Daily News Briefs, August 5, 2020

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US Failure To Provide Direct COVID-19 Financial Relief "Alarms" Highway Agencies

Roll Call reports, “As Congress wrangles with the latest attempt at a coronavirus relief package, state highway departments are increasingly alarmed at the possibility of some $37 billion in budget shortfalls. . . . And while empty airports and subway cars have provided very visible symbols of the decline in travel caused by COVID-19, empty highways have not yet ignited the imagination of lawmakers trying to figure out where to throw federal dollars during this crisis.” AASHTO chief executive Jim Tymon, who remains optimistic that the next aid bill will include direct funding for highway agencies, reminds Roll Call that revenue yielded by the rise in US traffic volume since May doesn’t compensate for the severe dollar losses of March and April.

Company and Agency Financial Issues And Reports Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) US Gov't Transportation Funding


Webinar Will Focus On Using The TPM Portal To Improve Performance Management

The Transportation Research Board has scheduled a webinar for Wednesday afternoon, August 12, to “explore the Transportation Performance Management Portal, which is a product of the Transportation Pooled Fund Program. The Portal illustrates PM best practices and fosters collaboration between state departments of transportation and the Federal Highway Administration.”

Transportation and Infrastructure Research & Development Transportation Research Board US Department of Transportation (USDOT)


UK Borough Is Challenged On Employee Toll Payment Policy

Liverpool Echo reports that a candidate is calling for officials in the UK borough of Halton to defend its policy of paying the Mersey Gateway Bridge tolls incurred by staff in the performance of official duty. Through a public record request, the candidate learned that the borough has paid almost £340,000 (about US$446,000) in tolls for almost 188,000 crossings since October 2017. The council hasn’t specified which employees are eligible for reimbursement. The article notes that the council has direct and indirect control over the bridge tolling scheme, which is unpopular and controversial.

Company and Agency Financial Issues And Reports United Kingdom


Malaysia Makes Advances In National AET Conversion

Paul Tan’s Automotive News reports on the progress of a Malaysian regional pilot program to encourage motorists to adopt RFID transponders as the means of paying highway tolls electronically.

Malay Mail reported last month on the launch of the pilot program, the latest step in the process of the country’s conversion to all-electronic tolling.

AET (All-Electronic Tolling) ETC Systems Malaysia


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

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