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Kapsch Implements Open-Road Truck Toll System In UAE Emirate

Yesterday, Kapsch TrafficCom announced the successful installation of a new end-to-end truck tolling system in the United Arab Emirates. The all-electronic, multi-lane free-flow system replaces a barrier system and is designed to withstand desert climate conditions in the economically vibrant Emirate of Ras Al Khaimah. Kapsch implemented a solution that incorporates both highway network hardware elements such as gantries, sensors, and the software that will process truck data and one million annual toll transactions. “The system also interfaces to numerous other traffic systems operated by the [emirate’s Public Services Department], as well as a mobile app for drivers to manage their trips and payments individually and easily and a web portal for reporting.” Kapsch trained the emirate’s toll system operations staff. Fakhar Munir, Kapsch’s Middle East general manager, commented that the new system promises to improve traffic flow and logistics in the emirate and “represents a groundbreaking move by the authorities to elevate the region’s connectivity.”

AET (All-Electronic Tolling) ETC Systems Kapsch Open-Road Tolling Procurement of Tolling Equipment & Services United Arab Emirates (UAE)

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Judge Denies New Jersey 's Request To Add Constitutional Claim To Congestion Pricing Lawsuit

NJ.com reports, the State of New Jersey’s request to amend its lawsuit challenging the MTA congestion pricing program was denied without prejudice yesterday by the federal judge hearing the case. Last month, the state asked to supplement the complaint it filed last summer by adding a claim that the program’s implementation would violate the dormant Commerce Clause of the US Constitution. Judge Leo Gordon held that litigating the additional claim would “not serve judicial economy,” but left the state an opportunity to raise the issue in subsequent litigation. Supporters and opponents of MTA’s program put their spin on the significance of the judge’s ruling.

Congestion Pricing Issues of Law Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New Jersey New York New York City

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OK Turnpike Bridge Removal Is Prep For Turner Turnpike Widening

The Oklahoman reports, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) will temporarily close a segment of the Turner Turnpike and both the Stroud and Chandler service plazas for a bridge removal. The closure and resulting traffic detour will occur between 7:00 PM tomorrow and 7:00 AM Sunday as crews remove the Old Stroud Road bridge. The span will be rebuilt as part of an $8.3 million frontage road addition between Old Stroud Road and SH 99. That project, slated for completion this year, is a precursor to OTA’s major Turner Turnpike widening and rehabilitation project, which has priority in ACCESS Oklahoma expansion program planning.

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) Service Plazas

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Pennsylvania Turnpike Employee Makes Heroic Rescue Of Crash Victim

WTAE reports, a Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission employee is receiving credit for saving the life of a motorist who crashed at the Monroeville interchange toll plaza last month. Eric Bruno was doing early morning roadside maintenance when the damaged vehicle burst into flames. Realizing the driver was unable to escape because of a hip injury, Bruno got him out of the burning wreck and then, with a passerby’s assistance, moved him to a place of safety. “It was an interesting morning,” commented the turnpike employee with 32 years’ service.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission (PTC) Pittsburgh PA Metro Area

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

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