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Depending on how far you want to take the concept transportation interacts with most municipal functions. Cities and states by definition are intimately tied up with geography and where you have geography and governance you’re going to have transportation. READ ARTICLE
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As the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and City of Boston examine methods to improve public transportation in the Greater Metro Area, a new study suggests that perhaps the best way to alleviate the region's transit woes is through Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). READ ARTICLE
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As far as I can tell we weren’t involved in this study, which suggests that the best value we can bring to from this desk is to simply describe what a bus rapid transit system is, where it came from, and how it works. READ COMMENTARY
After a sharp increase in the number of rail crossing accidents last year, the Federal Railroad Administration plans to announce a new partnership with Google on Monday to provide the locations of all grade crossings in the company’s popular map application. READ ARTICLE
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All Aboard Florida on Friday received a six-month extension to sell $1.75 billion in tax-exempt bonds to help pay for its express-passenger rail project between Miami and Orlando. READ ARTICLE
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All Aboard Florida will begin vertical construction this summer on its MiamiCentral station — one of four stations planned as part of the express-passenger train project. READ ARTICLE
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Fewer of tomorrow's freeways will be free. In exchange, drivers willing and able to pay will avoid the traffic congestion that bedevils everyone else. READ ARTICLE
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Breaking a deadlock that threatened federal highway funding, a bipartisan coalition of senators on Tuesday introduced a six-year bill that would boost overall spending on U.S. roads and bridges. READ ARTICLE
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E-commerce made it a breeze for a shopper to buy something from the other side of the country. Now, retailers and delivery companies are making it just as easy for shoppers to buy something on the other side of the world. READ ARTICLE
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Boston 2024 organizers announced on Monday grand plans to revitalize Widett Circle, including a brand new commuter rail station that would serve the Fairmount Line. But the Olympic bid committee had apparently not yet briefed the T’s interim general manager, Frank DePaola, on the project. READ ARTICLE
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Even before they endured four months of embarrassing and costly work slowdowns during contract negotiations between the International Longshore and Warehouse Union and the Pacific Maritime Association in 2014-15, California’s landlord container ports knew they had a congestion problem. READ ARTICLE
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We’re moving into the age of the connected vehicle. And as excited as we might be to have cars that play our ’90s alternative rock Spotify playlists and let us send text messages via voice control, such things are frivolous compared to the safety and efficiency benefits that come when you wire up tractor trailers. READ ARTICLE
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Puerto Rico Gov. Alejandro García Padilla's developing plan to restructure the public sector's $72 billion of debt, which would dwarf any other municipal debt restructuring, is part of a larger plan to overhaul the commonwealth's governmental practices. READ ARTICLE
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Puerto Rico plays a special role in the infrastructure world and the world of bond finance. READ COMMENTARY
The diversion of cargo from West Coast ports this past year taught East and Gulf Coast ports a valuable lesson. 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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The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee approved a six-year highway bill June 24 that increases funding, adds a freight projects program that would be allocated to states on a formula basis and creates a new grant program for major projects to be selected by the Federal Highway Administration but approved by Congress on a project-by-project basis. READ ARTICLE
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Agricultural exporters are still fuming over West Coast port delays earlier this year that left their goods stranded and cost them a big piece of their business. READ ARTICLE
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The problem is clear: Traffic congestion will become significantly worse and more widespread without big changes in how people and products get around. READ ARTICLE
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Bridge inspections reached a huge milestone in April, when the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) began collecting “element-level” bridge condition data from state departments of transportation. READ ARTICLE
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AAA is predicting that nearly 42 million U.S. residents will travel at least 50 miles away from home over the upcoming July Fourth holiday weekend. READ ARTICLE
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The numbers are impressive, with predictions of over 40 million highway travelers over the upcoming holiday weekend, rising to the highest level in eight years. READ COMMENTARY
The Georgia Ports Authority reported Monday all-time records for both container volumes and total tonnage in May. READ ARTICLE
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General Motors Co plans to begin testing new Cisco Systems Inc technology that could allow "talking" cars to share radio communication bands with roadside Wi-Fi devices, a GM executive told U.S. lawmakers. READ ARTICLE
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Attention, people of Mountain View, Calif. Don't call the police on those pod-like vehicles now roaming your suburban streets. They're just Google's autonomous two-person vehicles getting the lay of the land. READ ARTICLE
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The Supreme Court on Monday dealt a setback to the Obama administration’s environmental agenda by rejecting the first-ever rules requiring power plants to cut mercury emissions and other toxic air pollutants. READ ARTICLE
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Hawaii Rep. Matt LoPresti knew he had a problem when his preschool-aged daughter Nina started drawing pictures of herself sitting in traffic.
