Daily News Briefs, July 29, 2022

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17 States, DC And Quebec Unveil Plan To Advance Electric Truck and Bus Adoption

Transportation Today reports, “17 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and Quebec announced an action plan to accelerate electric truck and bus adoption.” The Multi-State Medium- and Heavy-Duty Zero-Emission Vehicle Action Plan, coordinated through the NESCAUM organization, “would help fight rising diesel exhaust pollution and greenhouse gas emissions” by implementing a wide variety of strategies and policy recommendations related to vehicle sales and purchase requirements, vehicle and infrastructure purchase incentives, utility investment in charging infrastructure, deployment of public charging stations, innovative financing mechanisms and workforce development programs.”

A NESCAUM news release with information about the plan includes statements from several of the participating  jurisdictions.

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives


Proposal For NY Thruway "Toll Holiday" Goes Nowhere

WIBX reports, a state assembly bill proposing a summer “toll holiday” on the New York Thruway has never emerged from committee. The sponsor, Angelo Santabarbara (D-111), said the measure to impose a complete suspension of thruway tolling between June and August would offset cost inflation while drawing tourists to the state. The thruway authority opposed the bill.

New York New York State Thruway Authority


San Diego Considers Streamlining Infrastructure Project Procurement

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports, the San Diego City Council is expected this fall to review a proposal to reform the process of infrastructure project procurement. City staff maintain they can reduce costs and expedite the delivery of results “by eliminating bureaucratic approvals and softening restrictions on consultants and contractors.” While the plan reduces city council oversight of project budgets and consulting agreements, backers claim it would increase transparency by providing more public information about firms doing business with the city and the details of proposed projects. The newspaper notes, “The proposal comes with San Diego’s spending on infrastructure projects sharply on the rise — and expected to keep rising in coming years with a large influx of federal money anticipated under [IIJA].”

California Highway and Bridge Maintenance San Diego-Tijuana Metro Area


NYPD Officer Arrested For Using Paper License Tag To Avoid Toll Charges

Gothamist reports, a 27-year-old off-duty New York City police officer was arrested yesterday in Staten Island and charged with using an expired paper vehicle license to avoid paying tolls. “The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey told investigators that [the 2021 Mercedes-Benz] was captured crossing the Outerbridge Crossing without paying the $16 toll on 12 occasions.” The complaint charging the officer notes that when he was stopped in January for displaying an invalid plate he pulled several New York license plates from the trunk of the car in an effort to prevent it from being towed.

Crime Beat New York New York City Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) Scofflaws


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

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