Daily News Briefs, November 15, 2023

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MTC Extends Contract For Iteris Operational Support

Iteris announced yesterday that the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) has inked a $13.3 million contract extending the company’s managed services for the agency. Iteris technology supports “the real-time operations for MTC’s 511 Traveler Information and Bay Area Express Lanes Operations Programs.” Iteris began its work with MTC in 2020, and the new contract will continue the relationship through June 2027.

511 Systems California Express Lanes Information Technology Resources and Acquisitions Iteris Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) San Francisco Bay Area (CA)


$300,000 Oklahoma Turnpike Emergency Repair Job Completed Early

KTUL reports, the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) yesterday completed the estimated $300,000 emergency repair of a Turner Turnpike (I-44) bridge in Stroud that was significantly damaged on November 8 when it was struck by an over-height commercial truck. The collision knocked loose the outside bridge beam, which fell on a second truck, causing severe damage but no injuries. “OTA engineers reported last week that the damage was more severe than any of them had seen in their careers.” Restoration work was completed ahead of schedule because OTA was able to locate a replacement beam in less than a day.

KOKI notes that the repair cost estimate includes the contractor’s $25,000 per day incentive payment for early completion. The repair took two days less than anticipated.

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Maintenance Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Oklahoma Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA)


States Race To Achieve Federal EV Charging Infrastructure Goals

The Washington Post reports in depth on the nascent national electric vehicle (EV) charging network that’s needed to achieve the Biden Administration’s goal of seeing half of all cars sold be either fully electric or plug-in hybrid by 2030. Ohio and Pennsylvania are leading the pack among states scurrying to put their share of federal funding for EV chargers into use. Ohio Governor Mike DeWine (R) commented that with every state lining up to put a total of $5 billion from the infrastructure law to work, concerns about supply chain availability sparked a sense of urgency that’s put Ohio on track to open the first of the federally funded charging stations this year. The article assesses whether the federal funding, even with an additional $2.5 billion to become available this year, will be sufficient to achieve its stated goal. “[A]s construction begins and Washington marks the infrastructure law’s second anniversary, experts say federal funding is likely to fall well short of reaching the administration’s goals for a charging network that ultimately could cost more than $50 billion.” That said, a former USDOT official who helped shape the programs said the federal funding “was to supplement private investment, not supplant it.” Several contextual factors are considered, including the relatively outsized impact the funding will have in more rural states that otherwise may not have picked up the mantle. “Federal officials have called on states to ensure they have a minimum of four charging ports every 50 miles within a mile of major highways.”

KUTV has a report on Utah’s progress with the EV charging initiative.

Economic & Social Considerations Affecting Transportation Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Environmental Protection Policies Procedures And Initiatives Ohio Pennsylvania US Gov't Transportation Funding US Infrastructure Funding And Financing Initiatives


Greece's Transport Minister Addresses Importance Of Motorway Development In IBTTA Remarks

Hellenic News Of America reports, on Monday, Greece’s infrastructure and transport minister, Christos Staikouras, addressed participants in the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association’s Global Tolling Summit. Staikouras “spoke about the significance of constructing and maintaining modern motorways for the country’s economic development, the creation of new jobs, better road safety, but also [for] social cohesion.” He stated that “motorway development is fundamental for both society and economy, while it is also an excellent field for integrating new technologies with ‘smart’ transport systems.” The minister spotlighted Greek motorway development over the past 25 years and noted that the country’s electronic toll systems achieved full interoperability three years ago.

Economic & Social Considerations Affecting Transportation ETC Systems Greece IBTTA Interoperability


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

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