Daily News Briefs, October 9, 2019

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Massachusetts Governor Testifies in Support of His $18 Billion Transportation Plan

WCVB reports, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker (R) testified in support of H 4002, the bill carrying his multiyear transportation borrowing and spending plan, before a state legislative committee yesterday. “Baker argued that his $18 billion bond bill, which was first announced in July, is the best path toward improving transportation infrastructure across the state.” The article (which includes the text of Baker’s prepared remarks) notes that Baker’s plan includes “hundreds of millions of dollars for road and bridge repair, additional funding for the MBTA and tax incentives promoting telecommuting. Additionally, the bill supports the Transportation Climate Initiative, a regional effort to drive down emissions from vehicles in an effort to tackle climate change.”

“Land Line” Magazine also reports this story.

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Man Used Fake IDs in Attempts to Enter Secure Areas of GW Bridge

The Record reports, a 29-year-old military veteran falsely posing as a Skanska employee was arrested last month for making unsuccessful attempts to enter secure work areas on the George Washington Bridge. At a detention hearing on Monday, it was alleged that the man had been conducting “reconnaissance” on several New York metro area bridges and tunnels. A Bergen County, New Jersey, judge ordered the man held without bond.

NJ.com reports that the man was in possession of “numerous fraudulent placards from numerous companies,” and “an altered Verizon employee identification card and uniform shirt” when he was arrested. A subsequent search of the man’s home uncovered rifle and pistol ammunition magazines and stolen license plates, among other things.

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FLEETCOR Will Provide Nissan Brazil with Integrated RFID Tags

Global Atlanta reports, FLEETCOR Technologies, the Atlanta-based business payments products and services provider, will supply RFID tags for pre-installation in all vehicles made by Nissan in Brazil. The tags (produced by FLEETCOR subsidiary Sem Parar) will facilitate electronic payment of tolls, parking fees and other vehicle-related expenses. According to the report, “More than 50,000 Nissans are expected to be made in Brazil this year, with the amount set to double by 2022.”

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

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