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Gateless Tolling Coming to Ohio Turnpike

Andrew J. Tobias | Cleveland.com July 12, 2021 1:30 PM, EDT

No EZPass? State Hopes to Bill You by Mail

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio Turnpike is looking for new legal power to bill freeloading drivers as it prepares to institute no-stop, electronic toll lanes as part of a modernization plan it hopes will speed up traffic across the state.

Senate Bill 162 would allow the turnpike to issue first- and second-notice bills to drivers who drive through the planned “open road” gateless lanes without the electronic EZPass radio transponder used to automatically pay electronic tolls. Turnpike officials plan to open the new lanes, some of which drivers could zoom through at highway speeds, instead of stopping at gates like they do now, beginning in 2023.

The proposed law change, which unanimously cleared the Senate in June and now goes to the House for consideration, would set up an appeals process through which drivers could first visit the turnpike offices in Berea, and then the Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court, to contest having to pay.

If the law change is approved, turnpike officials would identify drivers who don’t pay through cameras that would snap a picture of the vehicle’s license plate, and use it to mail them a bill. A list of drivers with unpaid tolls would be provided to the Ohio BMV, which then would block registration renewals until they’re paid. The gateless lanes would operate alongside traditional, gated lanes manned with human toll workers, although turnpike officials say the long-term plan is to completely automate the toll-taking process.

Officials said the changes are necessary as the turnpike gears up for its modernization plan, which has been years in the making. The idea is for the road to be faster, allowing vehicles to cross the state without ever stopping, and more convenient for customers, turnpike officials said.

“This legislation will protect the commission’s ability to remain fiscally sound, by ensuring it has the ability to collect tolls, and prevent customers from abusing the new modernized system that has thus far been four years in the making,” Ferzan Ahmed, the turnpike’s top administrator, told state lawmakers at a committee hearing in June.

With the gateless lanes, the number of toll plazas on the turnpike would be reduced from 31 to 24 and entry gates would be removed. The high-speed gateless lanes would be set up for the turnpike’s western 50 miles, ending west of Toledo, and then for the eastern 30 miles, between the Streetsboro area and the Pennsylvania border. The middle part of the turnpike would have gateless lanes, but at which drivers will have to slow down to 10 miles per hour.

Eventually, the turnpike aims to set up the highway-speed, gateless lanes for the entire 241-mile toll road. Part of the reason they aren’t doing so initially is so they can adjust economically, since they expect to not be able to collect all the tolls from people who drive through the lanes without paying.

Tom Balzer, president of the Ohio Trucking Association, said the trucking industry is eager to see electronic tolling. He said the roads are busier than ever, even with some of the hiccups associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

“Anything we can do to improve the efficiency of our industry is something that we support,” he said.

Turnpike officials say the changes will cost up to $232 million, while saving $257 million in operating costs over 30 years, due to the reduction in plazas and phasing out of employees. The plan is for the turnpike to eventually adopt completely electronic tolling, but in the immediate future, turnpike officials say any reduction in the Turnpike’s 274 human toll collectors will happen through attrition or transfers, not layoffs.

The new system is under construction, and assuming the law change passes, expected to be open to drivers in spring of 2023, according to Ahmed.

Pennsylvania adapted all electronic tolling last year, initially during the coronavirus pandemic and now permanently.

FedEx Sets Plan for Carbon-Neutral Operations by 2040

Joe Howard – Executive Editor March 3, 2021 6:15 PM, EST

FedEx Corp. announced plans to achieve carbon–neutral operations globally by 2040, with vehicle electrification a key tenet of the strategy.

The company on March 3 said it plans to make an initial investment of more than $2 billion in the initiative, with sustainable energy and carbon sequestration joining electric vehicles as the three key areas of focus.

“We have a responsibility to take bold action in addressing climate challenges,” said FedEx CEO Fred Smith. “This goal builds on our long-standing commitment to sustainability throughout our operations, while at the same time investing in long-term, transformational solutions for FedEx and our entire industry.”

The plan calls for the entire FedEx parcel pickup and delivery fleet to be zero–emission electric vehicles by 2040. The company will follow a phased approach for replacement of existing vehicles; by 2025, it says 50% of purchases for the global FedEx Express fleet will be electric vehicles, and that percentage will rise to 100% by 2030.

FedEx said it also will continue to invest in alternative fuels to reduce aircraft and vehicle emissions. This includes building on an existing initiative that targets reductions in aircraft fuel usage. Since 2012, the company’s Fuel Sense and Aircraft Modernization programs have saved a combined 1.43 billion gallons of jet fuel and avoided more than 13.5 million metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions, it said.

