Daily News Briefs, January 10, 2022

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Oregon Senator Wants To Require Voter Referendums On Tolling

Portland Tribune (via KOIN) reports, “Citizens circulating petitions to force votes on proposed freeway tolls in Oregon have found a state legislator’s sympathetic ear. Sen. Bill Kennemer [R-20] announced [on Friday] one of his two priority bills for this February’s short legislative session is a measure, which, if passed, would create an amendment to the Oregon Constitution to allow residents living within 15 miles of a proposed tollway to vote on whether to approve or reject the proposal.” According to Kennemer, “one of the most persistent concerns outside of the COVID-19 pandemic” in his Clackamas County district is the Oregon DOT proposal for freeway tolling.

Issues of Law Oregon Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Portland OR Metro Region


Mineta Institute Researchers Create New Congestion And Crash Predictive Models

The Mineta Transportation Institute at San Jose State University announced that its researchers have used statistical techniques and machine learning algorithms to develop “accurate predictive models for traffic congestion and road accidents to better understand the complex causes of these challenging issues.” According to the institute, the research team trained the new models by applying “logistic regression, tree-based techniques such as Decision Tree Classifier and Random Forest Classifier (RF), and Extreme Gradient boosting (XG-boost)” to 4.2 million US accident records dated 2016 to 2020 and consisting of 49 variables.

California Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Mineta Transportation Institute (SJSU) Transportation and Infrastructure Research & Development


US Transportation Sector Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.6 Percent

The USDOT Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports, “The unemployment rate in the transportation sector is now below the overall unemployment rate for the first time since the beginning of the pandemic.” The rate stood at 3.6 percent (not seasonally adjusted) last month according to labor and transportation department data. The December 2021 rate was considerably below December 2020’s “but remains above the pre-pandemic rate of 2.8% in December 2019. Unemployment in the transportation sector reached its highest level during the COVID-19 pandemic (15.7%) in May and July 2020.”

US Department of Transportation (USDOT)


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

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