MDX considers turning shoulder into ride-sharing lane | HOT lanes underway in Va.'s Hampton Roads region | Houston trying to streamline tolling agencies
July 21, 2017
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Commentary: Atlanta needs more travel options
Georgia's been expanding its road network, with express lanes on Interstate 75 cutting congestion by as much as 80%. Baruch Feigenbaum of the Reason Foundation urges the state to continue its work on transportation options, noting that metro Atlanta's population will hit 8 million by 2040.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (free content) (7/15) 
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Tolling Today
MDX considers turning shoulder into ride-sharing lane
The shoulders of the Dolphin Expressway could be turned into lanes for buses and ride-sharing cars from Uber and Lyft if a plan by the Miami-Dade Expressway Authority gets the go-ahead. The idea is to encourage people to leave their own cars at home and reduce congestion.
Miami Herald (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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HOT lanes underway in Va.'s Hampton Roads region
The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to convert some lanes on Interstate 64 into high-occupancy toll lanes in the Hampton Roads area to reduce congestion. Work on one section is underway and could finish by year's end.
WTKR-TV (Norfolk, Va.) (7/20) 
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Houston trying to streamline tolling agencies
The Metropolitan Transit Authority board in Houston plans to approve an agreement that would give the Harris County Toll Road Authority the right to manage billing and tolling of the Houston area's high-occupancy toll lanes. The agreement could take effect in February when the city's contract with TransCore expires, and it would help streamline tolling agencies.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (7/20) 
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Technology
Groups to collaborate to improve traffic efficiency
WSP USA and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have agreed to work together to create and present better options when building and updating ground transportation, including for connected autonomous vehicles. The groups will share information and provide options to each other for education and projects.
Traffic Technology Today (U.K.) (7/20) 
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Waymo's self-driving minivans test the heat
Waymo has tested its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans in various conditions this summer, from the desert roads of Davis Dam, which stretches from Arizona to Nevada, to traffic in Las Vegas and extreme heat in California's Death Valley. Because autonomous cars' electronic equipment creates heat, the company wanted to see how everything worked in extreme environments.
ReadWrite (7/18) 
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Maintenance & New Products
Maine Turnpike getting $6.5M in upgrades
Lane Construction Corp. is at work on a $6.5 million contract awarded by the Maine Turnpike Authority to upgrade four ramps and improve pavement on a section of the turnpike. Work should wrap up in the fall.
Sun Journal (Lewiston, Maine) (7/20) 
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Finance and Funding
Americans willing to pay more for gas to fix roads
More than half of Americans surveyed said they are willing to pay an increased gas tax to help to fix roads and bridges in the US, per a Bloomberg National Poll. Ray LaHood, a former US transportation secretary, says the US has 56,000 structurally deficient bridges.
Bloomberg (7/20) 
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Policy and Legislation
Wash. congresswoman opposes Ore. tolls
Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., is opposed to a plan in Oregon that would add tolls to interstates 205 and 5 beginning at the state line. In a letter to Oregon's governor and transportation department, she wrote, "Oregon has no right to make Southwest Washington an unwilling piggy bank for Oregon's infrastructure projects."
The Columbian (Vancouver, Wash.) (7/20) 
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