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For the longest time people had no reason or desire for mapmaking. Life was lived within the confines of a village or family dwelling and the need or desire to travel long distances, and to have a sense of what lay ahead for the traveler in covering those long distances, just wasn’t at the top of the list. Survival was.
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Two things that Southern Californians see frequently on freeways are traffic and trash, but the California Department of Transportation hopes to fix the latter with its new highway cleanup campaign. READ ARTICLE
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We shall leave the matter of whether this plan is feasible to the fine people involved. Let us use this space to remark on three items mentioned in the story: the rail congestion in Chicago, the nature and use of flyovers, and the purpose and makeup of CREATE. 
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Traffic congestion cost the trucking industry an extra $49.6 billion in operating costs in 2014, according to data released this week by the American Transportation Research Institute. READ ARTICLE
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The cost of congestion on our nation’s highways and bridges are of concern to every driver, but they are of extreme, intense, keen, elaborate, and hair on fire concern to the fine people either driving trucks or own trucking companies. It is near impossible to recover the costs lost to congestion – the customers of trucking concerns seek to pay one price and then be done with it – which eats into the carrier’s top and bottom line. The time the driver spends in traffic is time that could other being spent carrying a paying customer’s load. Such considerations tend to focus the mind. READ COMMENTARY
The campaign to revive the Ski Train from Denver to the Winter Park Resort is getting a small boost with a $1.5 million state grant to improve a passenger platform at the ski area. READ ARTICLE
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Business organization has its share of fads. Once upon a time it was assumed that business in the future would consist of a hand full of giant mega corporations that were fully integrated from start to finish. Then there was the core competency movement that asserted that companies should only do what they are really good at and outsource the rest. It has always been tension between costs and control. READ ARTICLE
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I have long said that when it comes to our national security and our Nation’s prosperity - small shipyards play a critical role. READ ARTICLE
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 The CEO of Canadian Pacific still thinks railroad mergers are needed if the industry is to handle more freight, even after the company's bid for Norfolk Southern crumbled under stiff resistance. READ ARTICLE
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It is well tabulated that there is currently an excess of goods inventory, in total, throughout the retail supply chain. And yet it has been very hard to isolate exactly where along the supply chain this inventory is being held, why it is not being drawn down in the traditional manner to a more reasonable days-sales-outstanding rate, and what steps might be taken to correct the situation. READ ARTICLE
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The way we get around is constantly transforming. READ ARTICLE
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From potholes to cracks, it’s easy to see with your own eyes failures on the surface of a bridge. Issues underneath the surface – which compromise the structure of Rhode Island’s deteriorating bridges – are far harder to find and repair. READ ARTICLE
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Georgia may be a pioneer in truck-only lanes, but it has a great reason to do so. The Port at Savannah is one of the fastest growing and most attractive ports in the US. It can handle some of the larger draft ships and is in an all-season temperate climate. And, as the Panama Canal expands, it will be even more readily available to shippers from Asia. READ ARTICLE
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Connected vehicles, automated cars, real-time digital message signs, traffic signals that talk to each other. READ ARTICLE
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In the latest sign that the proposed Illiana Expressway still has a heartbeat, Illinois and Indiana appear to have reached a deal under which the latter will provide the cash needed for a key revamped environmental review of the controversial toll road. READ ARTICLE
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When it comes to the current state of the industrial real estate market in 2016, it stands to reason that the times are not necessarily changing, at least when compared to 2015. That was a major takeaway of recent research issued by Chicago-based industrial real estate firm JLL. READ ARTICLE
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For anyone looking to travel the typically congested interstate or winding city streets from downtown Denver to Denver International Airport, life has just gotten a whole lot easier. READ ARTICLE
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The next phase of SunRail is on track and motoring its way south to Osceola County. READ ARTICLE
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The Port of Long Beach, California, has started to study the feasibility of shipping more incoming cargo to the Inland Empire by shorthaul rail. READ ARTICLE
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One of the certainties is that import activity is expected to continue to grow for the US for the foreseeable future. The strong US dollar and other elements of the trade economy are putting some momentum behind imports, with plenty of conditions in place to push volumes higher still. With those higher volumes there is a need for getting those cargoes out of ports. READ COMMENTARY
Governor Gina M. Raimondo joined with Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) officials today to tour RIDOT's accelerated bridge reconstruction project for the East Shore Expressway and McCormick Quarry bridges in East Providence, two examples of the many deficient bridges which RIDOT is going to fix as it moves forward with its RhodeWorks program. READ ARTICLE
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I don't believe we're involved in this fine work and so will feel free to comment. There was a time when it was possible to lead into a commentary like this by noting that few people had even heard of accelerated bridge construction, much less were clients apt to have employed it, but those days are long gone. It is a technology or practice that is well-established in most of the states. READ COMMENTARY
The intersection of Rainier Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way in South Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood doesn’t work well for anyone. Cars bottleneck on both of the major streets while waiting through three full light cycles to turning lanes in both directions. READ ARTICLE
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The Senate Appropriations Committee advanced a 2017 funding bill that would spend $77.9 billion on programs under the U.S. Department of Transportation, keeping the Highway Trust Fund's highway and transit accounts at levels authorized in the new five-year FAST Act. READ ARTICLE
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The Port of Anchorage is literally coming apart, threatening to upend the state’s essential supply chain in what officials have called “a slow motion disaster.” READ ARTICLE
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Any number of things cross our field of vision which come to us complete, entire, and seemingly self-explanatory. Upon further inquiry though it always turns out that we are seeing the last 5% of an effort that has mostly taken place offstage, the other 95%. READ ARTICLE
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Airports are not the easiest of places: typically, there are crowds of passengers, long lines, inevitable delays, overpriced food, and a whole host of other new and unfamiliar experiences. READ ARTICLE
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Joblessness in Los Angeles has been cut in half. And now new spending on trains, buses and other transit projects could inject tens of billions of dollars into the Southern California economy, city officials and business leaders say. READ ARTICLE
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It was a gratifying time last week which marked not just the year, not just the week, but the day itself, fifty years on, that the company took the world stage in its first iteration. Three fine people, Herbert Johnson, Gerald Brickell, and Edward Mulcahy, met at the least expensive hamburger joint in KC – “that was all we could afford,” says Ed now – to sign papers to form a commercial entity. READ ARTICLE
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The Federal Highway Administration is considering measuring the success of state and local transportation projects by their greenhouse gas emissions. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. motor travel surged at a record pace in February as Americans took to the road again after January's historic snowstorms, U.S. data released on Monday showed, fueling optimism about gasoline demand as refiners brace for the busy summer driving season. READ ARTICLE
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Exhibit A in this matter is the monthly release from the FHWA communicating total vehicle miles traveled in the US, composed into a 12-month moving average to smooth out the bumps. READ COMMENTARY
More business travelers are hopping rides with ride-hailing services such as Uber or Lyft — taking more business away from car rental agencies and the taxi industry,  according to a new report.
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The transportation sector was once full of competitors and it was often ranked as one of the business arenas with the lowest barriers to entry. The only thing that one needed to get started was a vehicle. Trucking was perhaps the simplest and the landscape was full of one or two truck operations. Rail on the other hand was harder given the need for track and additional infrastructure. READ ARTICLE
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Are fully functional self-driving cars right around the corner? After years of optimism, we're starting to see people wonder if they might be further away than people thought. And skeptics point to mapping as a key obstacle. READ ARTICLE
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The article speaks true: there is the category of the autonomous vehicle, and there is the category of the road that it will be driving upon. The success of each relies upon the success of the other. READ COMMENTARY
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