Ford Motor announced plans to build an autonomous-vehicle plant in Michigan as part of its $900 million investment in vehicle manufacturing in the state. The new plant will incorporate commercial-grade hybrid vehicles with autonomous-driving technology to produce autonomous vehicles.
The Transportation Committee of the Connecticut General Assembly has advanced Gov. Ned Lamont's tolling proposal and two other tolling plans. All three measures would toll interstates 91, 95 and 84, plus certain other roads, but they differ in terms of approach.
The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association supports Rhode Island as the state fights a legal challenge filed by the trucking industry against tolling. "While the judge who dismissed the lawsuit did not address the merits of the case, we remain hopeful that no court will deny Rhode Island, or any state, the ability to assess user fees including tolls to rebuild its vital bridges and highways," IBTTA CEO Pat Jones says.
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation is considering a toll bridge project over the Arkansas River in Tulsa, Okla. The principal chief says the tribe will make a decision on the potential construction project by year-end, after it reviews the upcoming findings of a revenue and traffic study.
The federal government and local officials have reached an agreement to convert HOV lanes on the Central Expressway in Texas to toll and HOV lanes for two hours in the morning and two hours in the evening. The goal is to improve the highway's capacity and reduce congestion.
The Golden Gate Bridge district board of directors is scheduled to vote Friday on two proposals for increasing the bridge's tolls. The district is seeking additional revenue as it faces a $74 million deficit over the next five years.
The Georgia Department of Transportation has provided illustrations of the tolled express lanes it is considering adding on Interstate 285 and Georgia 400. The toll lanes would be elevated in some places, and the agency gave some details about one possible access point.
Richmond County, Ga. has established a Traffic Management Center, which provides the county with real-time data on traffic signals. The goal of the $4.5 million project is to improve traffic flow.
Efforts to increase the federal gas tax, which has remained at the same level since 1993, could test Congress' ability to reach bipartisan agreement at a time when it rarely does. The US Chamber of Congress supports raising the tax to fund infrastructure, as do some Democratic and Republican lawmakers.
Three bills that would have provided tax credits and deductions for tolls paid on the Ohio River Bridges have died in committee after not receiving a hearing. Sen. Ron Grooms wrote that he might reintroduce the legislation next year.
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