September 17, 2021
11 11 11 AM
California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation
Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025
The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road!
Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval
Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night
Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director
Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights
Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior
Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center
German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
Latest Post
California homeless camp fire damages 2 bridges, disrupts public transportation Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025 The Top 10 Automotive Concepts that automotive enthusiasts will be itching to see on the road! Oregon Transportation Commission, wary of I-5 Rose Quarter project’s growing price tag, grants conditional approval Woman dies after being hit by car in North Windham Friday night Silk-FAW Continues To Poach Italy’s Automotive Talent, As Lamborghini’s Katia Bassi Joins As Managing Director Transportation Department cracks down on airlines withholding refunds for canceled flights Bear gets trapped in car, destroys interior Cycling apparel company adding full-service bike repair to visitor center German sales plunge in August to lowest level since 1992
Sep
2021
16

Austin finishes half of its bicycle network, expects to complete entire 400-mile system by 2025

AUSTIN (KXAN) — The City of Austin has completed half of its bicycle network it’s been working on since 2014.

The All Ages and Abilities (AAA) Bicycle Network was first recommended six years ago when the city released its bicycle network plan. The 400-mile connected bicycle network aims to provide access for people of all ages and abilities meaning they want to ensure everyone can get around whether someone is eight years old or 80.

The network includes neighborhood bikeways, street crossings, urban trails and protected bicycle lanes.

Source: American Community Survey Journey to Work Data, City of Austin

Data from the American Community Survey Journey to Work Data for the City of Austin shows bicycle networks can help reduce crashes. The rate of crashes involving bicyclists dropped nearly 60% between 2010 to 2015 as the city continued to build bicycle facilities. Officials say the network will help continue to bring that number down as it creates more options for people to travel, and do so safely while maximizing the space available.

“People are looking for those options and as cities grow and people choose to live in urban centers there’s only so much space we have to share and that space needs to be more efficient,” said Laura Dierenfield, a division manager at Austin Transportation Department.

For those who ride around the city, these improvements are a welcomed change.

“I wish they were on every road, that’s a little impractical, maybe, but every road they’re on I feel much safer,” Austin FC broadcaster Adrian Healey said about protected bicycle lanes.

Healey said because of the bikeway system, he’s able to explore the city and feels safe.

Out of the 215 miles of bikeways built so far, 50 miles account for protected bikeways. And, half of the bikeways are within a quarter-mile of a CapMetro transit stop.

City officials expect to complete the remaining roughly 200 miles by 2025.

They plan to continue to expand the bicycle facilities across the city and are asking the community for feedback through its new initiative ATX Walk Bike Roll. The new plan will update the city’s three current plans — the Urban Trails Plan, Bicycle Plan and Pedestrian/Sidewalk Plan. The survey closes on Sept. 26.

Sep
2021
10

Radical new ‘ride-by-wire’ system replaces electric bike chains, belts

German company Schaeffler has just revealed an innovative new drive system for electric bicycles that eschews traditional bike chains and belts for an entirely electrical-driven system. The new system is known as the Schaeffler Free Drive and marks the entry of one of the most divergent electric bicycle drivetrains we’ve seen in years.

The Free Drive, which was co-developed with electric bicycle drivetrain specialists Heinzmann, is based upon a generator installed at the bike’s bottom bracket.

The rider’s pedaling action powers the generator and converts the energy from mechanical to electrical energy.

That removes the need for any form of mechanical power delivery to the rear wheel, such as chains, belts, or driveshafts.

Instead, the electricity is sent to the motor in the rear wheel, where it is converted back into mechanical energy to power the bike forwards. This “bike-by-wire” system is all controlled with CAN communications between the motor, battery, generator, and control electronics.

The generator is able to vary the resistance in the pedals based on how much pedaling effort is required or selected. If the rider pedals hard enough to create excess energy (more than is required to power the motor at the current speed), that energy is dumped into the e-bike’s battery to be used later.

The rear motor is also capable of regenerative braking, which offers one more way to charge the battery while driving.

Pedal generator

The motor isn’t particularly powerful at just 250W, though that’s the EU limit for electric bicycle motors in Germany. This drive is designed for pedal assist riding, not high power throttle e-bike riding, and thus can make do with a smaller motor than we see on many electric bicycles in North America.

