October 18, 2021
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NLEX Corp. is optimistic about the rebound of traffic across the North Luzon Expressway and Subic Clark Tarlac Expressway in the Philippines. "We expect traffic growth of 25% in NLEX and 23% in SCTEX versus the 2020 average," said Romulo Quimbo, Jr., senior vice president of communications.
Full Story: Business World (Philippines) (10/18) 
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Eighteen large trucks and vans have collided with toll booth canopies on the MacKay Bridge in Nova Scotia, and Halifax Harbour Bridges will install clearance bars to warn drivers of overhead space restrictions. The bars should be installed during November, with concrete canopies to be removed later as part of the transition to cashless tolling.
Full Story: CBC News (Canada) (10/15) 
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The National Highways Authority of India has again delayed the opening of the underpass at Sirhaul toll plaza in Gurugram. The underpass has been rescheduled to open at the end of the month after electrical infrastructure work is finished.
Full Story: Hindustan Times (India) (10/16) 
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Technology
Cummins and autonomous trucking startup Locomation have partnered to test and try to commercialize Locomation's software. The collaboration is expected to reduce fuel consumption by 10% per truck, and Locomation plans to launch its first vehicle, the Autonomous Relay Convoy, by late next year.
Full Story: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (tiered subscription model) (10/13) 
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Deep learning model maps crash risks
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A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Qatar Center for Artificial Intelligence have created a deep learning model that can output crash-risk maps in high resolution. The model uses GPS patterns, satellite images, historical data and road maps to help predict crashes.
Full Story: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (10/12) 
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Maintenance & New Products
A blend of asphalt and recycled plastic is covering a section of a Ridley Creek State Park roadway in Pennsylvania. The pilot project will assess the mixture for potential benefits including durability and diverting plastics from landfills.
Full Story: Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (10/13) 
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Policy and Legislation
New York City should add more bike lanes and dedicated bus lanes, phase out free parking, incorporate green infrastructure to help manage stormwater and add public spaces to the city Department of Transportation's purview, according to a report by Regional Plan Association. The recommendations reflect the nonprofit's belief that storm preparedness, economic development and transportation of people and goods are interlinked.
Full Story: Smart Cities Dive (10/13) 
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The US Supreme Court has turned down a group of truckers' call to hear an appeal over heavy truck rates on the Indiana Toll Road, ending a two-year lawsuit. Federal judges previously ruled in favor of the state, with the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals pointing out the existence of alternative toll-free routes.
Full Story: WFYI-TV/WFYI-FM (Indianapolis) (10/15) 
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IBTTA News
Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Kevin Thibault joins us for the return of IBTTA's weekly webinar series, Café IBTTA, on Oct. 20 at 11 a.m. ET.
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IBTTA concluded its 89th Annual Meeting & Exhibition in Anaheim, Calif., last week. Watch video highlights from the event on IBTTA's YouTube page.
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