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7/13/2020

An initiative to encourage public-private collaboration on mobility in Columbus, Ohio -- focusing on all modes, not just automotive -- is underway. The LinkUS Mobility Corridors Initiative aims to combat congestion, increase mobility access, create jobs and promote transit-oriented development.

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7/13/2020

T. Rowe Price led a funding round that raised $2.5 billion for electric vehicle startup Rivian. The company, which has backers including Ford and Amazon, wants to have an SUV and a pickup in production next year.

7/13/2020

Amazon is introducing large "walk-in" delivery trucks as it works to keep up with one- and two-day Prime deliveries. Training for drivers of the over 2,200 heavy-duty Utilimaster trucks, which are similar in size to UPS and FedEx vehicles, has begun in the Los Angeles area.

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7/13/2020

Erosion of ties between the US and China makes a Phase 2 trade agreement unlikely, President Donald Trump says. "The relationship with China has been severely damaged," he says.

7/13/2020

Government funding between $482 million and $1 billion would be necessary to add toll lanes to I-270 and most of the Capital Beltway in Maryland, according to the latest proposal for the project. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan previously said the additional toll lanes would not result in tax increases.

7/13/2020

The coronavirus pandemic caused a significant traffic decrease during the week of the Fourth of July, as the number of trips taken by Americans fell from 9.6 billion in 2019 to 6.8 billion this year, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics. One-fourth of Americans stayed home during the week, compared to 20% in 2019.

7/13/2020

Approval of the 31.3-mile, approximately $453 million Cavite-Tagaytay-Batangas Expressway is nearing, according to the Philippines Department of Public Works and Highways. The CTBEx toll road is expected to divert 23,000 vehicles from current highways daily.

7/13/2020

Verra Mobility and Rent A Car have teamed to offer a contactless toll payment system for rental cars. The system will allow rental cars in France to use the nation's Liber-T payment gates.

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7/13/2020

Budget issues could again spell doom for the Oklahoma Highway Patrol's training academy, which was previously canceled in 2017 after a funding reduction. The Oklahoma Turnpike Authority, which contracts with the OHP for troopers who work state toll roads, covered the cost of the academy in 2018.

7/13/2020

The Indian government has fully integrated its national toll collection system with the VAHAN portal, allowing FASTag information to be gained through vehicle identification or vehicle registration numbers. The integration will allow the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways to gather FASTag information when new vehicles are registered.