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El Paso Releases E-mail from CRRMA Phishing Scam that Caused $3.2 Million in Lost Funds

KVIA reports, “The City [El Paso} has released a handful of emails related to the phishing scam that resulted in the misdirection $3.2 million in funds, most of it related to the streetcar project. The City said it redacted the names...Show More Summary

Semi-Automated Ultrasonic Inspections for Hollow Rail Wheel Axles

Semi portable equipment was developed by NDT Technologies to inspect ultrasonically hollow rail wheel axles as required by AAR S-659 standard.

Mackinac Bridge Authority Employees Provide Will Drive Fearful Motorists Over Spav chats up a Mackinac Bridge Authority employee whose job is to drive anxious or fearful travelers across the bridge. The report adds that, “About 100,000 people cross the Mackinac Bridge every month, but according to the Mackinac Bridge Authority, about five people a day need to be driven across by one of [the authority’s employees]. Show More Summary

Questions About Math Behind Trump Infrastructure Plan and P3s Persist

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) looks at the surge in construction materials and infrastructure construction stocks precipitated by expectations of a Trump revitalization program but cautions that the “math doesn’t add up” and raises a red flag on P3 projects, reporting that, “Such projects have fared poorly in the past. Show More Summary

French Government and Alstom reveal plans to maintain Belfort site activities

The French Government and Alstom have set-out new plans for maintenance of rail and industrial activities at the company’s Belfort site to protect 400 jobs.

YIT, VR Track and Pöyry to implement Tampere light rail project in Finland

Finnish companies YIT Construction, VR Track and Pöyry have signed an agreement with the City of Tampere for implementation of the €238.8m Tampere light rail project.

Indiana Funding Task Force May Recommend Tolling

WFYI reports, “Indiana’s roads task force may recommend the state begin tolling interstate highways. Previous debates over how to pay for Indiana’s infrastructure needs focused on fuel taxes, alternative fuel vehicle levies, and fees based on the number of miles someone drives. Show More Summary

RI Lawmaker Makes Case for Constitutional Amendment to Ban Tolling of Cars

Cranston Herald publishes an op-ed by State Rep. Blake A. Filippi, an independent from Block Island, who hammers the state’s truck tolling program, arguing that, “Although our current leaders promise passenger cars won’t be tolled, their commitment isn’t binding on future leaders. Show More Summary

Metro and Sound Transit Debut Mobile Fare Payment

  Whenever I visit Portland, about 10 minutes before arrival I always by a Trimet Day Pass for $5 on my phone. This enables occasional users like me to use transit at will without giving a second thought to fare media. Well, Seattle is finally catching up. On Thursday, King County Metro and Sound Transit […]

MA Gov. Baker Talks up Mass Pike’s AET Transition though “Most Drivers” Remain Opposed to More Tolls

WWLP reports, “Governor Charlie Baker is calling the Mass Pike’s transition to all electronic tolling a success. Now people are questioning whether it should or would be implemented on other highways in the state.” The report adds that...Show More Summary

CTRMA’s MoPac Delivering Faster Travel Times

KXAN reports, “The agency that runs the MoPac Expressway is out with new numbers showing the opening of the northbound express lane in mid-October is speeding up travel times for commuters headed to north Austin. When Central Texas Regional Mobility Authority reviewed traffic data from Oct. Show More Summary

Ohio Investing $15 Million to Develop Testing Ground for Autonomous and Connected Vehicles

The Plain Dealer reports, “The state is investing $15 million in a 35-mile stretch of road outside of Columbus that will act as a testing ground for autonomous and connected vehicles. Dubbed the Smart Mobility Corridor, the stretch of road on U.S. Show More Summary

Guessing Opening Date for Gordie Howe Bridge Opening is a “Mug’s Game”

Windsor Star reports that predicting the Gordie Howe International Bridge’s opening date is a ”mug’s game” according to Windsor-Detroit bridge authority interim chairman Dwight Duncan. In remarks made after a November 30 chamber luncheon speech, Duncan said a completion date estimate will be easier to make after a contractor is selected in 18 months. Show More Summary

Bridgegate: NJ Judge Hears Arguments in Misconduct Complaint Filed Against Gov. Christie

The Wall Street Journal reports that a Bergen County superior court judge heard argument on November 30 about whether to appoint a special prosecutor to handle an official misconduct complaint against Governor Chris Christie stemming from the George Washington Bridge lane closures incident. Show More Summary

No Firm Date for Start of Ohio River Bridges Tolling

WAVE reports that the Ohio River Bridges project’s joint tolling authority learned on November 30 that there is still no firm date for the start of tolling. “‘The live testing of the system is still underway,’ INDOT’s Clint Murphy told the panel.” The station adds. Show More Summary

Moody’s Report: 2017 Outlook for Domestic Toll Road Industry “Remains Positive”

Moody’s Investors Service announces the release of a new research report, “Tolls Roads – US: 2017 Outlook – Strong Traffic and Revenue Growth Support Positive Outlook” (subscription required). Moody’s concludes that the 2017 outlookShow More Summary

MTC Ends Long Dispute, Agrees to Pay $300 Million More to Kiewit for 405 Widening Project

Los Angeles Times reports, “The Metropolitan Transportation Authority [LA Metro] has agreed to pay nearly $300 million more to [Omaha-based Kiewit Corporation,] the contractor of the 405 Freeway widening project, capping a years-long dispute over responsibility for schedule delays, design changes and cost overruns. Show More Summary

The Plot Thickens in NY State vs FHWA Battle over Tourism Signs as Feds Question Legality of Rest Stop Stores

Long Island Press reports that FHWA “suspects New York State may have broken federal law when it recently opened a store at the Long Island Expressway rest stop in Dix Hills.... [NYDOT] officials maintain that the new rest area — and...Show More Summary

MCTS and County Executive Chris Abele Honor Rosa Parks

The Milwaukee County Transit System (MCTS) will keep a seat open and the headlights shining on its entire fleet on Thursday, December 1, 2016, to honor the life of Rosa Parks and her contribution to equal rights.

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