Authority delays discussion of international bridge toll rate increase | Public tours Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel | Malaysia preparing to test RFID units for toll collection
August 13, 2018
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W.Va. E-ZPass enrollment spikes in advance of discount program
West Virginia Parkways Authority General Manager Gregg Barr says around 6,000 drivers signed up for E-ZPass accounts in July, wanting to take advantage of a $24 three-year, single-fee discount program. The program goes into effect Sept. 15, and the enrollment rate is above normal.
MetroNews (West Virginia) (8/13) 
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Authority delays discussion of international bridge toll rate increase
The Ogdensburg Bridge & Port Authority has canceled a hearing regarding a proposed 25-cent toll increase on the Ogdensburg-Prescott International Bridge, saying it expects to study the idea more. The authority said it will restart the process in 2019.
Watertown Daily Times (N.Y.) (8/10) 
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Public tours Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel
The Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel gave around 200 people a close look at its progress on Aug. 3. The tour included a review of the tunnel's history and a discussion of construction details.
The Daily Times (Salisbury, Md.) (tiered subscription model) (8/13) 
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Malaysia preparing to test RFID units for toll collection
Sixteen highways in Malaysia have been identified for the installation of radio frequency identification units for toll collection. The pilot phase will begin in September, and full implementation is slated for 2019.
theSun Daily (Malaysia) (8/13) 
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Technology
Ex-engineering head of Tesla Motors rejoins Apple
Doug Field left his position as chief vehicle engineer at Tesla Motors in June and now has gone back to his former employer, Apple. His return has prompted speculation that Apple may be moving forward with plans to produce its own vehicle.
The Verge (8/10),  Reuters (8/10) 
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Transportation expert: Autonomous vehicles will change road design
Transportation expert: Autonomous vehicles will change road design
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Autonomous vehicles will affect the engineering approach to roadway design, says Michael Babusci of Herbert, Rowland & Grubic. Babusci recommends that state departments of transportation be prepared for the changes autonomous vehicles will bring.
Central Penn Business Journal (Harrisburg, Pa.) (8/10) 
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Finance and Funding
N.H. withholding roughly $1M from toll collection vendor
The New Hampshire Department of Transportation is withholding payments of approximately $1 million from toll collection operator Cubic Transportation Systems, citing contract-delivery failures. The vendor has failed to send invoices in a timely manner for around 8 million transactions, the department reports.
Union Leader (Manchester, N.H.) (8/12) 
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Policy and Legislation
Denham could face competition to replace Shuster as T&I chair
Rep. Jeff Denham, R-Calif., says he will replace retiring Rep. Bill Shuster, R-Pa., as chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. However, Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., who has seniority on the panel and heads the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, also is lobbying for the role.
Roll Call (free content) (8/9) 
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Registration is now open for IBTTA's 86th Annual Meeting and Exhibition in Baltimore, Md.
IBTTA's Annual Meeting & Exhibition brings together experts from around the world to collaborate on a wide-ranging slate of technical, management and policy issues affecting the tolling industry. Learn from your peers through panel presentations, discussions, networking events and exhibitions featuring cutting-edge products and services. Come for the Leadership Academy Strategic Development Workshop on Saturday; come for the pre-meeting Roundtables and Workshops on Sunday on Procurement and Contracting, CAV, Communications and Executives; come for the Bay Bridge and Fort McHenry Tunnel Technical Tours on Sunday; come for Monday evening's event at the M&T Bank Stadium, home of the Baltimore Ravens, and more! Check out the program, register now and book your hotel today.
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