Daily News Briefs, January 3, 2020

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Florida's Population Boom Counterweighs M-CORES Objections

Spectrum Bay News 9 reports, population growth fortifies the argument that Florida needs the toll highway expansion envisioned by M-CORES Program supporters. On an average day in 2019, Florida gained 640 new residents, according to the US Census Bureau. Spectrum News suggests, “The Census’ confirmation that the state’s population is, indeed, booming could dilute the impact of [M-CORES] critics’ arguments, underscoring the urgency of the infrastructure problem.”

Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Florida DOT M-CORES Program Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE)


Toll Collection Kicks Off in Abu Dhabi

Gulf News reports, Abu Dhabi’s new all-electronic toll system got off to a smooth start yesterday at the conclusion of a 79-day trial period, however some motorists continue to complain about problems with online account registration. The article notes that the government has broadly expanded toll exemption categories to include the elderly, retirees, and people with special needs or low incomes.

Abu Dhabi AET (All-Electronic Tolling) United Arab Emirates (UAE)


A Glitch in China's Hasty Conversion to ETC

Shanghai Daily (via SHINE) reports, on New Year’s Day, an ambulance transporting people injured in a car crash was stopped at a Shanghai expressway toll plaza where the driver was asked to pay cash because he did not have an electronic toll collection device. The incident resulted from the Shanghai government’s decision, effective January 1, to cover ambulance toll fees only for vehicles equipped with ETC devices. (Better late than never) the Shanghai government reportedly announced yesterday it will “help the entire first-aid fleet to install ETC devices as soon as possible.”

China ETC Systems


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

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