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Most examples of ancient construction that we can still examine are non-mysterious as to origin, purpose, materials, schedule, and workforce. Shelter, worship, some sort of monumental adoration to the ruling class, towering statements of military dominance over the region, or workaday commercial purposes like the ports of the ancient Roman Empire whose concrete piers still stand, these communicate across the millennia and remind us that human motivations share enduring drives. Stonehenge though reveals almost none of this; only the materials – those huge blocks of stone – are available to us, and they make the rest even more unknowable. READ ARTICLE
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Let’s imagine a nation with the following characteristics: large but not unmanageable amounts of long-term debt READ ARTICLE
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50 year bonds enter the transportation finance sector from two directions. The first is as a simple alternative to existing options, the second employs the bonds as a tool in tax reform. We shall take them in order. READ COMMENTARY
It sounds as though the city pays the concessionaire when it happens to have funds available, doesn’t it? A sweet deal if ever there was one for a city, but alas, what we have here is an example of the slipperiness of language. What it really refers to is the contractual obligation of the privatizing entity to make available to the city and the citizen what it has promised to make available – a stretch of highway, a bridge, a tollway. This is only one, but increasingly a preferred way to structure a privatization contract. READ ARTICLE
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Rents in the Bay Area are rising so fast that the Oakland City Council voted last month to impose a 90-day moratorium on rent increases, an emergency ordinance intended to counter the city’s second straight year of double-digit rent growth. READ ARTICLE
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The fine writer has hit upon a clever headline to convey a topic well-known to industry participants and nearly invisible to everyone else. Warehouse rents are a reliable gage of warehouse demand and those rents in certain areas of the country are rising in the 20% and 30% range year over year. Several reasons occur after a moment’s thought. READ COMMENTARY
Oh, I don’t believe that the only solution for the uncertain driver being introduced to the topic of roundabouts is to wait for driverless technology to advance sufficiently, a matter of a decade or so. No, a perfectly suitable alternative is to drive on one…and enjoy its safety profile, appreciate its integration into the roadway and the surrounding environment, and admire its well-known traffic-calming ability. READ ARTICLE
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A group seeking to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil on Thursday called on policymakers to remove regulatory hurdles in order to accelerate the deployment of self-driving cars, as well as revise tax incentives to boost sales of less expensive electric vehicles. READ ARTICLE
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They want to be regulated? How so? READ COMMENTARY
Mergers and various combinations have always appealed to the transportation sector. Looked at through one lens, is a simple business model at its essence. To put it bluntly the goal is to pick it up on time, deliver it on time, and don't bust it. That has been the slogan for a few such companies. READ ARTICLE
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With more large trucks on U.S. roads, traveling more miles and transporting more, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is working to measure the size of the industry. READ ARTICLE
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The fine writer has identified several metrics important to trucking, but these here aren’t the only ones, and not necessarily the ones that occur to us. Working with numerous trucking and supply chain and logistics companies, there are a variety of statistics that one can use to measure performance and future performance. READ COMMENTARY
The world of transportation (that portion of it being driven by e-commerce) is in the midst of revolutionary change. Just when we thought the various models of e-commerce fulfillment were emerging and reducing down to a few favorites, big e-tailers are changing the game. READ ARTICLE
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Even though it won't be in Florida until this fall, you can get an idea of what the world's largest cruise ship has to offer as Royal Caribbean's Harmony of the Seas makes its debut sailings in Europe. READ ARTICLE
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When it comes to oceangoing vessels it’s not only the goods-moving vessels that are getting bigger. The fine owners of those container-carrying ships are indeed steadily changing the world fleet to a composition of fewer of today’s middle of the road ships (carrying 4,800 containers) to the new style megaships, carrying 18,000 and over. 

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There is nothing pleasing in this sobering assessment of the risks of terrorism to the transportation networks. The reader can take comfort in knowing that transportation security professionals are active in ways visible and invisible to thwart such plots. But no one can be surprised at this stage to learn that these assets are in fact targeted, at least in concept. You could sooner unmix cake batter than separate terror from transportation. READ ARTICLE
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If you’ve ever wanted to see a bridge be demolished from start to finish but didn’t have 48 hours to watch it go down, the city of Toronto has you covered. READ ARTICLE
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Now and again states will let it be known that they had the intention of selling for a pittance or entirely giving away bridges that are due for replacement. Giving a bridge away? An older bridge? What's up with that? READ ARTICLE
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