Daily News Briefs, September 9, 2021

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Biden Tours Storm-Ravaged Communities, Asks Congress To Appropriate Disaster Relief Aid

NBC News reports on President Biden’s tours of communities in the south and the northeast severely affected by Hurricane Ida. The article notes that New York and New Jersey have joined the list of states authorized to seek federal disaster assistance in the storm’s aftermath, and the White House announced it is asking Congress to provide at least $10 billion for Ida recovery and $14 billion for other disaster-related aid. Before leaving Washington on Tuesday, the president said he hopes to see the pending bipartisan infrastructure bill fund infrastructure resilience projects.

Climate Change & Infrastructure Resilience Highway and Bridge Maintenance New Jersey New York New York City US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) US Gov't Transportation Funding

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Florida DOT's SunTrax Facility Receives Industry Recognition

ConstructionEquipmentGuide.com reports, the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) conferred a 2021 Transportation Achievement Award (in the Transportation Systems Management and Operations category) to Florida DOT and Florida’s Turnpike for the SunTrax research center. The award citation calls SunTrax “a state-of-the-art facility being developed . . . to research, develop and test tolling and other emerging transportation technologies in safe and controlled environments.”

All of this year’s ITE achievement award recipients are profiled online.

Florida Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Industry Recognition Awards SunTrax Transportation And Infrastructure Research & Development

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French Presidential Candidate Vows To Nationalize Privately Operated Toll Roads

Reuters reports, French far-right politician Marine Le Pen, who is preparing once again to run for president, said yesterday she would nationalize French motorways if elected. Le Pen maintains that taking control of the facilities away from the Eiffage and VINCI groups “would cut toll-road tariffs by 10-15% and bring an extra 1.5 billion euros to state coffers.” (Le Pen also called for privatizing public television and radio broadcasting in order to cut costs for taxpayers.)

Eiffage France P3 VINCI Group

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

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