Daily News Briefs, February 21, 2020

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Reporter Grills Governor Cuomo on Congestion Pricing Delays

WLNY puts New York Governor Andrew Cuomo in the hot seat over the lack of public information about the cost and details of the Manhattan congestion pricing program. Cuomo says toll rates cannot be determined until a federal environmental review process is finished. WLNY counters, “[B]laming the feds may be just a new and convenient excuse.” Sam Schwartz tells the station state lawmakers have planned to keep a lid on the program’s details until shortly before its implementation date.

Congestion Pricing Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New York New York City

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Poll Indicates Congestion-Plagued Los Angelenos Still Prefers Cars to Transit

City News Service (via Los Angeles Daily News) reports, “Despite Los Angeles County’s legendary traffic jams, residents remain wedded to their cars and reluctant to use public transportation due to concerns over safety and convenience, according to a poll published Wednesday. . . .” The results of the University of Southern California-administered LABarometer internet survey reportedly indicate that “[p]rivate vehicles are used at more than twice the rate of the second-most popular transportation mode, ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft. . . . Respondents considered personal vehicles the safest, most convenient and enjoyable way to get around.”

California Los Angeles (CA) Metro Region Traffic Economics Transit and Toll Roads

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MTC and Caltrans Schedule Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Inspection

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission announced that Caltrans will  perform routine structural inspections of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge over a three-week period between the end of this month and mid-March. The work was briefly postponed while equipment that gives inspectors access to the underside of the bridge’s upper deck was upgraded. Periodic bicycle and pedestrian path closings will be required to accommodate a specialized inspection vehicle.

Bay Area Toll Authority (San Francisco) (BATA) California Caltrans (CA Department of Transportation) Highway and Bridge Maintenance Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) San Francisco Bay Area (CA)

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

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