Columbus, Ohio, has chosen Kapsch TrafficCom to oversee the Smart Columbus Connected Vehicle Environment infrastructure integration, which is due to launch in July 2020. The CVE allows vehicles, traffic signals and smart traffic components to communicate with one another about potential hazards and ease the way for emergency vehicles.
The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority has approved an average 2.5% toll increase for drivers who pay their tolls with cash, with the new prices set to go into effect July 15. PikePass customers will not be affected by the price increase.
Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has signed a bill to expand the OReGO voluntary road usage charge program, which assesses a per-mile charge rather than a flat road-usage fee to participating drivers of fuel-efficient and electric vehicles. The new law allows an unlimited number of qualified vehicles to be registered in the program and also provides for fee increases that keep pace with fuel tax hikes.
The Wisconsin Assembly has approved its version of the state's budget, which includes provisions to increase town road funding by $5 million and conduct a study of mileage-based fees and toll roads.
The US House of Representatives has passed a bill aimed to split Verrazzano Bridge's one-way $19 fee into two $9.50 tolls to reduce toll shopping and congestion on the Brooklyn to Staten Island bridge. The New York City bridge is the only one in the nation where the tolls are federally mandated.
Plans were filed to build an Infinity Trampoline Park on a former factory site in Buckie, Scotland. The project will include a large trampoline building and a space for a house parkour area, a ninja warrior course and a cafe.
The city council in Laconia, N.H., this week approved regulations that will require short-term lodging site hosts to obtain city permission, perform safety inspections and provide guests with on-site parking. The new rules will also limit the number of such rentals permitted in each part of the city.
Panasonic and the Utah Department of Transportation are partnering to develop an advanced transportation data network aimed at preventing accidents. The $50 million project, which will incorporate technology that enables vehicles to communicate with one another and with traffic signals, is also expected to ease congestion.
BMW hybrids that are made in 2020 or later will switch off their combustion engines in heavily polluted urban areas and use electric mode, the company said Tuesday, with cities including Rotterdam, Netherlands, saying such auto-switch functions have helped cut pollution. BMW now plans to offer 25 electric vehicle models by 2023, ahead of its previous projection of 2025.
The Trump administration is working to roll back vehicle emissions standards even as China is aggressively embracing "new energy" vehicles, and "[w]hat's happening in China helps make the case that the Green New Deal .. isn't just about climate change but opportunities for businesses and jobs to grow," writes Adele Peters. Climate Reality Project executive Hal Connolly sees the transition to such vehicles as inevitable, but he notes that the US will need to change policies for the Green New Deal to boost American competitiveness.