New express lanes in Florida on Interstate 295 between I-95 and the Buckman Bridge opened to traffic Saturday. Drivers will be charged a toll to use the lanes during peak traffic periods, and will need to have SunPass transponders because E-ZPasses will not work.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed a bill that starts the process of creating three new toll roads in the state. The bill establishes a special task force to study the extension of two existing toll roads and the construction of a new one, and sets aside funding for the projects.
Maryland's Managed Lanes Transit Workgroup learned during a series of public meetings about proposed toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270 that residents want more transportation options. They are seeking input from other transportation officials on ways that the managed toll lanes can support other modes of transportation.
Virginia's Dulles Greenway donated all of the tolls collected Thursday to local charities and scholarships for 16 high school students. The organization raised $326,000 from tolls on roughly 64,000 vehicles.
Santa Clara County, Calif., uses hundreds of cameras and sensors to monitor traffic flow, allowing transportation officials to make minor adjustments to traffic light timing. The system is designed to ease traffic flow, but it also works to improve safety for bicyclists and pedestrians.
Two projects to improve Interstate 95 around the Maine-New Hampshire border will be taking place this summer. A $52.6 million project to rehabilitate the Piscataqua River Bridge is expected to start in June and another to build a new toll facility has started.
The US Department of Transportation wants to see more power and control shift to states and local communities for funding infrastructure, and public-private partnerships could play a role in the process. Speakers at an Infrastructure Week event said P3s make sense in some cases and not in others, but the key is educating the public about the benefits of alternative funding mechanisms.
SNC-Lavalin Group has canceled a $2.42 billion sale of its stake in the Canadian Highway 407 toll road operator. Two bidders have challenged the award of the stake to Ontario Municipal Employees Retirement System, and the controversy is headed to court.
California's Transportation Corridor Agencies recently allocated $465,000 to renew an enforcement contract with the California Highway Patrol. The agency is particularly concerned about recently purchased vehicles that do not have temporary license plates with identification numbers, something that a new law requires.
NASA is funding a project to create a cryogenic hydrogen fuel cell system for all-electric aircraft. Operating under a $6 million contract, the Center for Cryogenic High-Efficiency Electrical Technologies for Aircraft plans to research the possible production of an all-electric design that would eliminate the need for propulsion systems based on fossil fuel.
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