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Picture the Paris skyline with a giant sprinkler in place of the Eiffel Tower, or London's Tower Bridge being an underwater tunnel instead. It could've happened. READ ARTICLE
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The first thing I say over the phone to Amtrak President and CEO Joseph Boardman is that I appreciate him taking the time to talk about Amtrak, because it's one of my favorite subjects, and it's a favorite subject of CityLab readers. READ ARTICLE
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TAMPA - As a longtime Hillsborough County resident, Becky Gage has heard of random incidents of wrong-way drivers, but she's never seen anything like this year where five wrong-way crashes have led to 11 deaths. READ ARTICLE
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The Brevard County Commission is set to vote on an agreement next week that would help the $2.5 billion Miami-to-Orlando passenger rail secure funds to build the Central Florida portion of the project. READ ARTICLE
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CLEVELAND, Ohio -- In a sign of the growing strength of the Midwest economy, ports up and down the Great Lakes are experiencing a robust shipping season and many are hustling to keep up with cargo volumes that have returned to pre-recession levels. READ ARTICLE
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The California Supreme Court on Wednesday cleared the way for further construction of the state's $68-billion bullet train when it declined to hear an appeal filed by Central Valley opponents of the controversial project. READ ARTICLE
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Construction has begun on a revolutionary highway ramp that will change the way drivers get on and off I-65 in Greenwood. READ ARTICLE
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The studies GAO reviewed and stakeholders interviewed suggest that removing crude oil export restrictions is likely to increase domestic crude oil prices but decrease consumer fuel prices. READ ARTICLE
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There is a thought among analysts in the US that cheaper oil could be a bad sign for the airline industry. READ ARTICLE
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We knew about twenty years ago when one of our Board members came back from a visit to China that it was going to be a big force going forward when he said that they have entire valleys of factories over there devoted to single products. READ ARTICLE
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Today ends a two-year, $5 million construction project designed to manage, monitor and improve Jacksonville's traffic flow and safety: the Intelligent Transportation System. READ ARTICLE
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Breaking its relative silence, Canadian Pacific Railway announced Oct. 20, 2014 that it is no longer pursuing CSX as a merger partner. READ ARTICLE
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States could face new challenges meeting their transportation budget needs in coming months if bumps for the economy in early autumn give way to a longer slowdown that threatens their revenue streams. 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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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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WASHINGTON - The U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the aviation community sent a plan to Congress today to show how the FAA will accelerate the benefits of key NextGen initiatives over the next three years. READ ARTICLE
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The Obama administration's top transportation official said the coming lame duck session of Congress will present an opportunity to pass an elusive multi-year road and transit funding bill to end the cycle of short-term patches that keep the Highway Trust Fund from going broke. READ ARTICLE
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It is no wonder that if you are the type to read speeches by the fine people on the Federal Reserve committee or at least to read the headlines, that you are noticing a lot of these fine people starting to cluster around the topic of employment. READ ARTICLE
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Two Midwest governors up for re-election this fall are talking about shifting their states' motor fuel revenue streams to sales taxes on fuel and away from the current reliance on fixed, per-gallon fees. READ ARTICLE
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Business is booming at ports along the Great Lakes, a good sign for the economy, port operators said. READ ARTICLE
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This is hardly a sports publication but it seems out of keeping with the current spirit abroad in this city to not mention the play of the local baseball team. READ ARTICLE
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Drivers will soon see construction crews at Interstate 35 and University Boulevard/RM 1431, working on improvements designed to make it easier to get on the highway or to popular shopping centers. READ ARTICLE
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Major improvements to I-395, including a new signature bridge, are funded for 2018 and preliminary design work continues with an eye toward a January 2015 design completion date, according to the Florida Department of Transportation. READ ARTICLE
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If you've been trapped alone in traffic on I-405, wishing to free yourself by swinging into the faster HOV lanes, your wish for freedom will soon come true - but that fast lane will be far from free. READ ARTICLE
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We are told that we are in an era of debundling as the various providers of either content or passage of that content in the television side of the economy is being peeled into separate strands that then are paid for separately. READ ARTICLE
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After grappling for two years over a transportation spending package, lawmakers might not get back to it in 2015. READ ARTICLE
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The Louisville Regional Airport Authority plans the first major makeover in a decade of the Jerry E. Abramson Terminal, with work on tap costing up to $8 million. READ ARTICLE
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One of the items that often looked at during various stages of the economic cycle is the rate of merger and acquisition activity. READ ARTICLE
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The state's announcement several weeks ago of the deal to bring Tesla Motors to Nevada included a projected $40 million for the right-of-way to complete USA Parkway. READ ARTICLE
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Production at American factories rebounded, claims for jobless benefits fell to a 14-year low and households held the most optimistic views in two years, signs the world's largest economy is overcoming a global slowdown. READ ARTICLE
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SAN PEDRO - The nation's busiest seaport posted its busiest month in more than eight years. READ ARTICLE
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Triangle Transit is advancing plans to build a light-rail line that will connect Chapel Hill and East Durham, N.C. READ ARTICLE
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BUTLER COUNTY - In December 2012, plans to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Kyles Station and Yankee roads had some residents seeing red. READ ARTICLE
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There was a lot of activity last week in the stock market when retail sales were released. READ ARTICLE
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There is a robust discussion in place, yes, that is a good way to describe it, a robust discussion in place on the wisdom of opening up domestic crude oil production to the export markets. READ ARTICLE
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It can be hard to leave the office behind...even for baseball managers and third base coaches. READ ARTICLE
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Students of infrastructure spend a certain amount of time considering the notion that infrastructure by rights ought to cost something, and that something should be non-trivial. READ ARTICLE
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Three industries are going through dramatic supply chain transformations: retail with their omni-channel initiatives; health care because of new Affordable Care Act regulations; and shale oil because of the price pressures caused by booming production. READ ARTICLE
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If you are under that age you may as well get used to the fact that you start getting retirement type literature in the mail at about age 39, and it doesn't let up from there. READ ARTICLE
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Faced with public concern about the risks of crude oil shipments, the Union Pacific railroad last month boosted its rail inspection program on mountain passes in California and the West, dispatching high-tech vehicles with lasers to check tracks for imperfections. READ ARTICLE
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Things to Watch over the Next Two Months READ ARTICLE
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What's moving the matrix? Mass Transit Update READ ARTICLE
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What's moving the matrix? Retail Situation READ ARTICLE
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Variable costs are either an integral part of your daily professional life or they were forgotten as soon as possible after you walked out of Accounting 101 or the highest level you reached in that area of learning. READ ARTICLE
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DALLAS -- Virginia officials would have to notify lawmakers and the public of potential risks to the state from any new transportation public-private partnership under revised procurement guidelines proposed Tuesday by the director of the commonwealth's transportation P3 office. READ ARTICLE
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One of the critical items to look at in the AAR data is the sheer volume of increases of carloads that these industries are creating. READ ARTICLE
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FOR Roland Dion, 81, who lives on the eastern edge of San Diego, being isolated in a place where the car rules is all too real a possibility. READ ARTICLE
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In Los Angeles' Griffith Park, there is a mountain lion known as the "Hollywood Lion." READ ARTICLE
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The outlook for Texas is anything but gloomy these days. READ ARTICLE
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What's it all mean? The warning blender.
Here's some quick news blasts on transportation topics. READ ARTICLE
TranSystems Transportation Activity Index, October 21 2014
Transportation Activity Index, October 15, 2014
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The speed with which global slowdowns are occurring catches the eye. Germany has experienced some of its weakest economic activity since January of 2009 - the height of the financial crisis. READ COMMENTARY