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85% of what is made in the United States is bought in the United States; to these fine people there is no such thing as currency fluctuation or better put, the two dollars on both sides of a transaction are worth exactly the same amount at any time. READ ARTICLE
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A revamped Cadillac CTS sedan hits U.S. roads next year as the first vehicle on sale with wireless technology for chatting with other cars--a feature experts say will make travel substantially safer. READ ARTICLE
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The AAA auto club is predicting that 37.2 million U.S. residents will travel at least 50 miles away from home over the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. freight railroads' traffic volume continued its downward trend for the week ending April 25, with railroads logging a total 557,306 carloads and intermodal units, a decrease of 1.6 percent compared with the same week in 2014, according to Association of American Railroads (AAR) data reported yesterday. READ ARTICLE
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In our hurry-up age of jet travel and road rage, sometimes an ambling ride through the countryside can be a balm for the soul. Add a gourmet meal, a bottle of wine and a vintage train, and you've got the perfect travel day. READ ARTICLE
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The launch of Oregon’s large-scale, pay-by-the mile road usage charging (RUC) program called OReGo is less than three months away. READ ARTICLE
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Since every day gives new evidence of the inroads of technology into transportation, be that the advent of vehicle-to-vehicle communications, autonomous vehicles, various wayfinding and traffic routing software, ride hailing algorithms of the Uber variety READ COMMENTARY
In the big old world of the Census Bureau and the Bureaus of Economic Analysis, ‘engineering and architecture’ is put into the same file drawer, along with CPAs, docs, financial advisors, or for that matter, the fine people who wait tables and pull our sarsaparilla from the tap from behind the bar...Professional Services. READ ARTICLE
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Plans for a sprawling railway terminal outside Toronto to handle the growing transport of containers on rail are aimed at shaking up distribution channels in North America by shifting more freight away from U.S. ports, truckers and railroads toward their Canadian competitors. READ ARTICLE
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Lost in the fray of poor economic activity early in 2015, a West Coast throughput problem, opening of the Panama Canal in 2016, and problems in the US dollar is the changing dynamic of the global supply chain and its impact on US distribution patterns. READ COMMENTARY
Five years ago this month, The Nations was under water. More than 13 inches of rain had fallen in Nashville in 36 hours, causing waterways throughout the city to crest and spill over into nearby neighborhoods. 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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Funding for Missouri’s roads and bridges is expected to be an important topic next year in the Legislature. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. airlines will carry 222 million passengers between June 1 and Aug. 31, topping the summer of 2007 when 217.6 million people flew READ ARTICLE
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Although there have been some soft spots in the US economy in the first half of the year, US airlines expect the summer of 2015 to be a bumper year for the industry and the number of consumers traveling. READ COMMENTARY
This week Gov. John Hickenlooper signed legislation that calls on the General Assembly’s joint Transportation Legislation Review Committee to find some answers about winter traffic jams on Interstate 70 from Morrison to Dotsero. READ ARTICLE
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Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) is seeking to block Congress from passing temporary extensions of federal transportation funding. READ ARTICLE
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The House is expected to vote Tuesday on a two-month extension of the Transportation Department's highway and transit spending authority past May 31 that could pave the way for a multiyear transportation funding measure this summer. 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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U.S. rail intermodal traffic rose 3.8% in the week ended May 9 compared with the same week last year, the Association of American Railroads reported. READ ARTICLE
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This chart on the goods-moving side of the transportation economy is not a pleasing one. It shows a rise in the ratio between total inventories and total sales, and it is much more pleasant to consider that it is going down (and consumers therefore are buying the heck out of stockrooms requiring the economic engine to chug into a higher dear to refill those same stockrooms), than that it is going up (meaning inventories are building up for lack of buyers.) READ ARTICLE
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If you were in a generous mood, you might call the public transportation system here troubled. Otherwise, you’d call it an ancient, broke, disorganized, mess. READ ARTICLE
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Nearly a half-million drivers in Pennsylvania currently use the navigation phone app Waze, and now the Pa. Turnpike will be using it too. READ ARTICLE
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You may trust that there are many and many an energetic person of a technical or IT bent out there determined to see exactly how it is that they are going to make a living out of social media.

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Pennsylvania’s roadways are getting safer with the application of a pavement surface treatment designed to improve vehicles’ grip on roadways. READ ARTICLE
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Warm weather failed to loosen tight-fisted consumers in April as they continued to sock away their savings from cheap gasoline. READ ARTICLE
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A shortage of drivers and persistently low fuel charges are driving greenbacks to the pockets of trucking companies, as the industry reported a record $700.4 billion in revenue in 2014. READ ARTICLE
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The Senate is planning to hold a markup hearing on a six-year transportation funding bill, but not until after the pending May 31 deadline for extending the current infrastructure spending measure. READ ARTICLE
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The humble alley is more and more viewed as a full participant in the urban scene, and less as simply a utilitarian answer to space constraints early in the last century when they were rather haphazardly designed and built. READ ARTICLE
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Sputtering gas taxes are a huge source of frustration on Capitol Hill, where declining revenues have undermined attempts to stabilize transportation funding for years. READ ARTICLE
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Say goodbye to Tallahassee Airport's hodgepodge decor, flat screens and muted colors. Get ready to welcome a more modern space. READ ARTICLE
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Most industries have a go-to publication; for engineering consulting, design, architecture, and construction it’s the Engineering News Record. READ ARTICLE
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Truck drivers showed up in downtown Norfolk Thursday to protest a meeting of Port of Virginia executives. READ ARTICLE
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Republicans in the U.S. Congress, unable to reach agreement on a long-term transportation funding bill in time for a May 31 deadline, on Friday introduced legislation for a two-month extension to buy more negotiating time. READ ARTICLE
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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx on Wednesday will announce the government is speeding up efforts to get government rules in place requiring wireless vehicle-to-vehicle communication in future cars and trucks. Such regulations eventually could prevent thousands of crashes. READ ARTICLE
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Walmart said on Wednesday that it would test a new unlimited shipping service for online shoppers this summer that will be priced below Amazon’s widely popular $99 per year Prime service. READ ARTICLE
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We are seeing a lot of activity in the same day online retail market. READ COMMENTARY
Tesla Motors Inc. is looking at the good old-fashioned turn signal as a potential solution to a liability debate associated with driverless vehicle technology. READ ARTICLE
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The Washington State Department of Transportation is relying on deep sea divers to replace aging cables on the Interstate 90 floating bridges across Lake Washington, connecting Seattle and Bellevue. READ ARTICLE
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Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead is in Washington state pushing to get access to deep-water ports in the Northwest to allow shipment of Wyoming coal to Asia. READ ARTICLE
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