Daily News Briefs, February 14, 2020

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Bay Bridge Bus Lane May Be an Attractive Idea, but It Could Worsen Congestion

San Francisco Chronicle looks at the complex proposal to set aside a bus-only lane on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Earlier this week, MTC executive Andrew Fremier told a bridge oversight committee that the scheme would actually slow traffic unless thousands of car commuters switched to buses, and more buses would be needed to accommodate that number of new riders. In spite of several other obstacles identified by staff, the committee reportedly urged further consideration of the plan, and a state lawmaker told the Chronicle he is considering legislation to create the bus lane.

Bay Area Toll Authority (San Francisco) (BATA) Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) California Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) San Francisco Bay Area (CA) San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Transit and Toll Roads

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Grosse Ile Toll Bridge Will Once Again Benefit from Closure of Deteriorated Public Crossing

WXYZ reports, Grosse Ile Township, Michigan, announced that the public, non-tolled Grosse Ile Parkway Bridge is expected to close for repairs around May 1 and may not reopen until November. According to the article, “The free bridge carries 75 percent of traffic, and motorists will have to utilize the [privately owned Grosse Ile Toll Bridge] as an alternative route while the bridge is closed.”

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

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