While this might sound like an overly complicated system for conventional electric bicycles that needlessly reinvents the wheel (pun shamelessly intended), its benefits for non-conventional e-bikes can’t be discounted.

Drive systems for cargo e-bikes, especially those with three or even four wheels, can become complicated and expensive when powered by traditional mechanical means. But a bike-by-wire system would allow cargo e-bike designers more creativity in laying out the bike.

No longer would they be constrained to design around a long, flapping chain or multi-stage gear reductions with jackshafts and derailleurs.

Instead, they can design based on the needs of the vehicle and simply route the electrical system around the frame as necessary.

Plus, the new drive system would allow riders to finally answer “Yes!” to one of the most common (and misinformed) questions from passersby seeing an e-bike for the first time: “Does it charge when you pedal it?”

One key downside to the setup is a reduced pedaling efficiency. Chains are still the most efficient way to power a bicycle and belt drives offer only a slight efficiency loss.

A Schaeffler representative explained to Electrek that the Free Drive is approximately 5% less efficient than chain drives.

As he explained, that means the rider would either need a 5% larger battery to get the same

Aug
2021
18

Voice Recognition System Market for Automotive worth USD 4.87 Billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 22.48%

New York, Aug. 11, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Automotive Voice Recognition System Market Overview: According to a comprehensive research report by Market Research Future (MRFR), Automotive Voice Recognition System Market Research Report, Technology, End Market, Application, Vehicle type and Region – Forecast till 2027” the market Size is projected to be worth USD 4.87 Billion by 2027, registering a CAGR of 22.48% during the forecast period (2021 – 2027), The market was valued at USD 1.39 Billion in 2020.

The automotive voice recognition system market is garnering significant traction. Factors such as the surging demand for infotainment systems and VR evolutions integrated with assistant systems drive the market growth. Besides, the rising uptake of infotainment systems in high-end cars boosts the voice recognition system market size. The rapidly growing awareness for vehicle safety features influences the market rise.


Get Free Sample PDF Brochure
https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/sample_request/5154

Additional factors bolstering the market growth include increasing spending on personalized comfort features and stringent government norms for safety features in automobiles. AI and social media recommendations inside vehicles are natural extensions of automotive voice recognition capabilities. Impressive machine learning capabilities have brought immense improvements in voice tracking and recognition system. Similarly, AI capabilities have impacted the adoption trends.

Competitive Analysis:

List of the Key Companies Profiled in the Automotive Voice Recognition System Market Research Report are:

  • Microsoft (US)

  • Alphabet (US)

  • Nuance (US)

  • Apple (US)

  • BMW (Germany)

  • Harman (US)

  • Daimler (Germany)

  • Ford (US)

Highly competitive, the automotive voice recognition system market appears fragmented with the presence of several well-established players. These players incorporate strategic approaches such as mergers & acquisitions, collaboration, expansion, and product/technology launch to gain a larger competitive share.

They make substantial investments to drive R&D activities and expansion plans. The market is likely to witness relentless innovations and new products, eventually intensifying competition among manufacturers.

For instance, on Mar.01, 2021, Hyundai announced the development of a dynamic voice recognition system for selected models of the 2021 -Elantra and Elantra Hybrid in North America. The new automotive voice recognition system is powered by Houndify, a leading global voice AI and conversational intelligence technologies innovator. The dynamic voice recognition system makes the driving experience safer, easier and more convenient, providing cloud-based information from various knowledge domains.


Browse In-depth Market Research Report (111 pages) on Automotive Voice Recognition System

https://www.marketresearchfuture.com/reports/automotive-voice-recognition-system-market-5154


Rising Adoption is a Major Industry Trend

Key trends influencing the voice recognition system market growth include payment-by-vehicle, auto-retail partnerships, brand-specific AI systems, voice engine optimization, and advancements in privacy & security. Additionally, technological advances in motion and speech-recognition sensors & functions and integration from human-to-machine and machine-to-human would foster market growth.

The automotive voice recognition system market is assessed to witness tremendous demand in the recent future due to emerging trends such as driverless or autonomous cars. Advanced artificial intelligence-powered voice-recognition systems are used to operate multiple features, including navigation control, phone calls, calendar, media control, weather information, climate control, and holiday & ticketing information, all through voice commands.

