Singapore's Land Transport Authority has earmarked $13.7 million to establish a rail enterprise asset management platform that will screen and recognize potential faults. A group formed by Siemens and ST Engineering Electronics is charged with creating a platform, which will combine data analytics with a rail management system.
Boston will continue to expand its Blue Bikes system with 19 docking stations this fall in southern Dorchester, Mattapan and Roslindale. The bike-sharing system, with costs ranging from $99 for an annual membership to $2.50 for a 30-minute ride, will ultimately include 300 stations and 3,000 bikes in Boston, Brookline, Cambridge and Somerville.
A New York City law that adds regulations to ride-hailing vehicles has resulted in renewed consideration of congestion pricing, writes Fredrick Kunkle. Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg did not succeed in implementing congestion pricing in the city, and efforts by Gov. Andrew Cuomo also have fallen short.
US tariffs have increased prices on raw materials and other costs for domestic manufacturers, according to a survey by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Many manufacturers say they plan to pass increases on to clients, which could apply upward pressure to inflation, while a New York Fed blog post says tariffs will cause "little or no improvement in the trade deficit."
Employees are more apt to stay when leaders take the time to seek input about projects, culture and goals, writes Justin Bell, president of Credera. "The only way to help someone reach their full potential is to seek to understand where they want to go and what drives them," he writes.
The Florida Department of Transportation is to begin taking bids for a design-build contract for a new Howard Frankland Bridge in Tampa, Fla., and the bids will be required to stay below $814 million. The bridge is expected to contain four express toll lanes, and a bid could be awarded in 2019.
The Oregon Transportation Commission voted to authorize the state's transportation department to study tolling five additional roads at a meeting at which it also unanimously agreed to seek federal approval for tolling interstates 5 and 205 in Portland. "Tolling can help us both manage demand and finance bottleneck relief projects that will provide people a better commute and help us keep commerce moving," said commission Chair Tammy Baney.
Atlantia unit Autostrade has eliminated all tolls for ambulances throughout Italy. Before the change, ambulances were exempt only when responding to emergencies.
Roads with solar panels bring the potential to reduce the amount of land needed to produce electricity, but the technology is in the early stages of development. The US, China and France are testing roadway solar panels, but the technology will most likely be used initially on driveways, patios and other small spaces before roads.
Blueridge Transportation Group is building toll lanes on Texas 288, and the company will soon begin reworking the Texas 288 and Loop 610 interchange. The Texas Department of Transportation and Blueridge have a 50-year comprehensive development agreement that covers maintenance and operations.