The Maryland Transportation Authority has expanded the scope of a project to add toll lanes to Interstate 95 north of Baltimore into Harford County. The project originally would have added a single toll lane to the interstate, but the expanded version will add two northbound lanes at a cost of $1.1 billion.
The Greenfield Chennai-Salem Express Highway in India, which is intended to increase commercial traffic and improve the economy, is viable, a report states. The 172-mile road is expected to contain eight toll plazas.
A resolution supporting the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority's plans for two projects valued at more than $800 million was on the agenda of the Cedar Park, Texas, City Council on Thursday. One project would expand the tolled section of US 183 by six miles, and the other would widen part of the highway to six lanes and would incorporate variable tolling.
Winners of The Georgia Smart Cities Challenge included a Gwinnett County connected vehicle project and a Chamblee, Ga., effort to use autonomous vehicles to transport people from mass transit stations. Selected entrants will receive seed funding and technical support from Georgia Tech, sponsor of the challenge.
The Alabama Department of Transportation was not awarded a $250 million grant from the federal government for the $2 billion Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. The department hopes to succeed with future applications and does not anticipate raising tolls.
The widening of Highway 101 in California and improvements to Highway 37 are among the projects that will be funded after Bay Area voters approved a toll increase on area bridges. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is working on construction and funding timelines.
California should replace vehicle fees and fuel taxes with user fees that are based on miles traveled rather than fuel source, writes James Moore II of the University of Southern California. "The need for a policy change is urgent," writes Moore, citing declining fuel use as autonomous vehicles become more prevalent.