Daily News Briefs, June 27, 2019

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LI Lawmakers and Officials Urge Cuomo to Stop PANYNJ Toll and Fare Hikes

SILive.com reports, “A number of local politicians [and at least one commentator] are calling on Gov. Andrew Cuomo to wield is influence over the Port Authority to kill proposed toll hikes that they feel disproportionately target Staten Island residents. Upon release of the proposal, a handful of elected officials objected to the proposed toll increase and restructuring of the Staten Island Bridges Plan, penning joint letters to Gov. Cuomo.”

Gothamist looks at the fare and toll increase proposal announced on Tuesday.

New Jersey New York New York City Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)


CTRMA Prepares to Launch Habitual Toll Violator Program

Community Impact Newspaper reports, “People with more than 100 unpaid tolls can expect to face penalties starting in September if they don’t pay their bill or set up a payment plan with [the Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority].” According to the article, CTRMA will send the second of two notices contemplated by its habitual toll violator enforcement program in July. The authority board yesterday approved the purchase of cameras that police will use to detect, stop and ticket targeted scofflaws when they use a CTRMA facility.

Austin (TX) Metro Area Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority (CTRMA) Scofflaws Texas


Kansas Turnpike Authority Chair Will Join Race for US Senate Seat Today

Associated Press reports, Dave Lindstrom, chairman of the Kansas Turnpike Authority board, plans to announce today that he is running for the US Senate seat being vacated by Pat Roberts. Lindstrom is a businessman and former professional football player.

Kansas Kansas Turnpike Authority (KTA)


Self-Driving Truck Test Called a "Landmark" in AV Development

Automotive News reports, “No human safety driver behind the wheel. No human backup waiting in the sleeper berth. No closed roads or constraints on regular traffic. This was the real deal. On the morning of June 16, a self-driving truck operated by Starsky Robotics cruised along the Florida Turnpike at 55 mph without a human aboard, a milestone in efforts to usher in an autonomous era of transportation.” The article adds, “For now, the unmanned test was a one-off event, not a permanent switch in Starsky’s overall testing procedure. But [company CEO Stefan] Seltz-Axmacher says it represents the first step in a gradual process in which such unmanned tests will increase in frequency as the company eyes the start of unmanned commercial operations in the second half of 2020.” (Link inserted.)

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