Sydney's NorthConnex tunnel opens Saturday | New bridge lanes open at US-Mexico border | How lidar offers insights that cameras can't
October 30, 2020
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Toronto revisited the topic of tolls on the Don Valley Parkway and Gardiner Expressway at a city council meeting this week. Tolls were last discussed in 2016, but ultimately not implemented.
Full Story: BlogTO (Toronto) (10/28) 
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Tolling Today
The 5.6-mile NorthConnex tolled tunnel in Sydney, Australia is set to open Saturday. The tunnel, which will be able to handle as many as 100,000 vehicles per day, will provide drivers with a much-anticipated option for avoiding 21 traffic lights.
Full Story: ABC (Australia) (10/30) 
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Two new northbound lanes at the Anzalduas International Bridge on the US-Mexico border in Texas opened this week. The lanes cost about $2.8 million.
Full Story: The Monitor (McAllen, Texas) (10/29) 
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How 80 years of tolling paved the way for smart cities
As the world emerges from the pandemic of COVID-19, how, where and even whether we travel through our cities and countryside has never been more important. Learn how tolling has shaped how people move, and can play a central role in shaping the future of mobility. Read the blog.
Researchers at the University of Nevada have been testing roadside lidar, collecting data about pedestrians, vehicles and objects. Although images created by lidar sensors aren't as sharp as camera images, lidar has a significant advantage over cameras in that it includes distance measurements, allowing for a 3D view of surroundings and the ability to determine the speed of objects.
Full Story: Electropages (10/28) 
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Blyncsy Intersect Connected Vehicle sensors that collect data from Bluetooth devices in vehicles have been installed along East Hawaii highways, according to the Hawaii Department of Transportation. The data will allow the HDOT to use travel times to improve traffic signal timing and pave the way for connected autonomous vehicles.
Full Story: Big Island Video News (Hawaii) (10/28) 
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Maintenance & New Products
The Philippine government has moved the deadline for motorists to obtain and install radio frequency identification stickers from Monday to Dec. 1.
Full Story: Manila Bulletin (Philippines) (10/30) 
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Finance and Funding
Tolls may be considered when the Hammersmith Bridge in London reopens for vehicle traffic in 2027, according to Heidi Alexander, the city's deputy mayor for transport. The 133-year-old bridge was closed to motorists in April 2019 and to pedestrians in August when cracks in the structure were worsened during a heatwave.
Full Story: BBC (free registration) (10/29) 
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Policy and Legislation
The Pennsylvania Senate Transportation Committee has advanced a bill previously passed by House lawmakers that would allow the state to use public-private agreements for projects other than roads, rail and transit. Electronic tolling projects would be among the allowed public-private transportation projects.
Full Story: Land Line Magazine online (10/27) 
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Next week at IBTTA
Monday, Nov. 2 at 11:00 a.m. ET: The Women In Tolling Council presents Mindful Meditation for Peace and Calm

Wednesday, Nov. 4 at 11:00 a.m. ET, Café IBTTA with guest René Moser

Register today for these upcoming events: 

Tuesday, Nov. 10 at 11:00 a.m. ET: Leveraging Cyber Kill Chain to Reduce Risk

Thursday, Nov. 12 at 11:00 a.m. ET: Joint IBTTA/TRB Committee on Managed Lanes presents HOV Declaration Technology and Enforcement Practices

Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 3:00 p.m. ET: The first official book club meeting of the Task Force on Diversity, Social and Racial Inclusion. The first book, How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi can be purchased here.

Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 11:00 a.m. ET: The Leadership Academy Alumni Association (in partnership with many other groups) presents Making Your Way to the Top: Industry Executives Share Stories and Perspectives

Monday, Dec. 7at 11:00 a.m. ET: The Women in Tolling Council presents Managing Your Career With Intentionality

Jan. 2021: IBTTA's Board of Directors and Committee Meetings in Coral Gables have been cancelled and will be held virtually. Details to follow.
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