Daily News Briefs, December 1, 2023

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Michigan Opens First US Road Capable Of Charging EVs

The Detroit News reports, Michigan DOT and the City of Detroit on Wednesday opened a quarter-mile stretch of road that’s the first in the nation with functional inductive charging technology for electric vehicles (EVs) equipped with special receivers. Embedded coils under the pavement, developed by Israel-based Electreon Wireless LTD, charge the vehicles either as they travel or while they’re parked. Electreon first installed such technology on roads in Sweden in 2019 and has since expanded to other countries. Its US work includes a pending project in Utah, and the company is working with automakers to integrate the receiver technology in both new and retrofitted vehicles. (Other states, including Florida, Indiana and Pennsylvania, have similar initiatives underway.) This thoroughly informative article offers a basic description of how inductive charging works, current charging speeds, and potential revenue models for such roadways — including a subscription style service, a toll-like system and monetization to offset declining gas taxes. The Michigan pilot, located at the site of Ford’s Michigan Central mobility innovation district in Detroit, is testing functionality in real-world conditions with an eye toward public transit and commercial use cases, high-traffic areas and spots with frequent idling. Testing will continue through 2024, when MDOT also will accept bids for another inductive roadway in the city. “The corridor also has been pegged for a connected and autonomous vehicle roadway from downtown Detroit to Ann Arbor under a project with Cavnue LLC.” (TRN inserted a link in quoted text.)

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Metro Denver Counties Continue To Negotiate Dispute Over Jefferson Parkway Project

Colorado Newsline adds some depth to recent reporting on the dispute among members of Jefferson Parkway Public Highway Authority (JPPHA), the entity formed in 2008 by three metro Denver counties intent on building a toll road to close the gap in a beltway around the city. Last month, a district court judge dismissed a lawsuit by Jefferson and Arvada Counties against the City and County of Broomfield, which in 2022 announced its plan to withdraw from the parkway project over concerns that the proposed route crosses a remediated EPA Superfund site where plutonium-contaminated soil remains. In addition to finding that the lawsuit was premature, the judge concluded that the highway authority’s formation documents did not preclude the possibility of one member exiting the agreement, nor set conditional terms that would or wouldn’t allow them to do so. That said, Broomfield technically has not yet left JPPHA. The parties reportedly are hopeful that continuing negotiations will “amicably” resolve their differences, which were not settled by the November ruling. The JPPHA board last met on October 19, but minutes from that meeting are yet to be posted.

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

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