Daily News Briefs, October 13, 2020

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Thruway Spoofs Hollywood To Encourage E-ZPass Sign-Ups

WHEC reports on a new public service video — a mock movie trailer — that reminds motorists of the New York Thruway Authority’s forthcoming systemwide conversion to cashless tolling and encourages them to get an E-ZPass.

AET (All-Electronic Tolling) E-ZPass ETC Systems Governor Mario Cuomo Bridge (Tappan Zee Replacement Bridge) New York New York State Thruway Authority

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Tim McGuckin Rejoins GeoToll Management

GeoToll, Inc., the mobile payments solution provider, announced that Tim McGuckin is rejoining the company as Chief Strategy Officer, noting that the staff expansion reflects increased market demand for the company’s E-GPS-based smartphone tolling product. McGuckin, a well-known figure in the tolling and technology communities, founded OmniAir Consortium, the V2X testing and certification non-profit. According to GeoToll’s news release, “To stay connected with the latest in mobility systems, Tim will continue to manage MaaS America, a non-profit industry forum working to advance Mobility as a Service in America.”

Appointments, Promotions and Retirements GeoToll Mobile Payment Systems Mobility as a Service (MaaS)

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Oregon DOT Public Comment Period Winds Down

ClarkCountyToday.com reports, Oregon DOT’s public comment period on five proposed alternatives for tolling I-205 in metro Portland ends this Friday, October 16, following an extension ordered because of the recent wildfires emergency. The article notes that the proposal “should be of interest to Southwest Washington citizens because Oregon House Bill 2017 mandated the study of tolls, beginning ‘at the border’ with Washington, for both I-5 and I-205.” It includes a detailed summary of the five alternatives (two of which ODOT and its consultants recommend for further study) and links to earlier articles on the tolling proposal.

Oregon Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) Portland OR Metro Region Washington State

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CFX Work Brings A Shower Of Awards

The Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) has recently received five industry awards recognizing excellence in financial reporting, project design and construction, and landscaping. It received a Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting (the fifteenth year in a row) from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada; the Florida Transportation Builders Association 2020 Best in Construction Award for an SR408-SR 417 interchange project; and three separate awards recognizing landscape work and environmental stewardship from the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association.

Central Florida Expressway Authority (CFX) Company and Agency Financials Environmental Protection Policies and Procedures Florida Industry Recognition Awards Orange County, FL, Metro Area (Orlando)

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Trombia Unveils New Electric-Powered, Autonomous Road Sweeper

Traffic Technology Today reports, Trombia, the Finnish street maintenance technology developer, unveiled what it claims is “the first high-power electric, autonomous street sweeper,” a “diesel-fueled heavy equipment vehicle that has been electrified without compromising the power and performance capabilities.” The company says the Trombia Free has the potential to cut three million metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Environmental Protection Policies and Procedures Highway and Bridge Maintenance

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New York And New Jersey Broke Ground On The Holland Tunnel 100 Years Ago

WKXW (New Jersey 101.5) reports, since its opening in 1927, over a billion vehicles have passed through the tunnel, which was considered an engineering landmark. Tolls were originally 50 cents each way, but collection from New Jersey-bound motorists stopped in 1970.

New Jersey New York New York City Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ)

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

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