Amazon warehouse workers in Shakopee, Minn., went on strike, along with another 2,000 employees at seven sites in Germany who walked off the job, to protest wages and working conditions. Employees and activists are also holding protests on Amazon's Prime Day in various locations throughout the US and Europe.
Voters in Baldwin County, Ala., will be asked to vote on a state constitutional amendment allowing the construction of a new 24-mile toll road from I-10 to I-65. If the amendment gets approval, a toll authority will be created and the authority could benefit from the area's designation as an Opportunity Zone.
WBUR author Nicolas Serna suggests in a commentary piece that Boston should consider implementing congestion pricing, making it more expensive for drivers to use the busiest roads at rush hour in order to cut traffic congestion.
Minneapolis-area drivers spent a record-high 25% of their commute in congestion in 2018, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, which expects the trend to continue. "Unpredictable trip times can be a frustration, which is why I want to see MnDOT pursue dynamic tolling [congestion pricing] of our urban freeways," said commuter Matt Steele of Minneapolis.
A new Radio Frequency Identification toll payment system has gone live at 13 main entry points of New Delhi, India. So far, 40,000 vehicles have been equipped with RFID tags and enrollment initiatives are ongoing.
Beginning July 16, trucks will be charged a toll to use Kuwait's Sheikh Jaber Causeway. The bridge is the fourth longest in the world and cost $3.6 billion to construct.
Turnpike tolls in Oklahoma have increased 2.5% for drivers who pay with cash or cards. Pikepass holders are not affected by the increase.
A Florida Circuit Court judge is allowing the Miami-Dade County Expressway Authority to pay its bills, including payroll, even though the governor replaced the agency with the Greater Miami Expressway Agency on July 3.
Pennsylvania Rep. Wendi Thomas, R-District 178, has launched a petition pushing the Delaware River Joint Toll Bridge Commission to expand the 40% discount to more E-ZPass users driving on the new Scudder Falls bridge. E-ZPass tolls start at $1.25, but drivers who make at least 16 monthly trips with a transponder could pay as little as 75 cents per trip.
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