Daily News Briefs, June 4, 2021

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More Infrastructure Compromise Talks Are Scheduled For This Afternoon

The Hill reports, “President Biden will speak with Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.) [this afternoon, by telephone] to discuss a potential bipartisan compromise on infrastructure amid signs the talks are nearing their end as both sides remain far apart on key components.” The article notes, “The White House and Republicans have inched closer to one another on the size of the spending package but glaring disagreements remain over the scope of the proposal and how to pay for it.”

The New York Times also covers the progress of White House negotiations with Senate Republicans.

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Utah Senator Plans Legislation To Impose RUC Fees For Electric, Hybrid Vehicles

KSTU reports, the chair of the Utah Senate Transportation Committee, Wayne Harper (R-Salt Lake County), “is planning a bill in the 2022 legislative session to start charging electric and other alternative fuel vehicle drivers based on the miles they travel on the road. A hybrid vehicle owner himself, Sen. Harper has been among 4,000 people participating in a UDOT study about its effectiveness.” Utah DOT is anticipating major budget shortfalls to result from a reduction in fuel tax revenue, leading House Speaker Brad Wilson (R-Davis County) to comment, “There is a reckoning coming with our transportation funding in the state. And we have less time to solve this problem as policymakers than we thought.” (Link inserted by TRN)

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Highway Worker Struck And Killed In South Florida Express Lane

Sun-Sentinel reports, police arrested a man and a woman who allegedly drove away after hitting and killing a highway construction worker yesterday in Broward County, Florida. The victim (an employee of an FDOT contractor) was fixing a “Road Work Ahead” sign in an I-95 express lane when he was struck. He died at the scene. The newspaper notes, “From 2015 to 2019, Florida experienced more than 50,000 work zone-related crashes, including more than 380 deaths and 2,400 severe injuries, according to the Florida Department of Transportation.”

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

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