Vanderbilt University's plan to become carbon neutral by 2050 includes a goal of producing more renewable energy than it consumes. The university intends to invest in added green space, sustainable infrastructure, on-site clean energy and off-site large-scale renewable energy.
The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would create task forces to study the economic and environmental effects of extending the Suncoast Parkway and Florida Turnpike as well as building another toll road. The bill allocates $45 million for the work during the next fiscal year, but the House still must approve the legislation.
The governors of New York and New Jersey have reached a "conceptual understanding" to exempt New Jersey drivers who use the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the George Washington Bridge from paying congestion pricing in Manhattan. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is still developing the details for the congestion-pricing plan, but New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy says his state will have a "have a seat at the table as the plan moves forward."
Transportation and elected officials say Interstate 80 in Illinois could be expanded and improved in seven years if tolls are included on the roadway. A bill has been introduced in the state legislature to toll sections of the interstate.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on Wednesday will launch electronic toll collection on the Outerbridge Crossing between Staten Island and New Jersey. The authority board in 2018 approved a $52 million project to implement electronic toll collection on area bridges and offered discounts to frequent users.
The Florida Department of Transportation and Florida's Turnpike are seeking bids from design-build teams to widen the Polk Parkway. The project also includes converting a section of the road to electronic toll collection and demolishing a toll plaza.
The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation supports the use of GPS technology to create a national "road user charge." The system would replace the current fuel tax, and the group says the transition would take three to five years.
A resolution introduced Tuesday into the Council of the District of Columbia opposes Maryland Governor Larry Hogan's plan to expand the Capital Beltway, Interstate 270 and Baltimore-Washington Parkway with tolled express lanes. Council members say the projects would increase traffic and interfere with greenhouse gas reduction goals.