Daily News Briefs, June 7, 2019

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Tampa Expressway Authority Wins ITSA Award for Connected Vehicle Pilot

Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority advises TRN that its Connected Vehicle Pilot was named winner of the 2019 Best of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Award from the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. The pilot is “an innovative effort to deploy cutting-edge connected vehicle technology in downtown Tampa to help prevent crashes and keep traffic moving.” THEA has equipped more than 1,000 cars, 10 buses, 8 streetcars and a pedestrian crosswalk with technology that “enables vehicles to ‘talk’ to each other, traffic signals and other elements of the infrastructure.” The project is sponsored by USDOT.

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Wisconsin Republicans Advance Proposed Transportation Funding and Toll Study

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports, “Key Republicans approved a sprawling transportation plan [yesterday] that would more than double vehicle title fees,” adding that “Republican leaders championed getting the deal through the Joint Finance Committee, but it was unclear if it could get through the Senate, where conservatives expressed opposition to it.” The article notes that the committee also “authorized a $2.5 million study of tolling or other systems that would charge fees to drivers based on how many miles they drove.”

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NET RMA Solicits Public Input on Toll 49 Extension Project

Tyler Morning Telegraph reports, “The public weighed in on the plans for Toll 49 in Smith County during a workshop this week. The North East Texas Regional Mobility Authority hosted the Tuesday event as part of a study exploring route options to extend Toll 49 north from Texas Highway 110 South to U.S. Highway 271, near Interstate 20.”

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Transurban's Strategic Embrace of Digital Technology

The Australian Financial Review interviews Transurban Group senior executive Lisa Tobin about the company’s strategic embrace of digital technology as a means of improving current operations such as traffic monitoring and toll collection, and to prepare for the emergence of connected vehicles that exchange information with each other and the surrounding infrastructure. The article notes that over the past several years Transurban’s technology team has grown from 80 to about 500 employees and Tobin’s annual budget has increased from AUD 22 million to AUD 250 million (US$174.4 million), “excluding specific investments in big projects.”

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