Daily News Briefs, May 22, 2023

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Texas Lawmakers Approve Bill Permitting Real-Time Speed Limit Variations

Texas lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow the Texas Transportation Commission to adjust speed limits on state highways (including tollways) based on real-time roadway or traffic conditions, Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports. House Bill 1885, which is headed to the governor for approval, permits a reduction of no more than 10 miles per hour in a posted limit based on “engineering and traffic investigation,” and conditioned on adequate notice to drivers. The bill is consistent with a recommendation the  National Transportation Safety Board made following its investigation of the 133-vehicle chain-reaction collision that occurred in icy conditions on the I-35W TEXpress Lanes in February 2021.

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Mackinac Bridge Authority Marks Beloved Collector's Retirement

The Detroit News (and several other media outlets) reported on Saturday’s retirement of Pat Rickley after nearly 30 years of collecting tolls on the Mackinac Bridge. “According to the bridge authority, Rickley has been sort of its ambassador at the bridge. He is often the first person — and sometimes the only person — with whom travelers interact. He said he’s made thousands of acquaintances over the years while on the job and has stayed in touch with many.” Rickley also holds the Mighty Mac record for the most transactions processed in a single hour: 489.

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

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