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NIM is TranSystems' e-newsletter distributed to more than 10,000 subscribers nationwide. The electronic publication features top news and expert commentary on target market segments in the transportation industry.
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Transportation, that wide and capacious category under which all the modes are captured – freight rail, passenger rail, highways and bridges, airports, ports, trucking, the supply chain – is a technical endeavor of the first order and in the modern age it has as its first order of business the safety of the public. READ ARTICLE
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In reporting rail traffic for January 2016, Association of American Railroads (AAR) Senior Vice President John T. Gray said, “"Intermodal was solid in January, but carload volumes weren't what railroads were hoping for. By all accounts, rail service right now is excellent, but volume just isn't there.” READ ARTICLE
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The Chinese New Year was already a worldwide celebration, and now the festivities are as far-reaching as outer space. READ ARTICLE
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The Chinese New Year has an outsized effect on manufacturing, shipping, trade, the ports...how does this come to be so? READ COMMENTARY
Check out the video. This is a fine if undramatic telling of this episode which covers the grounding – just as you would picture it, bound to a sandbar or shoreline that it found itself unable to become free of – of one of the new megaships and the manner in which the fine pilots of the Elbe River free it from the situation it found itself in. READ ARTICLE
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The news is out: 77 cities from Reno to Rochester and Anchorage to Albuquerque have submitted applications for DOT's first-of-its-kind Smart City Challenge. READ ARTICLE
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If you want to film a car chase in Los Angeles, here’s the playbook. Head downtown. READ ARTICLE
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US exports have dipped again in early 2015 year-over-year for a variety of reasons. READ ARTICLE
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The page includes a photo of the bridge and a product description.
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The Scottish jokester highlighted in this article is likely a young person who no doubt thought they had invented the notion of putting a bridge up for sale so as to, in this case, advertise some dissatisfaction with construction taking place on the bridge. READ COMMENTARY
Raising the gas tax is a tough sell in Missouri. READ ARTICLE
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The surge in the oil sector turned several states into the envy of the US during the recession. It was laughable to even mention the "r" word when the price per barrel of oil was above $100 and only seemed to be heading north. READ ARTICLE
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The new Interstate 405 express toll lanes are bringing in more than triple the money expected, creating a possible windfall to spend at freeway chokepoints.
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What if computers could recognize objects as well as the human brain could? READ ARTICLE
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Sometime within the next five to seven years, a section of Niagara Falls will go dry. READ ARTICLE
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The recent release of the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) annual Most Wanted List has once again shone a spotlight upon rail safety in the United States. READ ARTICLE
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Once you get outside of each of the sectors the parlance and terminology of each starts to fade in the distance even for industry professionals, much less the citizen reader. READ COMMENTARY
Before driverless, there will be vehicle-to-vehicle. The technology will proceed in a step-wise fashion so let us acquaint ourselves with v-to-v and get our footing firmly under us. READ ARTICLE
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President Obama is proposing a $10-a-barrel oil tax, phased in over five years, to pay for a variety of transportation initiatives, including new rail corridors, highway projects, pilot projects for self-driving cars and other technologies it said fall under the goal of a “clean transportation” system. 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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Engineers tasked with building airports face many challenges. They need to find a location with plenty of space, lots of flat ground, good visibility and favorable winds.
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Once upon a time being involved with e-commerce wasn't all that complex. That was in its infancy - a couple of years ago. The biggest issue was having some sort of landing page and a Pay Pal account. READ ARTICLE
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A third more pension funds invested in infrastructure last year, as cash-strapped governments around the world sought out institutional investors to rebuild their economies. READ ARTICLE
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The article references the climb of the activity between pension funds and infrastructure both domestic and international but chiefly the latter, but the reader is left to wonder why infrastructure (transportation chiefly) is interested in pension funds and why pension funds are interested in transportation: the answer is John Dillinger. READ COMMENTARY
The latest thing in the world of tech is the wearable device and many are now trying to determine if this is gimmick or really useful. READ ARTICLE
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The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration today announced its latest estimate of traffic deaths, which show a steep 9.3 percent increase for the first nine months of 2015. READ ARTICLE
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The topic is somewhat complex, luckily for the writer three of the best in the business -- Tom Ichniowski at ENR, Eric Jaffe at CityLab, and Ariel Wittenberg at E&E Daily – have plowed the ground. READ ARTICLE
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Back in 2012, the U.S. food truck industry for the first time blew past the $1 billion revenue mark (it in fact reached $1.5 billion that year), making it one of the fastest-growing sectors of the national food and restaurant market. READ ARTICLE
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You may say with confidence that the food truck has arrived. Not only has it broken through the $1 billion barrier in total annual revenues, but they have occasioned a series of economic studies and articles. READ COMMENTARY
Oil prices will stay low for as long as 10 years as Chinese economic growth slows and the U.S. shale industry acts as a cap on any rally, according to the world’s largest independent oil-trading house. READ ARTICLE
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