January 25, 2022
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The Kansas Turnpike Authority will implement cashless tolling by 2024, says CEO Steve Hewitt. In this interview, Hewitt explains how KTA has prioritized cashless tolling and details the expected rollout of the feature.
Full Story: KVOE-AM/FM (Emporia, Kan.) (1/24) 
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Tolling Today
Glynn County Commissioner Cap Fendig has asked the commission to consider reinstatement of a toll to access St. Simons Island in Georgia. The toll was eliminated in 2003, but toll revenue could be used to help enhance facilities on the island, improving the overall appeal for tourists, Fendig said.
Full Story: The Brunswick News (Ga.) (1/23) 
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New York Gov. Kathy Hochul's $216 billion budget proposal includes full funding for the Staten Island Residents discount program, allowing residents to pay a discounted toll rate across the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge. Borough resident toll rates are currently set at $2.75 in each direction.
Full Story: Staten Island Advance (N.Y.) (1/24) 
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Security researchers are warning of a risk of embedded devices becoming a target for ransomware, which has led to pipeline shutdowns and other infrastructure concerns. Red Balloon Security said it found vulnerabilities in the Schneider Electric Easergy P5 protection relay, a device that's key to the operation of modern electric grids.
Full Story: TechCrunch (tiered subscription model) (1/22) 
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The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety plans to debut ratings for Level 2+ autonomous driving this year. "While most partial automation systems have some safeguards in place to help ensure drivers are focused and ready, none of them meets all the pending IIHS criteria," the group said in a statement.
Full Story: Car and Driver (1/22) 
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Maintenance & New Products
Philadelphia is collaborating with Comcast, Juganu, and US Ignite on a pilot program that is using optical sensors on 14 streetlights along a block in Center City to glean real-time data on how motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are using the sidewalk. The SmartCitiesPHL team says the project will uphold the "highest standards of civil liberties and data privacy" and will not be a conduit for surveillance.
Full Story: Billy Penn (Philadelphia) (1/20) 
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Finance and Funding
The White House is asking mayors to select a liaison to coordinate with the federal government to ensure proper distribution of funds under the bipartisan infrastructure law. The White House recently issued a similar request to governors.
Full Story: Spectrum News (1/20) 
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Policy and Legislation
Sixteen Republican governors have written the Biden administration objecting to the push to address climate change and racist land-use policies in the infrastructure package. The governors also oppose efforts to limit road widening and require union labor in transportation projects.
Full Story: Streetsblog (1/21) 
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You won't want to miss IBTTA's first big in-person event of this year: the 2022 Technology Summit, taking place March 20-22 in Orlando, Fla. The Tech Summit is a critical event for all tolling and transportation professionals who want to know how technology is shaping the future of innovation in the industry. Don't wait. Register today.
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The South Jersey Transportation Authority is soliciting electronic proposals for a toll system integrator to provide a turnkey all-electronic toll system for New Jersey Public Toll Authorities. Learn more.
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