The $2 billion initial investment includes a pledge of $100 million to Yale University to help establish the Yale Center for Natural Carbon Capture, which will be studying methods of carbon sequestration. An initial focus will be on helping to offset greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to current airline emissions. Researchers will develop methods that build on natural carbon storage systems, including biological ecosystems and the geological carbon cycle to improve — where possible — how quickly carbon can be absorbed, how much can be contained and how long it can be stored. Through these efforts, Yale scientists aim to create a portfolio of carbon removal strategies that have impacts on a global scale, FedEx said.

The center will publish and share its findings to provide businesses, industries and governments information that can accelerate adoption and implementation of natural carbon capture strategies globally, FedEx said.

“Addressing climate change is a complex challenge that demands urgent action, and natural carbon capture strategies will be one key part of that action,” said Ingrid “Indy” Burke, the Carl W. Knobloch Jr. Dean of the Yale School of the Environment.

FedEx also has pledged to work with customers to offer end-to-end sustainability for supply chains through carbon–neutral shipping and sustainable packaging options.

The plan also calls for FedEx to continue efforts to improve sustainability at its more than 5,000 sites worldwide through investments in efficient facilities, renewable energy and other energy management programs.

FedEx Corp. ranks No. 2 on the Transport Topics Top 100 list of the largest for-hire carriers in North America.

According to the company, since 2009 its sustainability efforts have contributed to a reduction of approximately 40% in CO2 emissions intensity across its entire enterprise, all during a span in which package volume increased 99%.

“While we’ve made great strides in reducing our environmental impact, we have to do more,” said FedEx Chief Sustainability Officer Mitch Jackson. “The long-term health of our industry is directly linked to the health of the planet, but this effort is about more than the bottom line — it’s the right thing to do.”

He added, “The steps we are taking today will contribute a positive impact for generations to come.”

ATA Launches Efforts to Help Texans Battered by Storm

Freight Waves, Connor Wolf, Monday, February 22, 2021

American Trucking Associations has launched a relief effort aimed at helping those in Texas and Louisiana impacted by the recent deadly snowstorm.

In Texas, residents were left without power and water after a historic snowstorm hit the state earlier this month. With efforts underway to restore utilities and provide relief to those in need, ATA launched an effort to get clean water to residents.

“We are asking our trucking family to not only keep all those affected in your thoughts and prayers, but to help ATA coordinate relief efforts,” ATA President Chris Spear said in a Feb. 19 letter to members. “Our friends in Texas need your help.”

At around the same time, the federation had plans underway to get two truckloads delivered to Shreveport, La., which also felt severe effects from the unusual weather for the region.

For both states, each truckload carried 20 pallets with an estimated 960 cases of water. And more shipments were in the pipeline, ATA said, once trucks and drivers were lined up.

In Texas, the earliest shipments were delivered to recipients with the greatest need, including Houston Memorial Hermann Hospital and Catholic Charities of Central Texas. The Texas Trucking Association and the Southwest Movers Association are helping to coordinate those relief efforts on the ground.

“We have a pipeline of support that we can tap when these things come up,” Texas Trucking Association President John Esparza told Transport Topics on Feb. 22. “We start plugging in what we know and where we know [help is needed], whether it’s moving generators or locating potable water or just resourcing water to be used in boilers. You name it. We’re looking to connect to people within the trucking universe to be able to help and they very much responded.”

Esparza noted that the state has a good level of preparedness to coordinate relief efforts due to experience with past natural disasters like hurricanes. While the snowstorm presents different challenges, knowing whom to contact for emergency management or to move supplies is the same, he said. Esparza noted that uncertainty created by the fast-changing situation with the current relief effort is a challenge, but said drivers who have volunteered are providing constant updates about road conditions and availability of fuel.

“A lot of that stuff has to be triaged by the hour,” Esparza said. “Just anything we can do with boots on the ground to evaluate the situation hour by hour as we are going through this.”

In Louisiana, over-the-road carriers Preferred Materials has been helping coordinate efforts between local trucking companies, the state trucking association and ATA.

“We have been working diligently in aiding both state and local governments in relief efforts, as well as working with our area hospitals to provide them with much-needed water 24 hours a day,” company president David Todd Ruple said in a statement to TT. Ruple said he expected to be providing water to area hospitals at least through the week of Feb. 22, and noted that while southern states simply weren’t prepared for such a severe snowstorm, he was glad to see the industry leading the relief effort.

“I am proud of our trucking community,” Ruple said. “We did and are doing what we always do — pulling together and getting much-needed supplies and goods delivered to those in need. That is the heart of the truck driver — to serve others and their communities regardless of the obstacles and hardships they may face.”

ATA is asking members, affiliates and others to consider donations of cash, supplies or transportation to assist with storm relief efforts.