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NIM is TranSystems' e-newsletter distributed to more than 10,000 subscribers nationwide.  The electronic publication features top news and expert commentary on target market segments in the transportation industry.
If you ever find yourself in Hunan, China, rent a car and drive the Jishou-Chadong Expressway: 18 tunnels under the Wuling mountains that culminate at the Aizhai Bridge, a gut-churning 1,150-foot-high suspension bridge over the Dehang Canyon. READ ARTICLE
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Not surprisingly, the December 31, 2015 deadline for freight railroads to install Positive Train Control (PTC) technology on 40 percent of its network, as per a mandate from the Federal Railroad Administration will not be met. READ ARTICLE
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We talk a lot around here about the transportation experience, embrace it, really, this being for the end user, the ultimate consumer of movement on the people-moving side, whether it be through an airport terminal, marina, consolidated car rental facility, bridge, tunnel, bike path, etc. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri is touring the St. Louis region today to promote a bill to set up special bond sales for a fund that state and local governments could use to rebuild roads, bridges and other public works projects. READ ARTICLE
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As part of its effort to continually enhance safety on the state highway system, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is installing a pilot system to monitor the structural behavior of its bridges. READ ARTICLE
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As Delaware Gov. Jack Markell aggressively pushes for a state gas tax increase, Sen. Tom Carper will be making a similar pitch at the national level for an increase in the federal gas tax to help shore up a Highway Trust Fund that is fast approaching a shortfall. READ ARTICLE
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The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said Thursday that the Department of Transportation’s Highway Trust Fund will not have enough money under President Obama’s proposed 2015 budget, despite an infusion of cash that has been suggested by the president. READ ARTICLE
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In 1980, Mayor Ed Koch proposed banning single-occupant cars from the East River bridges, which have no tolls, during morning rush hour. 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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Serious crashes in the bustling Bay of Galveston have fallen to the lowest level in a decade even as more oil moves on U.S. waterways, official data show, suggesting that better training and equipment are helping avert spills like one in March READ ARTICLE
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The field of transportation is ripe with misconceptions, misunderstandings, uncertain terminology, redundant vocabulary…which is to say only that it is mightily similar to all other sectors of the economy. READ ARTICLE
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Location plays a huge role in competition for business and commercial space. That's truer in warehousing than many other sectors. READ ARTICLE
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Leaders of the KCI citizens task force say that despite the difficulties, they think they can soon forge a consensus on whether to renovate the airport’s terminals or build a new one. READ ARTICLE
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By the end of the year, drivers who have the Kansas Turnpike Authority’s K-TAG will be able to use it on the Oklahoma Turnpike toll road system and vice versa. READ ARTICLE
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Have you been on maglev watch? If so, you might want to keep your ears open on April 18. READ ARTICLE
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Map-21, the current surface transportation funding bill, was unique in more than a few ways. READ ARTICLE
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Omaha has moved another step closer to getting a streetcar that would carry passengers from midtown to downtown. READ ARTICLE
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The rise of the e-commerce option has been somewhat unexpected - both in terms of the rapid nature of acceptance and the resiliency of the medium. READ ARTICLE
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Cell towers and the whole fixed transponder sector is big business. READ ARTICLE
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Just knowing that property tax income is now back closer to pre-recession levels is a positive statement. READ ARTICLE
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Property-tax collections are rising at the fastest pace since the U.S. housing market crash sent government revenue plunging, helping end an era of local budget cuts. READ ARTICLE
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A South Dakota organization that helps raise money for railroad rehabilitation says more than $1 million has been committed locally to help match a federal grant for which the state is applying. READ ARTICLE
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For the tens of thousands of people who drive daily along Interstate 10 westbound at the Seventh Street overpass, the sight at eye level once was a warehouse roof - a weedy, dirty garden of curled-up tar paper. READ ARTICLE
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Southwest Airlines Co. (LUV) will freeze the size of its jet fleet through 2015, a one-year extension, as the largest discount carrier focuses on boosting its return on invested capital. READ ARTICLE
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One of the chief advantages for the tree-dwelling suburbanite is the low home maintenance cost
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Tax refunds for nearly 80% of filers should result in checks back to them in amounts in excess of $2,500, a stimulus bill, in excess of 2,500 of them in fact, that promise to move through the economy in a very positive manner. READ ARTICLE
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The major home repair retailers brought an innovative concept to market through the back half of the 1990s and up through the collapse of the housing market in 2008. READ ARTICLE
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We wish good fortune to all people on all sides of the Keystone XL pipeline issue, but do want to point out that one of the ironies of the ongoing discussion – well, debate – between fans and enemies of the pipeline business, is that pipelines – all 2.3 million miles of them – have their own competitors. READ ARTICLE
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Transit is essentially about concentration of demand on both ends of the system. READ ARTICLE
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The consolidation or concentration and integration of the transportation modes, binding them with industry and residential and commercial activity into one place is a natural, it makes for a very efficient economic cluster of activity and it’s one we’re going to be seeing more of over the years. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx says that during an eight-state bus trip, he's experiencing what other Americans feel on highways every day. READ ARTICLE
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A one-cent sales tax increase to fund transportation needs in the state faces continued opposition from one Missouri senator who helped kill the proposal in a late-session filibuster last year. READ ARTICLE
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A new office at the U.S. Treasury Department will focus on state and local finance issues, including distressed municipalities and their management of pension and other unfunded liabilities. READ ARTICLE
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The Obama administration further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project on Friday, with no conclusion now likely until after the U.S. mid-term elections in November. READ ARTICLE
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If you use Uber X to get around, you’ll soon notice a new $1 surcharge every time you catch a ride. READ ARTICLE
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The harsh winter didn't keep Union Pacific railroad from delivering 14 percent higher quarterly profit as it hauled more agricultural, industrial and coal shipments. READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Automotive Update READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Update on Global Maritime Segments READ ARTICLE
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The Health of the Consumer Critical for Parcel Shipment Growth READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Trucking Still Strong, But Watching Manufacturing READ ARTICLE
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Notably, there was some prominence placed upon freight movement in MAP-21, the national surface transportation bill passed summer before last, in a bill that most usually concerned itself with highways, bridges, and passenger rail. READ ARTICLE
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Virginia's six-year transportation plan totals $13.1 billion, with $9.9 billion earmarked for highway construction. READ ARTICLE
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Considering that the topic under discussion is data visualization as it applies to transportation planning, the reader could take issue with how readily the headline comes to mind. READ ARTICLE
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On a chilly Wednesday evening in late March, about 200 people gathered in a nondescript brown brick building up the street from the Jacob Javits Center in New York for what was billed as a “dynamic dining” event. READ ARTICLE
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