Daily News Briefs, December 17, 2019

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Bestpass Names Michael Sebast VP of Engineering

Bestpass, the payment platform developer with a focus on fleet toll management, announced the hiring of Michael Sebast as vice president of engineering. According to a company news release, “Sebast brings more than 15 years of proven technical business leadership and software development experience” to the company, where he is managing its development teams.

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Commentary: Washington and Oregon Should Get Moving on I-5 Bridge Replacement

The Courier-Herald publishes a Don Brunell column that argues Washington and Oregon officials should have a sense of urgency about replacing the circa 1917 and 1958 Columbia River bridge spans, despite the political risks entailed in backing an expensive infrastructure project, particularly one that involves toll financing. Brunell sees no realistic possibility that the federal government will bankroll the replacement bridge project and concludes tolling will have to be considered.

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No, Virginia, Transurban Does Not Track and Report Speeding Drivers

WUSA reassures a worried viewer that Transurban’s DC express lane cameras are not used to catch or cite speeders. Company spokesman Mike McGurk explains that monitors may alert police if they spot someone driving recklessly, but “[t]hey don’t look for that type of thing as part of their primary duties, it would just be coincidental. After being notified, a trooper would still have to observe the driver committing the behavior in order to issue a ticket.”

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

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