The Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project in Alabama will incorporate tolls to cover the project's costs. Officials are considering a rate of $3 to $6 and are working on interoperability with other states' tolling systems.
The South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority and the Indiana Toll Road have formed a partnership that involves a $70 million project to rebuild eight travel plazas. The goal is to enhance tourism and economic development.
The $43 billion "Designing Tomorrow" long-term transportation plan from the Orange County Transportation Authority takes many steps in the right direction, writes Baruch Feigenbaum of Reason Foundation. The plan addresses tolling, decreases in transit ridership and intelligent transportation system improvements, Feigenbaum writes.
Dave Bauer, president and CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, says increased federal fuel taxes are the strongest option to restore the Highway Trust Fund. "The fuel tax has been proven to be the most effective, transparent and equitable revenue stream that is available to support surface transportation infrastructure investments," he says.
Proposals to remove tolls from previously untolled roads in Portugal have met defeat in the country's Parliament.
About 2,000 crashes per year occur on Interstate 81 in Virginia, and the incidents sometimes cause traffic backups that last for hours. Lawmakers are considering alternatives after originally considering tolling as a solution.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom's plan to scale back the state's high-speed rail project is a realistic assessment of its status, Laura Bliss writes. Newsom said in a State of the State address that the proposed $80 billion, 700-mile route should include only the $11 billion, 110-mile Central Valley segment.
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a wavelength system that could navigate autonomous vehicles through adverse conditions such as fog and dust when traditional methods falter. The researchers developed a two-dimensional, sub-terahertz receiving chip system that captures and interprets wavelengths through signal noise.
General Motors has named its electric-bike system Ariv and will call its compact electric bike Meld and its folding bike Merge. GM also announced its bikes will reach speeds of 15.5 mph with a battery charge of 40 miles after a 3.5-hour charge.
Ubiquitous keyboards may one day be replaced by finger gesture technology, thanks to a new device that straps onto a user's knuckles. Learning to use the Bluetooth-connected TAP device takes some time, TAP Systems co-founder Dovid Schick says, but ultimately it's much more intuitive and ergonomic, using muscle memory to generate copy.