A five-year, $8.1 million contract awarded to International Road Dynamics calls for supplying the Hawaii Department of Transportation with traffic data collection and services. The Continuous Traffic Monitoring system will collect speed, traffic volume, weight and vehicle classification information to enhance HDOT's continuous traffic monitoring program on Hawaii roadways.
Electric car startup Lucid Motors continued its challenge to Tesla by receiving $1 billion in funding from Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund to develop the Lucid Air electric vehicle by 2020. News of the investment caused Tesla stock to drop as much as 2% in early trading.
IKEA will accelerate its quest to shift to zero-emissions delivery fleets in five major global cities, including New York City, Los Angeles and Paris. Following a previous announcement, the furniture retailer still plans to switch to electric vehicles worldwide by 2025, but now says it will make the change in the five cities by 2020.
Initial traffic on the Northwest Metro Express Lanes on interstates 75 and 575 in Georgia's Cobb and Cherokee counties was enough to change traffic patterns, said Ericka Davis of the State Road and Tollway Authority. This is a preliminary observation, since tolls will not be charged on the road until Sunday.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Boring Co. founder Elon Musk reached a deal earlier in the year to build a pod system from downtown Chicago to O'Hare International Airport, but several recent events have raised doubts about the project. Transportation experts are skeptical of the project's feasibility, but Emanuel said he expected City Council to approve the final contract this year.
The rollout of Uber traffic congestion estimates could reduce its car ridership while encouraging the use of the company's JUMP Bikes or tickets through a partnership with public transportation. Uber has partnered with Masabi for access to New York City's MTA, and buses and trains in other cities.
Construction starts this week on a $15.3 million project to add open-road tolling on Interstate 35 between Wichita, Kan., and Oklahoma City, Okla. The Southern Terminal Toll Plaza in Sumner County, Kan., is being upgraded to accommodate the technology.
Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg writes that the lack of charging stations is limiting the expanded use of electric vehicles, which would be better for the environment. Bloomberg points to two interstate coalitions that provide charging networks and writes, "we should be making progress a lot faster in all regions of the country."
The $134.6 million Suncoast Parkway 2 project began in April and should be completed in 2022, said David Gwynn of the Florida Department of Transportation. One component of the project has been the relocation of more than 450 gopher tortoises, Gwynn said.
West Virginia Department of Transportation Secretary Tom Smith briefed the state's Joint Legislative Oversight Commission on Department of Transportation Accountability on Sunday regarding funding levels and project progress. The state's transportation funding sources include $500 million in turnpike bonds.