Daily News Briefs, January 15, 2021

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IBTTA And COMTO Delineate Equity And Diversity Joint Initiatives

IBTTA announced that it entered a Memorandum of Understanding with the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) under which the organizations will work collaboratively to increase opportunities for women and minorities in the toll facilities industry. IBTTA CEO Pat Jones said his group “is eager for our members to engage and collaborate with COMTO members to foster increased representation resulting in a more equitable transportation system providing greater mobility for all users.”

Contractor, Executive and Employee Diversity IBTTA

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Rutgers Schedules Virtual Seminar On Tunnel Fire Risk And Resilience

Rutgers University’s Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation (CAIT) has scheduled a virtual seminar, “Enhancing the Resilience of Tunnels Subject to Fire Events,” for the afternoon of February 25. The free event (registration is required) will focus on research into the emerging topics of risk assessment and “quantifying damage to concrete tunnel lining during fire events in order to recommend proper mitigation actions and improve the overall resilience of tunnels.”

Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Transportation Infrastructure Research & Development

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Trump Administration's Final Efforts To Revise Transportation Regulation

ARTBA Newsline reports, “The Trump administration issued final rules on wetlands permitting and drones during its last week in office.”

Transport Topics reports that the outgoing administration “is starting to update federal motor vehicle safety standards to exempt self-driving cars from crashworthiness standards that are applied to cars operated by humans, a move questioned by safety advocates.”

National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced yesterday that it issued a request for public comment on proposed upgrades to the New Car Assessment Program (NCAP). NCAP is “the government’s premier consumer information program for evaluating vehicle safety. The program tests vehicle performance in various crash scenarios and provides an objective rating . . . to clearly inform consumers of a vehicle’s safety performance.”

Environmental Protection Policies and Procedures Highway 104 Cobequid Pass (NS) Self-Driving Vehicles US Department of Transportation (USDOT)

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

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