Lack of Awareness

Aug
2021
8

Parents frustrated with TUSD hub transportation system

TUCSON, Ariz. (KGUN) — TUSD students would typically be picked up outside their home or just down the street; however, this year TUSD is using a hub system.

Many parents are frustrated with the new system and say it complicates their schedules.

“It’s an absolute failure,” Al Stangle said. “I can do this, but if my wife and I were both working, I don’t know who we would have to pick her up.”

Samantha Baker has three kids and the oldest arrives to the hub later than the younger two. This causes her to make the drive to the hub twice in the afternoon.

“It’s inconvenient,” Baker said. “But I am grateful I can do it and they can go to school.”

Baker has to work the night shift at her job, so she has time to drop-off and pick-up her kids from the bus.

“I hope they get it all figured out,” Baker said. :It would be really nice for it to be at our house.”

But not everyone has the option of TUSD bussing anymore.

“They’ve always had pick-up the street over,” Heather Listiak said.

Listiak now has to take her two boys to and from school every day. She says this is not only an inconvenience but also not what they were promised ahead of the school year.

“We’ve gone through enough with this pandemic,” Listiak said. “Some stability going forward would be nice, especially from TUSD.”

appId : '471244696370916',

xfbml : true, version : 'v2.9' ); ; (function(d, s, id) var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; if (d.getElementById(id)) return; js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; js.src = "https://connect.facebook.net/en_US/sdk.js"; js.async = true; fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); (document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); …

Aug
2021
1

N.Y.’s Transit System Could Receive $10 Billion in Infrastructure Deal

“This bill includes the largest-ever federal investment in public transit and the largest federal investment in passenger rail since the creation of Amtrak 50 years ago,” said John Samuelsen, president of the Transport Workers Union. “Critical funding from this bill will be used to repair, maintain and expand these vital modes of transportation, creating thousands of new union jobs in the transportation industry.”

Mr. Schumer said that $20 billion of the transit funds in the bill would be a new allocation, at least $1.3 billion of which would go to the M.T.A. Of the remaining total of about $70 billion in transit funding, the M.T.A. would get more than $9 billion, he said.

“The agreement reached by the White House and members of the U.S. Senate on the Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework is the critical next step toward securing unprecedented and long-needed levels of federal investment in public transportation,’’ Ken Lovett, a spokesman for the M.T.A., said in a statement. “The Senate legislation includes funding for essential state of good repair needs and capital investment programs that will help the M.T.A. fund its historic 2020-24 capital plan.’’

That money would be on top of the $14.5 billion in federal pandemic relief the M.T.A. is receiving. After getting $8 billion in federal aid last year and an additional $6.5 billion this year, the M.T.A. postponed a fare increase that was scheduled for 2021 and resumed its capital-spending plan.

The New Jersey governor, Philip D. Murphy, also hailed the bill, which he said in a statement included “unprecedented investments in mass transit, roads, bridges, clean energy, and broadband, while creating thousands of good-paying jobs.”

New Jersey Transit, which operates a statewide network of buses and trains, received $1.4 billion in federal aid through the CARES Act last year. The agency has used that money to offset the steep decline in revenue caused by the drop in ridership since the pandemic began early last year. A spokeswoman for NJTransit said the agency was still awaiting official notice of what it might receive from the infrastructure bill.

Officials from New York and New Jersey have been sparring over how to share the emergency funds the federal government allocated to their transit agencies. New Jersey officials have argued for using a traditional breakdown, but the New York side has argued that the M.T.A. should get a bigger-than-usual share because it has suffered more.

“New York’s view of its own troubles is outrageous and shows a lack of awareness of the significant hardship experienced by neighboring states,” 12 members of Congress from New Jersey wrote in a July 22 letter to Nuria Fernandez, the administrator of the Federal Transit Administration.

Jul
2021
16

China launches secretive suborbital vehicle for reusable space transportation system

HELSINKI — China conducted a clandestine first test flight of a reusable suborbital vehicle Friday as a part of development of a reusable space transportation system.

The vehicle launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center Friday and later landed at an airport just over 800 kilometers away at Alxa League in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corp. (CASC) announced.

