Daily News Briefs, June 14, 2022

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Google Maps Begins To Deploy Toll Pricing Feature

The Verge reports, a Google Maps app feature that estimates the cost of taking a toll route is now appearing on Android and iOS phones. Goggle announced development of the feature in April, saying it will initially cover “nearly 2,000” toll facilities in the US, India, Japan and Indonesia. “Google says that displayed toll pricing is based on ‘trusted information from local tolling authorities,’ and takes toll passes and time of day into account when calculating the total cost. There’s also still a toggle to ‘avoid tolls’ when calculating routes.”

ETC Systems Google Mobile Navigation and Traffic Monitoring Apps

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Hong Kong May Introduce Congestion Pricing At Tunnels

The Standard reports, Hong Kong’s government is considering implementing a variable-rate congestion charge at the city’s three cross-harbor tunnels in order to reduce congestion by inducing drivers to switch to public transit. A transportation department official notes that 60 percent of morning tunnel traffic consists of private cars that transport just 18 percent of travelers. Charges would escalate during peak periods (7-10 AM and 5-8 PM), but tolls would be collected throughout the day.

RTHK also covers this story.

China Congestion Pricing Hong Kong

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

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