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9/22/2017

Wang Chuanfu, chairman of BYD, said China will have a hybrid or all-electric car market by 2030 and his company must plan accordingly. Chuanfu also said construction will start next year on BYD sky rail transport systems in 20 Chinese cities.

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9/22/2017

Maryland has unveiled an ambitious plan to expand roads in the state through both a public-private partnership and the addition of toll lanes on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway. The state wants to form a $9 billion public-private partnership to add four lanes to Interstate 495, and it hopes to get permission from the Department of the Interior, which manages the parkway, to add the toll lanes.

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9/22/2017

Tim Stewart, executive director of the E-470 Public Highway Authority, will be the 2018 president of the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association. Stewart said tolling is an important tool for solving the infrastructure funding equation, and he hopes his time as president will allow him to highlight the successes at his organization.

9/22/2017

The Maine Turnpike Authority wants to build a new toll plaza in York, and the deal to allow the work required the agency to fund the construction of a tunnel to help an endangered species of turtle cross Route 236. "We sort of like the idea that something very good for the environment will come out of it," said Peter Mills, executive director of the MTA.

9/22/2017

The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is proposing a $39.1 million project to install open-road tolling on the Spaulding Turnpike. This editorial supports the project, noting that "the time for open road tolling has come."

9/22/2017

The installation of vehicle-to-vehicle communications has stalled under the Trump administration. The technology can improve safety and the advancement of autonomous vehicles, but "[u]nless it gets mandated, nobody is going to put it on their cars," said Glen De Vos, chief technology officer at Delphi Automotive, which supplies autonomous vehicle systems.

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9/22/2017

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has seen positive results from analytics and has decided to use the Viya software platform from SAS. The software will be used in the agency's Transportation Analytics Center, and improving safety is among the chief goals.

9/22/2017

The connector ramps from the President George Bush Turnpike to the Dallas North Tollway in Texas will be closed over the weekend for work that includes adding light poles.

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9/22/2017

In December, the Rhode Island Department of Transportation will begin installing the first of 12 gantry systems to collect toll revenue from semitrucks entering the state. The agency wants to have the first system operating by the end of the year, but the Rhode Island Trucking Association is skeptical of that goal.

9/22/2017

This Q&A covers the new policy by the Harris County Toll Road Authority in Texas to send letters before sending toll violation invoices. Customers will have 10 days to pay the tolls once the letters are sent.

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KPRC-TV (Houston)