No images nor footage nor further information, such as altitude, flight duration or propulsion systems, were provided. The CASC release stated however that the vehicle uses integrated aviation and space technologies and indicates a vertical takeoff and horizontal landing (VTHL) profile.

The test follows a September 2020 test flight of a “reusable experimental spacecraft”. The spacecraft orbited for days, releasing a small transmitting payload and later deorbited and landed horizontally. The spacecraft is widely believed to be a reusable spaceplane concept, though no images have emerged.

Giant space and defense contractor CASC also developed that vehicle and stated that the new vehicle tested Friday can be used as a first stage of a reusable space transportation system. The implication is that the two vehicles will be combined for a fully reusable space transportation system.

The developments have not come out of the blue. China stated in 2017 that it aimed to test a reusable spaceplane in 2020. The United States Air Force’s X-37B spaceplane is currently carrying out its sixth mission in orbit. Last year Boeing exited the Experimental Spaceplane (XSP) program, also known as the XS-1 program, another VTHL concept. 

The new test also follows days after a flight of Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo flew passengers to the edge of space for the first time. 

A spaceplane project was included in a 2017 CASC ‘space transportation roadmap’. The plans also included fully reusable launch vehicles and, around 2045, a nuclear-powered shuttle.

Chen Hongbo, from CASC’s China Academy of Launch Vehicle Technology (CALT), told Science and Technology Daily (Chinese) in 2017 that the reusable spacecraft would be capable of carrying both crew and payloads. Chen stated that some vehicles would have the characteristics of both aircraft and spacecraft. CALT was noted as the developer of Friday’s suborbital reusable demonstration vehicle.

Chen stated the aim was full reusability, moving beyond partial reusability of Falcon 9-like launchers. The spaceplane, the development and testing of which is to be completed by 2030, should be capable of being reused more than 20 times.

It will be oriented to orbital altitudes of between 300 to 500 kilometers, meet criteria of being “fast, reliable, and economical,” and meet the needs of military and civilian payloads, and be applicable for space tourism.

The China Aerospace Science and Industry Corp. (CASIC), another giant state-owned enterprise, is working on its own spaceplane, named Tengyun. Demonstration and verification of the reusable two-stage-to-orbit Tengyun spacecraft is to be completed by 2025. Tengyun will be a horizontal takeoff, horizontal landing (HTHL) system.

Chinese commercial companies and CASC are also developing reusable rockets

May
2020
8

Recon Technology Signed A $2.8M Contract for Provision of Detailed Design of Heavy Oil Transportation System in Garraf Oilfield

BEIJING, May 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Recon Technology, Ltd. (NASDAQ: RCON) (“Recon” or the “Company”) today announced it signed a $2.8 million engineering and construction service subcontract with Grand Energy Development Limited on a heavy oil transportation system project (the “Project”) in Garraf oilfield in Iraq for the services that Recon has provided. Pursuant to the subcontract, Recon shall carry out all the engineering design services, provide the technical support to the procurement, construction, commissioning activities and provide the training services of the heavy oil transportation system project.

Garraf oilfield is located in the province of Thi Qar, Iraq, approximately 5km north-west of Al-Refaei city and 85km north of Nasiriya city. The oilfield is 17.5km long and 5.5km wide. It is estimated to hold 1.3 billion barrels of oil reserves. Based on the Final Development Plan approved by the Government of Iraq in 2018, the oilfield is undergoing further development in stages to achieve crude oil production of 230,000 barrels per day by the end of 2020.

As part of the Project, the heavy oil pipeline with a total intended capacity of 275,000 barrels per day will be built to support the Garraf production target. By providing the services under the Project, Recon has played an important role in building the heavy oil pipeline.

“With advanced technique and wide experiences in the automation and digitalization of oil and gas industry, Recon has a relatively competitive advantage in the engineering design and construction businesses in oilfield segment,” Mr. Shenping Yin, co-founder and CEO of Recon said. “With the successful completion of the project, we expect to construct more oilfield projects and hope to help more oilfields reduce costs and maintain yields at a healthy level in the near future.”

About Recon Technology, Ltd.                                    

