Daily News Briefs, April 27, 2021

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Another Infrastructure Policy Proposal Emerges In Congress

Transport Topics reports, last Friday, Congress’s bipartisan Problem Solvers Caucus unveiled a policy recommendations report characterized in the article as an alternative to the White House infrastructure proposal. The report focuses primarily on surface transportation assets, but addresses other core infrastructure such as ports and airports, water and sewer systems, energy delivery systems and communications networks. In regards to funding, it calls for “preserving and expanding tax-advantaged infrastructure financing options,” incentivizing public-private partnerships, and increasing federal fuel taxes.

According to a news release issued by the 58-member caucus, the report “puts forward a set of policies to serve as a bipartisan framework for addressing the dire need to rebuild and responsibly invest in infrastructure across the nation,” and “also helps define the scope of a bipartisan agreement on a transportation and infrastructure plan.”

American Jobs Plan Infrastructure Investment Trends US Gov't Transportation Funding

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ARTBA: Fatality And Crash Data Reveal Work Zone Risks

ARTBA Washington Newsline reports, “Work zone fatalities and crashes increased to record highs in 2019 after a decline the previous year, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration data. ‘Over the past 10 years, work zone fatalities have increased nearly 44 percent, averaging an annual increase of 4 percent a year,’ said ARTBA Senior Vice President of Safety & Education Brad Sant. ‘During this time, surprisingly only approximately 10 percent of work zone fatalities were roadside workers struck by a vehicle. The rest were drivers, passengers and other road users,’ Sant continued.”

American Road & Transportation Builders Assoc. (ARTBA) Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) US Department of Transportation (USDOT)

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PaybyCar Pilot Gauges Popularity And Potential Of Contactless Payment

WTVD looks at the PaybyCar touchless fuel purchase pilot underway at some service stations in North Carolina’s Triangle with the cooperation of the E-ZPass Group, NCDOT and the North Carolina Turnpike Authority. PaybyCar CEO Kevin Condon explains that the company’s product development effort started with facilitating gas purchases because of the transponder reading challenges presented. “So we thought, ‘OK well if we can take all the friction out of that, then yeah it’ll work easily at a carwash or in a fast food drive-thru.’”

E-ZPass Mobile Payment Systems North Carolina North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) North Carolina Turnpike Authority PayByCar

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