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Anti-trafficking advocates and Bay Area prosecutors and congresspersons said Tuesday that airports are an important new front in combating human trafficking and rescuing victims. READ ARTICLE
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Construction could begin in the near future on several high-profile transportation projects around the state following an agreement reached by legislative negotiators on a $13 billion bond bill. READ ARTICLE
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On the road in a tour bus this week, the U.S. transportation secretary is spreading some bad news: The government's Highway Trust Fund is nearly broke. READ ARTICLE
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Around the country, state transportation leaders are marking their calendars for July, when federal money for highways and other transportation projects could dry up without congressional intervention. READ ARTICLE
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A half-billion-dollar, 9.4-mile bus-only corridor in central Connecticut is nearly a year away from opening, but officials are already in high gear as they try to persuade commuters to leave their cars at home. READ ARTICLE
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District officials are considering creating carpool and toll lanes on part of the 14th Street bridge and other stretches of city highway as early as next year, offering motorists with means a way of speeding their commute and pushing the nation’s capital into the debate over the costs and benefits of “congestion pricing. READ ARTICLE
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After visiting the Ohio River Bridges project, I headed to UPS Worldport in Louisville, where I had a great conversation with Scott Davis, Chairman and CEO of UPS, and business leaders from around the region. 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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The Florida Department of Transportation has purchased snow plows, salt and spreaders for use in Northwest Florida. The purchases come on the heels of a freak ice storm in January that paralyzed the area. READ ARTICLE
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Based on current spending and revenue trends, the U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund will encounter a shortfall before the end of fiscal year (FY) 2014. READ ARTICLE
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Since February, we’ve been looking at the “Future of Transportation", highlighting changes we can expect in the next five to 10 years. READ ARTICLE
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A Congressional Budget Office report issued in late March includes a rather surprising revelation: With the exception of the Affordable Care Act and another law affecting child nutrition passed in 2010, Congress has not passed any significant bill imposing unfunded mandates on state, local or tribal governments since 2008. READ ARTICLE
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A bipartisan group in Congress wants to replenish the almost insolvent Highway Trust Fund with revenue from a corporate foreign-earnings tax break until a long-term funding solution can be developed. READ ARTICLE
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The Federal Government conducts a survey as part of its Producer Price Index surveys. READ ARTICLE
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First of all, best to establish some working definition of the General Fund. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. Department of Transportation’s Maritime Administration (MARAD) Acting Administrator Chip Jaenichen joined Guam Gov. Eddie Calvo, Sen. Tom Ada, local official and port representatives to break ground today on the final stage of the Port of Guam modernization project. READ ARTICLE
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The Missouri Department of Transportation has launched the next phase of the Missouri Freight Plan to engage business and local leaders, along with freight and industry stakeholders, in a discussion regarding funding of Missouri's freight infrastructure. READ ARTICLE
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It is a common topic in musical pop culture – The Beatles worked both side of the street and sang in different songs “give me money, that’s all I want,” and “money can’t buy me love” – and is part and parcel of the public discussion regarding the reauthorization of the Federal surface transportation bill. READ ARTICLE
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Diesel locomotives may soon go the way of the steam engine. READ ARTICLE
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The Canadian ambassador to the U.S. is joining officials from both countries in South Carolina for a look at a joint maritime law enforcement effort. READ ARTICLE
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First, hat's off to the fine people at the St. Louis Fed. READ ARTICLE
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Parking spaces are not unlike seats on an airplane or rooms in a hotel. READ ARTICLE
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Time is money, and the price is going up: The peak toll paid by drivers in the HOT lanes on the Capital Beltway topped $11 this month. READ ARTICLE
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When it comes to transportation, variable pricing establishes costs associated with traversing a length of roadway or a bridge, and letting that cost vary with the circumstances, most usually the level of congestion in place along the asset. READ ARTICLE
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The utilities that make up so much of the critical infrastructure of the US share similar security risks with much of their systems. READ ARTICLE
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Adam Crain assumed that tapping into the computer networks used by power companies to keep electricity zipping through transmission lines would be nearly impossible in these days of heightened vigilance over cybersecurity. READ ARTICLE
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As time rapidly runs out before the current federal transportation authorization, MAP-21, expires at the end of September, it remains to be seen what the future holds in terms of what happens after that. READ ARTICLE
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Several of the state’s investments in major highway, bridge and rail projects were announced today, April 15, as part of ConnDOT’s 2014-2018 Transportation Capital Infrastructure Program. READ ARTICLE
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It is said that chess has been part of the human experience for many thousands of years, and it’s not too hard to identify exactly why that is….it is, as near as can be determined, the only game in history that you can play, and lose, and still seem smart.
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Josiah Neeley has an evil, hour-long commute. READ ARTICLE
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HOT lanes (high occupancy toll lanes) present the multi-passenger vehicle an expedited ride through congested roadways, which is how the concept started, meant to ‘reward’ multiple occupancy, while the environment and other drivers reap their own benefits. READ ARTICLE
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The Wankel Tyrannosaurus Rex is a dinosaur with many names. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. manufacturing output rose for a second straight month in March in a sign of recovery from a long winter that had put a damper on activity. READ ARTICLE
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There is a lively debate going on, yes, that’s a good word, lively, on the topic of the distribution of income between the corporate entity and the working man or woman. 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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More grim news about federal funding for the nation’s transit, highway and bridge projects: The Department of Transportation forecast Tuesday that the money for those repairs and expansion will begin to run short by the end of July. READ ARTICLE
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The wraps are coming off the latest update of Virginia’s six-year transportation plan. READ ARTICLE
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The Partnership to Build America Act was re-introduced by Reps John K. Delaney and Mike Fitzpatrick in these past few days, in an effort to try and bridge the gap between current spending and the need for more than $750 billion to bring US infrastructure up to suitable international standards. READ ARTICLE
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Florida’s Department of Transportation is busy these days preparing a long-term plan to widen U.S. 98 to six lanes. But any such project remains well down the road. READ ARTICLE
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Producer Prices and Transportation – A Secret



Taking a small survey of transportation professionals, there are very few that know about a secret weapon for carriers and tool for shippers alike. It’s called the Producer Price Index and it is released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics every month. READ COMMENTARY