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The word certainly wasn’t in use at the time, but the first instance that an overburdened man or woman in ancient times got the bright idea of slinging a bale of grain-bearing stalks, the carcass of a slain deer, or heaps of supplies for a journey overland onto a pack animal, the intermodal means of transport was invented. READ ARTICLE
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To date such improvements in traffic light efficiency has been a one way street, with the transportation network’s system identifying and accommodating data based on historical studies of the volume and timing of traffic and the collection of data from thousands of sensors along the roadway. This fine company here seeks to push the envelope a little more and seems to anticipate a time when the traffic light acts on information based on real time data acquisition… delivered directly by the automobile itself. READ ARTICLE
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As Fast Lane readers well know, climate change is all too real. It has become more readily observable and measurable in recent decades, with the hottest years on record having occurred in 15 out of last 16 years.  READ ARTICLE
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The fine people at the US DOT concentrate here on transportation's contribution to the aggregate carbon footprint, in other words transportation's impact on climate change. Let us here consider the opposite: climate change's impact on transportation. READ COMMENTARY
This has always been a vibrant side of the economy; the people-moving and goods-moving infrastructure is inherently active and fully engages a quadruple handful of participants. And for many of those stakeholders it is getting more vibrant by the day, even to the point of disruption, or at the least, robust innovation. READ ARTICLE
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These glass bridges are seemingly the rage in China which has many a plunging abyss, many a peak to connect to another peak, a willing public, and a liking for big modern projects that place that country on the map. These structures are placed dramatically, and their visible impact is the whole point. READ ARTICLE
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If trucking firms, at least the larger operations, are given enough time to adjust to regulatory change - typically they can innovate their way through that period. Most companies are able to come out of it on the other side of the regulatory change in a better position than they were going into it - because they were forced to rethink how they do things, innovate, and adapt. READ ARTICLE
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The single most important statistic that came out of recent studies into the container-shipping sector was this one from the Wall Street Journal:  "On the benchmark Asia-to-Europe trade route, rates are at an average $575 a container this year, compared with $620 last year and $1,165 in 2014. A rate below $1,400 is unsustainable, operators say". READ ARTICLE
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The Philadelphia City Planning Commission on Tuesday authorized the acquisition of 20.8 acres adjacent to Philadelphia International Airport as part of the airport's long-range expansion plan. READ ARTICLE
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It is notable that the fine people on the city planning commission mentioned here first show the kind of forward thinking that many cities are showing….giving robust attention to the possibility of enhancing the regional airport with a CONRAC facility. It is notable secondly that 20 acres are being set aside (in fact bought) potentially for this purpose. READ COMMENTARY
As you might expect, that came to be because this house does a lot of online ordering. Starting from a position some five or six years ago with an attitude of “better get in on this online ordering before it disappears because it’s never going to last,” it has become, as in many households, a staple of goods-purchasing, sometimes of simple supplies, sometimes of clothing, sometimes of special items. READ ARTICLE
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In the year 2042, something potentially significant to Central Florida motorists could happen. The Central Florida Expressway Authority, which operates 109 miles of toll roads in Orange County, will have paid off its $4.3 billion in bonds. READ ARTICLE
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Tolling is likely to remain a viable option going forward, even as certain portfolios of bonds are paid off supported by the tolling. These end-states of the original bond issuance are most ordinarily scores of years away and it is the nature of the built transportation environment that other major assets will in the meantime themselves require update, expansion, replacement, or indeed, to be designed and built from scratch. READ COMMENTARY
A classic move in car racing is the slingshot maneuver, where a trailing car drafts the lead car, riding in a reduced air pressure pocket to ease its movements, waits for the right curve, smashes on the gas and uses the extra power to slingshot ahead. READ ARTICLE
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The ride hailing business and the autonomous car business are two of the more innovative ideas out there...if you double them up do you get innovation squared? That at least seems to be the idea behind Uber teaming with Volvo, declaring that testing of such a system will deploy in Pittsburgh in the near future. READ COMMENTARY
Signaling is a key human activity – think of how we signal the outlines of our character by the clothes we  wear, the movies we see, the books we talk about – and it is an important part of the technology of the built environment as well. When we press a cross-walk button, or an elevator button, or adjust thermostat, it is natural to assume that we are really having an effect. READ ARTICLE
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Streets are both New York City’s circulatory system and its skin. READ ARTICLE
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You think transportation infrastructure is invisible to the common citizen, try the underground economy. I mean the real underground economy. READ COMMENTARY
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