Daily News Briefs, August 7, 2020

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West VA Turnpike Authority Officials Praise Retiring Chief Executive

MetroNews reports, state Parkways Authority board members and officials yesterday commended Greg Barr, who will retire in September, a year later than he’d hoped, for his long service and his dedication. Barr joined the agency in 1989 and became its executive director in 2002. He will remain on board for about six weeks to support a leadership transition. His replacement, Jeff Miller, reports to work on Monday.

West Virginia West Virginia Parkways Authority (West Virginia Turnpike)


MaaS Providers Struggle To Find A Viable Business Model

Bloomberg CityLab takes a skeptical look at the state of the Mobility as a Service (MaaS) industry. The article finds that the concept and its advocates have lost momentum, and suggests, “For MaaS companies to fulfill their vision of urban liberation from automobiles, they will need to adjust their underlying strategy — quickly.” MaaS executives’ main challenge today, says Bloomberg, is finding a revenue-producing business model.

Infrastructure Investment Trends Mass Transit Systems Mobility as a Service (MaaS)


Mexico Student-Teacher Protests Involve Toll Plaza Takeovers

Mexico News Daily reports, students and teachers have taken over toll booths on the Cuernavaca-Acapulco highway 80 times this year as part of a protest against the 2014 kidnapping and disappearance of 43 students from a state teacher training college in Guerrero. The activists reportedly take control of tollbooth gates, “raising them for motorists who pay them 50 pesos, which they say is a contribution to their activism and a donation to the parents of the 43 missing students.” Police have so far refrained from preventing or stopping the takeovers.



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

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