The Maryland Transportation Authority has released potential toll rates for high-occupancy toll lanes on the Capital Beltway and Interstate 270. Preliminary toll rates would average between $7 and $11 during peak times, dropping to $4 to $5 for a typical weekday journey.
The cashless tolling system implemented by the Illinois Tollway during the recent pandemic will become a permanent fixture, according to an announcement made this week. Over 92% of tolls are already paid via transponder, and drivers without one can pay their tolls online without penalty within 14 days.
Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg addressed the issue of declining gas tax revenue and the need to find a more reliable income stream this week. Buttigieg stressed that funding solutions need to be sustainable and predictable, adding that "some kind of road usage assessment is going to be necessary."
US automakers can't rely on foreign sources for semiconductor chips, critical components of electric vehicle batteries, says Ford CEO Jim Farley. The US needs to embrace large-scale production of batteries to avoid production slow-downs, according to Farley.
NASA and the Federal Aviation Administration are teaming up to develop electric vertical takeoff and landing aircraft and drone technology. The goal is to create new aircraft that can transport cargo and people in urban settings.
Toll plazas along the Maine Turnpike are connected through a series of tunnels that link the administration building and the booths, allowing staff to move around safely. The tunnels also allow repairs and upgrades to take place with minimal traffic disruptions.
Very few trucks have been purposefully rerouting to avoid the toll gantry on Route 146 in Lincoln, R.I., according to a Rhode Island Department of Transportation spokesperson. Revenue at the location is also higher than expected, with almost $42 million raised since October 2019.
England's M6 toll road will introduce number plate recognition cameras in a bid to improve the performance of its contactless payment system. Midlands Expressway will implement the system in April, with van and truck users initially trialing the new technology.
Coordination is essential for cities that want to build a shared-mobility transportation system, according to a new report by the Transportation Research Board. The pandemic has created new challenges for public transportation, and agencies need to provide multimodal options and quality service.
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