Daily News Briefs, August 20, 2019

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RITBA Announces Results of Pell Bridge Safety Enforcement Campaign

The Providence Journal reports, “A multi-agency, 12-day initiative to enforce speeding and distracted driving violations ahead of Phase II of the [Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority’s] Pell Bridge road deck project yielded hundreds of traffic stops and speed citations. . . . The enforcement campaign . . . began July 29 and ended August 9. The speed limit for the Pell Bridge — typically 40 miles per hour — was reduced to 25 mph as construction is underway.”

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Rhode Island Rhode Island Turnpike and Bridge Authority (RITBA)


German Lawmaker Proposes Using Truck Tolls to Support Rail Transport

Clean Energy Wire reports, “Germany should introduce a truck toll on all German roads and use the revenues to strengthen the country’s rail freight infrastructure, said conservative politician Andreas Jung (CDU) in an interview with Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.” The article adds, “Rail transport group Allianz pro Schiene welcomed Jung’s proposal as an ‘important contribution to the transport transition and a strong signal ahead of the climate cabinet decisions in September.’ Until now, revenues from road traffic taxes and levies have only been used for road traffic, the organisation said in a press release. ‘It is a great step forward if the [conservative CDU/CSU alliance] abolishes this traditional principle.’”

Germany Infrastructure Investment Trends Transit and Toll Roads


UK Now Has More EV Charging Stations Than Gas Stations

TheNewsWheel.com reports, “The popularity of all-electric and hybrid electric vehicles shows no sign of slowing down, and the segment just passed a major milestone on the road to full adoption in Europe.” The article cites a Nissan research finding that “the UK is now home to more plug-in vehicle charging stations than traditional gas stations.” It adds, “The expansion of the charging network in Britain comes after a widespread push by the government to reduce the country’s carbon footprint, especially in the heart of London,” where the congestion pricing zone now has only four gas stations compared with hundreds of electric charging locations.

Congestion Pricing Electric and Hybrid Vehicles London Metro Region United Kingdom


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

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