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Patty Rubstello Joins WSP USA As National Strategic Advisor

WSP USA announced today that Patty Rubstello, PE, has joined the firm as national transportation strategic advisor and will be based in Seattle. “In her new role, Rubstello, who served more than 33 years with [Washington State DOT] in a variety of roles, provides leadership and strategic direction to project teams working to identify, develop and deliver multimodal and tolling initiatives for clients nationwide. ‘Patty’s wealth of knowledge, outstanding reputation and deep expertise will strengthen our collaboration with clients who are working hard to deliver world-class transportation solutions,’ said Jeff Heilstedt, PE, senior vice president and national highway, bridge and tolling market leader.” Ms. Rubstello retired from the position of WSDOT Assistant Secretary for Washington State Ferries in March. Before assuming that responsibility she was WSDOT tolling chief and urban mobility director. She held leadership roles in industry organizations such as IBTTA and the Women’s Transportation Seminar.

Appointments-Promotions-Retirements Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) Women in Transportation WSP


Florida Transponder Customers Received $42 Million In Credits In May

Florida DOT announced that it started distributing 2024 Florida’s Toll Relief Program credits last month. In May, 1.2 million Florida transponder account holders received $42 million in benefits. “Under the year-long program, customers with at least 35 monthly toll transactions receive a 50 percent credit to their account applied automatically.” The program is funded to continue through March 2025. Transactions on the bridge, tollway and express lane facilities listed here count toward establishing the monthly minimum.

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Card Sound (FL) Toll Authority Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Florida's Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Greater Miami Expressway Agency (GMX) Lee County (Florida) Miami-Dade County SunPass Toll Exemption, Discount And Equity Programs


FHWA: Climate Change Requires US Road Design, Construction Adaptations

ConstructionDive.com recaps messaging from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) delivered recently at the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Building Innovation Conference. Amir Golalipour, a highway research engineer in FHWA’s Office of Infrastructure Research and Development, described research findings about the toll extreme weather and natural disasters, such as flooding and wildfires, take on roadways. For example, even the intensity of vehicle traffic in the course of disaster recovery can drastically shorten the lifespan of a road, he said. Resilience, therefore, is increasingly imperative in road design and construction “because, among other reasons, the FHWA simply does not have the resources to keep replacing them.”

Climate Change & Infrastructure Resilience Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Maintenance Transportation and Infrastructure Research & Development US Department of Transportation (USDOT)


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