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It is not called a supply river, a supply track, a supply conduit, or a supply fire hose, but a supply chain. READ ARTICLE
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Any gardener will understand the challenges faced by the designers of the Public Square at Hudson Yards: Ensuring there is abundant water. READ ARTICLE
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The Senate and House are moving toward a showdown over a must-pass transportation bill this week. READ ARTICLE
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It would be pleasing as could be to summarize in this space a newly passed surface transportation bill signed, sealed, and delivered out of Congress. READ COMMENTARY
We’ll always pay attention to a story highlighting labor shortages, current or looming. READ ARTICLE
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In Maryland, a century-old rail tunnel needed emergency repairs this winter because of soil erosion from leaks, causing widespread train delays. READ ARTICLE
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After years of upgrading the terminals, airport managers now are reconfiguring the parking and rental car systems, a $165.6 million project. It started this week. READ ARTICLE
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Our fine people are down in one of our favorite cities, San Antonio, for the groundbreaking ceremonies associated with the new consolidated rental car center. READ COMMENTARY
In what seems like a past life now, about fifteen years ago, I owned a sort of loose copy of the iconic Lotus Seven, a fantastically unreliable mongrel with a Ford engine and a Toyota differential built in Africa by people who could lay down glass-smooth concours-quality paint without breaking a sweat but who couldn't weld two beads without leaving a hole between them. READ ARTICLE
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Right on cue we get a reminder that we depend on a highway system that was once the envy of the world. READ ARTICLE
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The ocean container carrier industry has been plagued by overcapacity of late, but a new technology partnership may begin to address it. READ ARTICLE
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Total U.S. carloads for the week were 277,331 carloads, down 7.3% compared with the same week in 2014, while U.S. intermodal volume was 273,850 containers and trailers, up 2.3% compared to 2014. READ ARTICLE
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The world is awash in diesel, sending prices plunging and delivering some commuters a rare bounty. READ ARTICLE
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We are experiencing a gasoline and diesel relationship like we haven't seen since 2009. READ COMMENTARY
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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Arts organization WonderRoot will partners with MARTA and The TransFormation Alliance, a collaboration among community advocates, policy experts, non-profit and for-profit developers, transit providers and government agencies, to launch En Route, a program designed to install public art in select MARTA transit stations. READ ARTICLE
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An unmanned aerial vehicle successfully dropped medical supplies to a health clinic in rural southwest Virginia last week, in the first government-approved drone delivery of cargo. READ ARTICLE
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Another year, another record recorded by the Georgia Ports Authority.
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As Congress considers a long-awaited transportation funding bill, some Republican governors as well as Democrats say they aren't waiting to raise or borrow money to fix or build roads, bridges and highways. READ ARTICLE
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In truth, transportation through some of our more complex systems all but require IT integration, as the challenges occur in real time, and have largely moved beyond traditional human means of management. READ ARTICLE
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The Kansas Department of Transportation wants to know what drivers would be willing to pay for a new bridge over the Missouri River near Fort Leavenworth – if it saved them time. READ ARTICLE
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Top lawmakers and the White House are in the early stages of discussing an ambitious overhaul of how the U.S. taxes its multinational firms, according to officials involved in the effort. READ ARTICLE
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LaGuardia Airport was born of controversy after Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia, miffed that his city did not have its own airport, refused to exit a plane that had landed at Newark Liberty International Airport in neighboring New Jersey. READ ARTICLE
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It’s no surprise that New Jersey’s corporate leaders cited taxes as their top concern, since they do so every year when canvassed by the state Chamber of Commerce survey. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. oil prices dipped below $50 a barrel Monday for the first time since April on continued concerns that global crude-oil supplies are overwhelming demand. READ ARTICLE
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Replacing a freeway bridge typically takes months, if not years, of lane closings, traffic shifts, or both. READ ARTICLE
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Who ever heard of the quick replacement of a bridge? These fine structures most often call for months of shut down lanes, detours, end-arounds, and construction dust. Safety concerns subsequently are heightened at the construction site. READ COMMENTARY
The success that the fine people at Prologis achieve, owners, operators and developers of industrial real estate, are a good surrogate for the health of the facilities along the supply chain – warehouses, distribution centers, terminals of one sort or another. READ ARTICLE
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Damaged big-city roads cost motorists as much as $1,000 a year in added maintenance, according to a report obtained by USA TODAY and are being used to urge Congress to approve a new highway bill to replace the one expiring July 31. READ ARTICLE
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The 1,030 page highway bill that was unveiled by the Senate on Tuesday would make it easier for states to add tolls to U.S. highways. READ ARTICLE
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House members from both parties blasted the $317 billion six-year transportation funding proposal negotiated over the weekend by Senate leaders, casting doubt on the measure's fate in Congress. READ ARTICLE
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The Senate on Monday evening set aside a two-month extension of federal highway funding, as lawmakers head toward a showdown with the House on its long-term bill. READ ARTICLE
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Under the train trestles and highway bridges of New York City, there are 700 miles of underused public land. READ ARTICLE
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The Tennessee Department of Transportation announced Monday the success of the first weekend of the Interstate 40 Fast Fix 8 bridge repair project by releasing a time-lapse video of the weekend work. READ ARTICLE
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A revolutionary project to connect Dallas and Houston by bullet train just took a major leap forward.
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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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Imagine erasing the two largest airports in Texas -- more than 11,000 flights a week. READ ARTICLE
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What’s the best way to avert a meltdown over late buses? How about having commuters decompress to the groovy, toe-tapping sounds of a jazz ensemble? READ ARTICLE
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Remember when drivers would pull up to a toll booth, hand cash to a toll collector and wait for the gate to rise so they could pass? READ ARTICLE
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Although the project is five years away, the Illinois Tollway awarded $106 million in contracts Thursday to launch planning for a major rebuilding of the central Tri-State Tollway, one of the region's busiest transportation arteries. READ ARTICLE
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A big increase in funding for public transportation projects contributed to Democrats voting to move forward with a federal highway bill on Wednesday, said Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio). READ ARTICLE
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Both the private and the public side of transportation – roughly, the goods-moving side in the first instance, the people-moving side in the second – have a keen interest in making their networks as efficient as possible.

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Of all highway users, the trucking industry has the most at stake in ensuring a solid future for the Interstate highway system. READ ARTICLE
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As it turns out, human nature did not change in the recession, at least as far as driving went. READ COMMENTARY
The era of driverless trucks – or autonomous vehicles, as they are known euphemistically – may be a lot closer to reality than many people think. READ ARTICLE
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President Obama is insisting that lawmakers reauthorize the controversial Export-Import Bank in must-pass transportation funding legislation that is being debated this week, the White House said Thursday. READ ARTICLE
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