Daily News Briefs, January 12, 2021

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FDOT Suspends Garcon Bridge Tolling For A Fifth Month

Florida DOT Secretary Kevin Thibault directed Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise to extend the toll suspension in effect for the Garcon Point Bridge through February 11, 2021. (Tolls were originally lifted during September’s Hurricane Sally, but extensions have been ordered because of storm damage to the nearby Pensacola Bay Bridge, which remains closed to traffic.)

Governor Ron DeSantis yesterday extended the Hurricane Sally declaration of emergency and his  related executive orders by an additional 60 days.

Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Highway and Bridge Maintenance Santa Rosa Bay Bridge Authority


USDOT Records Year-End Holiday Travel Drop

USDOT’s Bureau of Transportation Statistics reports that “on average, a greater percentage of Americans stayed home each day this holiday season (12/18/2020 – 1/3/2021) than during the previous year.” Trips by all modes of transportation numbered 15 billion, a 5.5 billion year-on-year drop for the period. Trips of between 50 and 500 miles increased, but local travel and trips of over 500 miles declined.

Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) US Department of Transportation (USDOT)


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

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