Daily News Briefs, January 23, 2023

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Ecotoll Payment App Now Active In Three More States

Ecotoll, the mobile toll payment app from transportation technology developer ClearRoad, announced that its coverage area has expanded to include the states of Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma, bringing the company “closer to its goal of being an all-in-one toll payment solution that drivers can use no matter where in the US they are traveling.” Ecotoll is a pay-as-you-go solution that requires neither a transponder nor a minimum-balance debit account. Customers can also maintain one account for multiple vehicles, including personal cars, rental cars and motorcycles.

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Brookings Report Spotlights Ways To Use IIJA Funding For Workforce Development

The Brookings Institution has published a research report suggesting that if state and local agencies “act strategically, they can harness IIJA funding to make both short- and long-term investments in the next generation of infrastructure talent.” According to Brookings researchers, officials tasked with overseeing infrastructure projects and investments “are often not familiar with existing education and workforce assets that can support more strategic recruitment, training, and retention activities, while local and state workforce programs may not know how to focus their outreach and partnership efforts. This report attempts to fill these knowledge gaps by equipping state and local leaders with more information and guidance on how to use expanded federal infrastructure funding to invest strategically in workforce development activities.”

Last month, Brookings issued a report warning that the infrastructure industry as a whole needs to step up its preparation for a “silver tsunami” of retirements that will deplete the ranks of skilled workers by 2031. On Wednesday afternoon, January 25, Brookings is conducting an online and in-person event on accelerating government agency investment in infrastructure workforce development.

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Small Plane Crashes Attempting Emergency Landing On Houston Tollway

KHOU reports, the pilot of a small plane crashed on Houston’s Grand Parkway yesterday morning after attempting to make an emergency landing due to power loss. Although no injuries were reported, the plane struck the top of a passing commercial truck and then caught fire on the ground. “Officials said the wings of the aircraft were a little wider than the roadway and the fire started when the wings rubbed against the concrete [lane] barriers.” The National Transportation Safety Board and the Federal Aviation Administration are investigating the crash.

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

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