The Illinois Tollway Board of Directors approved $82.2 million worth of construction and engineering contracts in November. The largest was a $61 million construction-management contract for the $4 billion Central Tri-State Tollway Project.
The National Highways Authority of India and Feig Electronic have partnered to implement open-road tolling on Indian roads. The system will use radio-frequency identification technology, and the goal is to improve traffic flow.
The head of a private equity firm has said he would help finance a proposed $1 billion bridge over the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge, La. Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development, is not sure about the idea, but said the state is willing to consider unsolicited proposals.
The Delaware River Port Authority has decided to refrain from increasing tolls until 2021. Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale said he supports the move.
New York could legalize and tax marijuana to raise $500 million to $700 million a year for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, according to a report from the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management at New York University. Some lawmakers have been critical of the report, which also says "increased fares and congestion pricing are insufficient to deal with the long-term financial needs of the subway system."
Florida and San Francisco have filed lawsuits against American Traffic Solutions over rental-car drivers who were charged a daily fee if they took a toll road. Navigators Insurance is suing to avoid making payouts under a policy that guards officers of Verra Mobility, formerly known as American Traffic Solutions, against $5 million in liability.
As a way to gain public trust in autonomous vehicles, automakers are attempting to educate consumers through real-world experiences. Robotaxis in premapped areas, driver-assistant features in new vehicles, low-speed microbus shuttles and autonomous goods deliveries are among the experiences automakers believe can help consumer confidence.
With a goal to lead Latin American countries and increase the country's electric vehicle use tenfold by 2022, Chile soon will roll out its first 100 electric buses as well as electric scooters, cars and taxis. Chile aims to have 100% of its public transportation vehicles and 40% of its private fleet all-electric by 2050.
The US trade deficit reached a 10-year high in October, rising 1.7% from September, thanks to tax-cut-driven domestic demand and tariffs on exports. Meanwhile, Americans are buying more foreign goods as domestic supply chains face constraints due to a shortage of truck drivers.