Daily News Briefs, September 10, 2021

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California Lawmakers Approve Bill Extending Road Charge Pilot Program

California State Senator Scott Weiner (D-11) announced that the passage of legislation he introduced to extend the sunset date for the California Road Charge Pilot Program to January 1, 2027. The bill (SB 339) also requires CalSTA, the state transportation agency, to implement a voluntary RUC pilot program “to identify and evaluate issues” by January 1, 2023. Weiner stated, “It is imperative that we continue collecting data on road charges as more electric vehicles hit the road each day. We must prioritize new funding programs for transportation infrastructure, especially public transit. . . .”

According to the California Legislative Information website, the bill was enrolled and presented to the governor yesterday, September 9.

California Caltrans (CA Department of Transportation) Road Usage Charging Transportation And Infrastructure Research & Development

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Louisiana Transportation Secretary Says Hurricane Ida Delivered A Wake-Up Call

KATC reports on Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) Secretary Shawn Wilson’s assessment of the infrastructure damage he’s seen on his rounds of the state following Hurricane Ida. He remarked that one of the worst impacts was “LA-1 at ground level, you can see straight through the burrito levee out to the Gulf of Mexico at eye level.” Dr. Wilson called Ida a wake-up call from which his state and the entire country should take lessons. “The issue is are we going to do something about [infrastructure resilience] or are we going to just consider ourselves lucky and live to fight again another year from now. I don’t think that’s the right thing. When you know better, you do better.”

The Federal Highway Administration this week made $5 million in “quick release” Emergency Relief Program funds available to DOTD to help fund repairs to federal-aid highways and bridges damaged by Ida. FHWA stated that the money will pay for stabilizing impacted roadway embankments, repairing and rebuilding damaged facilities, bridge scour work, and sign replacement.

Climate Change & Infrastructure Resilience Highway and Bridge Maintenance Highway and Bridge Safety (Including COVID-19 Impacts) Louisiana Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) US Department of Transportation (USDOT) US Gov't Transportation Funding US Infrastructure Funding And Financing Initiatives

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Five Toll Agencies And A Tech Firm Receive IBTTA Awards

IBTTA yesterday announced the recipients of its 2021 Toll Excellence Awards:

Carma Technology Corporation Elizabeth River Tunnels IBTTA Industry Recognition Awards Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA) Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) Transportation And Infrastructure Research & Development

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

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