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HOBOKEN - The winds and storm surge of Hurricane Sandy caused more than $2 billion in damage to the state's mass transit systems, knocking trees onto tracks and transmission lines, and flooding train tunnels, stations and maintenance yards with corrosive salt water. READ ARTICLE
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Next month's transportation- and infrastructure-related ballot measures conveniently fall into two categories. READ ARTICLE
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There's a traffic jam in Los Angeles, but this one's not on the freeways. READ ARTICLE
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WASHINGTON - As two international task forces study ways to track planes better and warn of military conflicts, airline and security experts indicated Monday they couldn't eliminate risk entirely. READ ARTICLE
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It's full steam ahead for All Aboard Florida's downtown Fort Lauderdale station. READ ARTICLE
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In an effort to reduce major delays on many of its train routes, Amtrak is asking a panel of transportation experts to help solve the midwestern bottleneck caused by burgeoning shipments of crude oil and other freight. READ ARTICLE
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The number of bicyclists killed in crashes with automobiles nationwide increased 16 percent between 2010 and 2012, according to a report released today by the Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA), a group that represents states' highway safety offices. READ ARTICLE
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Because of recent congestion at the Port of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it's taking two to three times longer than usual to get merchandise delivered to the toy wholesaler Aeromax Inc., which does nearly $5 million in annual gross sales selling children's costumes and toys. 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, 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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Crowley Maritime has delivered the first gate for the on-going Panama Canal expansion using its heavy lift barge 455 4. READ ARTICLE
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Lyft, Sidecar, uberX and similar services are now closer to being legal in the District. READ ARTICLE
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Diverging diamond interchanges (DDI) have been taken up with such vigor that every time we check the numbers there's a few more across the country. READ ARTICLE
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After many months of analysis, and about a decade in development, Caltrans has said the city can move ahead with plans for proposed double-roundabouts in the problematic I-80 and Gilman Street interchange in West Berkeley. 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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Last week I had the pleasure of participating in the dedication ceremony for the Englewood Flyover, a project funded largely by a $126 million High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program grant. 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. READ ARTICLE
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GIS Day, the annual worldwide salute to geospatial technology and its power to transform and enhance lives, is going to be extra 'spatial' this year in Aggieland, where the Texas A&M celebration, one of the world's largest, is expanding to encompass three event-packed days, Nov. 17-19. READ ARTICLE
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State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, recently testified before the Senate Transportation Committee on Senate Bill 281, his measure to establish a "moveable bridge fund." READ ARTICLE
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Work on Rochester's long-awaited new Amtrak station began Tuesday, at least ceremoniously, when Rep. Louise Slaughter led a brigade of shovel-wielding pols at a soft groundbreaking. READ ARTICLE
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The knowledge economy, I think we would agree that one of its fundamental assumptions is that the smarter you are, or the higher your level of educational attainment, the better you'll be able to thrive in it. READ ARTICLE
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It is said that the west coast ports are scrambling right now; some of this is to be expected as the peak isn't yet over, and they - this being the LA/Long Beach ports -- handle the majority of the container ships hailing from the Pacific Rim, particularly from China. READ ARTICLE
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There are three conditions that are helping air cargo see resurgence in 2014. READ ARTICLE
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Transportation professionals have noted for some length of time - say somewhere between a half decade and a decade - that people were driving fewer miles per year, and that a good deal of these fewer miles traveled could be chalked up to our friends the Millennials, who accounted for an overweighted portion of the car driving not taking place. READ ARTICLE
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Former Dallas City Manager Mary Suhm has a theory for why the long-running controversy surrounding the Trinity River toll road has flared up in recent weeks. READ ARTICLE
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LOUISVILLE - The concrete piers of two new bridges are rising out of the Ohio River between Louisville and Southern Indiana, as crews blast limestone and move earth to build the roads and tunnels that will soon connect the twin spans to nearby interstate highways. READ ARTICLE
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Those are pretty big numbers and they reflect how many full trains (18), how many full trucks (5,800) and how many full 747 jets (570) would be required to fully offload one of the new big ships that soon enough will be able to squeeze through the newly-widened Panama Canal. READ ARTICLE
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Readers of a certain age will recognize the lyrics,"I'll be the roundabout, the words will make you out and out," and it isn't clear that anyone anywhere ever did understand a thing about that phrase. READ ARTICLE
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Blueberries from Chile, Peru and Brazil may soon be heading toward U.S. tables via Savannah, Georgia, opening another shipping market in the city's emergence as a major trade hub. READ ARTICLE
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These commentaries get written the day before the newsletter goes out; by that time the seventh game of the World Series will have been decided. READ ARTICLE
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It is a growing problem, or at least I hope it is...I don't want to be the only one READ ARTICLE
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Texas has responded to the boom by building toll roads, wider highways, and some mass transit options in a few cities, but the state DOT and many state legislators feel that Texas isn't building what they need to serve the 1,500 new residents moving there everyday - and they're on the lookout for more money. READ ARTICLE
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DALLAS - An overwhelming majority of Texans seem poised to approve the Proposition 1 constitutional amendment on Nov. 4 that would provide an additional $1.7 billion/year of state oil and gas production tax revenues to road projects. READ ARTICLE
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The people and goods-moving modes - highways and bridges, mass transit, aviation, the ports, the supply chain, trucking, freight rail - go to make up the whole of the transportation economy with many an overlap and many an intersection. READ ARTICLE
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Passenger rail is alive and well in Florida, for reasons that sometimes are and sometimes are not unique to the Sunshine State and in any event are well known to the transit professional: the carrying capacity of the road, highway and aviation systems in many regions of the country can use some help in offloading congestion to mass transit. READ ARTICLE
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Today, the city of Vinge, Denmark, is nothing more than a grassy field with two railroad tracks running through it. READ ARTICLE
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In less than two weeks, voters across the country have an opportunity to safeguard and improve investments in transportation that make a real and positive difference daily in the lives of businesses and commuters. READ ARTICLE
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On a recent afternoon, Tim Hoag stood in the arrivals area at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport looking for a truck driver. READ ARTICLE
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Things to Watch over the Next Two Months READ ARTICLE
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What's moving the matrix? Mass Transit Update READ ARTICLE
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What's moving the matrix? Retail Outlook and Challenges Getting Merchandise READ ARTICLE
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A perennial of journalism these days is the Top Ten this and the Top Ten That, landing as often as not upon something in the transportation field: bridges, highways, passenger trains. READ ARTICLE
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Well, we're not the only ones. READ ARTICLE
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What's it all mean? The warning blender.
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The Transportation Thesis



When analysts are asked about their thesis, many people don't quite know how to take that. We all left high school and college a long time ago; but let us present our thesis on the current economic environment as it pertains to the transportation sector. READ COMMENTARY