Daily News Briefs, March 2, 2021

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Biden Administration's Legislative Focus Shifts To Infrastructure Renewal

The New York Times reports, when the COVID-19 relief bill achieves final passage, the Biden administration’s legislative focus will shift to infrastructure. “[W]hile the goal of addressing the United States’ infrastructure is bipartisan, the details are not. That includes how much to spend, what programs count as ‘infrastructure’ and, most important, whether to raise taxes to pay for it,” The Times observes. “As a result, Mr. Biden could have an even tougher time gaining Republican support for an infrastructure bill than what he has faced in his first big legislative push, a a $1.9 trillion economic aid package. . . .”

AASHTO Journal reports, Cedric Richmond, director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, provided some insights into the president’s stance on infrastructure legislation during a recent association event.

Infrastructure Investment Trends US Department of Transportation (USDOT) US Gov't Transportation Funding US Highway Trust Fund

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Illinois DOT Officials Recognized For Advancing Women's Transportation Careers

The Illinois Department of Transportation announced “its leadership team received top awards from the Women in Transportation Seminar Chicago, a group that promotes the development and advancement of women in transportation. Acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Omer Osman received the Honorable Ray LaHood Award, while Office of Business and Workforce Diversity Director Pam Simon was named Woman of the Year.”

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FASTag Mandate Will Save India's Drivers Billions In Fuel Costs

Mint reports, India’s highways minister estimates that FASTag use, which is reducing wait times at national highway toll plazas, will save drivers 20,000 crore rupees a year (about 2.275 billion USD) in fuel costs. He added that toll revenue is on the increase since the government made electronic payment mandatory for all motorists on February 16.

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HOV Cheat's Lifelike Dummy Spotted By Police

Los Angeles Times reports, a Socal motorist got an “A” for effort and a $490 traffic citation after police caught him driving solo in an I-210 HOV 2+ lane. He earned the grade for the lifelike passenger seat dummy (complete with facial wrinkles) he created to avoid detection. (The police photo of the dummy is worth a click.)

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

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