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For the longest time the steep drop in auto sales over the intermediate past was put down to two causes running side by side. READ ARTICLE
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When the writer Henry Adams visited the 1893 Chicago's World's Fair, he found his reaction to it "uncommonly complicated." READ ARTICLE
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State transportation officials are moving ahead with studying whether a toll system is feasible for the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge. READ ARTICLE
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Bustang, the Colorado Department of Transportation’s new state-wide bus service, will start operations on July 13, the agency said Wednesday. READ ARTICLE
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A bipartisan group of House members has filed legislation to hike the federal gas tax and index it to inflation to pay for a new transportation bill. READ ARTICLE
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Bipartisan groups of legislators have introduced separate bills aimed at restoring the future solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, including one in the House that would increase in the federal gasoline tax by 66% and one in the Senate that would obtain revenue from a temporary repatriation tax rate on an estimated $2 trillion of corporate overseas earnings. READ ARTICLE
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It is pleasing to see an abundance of measures designed to fund the Highway Trust Fund getting the discussion they deserve, but the calendar is not our friend in this matter. READ COMMENTARY
California imports of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota on barges totaled a record 1.5 million barrels last year, 27 percent greater than the amount that reached the state by rail, the California Energy Commission told Reuters on Thursday. READ ARTICLE
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This week on Transportation TV, California Department of Transportation Director Malcolm Dougherty shares his views on an important new source of funding for transportation projects – a pilot test of a road user charge based on direct use of the highway system. READ ARTICLE
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The state of California, in the person of CalTrans, that state’s fine department of transportation, is studying and then plans to establish a pilot program to investigate a vehicle-miles-traveled tax. READ COMMENTARY
Legislation sought by President Barack Obama to boost his trade agenda, including a deal with Pacific nations, was unveiled in Congress with key lawmakers agreeing on a compromise designed to win support from reluctant Democrats. READ ARTICLE
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We and nearly everyone else in the industry call consolidated rental car centers ConRACs so as to save the typing fingers, they are facilities, almost always new, that collocate the rental car agencies at airports into a common space, with safety, efficiencies, and ease of use built in from the study phase all the way through construction. READ ARTICLE
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A citywide bus rapid transit plan would be developed under Council legislation passed on Thursday. READ ARTICLE
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Spurred by TIGER grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation and supported by state and regional agencies, the Dallas Area Rapid Transit system began operating streetcars on a 1.6-mile route that is the start of a larger program. READ ARTICLE
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Democrats, contractors and unions are pressing Congress to raise the gas tax to fund the Highway Trust Fund despite opposition from key Republicans that makes any increase unlikely. READ ARTICLE
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The TranSystems team has won the American Council of Engineering Companies' (ACEC) Grand Conceptor Award for their work on the Wacker Drive and Congress Parkway Reconstruction project for the City of Chicago. READ ARTICLE
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Here in the design world the ENR Top 500 Design Firm Survey is a perennial scorekeeper in the industry, and we always look forward to it and read it with pleasure.