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To predict how a seasonal influenza epidemic will spread across the United States, one should focus more on the mobility of people than on their geographic proximity, a new study suggests.
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It is a somber reality that overlaid upon transportation networks are invisible disease-spreading networks. READ COMMENTARY
Every June, after the rainy season ends in the grassy highlands of southern Peru, the res­idents of four villages near Huinchiri, at more than 12,000 feet in altitude, come together for a three-day festival. Men, women and children have already spent days in busy preparation: They’ve gathered bushels of long grasses, which they’ve then soaked, pounded, and dried in the sun. READ ARTICLE
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The Los Angeles County transportation agency, facing a catastrophic drought that has led the state to issue its first ever mandatory cutbacks in urban water use, has decided to reduce its water consumption by 20 percent by 2017. READ ARTICLE
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The nation will have to act decisively -- and soon -- to avoid a predicted slowdown in its transportation network, experts say. READ ARTICLE
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The Port of Oakland said Tuesday it will place sensors along the streets leading up to its terminals to better track how long truck drivers must wait to pick up cargo. READ ARTICLE
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With multiple construction projects being done on I-75 the Ohio Department of Transportation relies heavily on their cameras to monitor traffic patterns. READ ARTICLE
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Amid national discussion about how to avoid more traffic congestion, officials mapping out Ohio’s transportation projects for the next few decades are considering how buses, bicycles and other modes of transit might fit with solo-driver commutes and the Midwestern mindset.
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In April, I announced the launch of the seventh round of our TIGER discretionary grant program. The 2015 TIGER program will make $500 million available for innovative and transformative transportation projects across the country. READ ARTICLE
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Labor secretary Thomas E. Perez joined the mayors of Los Angeles and Long Beach Monday on board the deck of the USS Iowa to praise an agreement aimed at reducing port congestion — and heralded new construction designed to help even more. READ ARTICLE
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A Senate bill to fund transportation and housing programs would provide Amtrak with nearly $1.4 billion next year, much more than the amount allocated by the House, according to a summary prepared by the Senate Appropriations Committee. READ ARTICLE
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A newly proposed six-year Senate highway bill has won praise as a positive step toward a larger goal: a long-term, fully funded surface- transportation measure. READ ARTICLE
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The $275 billion highway bill that was advanced by a Senate committee on Wednesday would make it easier for states to add tolls to U.S. highways. READ ARTICLE
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Slot machines could be coming to Lehigh Valley International Airport, under a bill proposed in the Pennsylvania House of Representatives.
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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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With no long-term solution in place -- or even in sight -- for the sputtering federal Highway Trust Fund, state and local governments are significantly increasing their own transportation spending. READ ARTICLE
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The Texas Legislature began this year’s session with a major case of toll fatigue. READ ARTICLE
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Low gas prices are spurring Americans to drive more — nearly 990 billion miles in the first four months of the year, an all-time record. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. Senators Cantwell (D-WA), Booker (D-NJ), Murray (D-WA) and Markey (D-MA) introduced a proposal creating a national multimodal freight policy and investment program on Thursday. Much of the bill, the National Multimodal Freight Policy and Investment Act, was crafted based on recommendations developed by the nonpartisan National Freight Advisory Committee, a group organized by the United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) and composed of public and private sector freight stakeholders. READ ARTICLE
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Urban planners have long considered public transportation the best remedy for traffic congestion, but many of the nation's largest mass-transit systems simply aren't up to the task. READ ARTICLE
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The idea that gasoline cars might cause less environmental harm than electric vehicles seems impossibly backwards. But consider the following thought experiment before you dismiss it out of hand. READ ARTICLE
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Mr. Jaffe in his usual capable fashion takes the reader through this particular irony, calling upon the fine economic and carbon footprint data report underlying the article to support this notion: a standard gasoline-fueled passenger car can and often does exact less of an environmental cost than an electric-powered vehicle. READ COMMENTARY
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