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The massive $2.5 billion project to widen the New Jersey Turnpike between Interchange 6 and 9 is tentatively scheduled to open to traffic on this weekend, starting with the northbound lanes. READ ARTICLE
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While Global Gateway Alliance's focus is on making airports in the New York City area better, it surveyed airports across the country looking at 14 categories of amenities to compile its rankings. READ ARTICLE
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In the search to raise funds to meet a US$200 million shortfall, the Port of Boston is considering privatizing its busiest terminal. READ ARTICLE
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The Brevard County Commission on Tuesday supported a financing plan to help All Aboard Florida develop its passenger rail service between Orlando and Miami. READ ARTICLE
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The Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Thursday released a long-delayed report on the suitability of Yucca Mountain as a disposal spot for nuclear waste, finding that the design met the commission's requirements, laying the groundwork to restart the project if control of the Senate changes hands in the elections next month. READ ARTICLE
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Capacity utilization is a wonderfully derived metric, as it measures the share of total available capacity that is currently being used. READ ARTICLE
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Construction has begun on improvements at the BNSF Railway's Eola Yard in Aurora, Ill., which will pave the way for passenger rail service between Chicago and the Quad-Cities, the State of Illinois announced Tuesday. READ ARTICLE
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Council Member Donovan Richards stood on the steps of City Hall this morning, asking DOT to move ahead with full-fledged Bus Rapid Transit on Woodhaven Boulevard and Cross Bay Boulevard. READ ARTICLE
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Does your supply chain organization use images and graphics to illustrate how business conditions are running? READ ARTICLE
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There is a war brewing in all of business concerning the "direct-to-consumer" sector (or D2C). READ ARTICLE
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CUMBERLAND - Cobb and state officials were joined by U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson on Monday to break ground on $48 million in road improvement projects for Windy Hill Road. 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. READ ARTICLE
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Ask a transportation expert what America needs right now and you'll get a fairly simple answer: better roads and bridges, enhanced public transit and improved rail lines, ports and airports. READ ARTICLE
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Thanks to long-term planning efforts, the state of Florida and its private companies have strategically invested in preparing Florida to be one of the most efficient trade and logistics hubs in the world. READ ARTICLE
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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) today announced it has awarded $1 million in grants to nine technical and community colleges across the country to help train returning military veterans for jobs as commercial bus and truck drivers. READ ARTICLE
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A 2013 survey conducted by the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) shows the responding regionals and short lines need slightly more than $599 million in capital to meet their current infrastructure-improvement needs, according to a recent Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) report. READ ARTICLE
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In two weeks, voters decide which party will control the Senate and House, as well as choosing 36 governors and 6,049 state legislators. READ ARTICLE
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Plans to charge a toll to pedestrians and bicyclists will be examined once again by Golden Gate Bridge officials as the agency looks to keep itself in the black. READ ARTICLE
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Choose what metric you wish, the urban space over the last few decades has been underutilized. READ ARTICLE
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There have to be a number of elements in place for a high-speed rail project to work. READ ARTICLE
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International travel comes with many a lesson, not least is the discovery as you pull off of this or that highway what the cost per gallon is going to be to refill the rental vehicle. READ ARTICLE
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Los Angeles County has funneled billions of dollars over the last two decades into new rail lines to lure commuters out of their cars and off the region's overcrowded freeways. READ ARTICLE
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A U.S.-Mexico agreement to work more closely on cross-border customs security may mark a milestone toward establishing an integrated North American customs-enforcement program-- which could greatly expedite freight movements over the U.S-Canada and U.S.-Mexico borders. READ ARTICLE
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Last week, I wrote about why Millennials might shun the cars that their parents loved and relied on. READ ARTICLE
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When you were deciding what you wanted to study through college or post-college or in the trades, it is very likely that there were fine people around you telling what field you should get into since the papers were full of stories of how those sectors were woefully short staffed at the time. READ ARTICLE
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FORT WORTH - Promoting the economic benefits of expanded liquefied natural gas exports, state and energy officials said selling gas overseas does not mean prices here will automatically climb. READ ARTICLE
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ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - Could new technology help make traffic back-ups in New Mexico a thing of the past? READ ARTICLE
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Your chances for winning a free shot of sarsaparilla at the local watering hole go up dramatically if you are the only person in the room to know that nuclear supplies a full 20% of our electricity generation, and you likely will be. READ ARTICLE
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Governor Andrew Cuomo is holding a competition for plans to upgrade New York City's two airports, which consistently rank as the worst in the U.S. for design, cleanliness and delays. READ ARTICLE
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Texans got their first glimpses Tuesday of the potential routes a proposed bullet train could take from Dallas to Houston. READ ARTICLE
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Uber, Lyft and Sidecar drivers will now be legally allowed to pick up and drop off passengers at San Francisco International Airport, thanks to deals the airport just signed with the three companies. READ ARTICLE
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We used to have a video on the lobby screen in the offices showing the logos for the many scores of railroad companies that existed at one time, and then were merged - at least many of them were - into the big Class 1s, the seven major lines, as the industry rationalized its total network. READ ARTICLE
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CHARLESTON, S.C. - The South Carolina Ports Authority hopes the deepening of the Charleston Harbor shipping channel can be completed by the end of the decade, a top agency executive told those gathered Tuesday at a public meeting on the proposed $500 million project. READ ARTICLE
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The mayor and city manager of Hamilton wrote a letter to the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments asking it to fund a feasibility study on running high-speed rail from Cincinnati to Chicago. READ ARTICLE
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No region of the world can have everything...but it has always seemed here in the Great Plains that we were particularly lacking even the very basics when it came to pools of quicksand, boiling tar pits, and the whole family of exotic geographic features that other lands enjoy. READ ARTICLE
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Something interesting has happened to national supply chains over the past seven years. READ ARTICLE
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There's nothing like a road trip to see this enormous country of ours. READ ARTICLE
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Companies around the world are spending billions of dollars in a scramble to start exporting ever-greater amounts of natural gas with hopes of feeding a seemingly insatiable appetite for the clean-burning fuel. READ ARTICLE
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Because of cutbacks at the Federal Level, the US military will see approximately 150,000 or more service members rotate out of the military. READ ARTICLE
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Infrastructure is critical to economic growth, but the aging U.S. transportation system suffers from insufficient investment. READ ARTICLE
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ARLINGTON, Va. - American Trucking Associations' advanced seasonally adjusted For-Hire Truck Tonnage Index was unchanged in September, following a gain of 1.6 percent the previous month. 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 Situation READ ARTICLE
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Consumers once shopped predominantly at their local stores; but first mail order catalogs and today the Internet have created new ways to shop for and purchase a wide range of goods and services. READ ARTICLE
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What's it all mean? The warning blender.
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We are currently in earnings season and there are a number of trends and items that are being used in analyst calls to discuss why a company may or may not have hit expectations. READ COMMENTARY