrastructure improvements.

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10/17/2018

The Commissioners Court of Brazos County, Texas, is petitioning the Texas Transportation Commission to establish the Brazos County Regional Mobility Authority. Such a regional authority in Texas can finance, operate, maintain and expand transportation infrastructure, and a commissioner said the authority is necessary to address the county's transportation needs.