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The Southwest Chief will keep chugging through Colorado thanks to a $12.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation. READ ARTICLE
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Senator Boxer of California is a true friend to transportation; and she doesn’t mind facing head on the funding issues that challenge the sector, and in particular doesn’t mind digging down and finding a range of solutions. READ ARTICLE
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There is renewed talk of a second canal in Central America, this one in Nicaragua, just as the Panama Canal is closing in on the date of completion for its widening and deepening. READ ARTICLE
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There is a Catch 22 developing around the world regarding crude oil and fuel prices. READ ARTICLE
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Similar in concept to pass-through tolls, availability payments are a means of compensating a private concessionaire for its responsibility to design, construct, operate, and/or maintain a tolled or non-tolled roadway for a set period of time. READ ARTICLE
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When Mexico’s auto production began accelerating in the last decade, Warren Buffett’s BNSF Railway Co. lacked an essential element for winning customers: tracks in the right places. READ ARTICLE
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The number of containers moving through major North American ports was up over 4 percent in the first half of 2014, port statistics show. READ ARTICLE
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San Jose’s Juan Santamaria International Airport is often busy, but it became a zoo on Tuesday when police discovered 170 live animals in the luggage of a passenger headed to Panama. READ ARTICLE
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Benchmark crude oil prices fell to 15-month lows Monday, a move that's likely to a accelerate already falling gasoline prices heading into fall. READ ARTICLE
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The area around Grand Central may get a lot grander. 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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Panama's president says the major expansion of the Panama Canal will be completed in time to open for business in the beginning of 2016. READ ARTICLE
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The federal government is chipping in to help pay for a major overhaul of the State Ports Authority's busiest container terminal. READ ARTICLE
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The latest report from the Association of American Railroads on the weekly carload report showed continued year-to-date strength over volumes in 2013, but a little deceleration in August. READ ARTICLE
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The Port of Seattle and the Makah Tribe are two winners from Washington state for a piece of $600 million in federal grants for critical transportation projects around the nation. READ ARTICLE
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Painting "NO TRUCKS" on the pavement helped cut the number of low-bridge crashes on Westchester's parkways, and now infrared beams that trigger electronic warnings and alert the police are expected to reduce them further. READ ARTICLE
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If you live in one of America's major cities, mobility often feels inextricably linked to public transportation. READ ARTICLE
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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Spending on what used to be thought of as core functions of the federal government continues to shrink. READ ARTICLE
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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — Midwestern lawmakers and farmers are shifting the attention of a locomotive and railcar shortage problem to Washington this week with legislation, a committee hearing and meetings with decision-makers. READ ARTICLE
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The United States could soon become the biggest market for public-private partnerships in the world, analysts from Moody’s Investors Service said in a recent analysis of trends around the globe. READ ARTICLE
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Those who drive natural gas-powered vehicles around Texas are quickly getting more fueling options. READ ARTICLE
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WASHINGTON — With a short-term fix papering over a shortfall in the highway trust fund, the Obama administration is looking for more creative ways to build and fix the nations's roads and bridges. READ ARTICLE
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The new partnership – pending approval from the U.S. Maritime Commission – will cover the Asia-Europe, Asia-Mediterranean, transpacific and Asia – U.S. East Coast trades. READ ARTICLE
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The transportation economy, stretching across the people and goods-moving sector, and depending on where you sit, is a reasonably physical side of the big old economy. READ ARTICLE
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Work to replace the beleaguered Purcell-Lexington bridge has been moved up to fiscal year 2018 under an ambitious eight-year work plan adopted Monday by the Oklahoma Transportation Commission. READ ARTICLE
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More than three years after their debut, nearly all of Metro-North's new M8 railcars have at last been delivered and put into service, beginning an inevitable countdown to eliminating the remainder of the state's aging and worn-out rail fleet. READ ARTICLE
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Two more roundabouts will be built in western Lucas County in an attempt to reinvent the traffic wheel. READ ARTICLE
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NORTH CHARLESTON — South Carolina Ports Authority head Jim Newsome said Monday that the Port of Charleston has bounced back to business levels of those before the Great Recession but that, to succeed, the authority must increase its earnings faster than at competing ports. READ ARTICLE
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The Chinese engineers passed by Antonio Cardenas' dusty plot of land the other day. READ ARTICLE
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The internet sales tax, aka, The Marketplace Fairness Act, seemed, if you were behind it, well on its way to passage last year, having sailed through the Senate and being viewed reasonably well in the House. READ ARTICLE
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We are no longer a conclusive people, some say at least. I will bet though that people can indeed be divided into two camps at least in one category: do they turn the air conditioner on in the car or don’t they? READ ARTICLE
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There are many that assume that the day of natural gas will dawn soon and to some degree they are correct but as with any new technology it is never that easy. READ ARTICLE
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The race is on in Mexico but in fact it has been for several years now. READ ARTICLE
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It likely is the first reasonable economic thought that a young person comes by, or at least it was for some of us, “a house is worth what someone will pay for it.” READ ARTICLE
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(Reuters) - The Obama administration on Tuesday announced a series of measures to help shore up crumbling U.S. infrastructure, including half a billion dollars in loans for the electric grid. READ ARTICLE
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WASHINGTON – U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx announced at today’s Build America Infrastructure Investment Summit a Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (TIFIA) loan for $950 million to help pay for the reconstruction and widening of 21 miles of Interstate 4 in metropolitan Orlando, Fla. READ ARTICLE
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DETROIT -- Michigan Department of Transportation Director Kirk Steudle knows the importance of an accurate map. READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Automotive Update READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Risks to an Economic Rally in 2H 2014 READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Maritime Rebounding Into the Fall READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Time to Start Watching Impact of Fuel Prices READ ARTICLE
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COLUMBIA – The projected cost of maintaining the state's crumbling roads in coming decades has more than doubled since 2008, according to a new state transportation plan. READ ARTICLE
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NORFOLK—A federal transportation grant will soon provide a much needed upgrade to a congested artery into the Port of Virginia. READ ARTICLE
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It’s a measure of the growing interest in privatization of transportation assets traditionally on the public side of the ledger that TIFIA funds, once underutilized, are now oversubscribed substantially. READ ARTICLE
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The exporter, mainly. READ ARTICLE
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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Wyoming is appealing Oregon’s recent decision to deny an application to build a coal terminal at the Port of Morrow, on the Columbia River. READ ARTICLE
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What's it all mean? The warning blender.
Here’s some quick news blasts on transportation topics. – lsm READ ARTICLE
TranSystems Transportation Activity Index, September 11 2014
August TranSystems Transportation Activity Index Update


The TranSystems Transportation Activity Index report for August was released this week, and we saw a recovery in month-over-month and a mixed report year-over-year. And yet, it must be reiterated that the indexes for each of the modes remain near all-time highs, readings remain very strong. READ COMMENTARY