Recon Technology, Ltd. (RCON) is China’s first non-state-owned oil and gas field service company listed on NASDAQ. Recon supplies China’s largest oil exploration companies with advanced automated technologies, efficient gathering and transportation equipment and reservoir stimulation measures for increasing petroleum extraction levels, reducing impurities and lowering production costs. Since 2017, the Company has expanded its business operations into other segments of the broader energy industry including electric power, coal chemicals, renewable energy and environmental protection in the energy and chemical industries. Through the years, Recon has taken leading positions on several market segments of the oil and gas field service industry. Recon also has developed stable long-term cooperation relationships with its major clients, and its products and service are well accepted by clients. For additional information please visit: www.recon.cn.

Safe Harbor Statement

This news release contains forward-looking statements as defined by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements include statements concerning plans, objectives, goals, strategies, future events or performance, and underlying assumptions and other statements that are other than statements of historical facts. These statements are subject to uncertainties and risks including, but not limited to, product and service demand and acceptance, changes in technology, economic conditions, the impact of competition and

May
2020
6

Toyota vehicle converted to ambulance with ‘airborne droplet circulation system’

Toyota has been helping out in various ways in the global fight against Covid-19 pandemic – from developing face masks to coming up with restart manuals for the auto industry. Now, the company in Japan has transformed one of its vehicles into an ambulance with modified features to safely transport Covid-19 patients from one location to another.

(Related read: Here’s how Hector SUV retrofitted as an ambulance aims to help fight Covid-19)

The Toyota Hiace-based vehicle features a special system called ‘airborne droplet circulation control’ which helps to expel possibly contaminated air from within the cabin. The cabin itself has been divided into two sections – the interior barrier makes for a front section for the driver and front passenger while the rearward compartment has the rear passenger seat area coupled with an exhaust fan which throws out air from the vehicle. This prevents the possibly contaminated air in the rear section from circulating to the forward compartment.

Toyota Hiace is a light commercial vehicle sold primarily in Japan.
Toyota Hiace is a light commercial vehicle sold primarily in Japan.

Hiace is a light commercial vehicle which is mostly used for goods transportation but Toyota has said it took suggestions from the medical sector before choosing the vehicle and converting it to help transport patients. “The transport vehicle for seriously ill Covid-19 patients provided today joins 11 transport vehicles for mildly infected patients already provided by the Toyota Group to such entities as medical facilities and local governments,” an official release on Thursday informed.

The modified Hiace, developed by Toyota Auto Body Co., Ltd, has been donated to Showa University Hospital in Japan. A number of its other vehicles, some undergoing modifications, have been pressed into medical service across Japan.

Source Article

Apr
2020
28

Global Bicycle-Sharing System Market Segment Outlook, Market Assessment, Competition Scenario, Trends and Forecast 2020-2029

Global Bicycle-Sharing System Market is estimated to be valued US$ XX.X million in 2019. The report on Bicycle-Sharing System Market provides qualitative as well as quantitative analysis in terms of market dynamics, competition scenarios, opportunity analysis, market growth, etc. for the forecast year up to 2029. The global bicycle-sharing system market is segmented on the basis of type, application, and geography.

In 2019, the North America market is valued US$ XX.X million and the market share is estimated X.X%, and it is expected to be US$ XX.X million and X.X% in 2029, with a CAGR X.X% from 2020 to 2029.

Global Bicycle-Sharing System Market

By type, the market is segmented into Point-to-Point, Ride-and-Return, and Distributed. By application, the market is divided into Government, Community Organization, and Enterprise.

Based on geography, the market is analyzed across North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East and Africa. Major players profiled in the report include Mobike, OFO, BlueGoGo, Youon, Mingbikes, Hellobike, YooBike, CCbike, Zagster, LimeBike, Citi Bike, Capital Bikeshare, Divvy, Hubway, Docomo Bike Share, and Relay Bikes.

