Daily News Briefs, May 15, 2020

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Commentary: NYC Is Staring At "Carmaggeddon." Its Response Should Include Congestion Pricing.

A Streetsblog NYC post predicts that “carmaggeddon” will accompany the lifting of COVID-19 stay-at-home restrictions across the metropolitan area. “The result is going to be a region filled with more cars, more pollution and more death on the roadways — all of which could be mitigated with forethought by government. Operative word: could.” Congestion pricing is one of the strategies the authors propose for addressing potential gridlock. While they recognize the pandemic has interrupted progress on New York’s Manhattan toll zone initiative, they argue, “[s]tate and city leaders should at least be planning for congestion pricing. . . .”

Congestion Pricing Highway and Bridge Safety Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) New Jersey New York New York City Traffic Economics

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Brush Fires Temporarily Closed FDOT's I-75 Tollway Yesterday

Associated Press reports, a segment of FDOT’s I-75 (“Alligator Alley”) toll road reopened yesterday  afternoon “after four brush fires that eventually merged in southwest Florida caused it to close a day earlier, authorities said. The four fires merged and grew into a 8,500-acre (3,440-hectare) fire on Thursday. . . .”

Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Highway and Bridge Safety

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

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