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There are three circumstances in transportation circles when the words congestion and pricing find themselves in close proximity. READ ARTICLE
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The dream of road pricing will never die in New York, and on Tuesday it got a new injection of life. READ ARTICLE
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Here in Washington, many residents are eagerly awaiting the opening of the city's perpetually-delayed streetcar line. READ ARTICLE
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In another sign that the auto market's recovery has not yet peaked, the average used car price hit a record $16,800 last year, according to a report from Edmunds.com. That was up 5.7% from 2013's average of $15,900. READ ARTICLE
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The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Transportation Commission today decided to move forward with a Design Build Finance Operate Maintain (DBFOM) method for the finance and delivery of the I-70 East project from I-25 to Denver International Airport. READ ARTICLE
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Through the back half of the last century the traditional means of a client, say a city or state, undertaking a major or even a medium infrastructure project was mostly a matter of identifying and then securing the funding through bond sales, grants, or direct spending out of city coffers READ COMMENTARY
The Illinois tollway may collaborate with the private sector on a federal program testing so-called connected vehicles that issue warnings about crashes, road conditions and sloppy drivers.
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While the world watches Google develop driverless cars and Uber and Lyft transform the commercial transport experience, there are big changes, maybe even bigger, underway at the Department of Transportation READ COMMENTARY
The D.C. Department of Transportation and Waze -- an app-based navigation tool -- have formed a partnership. READ ARTICLE
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You may trust that there are many and many an energetic person of a technical or IT bent out there determined to see exactly how it is that they are going to make a living out of social media. READ COMMENTARY
Chunks of ice are nothing new this time of year in Boston Harbor, but the vast stretches of frozen seawater evident this winter are unlike anything local mariners can remember. READ ARTICLE
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West Coast ports are emerging from the most contentious labor dispute in more than a decade, but lingering resentment and structural problems may complicate a return to normality. READ ARTICLE
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The major news in transportation last week and the several weeks leading up to last week was the resolution of the West Coast port dispute. READ COMMENTARY
After two years of imposing increasingly stiff penalties on automakers that overstate their fuel economy ratings, federal regulators on Monday said they would tighten guidelines used in determining the mileage advertised to consumers. READ ARTICLE
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As state legislatures across the nation grapple with declining funding to maintain roads, bridges and other transportation infrastructure, California lawmakers are confronting the unintended consequences of policies aimed at achieving ambitious environmental goals. 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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In the years since Massachusetts received about $7 billion from the federal government for Boston’s massive underground highway project known as the Big Dig, the state – like most others – has seen U.S. funding for transportation upkeep slowly diminish. READ ARTICLE
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The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Feb. 20 issued a proposal establishing a process to develop state asset management plans as mandated by the 2012 “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century” (MAP-21) surface transportation law. READ ARTICLE
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In more than 30 years of living in central Florida, Brindley Pieters has experienced his share of struggles with Interstate 4. READ ARTICLE
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The top lobbying group for Florida's seaports wants the state to establish a marketing campaign to help lure cargo-shipping companies from major ports in other areas of the country. A study released this week by the Florida Ports Council calls for lawmakers to create an advertising effort to entice shipping firms to move cargo through the Sunshine State rather than ports in Savannah, Houston, New York or even Los Angeles. READ ARTICLE
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Gov. Dannel P. Malloy on Wednesday presented a nearly $40 billion two-year budget that proposes to overhaul the aging transportation infrastructure in Connecticut, cuts the state sales tax and revamps the state’s criminal justice system. READ ARTICLE
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In our interview Friday with Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx, he suggested that the pace of technological innovation in transportation is out-running the ability of federal regulators to devise rules governing the use of that technology.
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Virginia’s plans to add HOT lanes — toll lanes where HOV-3 carpoolers ride free — to I-66 inside and outside the Beltway were approved by regional planners on Wednesday to be included in a key air quality study, a prerequisite for making it to the region’s long-range transportation plan of highway and transit projects. READ ARTICLE
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If Virginia doesn’t get federal funding, certain road projects could be abandoned for good. READ ARTICLE
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In the years since Massachusetts received about $7 billion from the federal government for Boston's massive underground highway project known as the Big Dig, the state -- like most others -- has seen U.S. funding for transportation upkeep slowly diminish. READ ARTICLE
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Mass transit news rarely makes people ecstatic, but early last week, local Twitter erupted in exclamation points. READ ARTICLE
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Five minutes here and there adds up to $105 million a year for United Parcel Service Inc. READ ARTICLE
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Drone technology for goods delivery is such a novel concept for the shipper that it is sometimes lost in the shuffle as to why the likes of Amazon would want to do it at all. READ COMMENTARY
Want an easy way to pay to ride a Los Angeles city bus? There's an app for that. READ ARTICLE
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The team charged with designing and engineering downtown’s $20 million transit center—which has begun to emerge south of Washington Street between Delaware and Alabama streets—took on three core challenges READ ARTICLE
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While other states struggle to pay the upkeep on their highway systems, Pennsylvania is implementing a multifaceted, multibillion-dollar blueprint designed to accelerate road and bridge projects, improve mass transit systems and increase subsidies to local governments. READ ARTICLE
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A “freight storm” could follow resolution of the West Coast port labor dispute, with truck rates rising sharply as shippers work to clear cargo from ports, BB&T Capital Markets warns. READ ARTICLE
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Michigan's total state and federal funding is up slightly from a decade ago, but it's down from a high of $3.3 billion in 2008, according to data from the Associated Press. READ ARTICLE
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As part of Gov. Dannel P. Malloy's plan to improve transportation in Connecticut, the state is tinkering anew with plans for a rapid-transit bus line linking Stamford and Norwalk along Route 1, though is not providing information on whether the plan envisions special lanes. READ ARTICLE
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Although Washington remains stuck in partisan gridlock, there is one thing that Democrats and Republicans agree on: the need to reduce gridlock in the rest of the country by bringing America's infrastructure into the 21st century. The basis for that rare consensus is painfully clear. READ ARTICLE
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The Chinese New Year came this year officially on February 19th. Bu, as we see stateside with Thanksgiving or Christmas, the holiday is celebrated around the world for a full two weeks. READ ARTICLE
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Few people can say they've journeyed far offshore to watch an excavator sling 18-ton subway cars into the briny deep. Stephen Mallon's been there seen that, though, and his photographic proof is as crazy as you'd imagine. READ ARTICLE
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If you have complaints about traffic in Chandler, Ben McCawley wants to hear from you. READ ARTICLE
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January TranSystems Transportation Activity Index Update
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Wal-Mart announced that it would increase hourly wages in a two-step process which will make it one of the most attractive employers of non-salaried workers in the country. That will send wage pressure back through multiple sectors - and competitors will be forced to make some changes to keep pace. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. oil-company job cuts that cost machinery operator Drew Sanford his spot at Halliburton Co. are shaping up as a boon for truckers desperate for big-rig drivers. Already equipped with a commercial license, the 30-year-old Sanford left North Dakota and landed at Oklahoma City-based Stevens Trucking Co. READ ARTICLE
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Quoctrung Bui of NPR’s Planet Money has mapped the most common job in each state based on U.S. Census Bureau data. READ ARTICLE
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Watching the world of trucking, there are some analysts predicting that the country will have to add as many as 200,000 drivers a year to meet basic demand for services over the next 10 years (especially when we account for the difference between a retiring Baby Boomer generation and incoming workers into the workforce). READ COMMENTARY
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