The bus rapid transit system on Georgia 400 in Atlanta that Georgia Gov. Nathan deal has proposed is "a breath of fresh air," writes Benita Dodd of the Georgia Public Policy Foundation. Dodd writes that a bus-based rapid transit project would be more effective than the fixed-rail system, which the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority plans to expand.
Engineer Rusheng Zhang and researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have launched a pilot project for vehicle-to-vehicle technology that could substitute traffic lights with virtual alternatives. Virtual Traffic Lights technology is being tested in Pittsburgh and could solve traffic congestion by incorporating vehicle-to-vehicle technology with the sharing of GPS data, direction of moving cars, maps and speed of vehicles.
Traffic on bridges across the Ohio River between Kentucky and Indiana decreased in 2018 after tolls were implemented, a preliminary study states. Traffic on the nontolled Clark Memorial Bridge has increased, the study states.
The Ontario, Canada, government must find alternative sources if the gas tax decrease that Premier Doug Ford supports succeeds, writes Andy Manahan of the Residential and Civil Construction Alliance. "Road pricing offers a promising way to meet the dual objectives of maintaining transportation investments and mitigating traffic congestion," Manahan writes.
Edmond, Okla., has started a $5 million intelligent traffic system project with the goal of reducing congestion and increasing safety. The system, which is being installed at more than 20 intersections, includes 10 miles of fiber-optic cable.
The $1.7 billion project to raise the Bayonne Bridge between New Jersey and New York from 151 feet to 215 feet is nearly complete. The bridge, which began using cashless tolling in 2017, needed to be raised to accommodate larger cargo ships.
Officials behind the planned rail tunnel under the Hudson River between New York and New Jersey sent a letter to the US Department of Transportation on Friday seeking to extend a Saturday deadline. The project could be delayed past the planned 2019 start of construction if an extension is not granted.
Attendees of an Oregon Transportation Commission public meeting on Thursday presented alternatives to the leading plan to implement tolls on interstates 5 and 205 in Portland, Ore. The options included an income tax deduction for residents of Washington state, a toll zone similar to the one in London, a limited-scope pilot and a dedicated bus lane.
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