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CFX Board Approves $13 Million Plan To Protect Nature Enclave

WKMG reports, during its meeting today, the Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) board “signed off on a plan to provide environmental care for a large area of land to offset the effects of a proposed toll road through Split Oak Forest.” Directors unanimously approved a resolution supporting the plan, which sets aside approximately $13 million for long-range restoration and maintenance of 1,550 acres of the environmental preserve. The author of the proposal, board member and Seminole County Commissioner Lee Constantine, said his twin aim was to mitigate as much as possible the impact of road construction and set a precedent for future environmental remediation.

Orlando Sentinel looks at the provisions of the Constantine plan and the controversy surrounding CFX’s proposal to extend the Osceola Parkway.

Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Florida Orange County FL Metro Area (Orlando) Osceola County, Florida


Florida's Turnpike Tries Shifting Some Parkway Lighting Costs Onto County

Citrus County Chronicle reports, pursuant to a “policy change,” Florida’s Turnpike notified Citrus County that it expects the county to pay the electric bill for lighting ramps and roadway approaches to the Suncoast Parkway. In response, “[c]ounty commissioners sent a clear, unified message to [turnpike] officials: You built the Suncoast Parkway so you pay for the installation, upkeep and utility costs of the street lights. ‘They’re charging the tolls and that money should be paying for the road and lights,’” Commissioner Scott Carnahan commented.

Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Florida Turnpike Enterprise (FTE) Tampa Bay-Hillsborough County FL Metro Area


Oregon DOT Will Invest $100 Million In EV Charging Network Expansion

Transportation Today reports, “On [May 6], the Oregon Department of Transportation announced it would commit $100 million to Oregon’s public electric vehicle charging network over the next five years. The charging network will be placed across several major road corridors and increase access to electric vehicle charging stations in communities throughout the state.” About two-thirds of the funding ($52 million) will come from the IIJA and the state’s required 20-percent match of the federal funds.

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Infrastructure Investment Trends Oregon Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) US Gov't Transportation Funding US Infrastructure Funding And Financing Initiatives


Video Of Bay Bridge "Time Tunnel" Draws Social Media Attention

San Francisco Chronicle reports, a “mysterious-seeming” Bay Bridge pedestrian tunnel — it’s open to the public but was designed to give the bridge’s original workers safe access to the toll plaza and administration building — has “captivated the internet this week after a Bay Area resident posted a video of his visit to the subterranean walkway on TikTok.” So far, the video has been viewed more than 283,000 times on TikTok and it’s being reposted elsewhere. Although the walkway has essentially outlived the purpose for which it was built, Caltrans maintains it in good condition. MTC and BATA spokesman John Goodwin comments, “That tunnel is literally a time machine. You walk in and that tunnel is literally 1936.”

Bay Area Toll Authority (San Francisco) (BATA) California Caltrans (CA Department of Transportation) Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) San Francisco Bay Area (CA) San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Toll Collectors


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

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