Daily News Briefs, July 8, 2024

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Hurricane Beryl Closes Offices, Floods Roads In Greater Houston

Houston Chronicle and Associated Press report, Hurricane Beryl (Category 1) made landfall in southeast Texas this morning. Storm surges, high winds, heavy rain, flooding, and numerous power outages are reported.

KTRK reports that many government offices, including those of the Harris County and Fort Bend County toll road agencies, will be closed today. It adds that flooding conditions already exist on parts of several metro Houston tollways.

Reuters reports that Beryl forced the closure of major Texas ports on the Gulf Coast and halted regional marine traffic. The port closures could temporarily interrupt crude oil exports, oil shipments to refineries, and delivery of motor fuels from the US energy production hub.

Fort Bend County Toll Road Authority (FBCTRA) Harris County Toll Road Authority (HCTRA) Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Houston Metro Area Texas Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT)


Oregon DOT Is Accepting First Applications For NEVI Funding Of EV Charging Units

Oregon Public Broadcasting reports, Oregon DOT is using $52 million it received through the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI) Formula Program “to increase the number of public fast-charging electric vehicle stations across the state.” Last month, the department opened its first round of applications for NEVI funding to prequalified applicants from 19 companies. Applications are due by August 9, and between $7.5 million and $12 million in public funding is available to be supplemented by private matches of up to $3 million. The article notes that EV sales are increasing steadily in Oregon “[b]ut access to fast chargers . . . has been limited” in some parts of the state.

Economic & Social Considerations Affecting Transportation Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Oregon Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) US Department of Transportation (USDOT) US Gov't Transportation Funding US Infrastructure Funding And Financing Initiatives


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

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