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11/15/2019

Ford will release an electric Mustang crossover utility vehicle next year. The company is spending $11 billion on the 40 models of electric or hybrid vehicles it will roll out by 2022, and hybrid and battery versions of the F-150 are next.

11/15/2019

Quantum physics has long fascinated scientists, and while Google's recent announcement regarding quantum computing might not have been as impressive as some outlets reported, the implications are significant, writes Lance Eliot. For self-driving cars, one obvious benefit of quantum computing would be supercharged data processing, which could enable machine learning updates to be pushed out to entire fleets almost immediately as individual vehicles encounter unusual situations.

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11/15/2019

Connecticut state Senate Republicans are suggesting a reliance on borrowing instead of 14 proposed toll gantries to support transportation improvements. Borrowing and tapping into a budget surplus likely would cause "the state's economy to remain stuck in low gear," writes the editorial board of The Day.

11/15/2019

This guide to navigating the new high-occupancy-vehicle restrictions that take effect Sunday on Interstate 395 from Springfield, Va., to the Washington, D.C., line covers toll pricing and changes to the exchange at the Pentagon. The guide also examines how to use the E-ZPass Flex, access for motorcyclists and transit options.

11/15/2019

Businesses in the Austin, Texas, area are seeing a need to use the MoPac Express lanes to ensure that employees arrive at scheduled appointments on time. "As soon as we knew we could take [the Express Lanes] we decided to budget for it," says Pedro Roldan of MoreHands Maid Service, which has 27 cars operating in the area.

11/15/2019

This guide explains the many changes occurring with the opening of the second phase of the Silicon Valley Express Lanes on State Route 237 in California. The changes, which include turning carpool lanes into express lanes, represent some of the biggest adjustments to San Francisco Bay Area roads in a half-century.

11/15/2019

Maryland officials are exploring the possibility of adding a third bridge across the Chesapeake Bay to reduce congestion between the Annapolis area and the state's Eastern Shore. A third bridge likely would still see congestion from summer beach traffic, "but whether a third span is built or not, tolls could vary to ration traffic better than waiting in long backups does," writes Z. Andrew Farkas of Morgan State University's National Transportation Center.

11/15/2019

Increased toll rates for the Downtown and Midtown tunnels in Portsmouth, Va., will take effect Jan. 1. Tolls for passenger vehicles with E-ZPass will rise by 13 cents during peak hours and 6 cents during nonpeak hours, while pay-by-plate customers will see peak-hour increases of 26 cents and nonpeak-hour increases of 19 cents.

11/15/2019

The Boston area's Metropolitan Mayors Coalition, North Shore Coalition and Commuter Rail Communities Coalition are calling for a state gas tax increase and expanded tolling. Raising the gas tax by 15 cents, to 39 cents per gallon, would generate about $450 million annually toward transportation improvements, the municipal leaders say.

11/15/2019

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department, in North Carolina, cited 157 people in the first nine months of 2019 for using obstructed plates, a development that occurred as the state recently introduced toll lanes on Interstate 77. The use of obstructed plates, which is illegal in the state, poses difficulty in reading license plate numbers by police cameras and at tolls.