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As the roadway system of the early to mid-1800’s America gave way to the railroad network that sprung up in the post-Civil War era, a full range of human characters from the noble to the adventurous to the entrepreneurial to the dreamer to the roguish traveled along both. Joining them were every kind of traveling entertainment – revues, vaudevilles, Wild West shows, circuses, carnivals, medicine shows, operas, theater troupes, and variety shows – that toured relentlessly to bring their acts before small, medium, and big time towns. READ ARTICLE
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The exclusive feel of domestic airline clubs has taken a hit over the last decade. They are more crowded, and the free premium cocktails have been disappearing. Free Wi-Fi is no longer even a draw because it is available in many airport terminals. READ ARTICLE
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The first line of this fine story must be music to the aviation professional’s ear: the notion that a passenger would arrive at the airport some hours early for her flight simply because she finds one of the terminal lounges a congenial place to spend time...well, that puts the airport environment into an entirely difference category than it has historically been mentally filed. READ COMMENTARY
We always like to class up these write-ups when we can with a reference to something as cool and obscure as the Rosetta Stone which, if you recall, was an ancient Egyptian slab which presented the same information in three different languages, allowing the reader who knows one of ‘em to eventually learn to translate the other two. READ ARTICLE
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The Massachusetts Department of Transportation is hoping to ease congestion on the state's roadways by tapping data. MassDOT announced Thursday that the agency is partnering with Waze -- the Google-owned app that provides users with real-time traffic conditions. READ ARTICLE
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Many social media applications to date have dealt in the ebb and flow of cultural pulses regarding celebrity news, sporting events, political exchanges, and kittens. Hats off to all these fine topics, but there may be a finite appetite for such news over the long run, and besides, the achievement of profit is still elusive. READ COMMENTARY
In December, the quarter-mile-long Benjamin Franklin became the largest cargo ship ever to dock at a U.S. port. Five more mega-vessels were supposed to follow, creating a trans-Pacific shipping juggernaut by the end of May. But thanks to a massive miscalculation on the part of the fleet's owner -- there's not enough demand for all that shipping -- the Benjamin Franklin made its last U.S. port visit a few weeks ago. READ ARTICLE
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It is a provocative headline, but it is not clear at all that the fine writer has much of a case to make. The reference is to the increasing size and cargo-carrying capacity of container ships, those vessels that ply the oceans to the tune of a 100,000 individual ships carrying goods tucked neatly into metal containers. READ COMMENTARY
Transportation infrastructure, the funding for it, the competition for the dollars, the timing of the need for it, doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It perhaps in most people’s minds is casually lumped in with all things of a ‘utility’ nature, anything in the nature of a facility or structure, linear or vertical, power generating or power consuming, start of the process or end of the process, underground or aboveground or overhead, in short, the whole array of a modern society’s underlying mechanism. READ ARTICLE
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Innovation comes in many forms and can have lasting effects. In the early 1930s it took three days to unload a boxcar containing 13,000 cases of unpalletized canned goods. With the innovation of pallets and fork lifts this three-day task was cut to four hours. READ ARTICLE
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In the run-up to the opening ceremony of this year's Olympic Games on 5 August, organisers and local authorities in Rio de Janeiro are scrambling to put the finishing touches to the host city's public spaces, venues, accommodation and transport connections, in a bid to welcome approximately 7.5 million sports fans and 10,500 athletes to Brazil's second-largest city. READ ARTICLE
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We should allot a certain amount of sympathy for the transportation planners charged with readying a city for events such as the Olympics or the World Cup. READ COMMENTARY
Brownfields are an interesting slice of the infrastructure pie and have implications for transportation. They’re in the news these days; let’s take a run through the topic. Parcels of land within city limits cover the past decades may well have gone through a number of different commercial uses, from coal gasification facilities in the early part of the last century, to paper mills, dry cleaners, and the array of what might be called small-to-medium impact industrial processes. READ ARTICLE
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The time-lapse video below shows Portland’s old Sellwood Bridge, which was built in 1925, being moved to temporary supports on January 19, 2013, so that a new bridge could be constructed in its place. You can view another time-lapse of the new bridge construction here. READ ARTICLE
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These admirable efforts demonstrate the role of transportation in public policy and the social safety net, and points out as clearly as can be how important transportation is to a fully functioning community. READ ARTICLE
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The 24 Hours of Le Mans started in 1923 in a tiny town in the French countryside 130 miles from Paris. The storied endurance race pits some old European brands—Peugeot, Renault, and Matra, among others—against the likes of Audi and Porsche, in cars piloted by relatively unknown drivers. READ ARTICLE
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We are active in automobile racing, sponsoring one and sometimes two cars on the IndyCar circuit. We come by this via our enthusiasm for the main charity in that circuit, Racing for Kids, the opportunities presented thereby for client entertainment and employee recognition at the races themselves, and our liking for powerful motors hurtling cars around a track at 200+ mph.
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Now and again we’ll put a call out to the field for the latest pictures of wildlife that our bridge inspectors have run across or have engaged with. This type of interaction is expected and managing these encounters is part of the bridge inspection safety protocols. After all, transportation assets take their place in the physical world, and in the case of bridges, most ordinarily over a body of water or marshlands. It is their world – the snakes and raccoons – and once built the bridge just becomes one more part of the habitat they engage with every day. READ ARTICLE
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