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A plan to turn Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway into a toll road during morning and evening rush hours has opened up sharp divisions between Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s administration and a bipartisan group of congressional representatives and raised broader questions about how to solve one of the region’s most persistent and infuriating bottlenecks. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told reporters Congress appears to be heading toward a short-term extension of the Highway Trust Fund before its program authority ends May 31, while lawmakers continue to work on a multiyear transportation plan. READ ARTICLE
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The impact on air freight from the west coast port congestion is beginning to ease off, although forwarders are reporting that capacity remains tight between Asia Pacific and the US. READ ARTICLE
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There is little doubt the congestion problems at West Coast Ports this past spring created some supply chain challenges, problems that were solved (in part) by managers using air cargo at times to "short fill" stock out situations. READ COMMENTARY
If you’re not convinced Americans are feeling more confident, try planning a cruise vacation. READ ARTICLE
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The cruise industry is showing healthy and sustainable growth. READ COMMENTARY
One of the hallmarks of the recession on the supply chain side of the world was the squeaky shutoff of the funding faucet as the storm hit. READ ARTICLE
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JetBlue Airways Corp. is angling to get into the hotel business, joining the growing ranks of developers and investors looking for lodging opportunities inside major U.S. airports. READ ARTICLE
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In recent years, it has become widely accepted that millennials don’t like cars. READ ARTICLE
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Fares for most riders would increase about 9 percent under a New Jersey Transit proposal announced on Monday in an effort to close a large budget gap at the agency. READ ARTICLE
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The world of infrastructure – freight rail, highways, bridges, power generation, water treatment, haz waste, power transmission, the ports, the airports, the supply chain – are more or less entirely a mystery to the average citizen. READ ARTICLE
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Sen. Rand Paul (Ky.), a Republican presidential candidate, is teaming up with Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer (Calif.) on legislation to tax up to $2 trillion in corporate revenue currently stored in foreign banks to pay for domestic infrastructure projects. READ ARTICLE
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As we near the May 31 funding deadline for the Highway Trust Fund (HTF), an expected flurry of proposed legislation to extend funding is popping up, with the latest being a bipartisan proposal from Senators Barbara Boxer (D-California) and Rand Paul (R-Kentucky). READ ARTICLE
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Like many in the rail business, Dallas Richards has spent several years mulling over a plan to address the industry’s talent deficit. His dual role as a senior project manager at TranSystems Corp READ ARTICLE
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A plan to ensure federal dollars for highway programs continue to reach states after a May 31 deadline could be unveiled “in the coming days,” Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.), the top transportation policy writer in the House, told reporters April 14. READ ARTICLE
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The Port of Savannah moved 333,058 TEUs in March, setting a single-month record that surpassed its previous high set in October 2014 by more than 21,000 TEUs.
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Days after Senate transportation leaders said they would take up a long-term highway bill, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx reminded a group here that many states would be forced to scale back projects if Congress does not advance such a plan before a May deadline. READ ARTICLE
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There are a tremendous number of communities around the country that are evaluating their own intermodal operations hubs. READ ARTICLE
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The supply chain, that mighty and untamed continent-wide system devoted to the movement of goods, strives mightily to stay fluid and to move the freight from link to link of the chain with a maximum of speed and efficiency…but often finds that the entire system has congealed. READ ARTICLE
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The Golden Gate Bridge is under attack. Corrosive salt air, roadway contaminants, age, UV rays—all these things are trying to turn the majestic span into a pitted skeleton. READ ARTICLE
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The status of cities in the US economy is always of interest, and over the last 20 years the tools have emerged to measure the GDP of states, regions, and cities, just as you might measure to GDP of the United States or any other country. READ ARTICLE
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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx is endorsing legislation that would give the White House faster authority to negotiate trade deals with foreign nations, saying it would boost the nation’s ports. READ ARTICLE
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The truck driver shortage was supposed to push freight from the highways to intermodal rail, but now that shortage may be the biggest threat to intermodal growth. READ ARTICLE
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Giant backhoes claw into the ground, as helmeted workers position rebar atop of concrete pillars 100 feet tall. Cranes READ ARTICLE
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The story contains one of the best phrases we have heard all year: "it's the era of big ships." READ COMMENTARY
The Center for Transportation Excellence is among the best, and they have come up with a number that I’ve been on the lookout for a long time. READ ARTICLE
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Cargo traffic at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach shot up dramatically in March compared to the same month last year, following a slow start this year as the twin ports struggled with congestion and a labor dispute. READ ARTICLE
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The CEO of the association representing state departments of transportation took their case to the grounds of the U.S. Capitol, telling a news conference "the time is now" for Congress to end states' uncertainty over the expiring Highway Trust Fund and calling for lawmakers to provide a "robust" federal program. READ ARTICLE
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