Daily News Briefs, April 29, 2020

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Will Traffic Checkpoints Remain Open After Florida "Reopens?"

WTSP reports, Florida transportation and law enforcement agencies are still manning highway borer checkpoints to enforce gubernatorial restrictions on travel into the state during the COVID-19 epidemic. Now, questions are being asked about the future of the screening program after the state decides to relax epidemic mitigation procedures and “reopen.”

Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Issues of Law


IBTTA: Electronic Tolling Has Become a Cornerstone of Transportation Innovation

ITSInternational.com talks with IBTTA executives about the impact of electronic toll collection’s proliferation in the US. According to the article, the nation’s wide acceptance of ETC technology is has positioned tolling as an important part of the policymaking solution to “the dual challenge of a long-standing crisis of underfunded highway infrastructure, combined with profound changes in the way the surface transportation system is used and conceptualised.”

ETC Systems IBTTA Intelligent Transportation Systems


PANYNJ Police Officer Critically Injured While Clearing Crash Scene

NJ.com reports, a port authority police officer is hospitalized in critical condition after he was struck by a car while helping other officers clear the scene of an earlier crash that occurred on Route 139 in Jersey City just after 12:30 AM yesterday. Two Jersey City officers received minor injuries during the incident. Neither driver was arrested, but police are continuing to investigate the crashes.

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) New Jersey Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)


Report: "China Is Trying To Build Its Way Out Of the Coronavirus Slump"

Bloomberg reports, “Economists expect local governments across [China] to issue as much as 4 trillion yuan ($565 billion) in so-called special bonds this year, roughly twice last year’s total. The proceeds are to be spent on the same type of things that China splurged on following the global financial crisis more than a decade ago — roads, airports, and railways.” According to Bloomberg, there’s a risk that some of the debt-financed infrastructure projects, such as a Shandong province high-speed railway line, may not yield revenues sufficient to cover future principal and interest payments to the bondholders.

China Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Infrastructure Investment Trends


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

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