Daily News Briefs, May 24, 2023

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Florida DOT Hosts Open House On First Coast Expressway Project

WJAX reports on yesterday’s FDOT event to keep the public informed about the upcoming construction of a new St. John’s River Bridge, which is part of the next and final phase of the 46-mile First Coast Expressway project. Work will be ongoing until 2030. “For the most part, for this year at least. A lot of the construction activity is going to be utility relocation, clearing and grubbing. With the bridge project, a good majority of it is going to be in the water,” an FDOT district spokesperson stated.

TRN reported last week that the cost of the project’s final phase is nearly $596 million, an increase of  approximately $183 million over the original estimate.

Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Jacksonville (FL) Metropolitan Area


Smishing Scheme Targets Irish Toll Account Holders

The Southern Star reports, cyber criminals posing as eFlow, the Irish toll system provider, are persistently launching smishing (text messaging) attacks aimed at getting customers to make unwarranted payments or disclose their financial account details. According to the Bank of Ireland Group, the messages link to fake eFlow websites that are being created at the rate of up to ten each day. A bank executive says the eFlow scam has lasted for several months, which is unusual, but she expects crooks to start targeting customers of other businesses before the year ends.

Crime Beat Cybersecurity eFlow Toll System (Ireland) ETC Systems Ireland


Restaurant Chain Partners With Atlantic City Expressway To Usher In Holiday

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports, Chickie’s & Pete’s, a Philadelphia-based sports bar chain, will once again pick up an hour’s worth of Atlantic City Expressway tolls for shore-bound drivers this Friday evening, the start of the Memorial Day holiday and the summer season. Earlier in the day it will also host a party at the Farley Service Plaza, complete with free food and first responder displays. The company CEO said it’s an annual tradition that honors the military service of his father and uncles.

New Jersey Service Plazas South Jersey Transportation Authority (SJTA)


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

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