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2/26/2021

A heuristic algorithm can achieve greater trucking efficiency and allow supply chain managers to achieve more with limited resources, write MIT researchers Colleen Copley and Charles Lu. The key lies in modifying delivery windows to achieve the best fleet efficiency by prioritizing driver utilization, they write.

2/26/2021

The shipping industry is benefiting from record rates spurred by consumer demand for goods during the coronavirus pandemic. Observers say the situation is likely to persist for several months, after which shippers will continue to do well even as consumer appetites shift more to services as the pandemic eases.

2/25/2021

NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are teaming up to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and drone technology. The goal is to create new aircraft that can transport cargo and people in urban settings.

2/25/2021

US automakers can't rely on foreign sources for semiconductor chips, critical components of electric vehicle batteries, says Ford CEO Jim Farley. The US needs to embrace large-scale production of batteries to avoid production slow-downs, according to Farley.

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2/25/2021

Toll plazas along the Maine Turnpike are connected through a series of tunnels that link the administration building and the booths, allowing staff to move around safely. The tunnels also allow repairs and upgrades to take place with minimal traffic disruptions.

2/25/2021

Drivers at India's Kherki Daula toll plaza have surpassed 90% FASTag usage, according to data from Feb. 23. The total is an improvement upon the 84% usage rate recorded on Feb. 16.

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The Hindu (India)
2/25/2021

Very few trucks have been purposefully rerouting to avoid the toll gantry on Route 146 in Lincoln, R.I., according to a Rhode Island Department of Transportation spokesperson. Revenue at the location is also higher than expected, with almost $42 million raised since October 2019.

2/25/2021

England's M6 toll road will introduce number plate recognition cameras in a bid to improve the performance of its contactless payment system. Midlands Expressway will implement the system in April, with van and truck users initially trialing the new technology.

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Lichfield Live (U.K.)
2/25/2021

Coordination is essential for cities that want to build a shared-mobility transportation system, according to a new report by the Transportation Research Board. The pandemic has created new challenges for public transportation, and agencies need to provide multimodal options and quality service.

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Government Technology
2/25/2021

The US Postal Service is contracting with Oshkosh Defense to produce its next generation of vehicles, which will be a mix of gas-powered and electric, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy told Congress. The goal is to convert 10% of the new fleet to electric, and in response to criticism, DeJoy said the USPS doesn't have enough money for more.

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Reuters
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