Sony and six Japanese taxi companies plan to form a venture that will develop artificial intelligence to operate more than 10,000 taxis. The venture will aim to provide demand forecasting and other services.
The Delaware Department of Transportation will begin testing electronic tolling equipment on Route 301. If the tests go well, the state may start converting all state toll plazas to electronic tolls.
California's Transportation Corridor Agencies operates 51 miles of toll roads in Orange County, Calif., and collected more than $312 million in revenue last year. The agency recorded unprecedented usage levels on the roads with an average 300,000 drivers each day.
Boston has one of the highest rates of congested roads in the country, and some transportation experts say that the proven method of congestion pricing could reduce the problem. One challenge, however, is that congestion pricing is a regressive tax, and many people cannot modify their schedules to avoid the charges.
New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority will shut down the busy L subway line in 2019 for about 15 months to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. A group has proposed a four-lane floating pontoon bridge across the East River to help commuters, and they suggest that a $1 pedestrian toll would cover the costs.
TransCore has awarded Q-Free Open Roads a contract to supply license plate recognition equipment for toll road projects in North Carolina. The toll roads, the Monroe Expressway and US-74 Express Lanes, are expected to open later this year.
The 2018 Smart Infrastructure Challenge was launched at a press conference in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday. Cities and government agencies have until April 25 to submit a connected letter of intent for an infrastructure proposal, and strategy Venture Smarter will provide free consultations to the first 25 applicants.
The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Highways and Transit will have a hearing March 7 about funding the infrastructure bill. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., who chairs the committee, supports a gas tax increase, but many Republicans oppose it.
An amnesty program for people who have outstanding tolls on roads operated by the New York State Thruway Authority will last until Feb. 26. The program is for people with toll violations issued between April 24, 2016 and Jan. 31, 2018.
A report by the conservative group Freedom Partners says a 25-cent increase in the gas tax would cost drivers $103.39 a year in Washington, D.C., and $390.62 in Mississippi. President Donald Trump might support a gas tax increase as part of his infrastructure bill, but many conservative groups like Freedom Partners oppose the idea.
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