Daily News Briefs, September 15, 2023

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Ohio Turnpike Uses P3 To Install 80 EV Charging Stations At Service Plazas 

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission announced yesterday that a total of 80 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations have been added to eight of the turnpike’s 14 service plazas. The infrastructure development is the result of a P3 initiative that brings 64 Tesla Supercharger chargers and 16 Electrify America chargers to the 241-mile toll road. “‘Our goal is to have EV charging stations at all 14 service plazas,’” said Ferzan Ahmed, the commission’s executive director. The announcement lists the service areas where the charging stations are located.

Electric and Hybrid Vehicles Ohio Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission P3 & Privatization Service Plazas Tesla, Inc.

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US House Subcommittee Explores Autonomous Trucking's Status And Potential

The US House Subcommittee on Highways and Transit held a hearing Wednesday entitled, “The Future of Automated Commercial Motor Vehicles: Impacts on Society, the Supply Chain, and U.S. Economic Leadership.” In opening remarks, chairman Rick Crawford (R-AR 1) emphasized autonomous trucking’s potential to increase roadway safety and  supply chain efficiency, create new jobs and improve working conditions for truck drivers. He gave less attention to operating system safety and the role of the federal government in regulating autonomous truck operations.

In its report on the hearing, Transport Topics notes that two witnesses, the American Trucking Associations’ Chris Spear and Jeff Farrah, executive director of the Autonomous Vehicle Industry Association, joined the chorus of stakeholders urging Congress to adopt national standards legislation needed to accelerate AV development, testing and deployment. Spear noted that leaving regulation to individual states will eventually create problems. The article notes, “Congressional legislation specific to autonomous vehicles introduced this year has yet to reach the president’s desk for enactment.” Committee members and witnesses also discussed safety implications and autonomous technology’s likely impacts on trucking industry employment.

Highway-Tunnel-Bridge Safety (Includes COVID-19 Impacts) Infrastructure Workforce Issues Issues of Law Self-Driving Vehicles 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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