Daily News Briefs, August 19, 2019

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Car Chase Ends in Driver's Failure to Plow through GW Bridge Toll Plaza Traffic

The Record reports, New Jersey police officers’ pursuit of an alleged reckless driver ended when the man got bogged down in traffic at the George Washington Bridge toll plaza on Friday afternoon. The driver “was able to cross the upper level tolls striking two other vehicles in an attempt to escape.  Fort Lee officers were able to catch up to him on foot, remove him from the vehicle and place him into custody,” according to the newspaper. No injuries were reported by police.

Crime Beat George Washington Bridge New Jersey Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)


Columnist Sees AV Technology Making Slow but Steady Progress

Boston Globe columnist Scott Kirsner describes a recent encounter with Optimus Ride, a company with roots at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, whose primary focus is developing self-driving vehicles that operate in geo-fenced spaces. His experience provides some insights into the evolution of fully-autonomous vehicle travel.

Intelligent Transportation Systems Self-Driving Vehicles


Former Chicago Skyway Executive James McDonough Dies

Chicago Sun-Times reports on the recent death of James McDonough, one-time chief administrator of the Chicago Skyway, chairman of the Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago streets commissioner. McDonough, an ally of Mayor Richard J. Daley, was also the principal of an engineering and architectural consulting firm that received many public works contracts.

Chicago Metro Area Chicago Skyway Illinois


Report: Malaysia Is Now Considering the Takeover of 15 Toll Road Concessions

New Straits Times reports that the Malaysian government is considering a new plan to take over 15 toll road concessions by setting up a special purpose vehicle that would issue debt instruments backed by the government. According to the article, “The proposal looks to be a better alternative to the Ministry of Finance’s proposal to buy out four highways” in which the Gamuda Berhad engineering firm has major holdings. The government is currently deliberating on that acquisition plan with the expectation it will make a decision this month.

Malaysia Mergers and Acquisitions P3 & Privatization


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

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