Daily News Briefs, April 14, 2021

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US House Members Get To Weigh In On Transportation Spending Priorities Today

The US House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure is holding its “Members’ Day” hearing today to provide representatives not serving on the committee an opportunity to testify about their individual policy priorities. (The hearing’s live-stream coverage starts at 11:00 AM Eastern.)

Transport Topics reports, the hearing is intended “to help guide the consideration of President Joe Biden’s $2.25 trillion infrastructure plan, as well as a multiyear highway policy measure.”

American Jobs Plan Highway and Bridge Maintenance Infrastructure Investment Trends

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Trottenberg Confirmed As USDOT Deputy. Fernandez Formally Nominated To Head FTA.

The Washington Post reports, by a vote of 82 to 15, the US Senate yesterday confirmed Polly Trottenberg as deputy secretary of transportation, making her USDOT Secretary Pete Buttigieg’s chief deputy. Trottenberg, who most recently led New York City DOT, was also a senior USDOT official during the Obama administration.

The White House announced that it has submitted to the Senate Nuria Fernandez’s nomination to serve as Federal Transit Administrator. Ms. Fernandez has been serving as FTA’s Deputy Administrator and senior official since President Biden took office in January. Before that, she was general manager and CEO of the Santa Clara County, California, Valley Transportation Authority. She has held leadership positions at several other major US transit agencies.

Appointments, Promotions and Retirements US Department of Transportation (USDOT) Women in Transportation

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Editorial Urges Florida House To Join In Approving M-CORES Repeal Bill

The Palm Beach Post editorial board urges the Florida House to pass SB 100, legislation already approved by state senators that would end funding for three M-CORES Program toll road projects, and instead direct FDOT to make plans for a revised Suncoast Connector project and improvements to existing rural roads. “While it doesn’t outright end new toll road construction, as many had hoped since [M-CORES] was unveiled two years ago, it at least would force the state to plan and budget better. . . . Florida’s highway planners need a state law that is built on good sense, sound judgment and transparency. SB 100 resets the planning process to base any new toll roads on growth, traffic statistics and other supportive data, instead of the desires of developers and the compliance of friendly politicians.”

Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Florida DOT M-CORES Program Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE)

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Maryland Asks Customers To Prepare For Customer Service System Upgrade

The Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) will launch DriveEzMD, a suite of enhanced toll collection services, on April 29. It is reminding customers that, in order to implement improvements, it must temporarily suspend its tolling customer service operations and system between next Tuesday, April 20, and Wednesday, April 28. In preparation for the suspension, MDTA is asking customers to replenish E-ZPass accounts, pay any outstanding Notices of Toll Due, register any new On the Go transponders and perform any necessary account maintenance by Monday, April 19.

Customer Service Experience E-ZPass ETC Systems Maryland Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA)

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These are just some of the toll industry developments TRN is following.

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