Daily News Briefs, June 15, 2020

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Protesters Blocked The SF-Oakland Bay Bridge Sunday Evening

KTVU reports, a group of protesters blocked the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge west of Treasure Island around 4:45 PM yesterday. “Dozens of police officers” responded to the scene, made arrests and managed to reopen the bridge to traffic sometime after 7:00 PM.

East Bay Times reports that the  incident was part of “ongoing demonstrations nationwide and in the Bay Area . . . denouncing police violence after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis.” It adds that some protesters sprayed paint on the bridge.

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Brief MDTA Traffic Enforcement Campaign Delivers Big Results

WJLA reports, Maryland Transportation Authority police and safety personnel recently concluded a “‘high visibility’ enforcement blitz” on the Intercounty Connector (the MD 200 toll highway) in response to public complaints about dangerous driving behavior and noise pollution coinciding with the COVID-19 traffic lull. According to MDTA officials, the effort produced 159 traffic stops, resulting in 259 traffic citations, warnings and safety equipment repair orders. In addition, police made seven arrests on charges including theft, driving under the influence and illegal drug possession.

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As Boston Reopens, Mobility Issues Once Again Attract Scrutiny

The Boston Globe reports, although Massachusetts Turnpike travel typically “remains a breeze,” signs are metro Boston traffic is starting to pick up. “[T]he region’s slow reopening is providing the Boston area with something of a real-time experiment in just how much traffic its highways can take before hitting their tipping points. The answers have significant implications for the region, especially as the pandemic has prompted companies to, at least for now, extend work-from-home policies and staggered schedules, and as lawmakers indicate they are less likely to take on major transportation initiatives that were in the spotlight before the pandemic.”

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Former Pennsylvania Turnpike Segment Takes On New Life

The Tribune-Democrat reports on the Bedford-Fulton Joint Recreation Authority’s plans to convert a former section of Pennsylvania Turnpike into a mixed-use recreation area and potential location for filmmaking and festivals. The authority has already secured $1 million in state funds and is hunting for more capital.

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

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