Daily News Brief, June 28, 2016

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CFX Testing PayTollo's "Transponder App"

Orlando Sentinel reports, “Central Florida has become the testing ground for a cellphone as toll transponder app by a San Francisco startup with nationwide ambitions. The PayTollo phone app would notify drivers when they are approaching a toll and give them the option to pay through their phone after their ride is over. . . .” The Central Florida Expressway Authority is testing the app in cooperation with the developerOrlando Sentinel also presents a video report on the test.



TRIP Issues Report on 60th Anniversary of Interstate System

TRIP has released a new report, “The Interstate Highway System Turns 60: Challenges to Its Ability to Continue to Save Lives, Time and Money.” The transportation research organization says, “The nation’s most critical transportation link continues to save lives with its enhanced safety features and is largely well-preserved, but an aging Interstate system will increasingly require more long-term, costly repairs. . . .” The report’s appendix contains a state-by-state break out of data.

Local media have picked up the report. For example, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans) leads with, “Louisiana’s interstate highways are in worse condition than those in all but three states.” Newyorkupstate.com reports that the state’s “highways and bridges are among the most deteriorated in the nation,” according to TRIP.


NC Governor Offers Possibility of "Tweaks" to I-77 Toll Lanes

WSOC-TV News (Charlotte) reports, “North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is offering hope for some tweaks to the design of toll lanes on Interstate 77. . . . Last week, the governor mentioned the possibility of redesigning parts of the controversial project ‘to make that road even better.’ Asked to clarify that comment, McCrory said [NCDOT] continues to analyze stacks of feedback from North Mecklenburg towns that have vigorously opposed the project.”