Key Market Segments

Type

  • Point-to-Point
  • Ride-and-Return
  • Distributed

Application

  • Government
  • Community Organization
  • Enterprise

Key Market Players included in the report:

  • Mobike
  • OFO
  • BlueGoGo
  • Youon
  • Mingbikes
  • Hellobike
  • YooBike
  • CCbike
  • Zagster
  • LimeBike
  • Citi Bike
  • Capital Bikeshare
  • Divvy
  • Hubway
  • Docomo Bike Share
  • Relay Bikes

Reasons to Get this Report:

In an insight outlook, this research report has dedicated to several quantities of analysis – industry research (global industry trends) and Bicycle-Sharing System Market share analysis of high players, along with company profiles, and which collectively include about the fundamental opinions regarding the market landscape; emerging and high-growth sections of Bicycle-Sharing System Market; high-growth regions; and market drivers, restraints, and also market chances.

The analysis covers Bicycle-Sharing System Market and its advancements across different industry verticals as well as regions. It targets estimating the current market size and growth potential of the global Bicycle-Sharing System Market across sections such as also application and representatives.

Additionally, the analysis also has a comprehensive review of the crucial players on the Bicycle-Sharing System Market together side their company profiles, SWOT analysis, latest advancements, and business plans.


The analysis objectives of the report are:

  • To equitably share in-depth info regarding the crucial elements impacting the increase of industry (growth capacity, chances, drivers, and industry-specific challenges and risks).
  • To know the Bicycle-Sharing System Market by pinpointing its many subsegments.
  • To profile the important players and analyze their growth plans.
  • To endeavor the amount and value of Bicycle-Sharing System sub-markets, depending on key regions (various vital states).
  • To analyze Bicycle-Sharing System Market concerning growth trends, prospects, and also their participation in the entire sector.
  • To examine and study the Bicycle-Sharing System Market size (volume & value) from the company, essential regions/countries, products, and application, background information from 2013 to 2018, and also prediction to 2029.
  • Primary worldwide Bicycle-Sharing System Market manufacturing companies, to specify, clarify and analyze the product sales amount, value and market share, market rivalry landscape, SWOT analysis and development plans next coming years.
Apr
2020
25

Like everything else, state’s transportation system likely to suffer due to COVID-19

Wiki Commons

If Mississippians aren’t driving, they are not buying as much gasoline, resulting in a reduction in revenue from the tax on gasoline.

It is too early to see actual data, but it is highly likely that among the many negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the tragic loss of life, will be to Mississippi’s highways and bridges.

The primary source of revenue for Mississippi’s Department of Transportation is the state’s 18.4-cent per gallon tax on motor fuels, primarily gasoline.

With the state under a shelter-in-place order, it is logical to assume Mississippians are not driving as much. And if folks are not driving, they are not buying as much gasoline, resulting in a reduction in revenue from the tax on gasoline.

Bobby Harrison

If people are not driving as much, it also could be logical to assume damage is not being done to the state’s infrastructure system. But many argue that the roads and bridges already were in a deteriorated condition that a lack of use cannot fix. Besides, the large semi-trucks that do the most damage thankfully are continuing to travel up and down the roads, delivering much needed supplies, such as food and presumably toilet tissue, though, it is often hard to prove toilet paper has been delivered by looking at the store shelves.

The gasoline tax generated $305.5 million in revenue for the Department of Transportation during the past 2019 fiscal year. Collections from the motor fuel tax for the current 2020 fiscal year were slightly outpacing last year’s collections before COVID-19 ground much of the activity in the state to a halt. It is safe to assume that until the coronavirus is contained that travel will be diminished.

It should not be a surprise that COVID-19 is impacting the transportation system just as it is tragically impacting nearly every aspect of life.

“Like all of us, the Mississippi Department of Transportation is facing uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Melinda McGrath, executive director of the agency. “With residents sheltering in place to slow the spread, there is less demand for fuel. As a result, we anticipate fuel tax receipts to be decreased in the coming months. However, ongoing highway projects will continue as planned, and MDOT will continue to make efficient use of the resources available.”

For about a decade there have been ongoing debates on how to provide additional funds for transportation – on both the state and local levels. On the state level, the Department of Transportation has said it needs an additional $400 million annually to keep up with repair and maintenance needs.

A recent report said the state has about 30,000 miles of highway and that about 11,000 are in need of repair and the state has about 5,700 bridges with about 900 under restrictions that hinder commercial traffic.

The 18.4-cent per gallon gasoline tax is the nation’s third lowest.

Before the pandemic hit, Transportation Department officials said the tax was generating essentially the same amount