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El Dorado (aka the Lost City of Gold), The Emerald City of Oz, the Fountain of Youth, these are all worthy goals, but an even better one for the passenger experience in aviation is ‘seamlessness.’ READ ARTICLE
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Pennsylvanians complained to Leslie Richards about potholes for more than two decades, starting in the early 1990s when she worked in the Philadelphia planning department. READ ARTICLE
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The uncertainty of federal transportation funding is already causing state and local governments to cancel construction projects, infrastructure advocates in Washington are saying. READ ARTICLE
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Three was a magic number for America last year. READ ARTICLE
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As charts go this one is pretty striking. READ COMMENTARY
Even as major airports across the country clamp down on employee screening, a lone wolf could still potentially slip through security, a top airport official said. READ ARTICLE
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Amazon is one step closer to launching its drone delivery service. The Federal Aviation Administration recently approved the retail company to fly its unmanned aircraft on a trial basis. READ ARTICLE
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Three was a magic number for America last year. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. Sens. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.) yesterday introduced a bill designed to streamline the federal government's environmental permitting process for rail infrastructure projects. READ ARTICLE
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Though there are some 600,000 bridges in the highway portfolio of bridges, all of which benefit from regular inspection and maintenance, there are another 100,000 in the freight rail industry. READ ARTICLE
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In 2014, the European car magazine Auto Bild drove a Mercedes C220 on autopilot for 965 kilometres (600 miles), only twice applying the brake and barely touching the steering wheel. READ ARTICLE
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Colorado’s latest multi-year plan for the state’s highway system focuses on preserving and maintaining the highways and also helping drivers use them more efficiently, even as the state looks for new ways to pay for existing roads and new projects. READ ARTICLE
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You might not expect that transportation would be much affected by the ongoing debate on the long-term federal spending and debt levels, and I wish you were right in this matter. READ ARTICLE
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There are “no fatal flaws” that would prevent the District’s troubled streetcar system from opening to passengers, according to outside transit experts brought in to inspect the city’s 2.2 mile line. 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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Container volume at the Southern California ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach declined in February from a year ago because of backed-up congestion related to labor issues, the two said. READ ARTICLE
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Congestion that has slowed goods movement to a crawl at U.S. ports such as Los Angeles and Long Beach will continue to be an ongoing issue for years, until the nation invests in long-term maritime infrastructure, the chairman of the Federal Maritime Commission said Thursday. READ ARTICLE
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Raising the federal gasoline tax is the most reliable way to meet the nation’s transportation needs in the near term, a major credit rating agency said Thursday. READ ARTICLE
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House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chairman Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) said Wednesday that Congress does not have the stomach for increasing the federal gas tax to help pay for a new transportation bill. READ ARTICLE
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There has been a lot of news concerning the various trucking sectors and the profits that each are experiencing. First, there are two primary forms of trucking - full-truckload (TL) and less-than-truckload (LTL). READ ARTICLE
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House and Senate Republican leaders unveiled a $7 billion plan on Monday to upgrade Minnesota's roads and bridges that would tap into the state's budget surplus, reroute existing tax revenue and borrow billions over the next decade. READ ARTICLE
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Lawmakers in Missouri are facing a tough choice in the coming months, which lies between hiking up gas prices, or allowing hundreds of bridges throughout the state fall into disrepair. More than 600 of them are already in 'critical condition' READ ARTICLE
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The nation's mayors are calling on Congress to increase transportation funding in order to keep roads and bridges in good repair. READ ARTICLE
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Nome could be home to a deep-draft Arctic port as early as 2020, according to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. READ ARTICLE
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The positive outlook for North American industrial real estate continues, according to Cushman & Wakefield’s newly released 2015-2017 Industrial Real Estate Forecast. READ ARTICLE
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A holding pattern no more? READ COMMENTARY
The U.S Department of Transportation's Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) announced today that according to new data, people over 50 years old accounted for nearly half of all U.S. drivers in 2013 – more than ever before. READ ARTICLE
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The numbers are compelling: nearly half of all drivers in the US are over the age of fifty, with a projected increase of 77% of drivers over 65 by 2045. READ COMMENTARY
Cargo moving through the Port of New Orleans in 2014 totaled 8.37 million tons, a 28 percent increase from the previous year's total and the highest tally since 2000, according to a port news release. READ ARTICLE
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Shippers are being warned to prepare for major and potentially costly changes in the way they contract or hire trucking companies to move freight across the U.S., as economic, regulatory and legal pressures reshape the transportation landscape. READ ARTICLE
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The following is about infrastructure. Don’t nod off just yet. READ ARTICLE
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Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and General Treasurer Seth Magaziner on Wednesday announced plans for a state infrastructure bank that would serve as a centralized hub for green infrastructure financing alternatives. READ ARTICLE
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We're not part of this fine effort, so we can best spend our time simply explaining what an infrastructure bank is. READ COMMENTARY
A bipartisan pair of senators wants to make sure that federal regulators are getting ready for self-driving cars. READ ARTICLE
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Signs that the container logjam in Southern California is beginning to break are showing up on the truck spot market, as deconsolidated loads come up for grabs at West Coast warehouses. READ ARTICLE
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State and local officials told House committee members on Tuesday that they see chaos ahead if Congress doesn't quickly pass a long-term transportation bill. READ ARTICLE
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The number and value of delayed highway projects jumped this month, as more states said they cannot count on the federal funding share with the Highway Trust Fund's authorization expiring again on May 31. READ ARTICLE
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U.S. Sens. John Thune (R-S.D.) and Bill Nelson (D-Fla.) yesterday introduced a bill that would reform and reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB). READ ARTICLE
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SunRail posted big numbers during the three-day Winter Park Sidewalk Art Festival over the weekend. READ ARTICLE
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Faced with constrained resources, government officials continue to turn to public-private partnerships (P3s) for various reasons, including maximizing capital resources, transferring risk, accelerating project delivery, achieving cost savings and enhancing accountability. READ ARTICLE
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Students of infrastructure spend a certain amount of time considering the notion that infrastructure by rights ought to cost something, and that something should be non-trivial. (I never claimed that students of infrastructure weren’t essentially of a wonkish nature.) READ ARTICLE
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A new traffic monitoring control room, only completed a few months ago, is the latest addition to the state transportation department's initiative of making a smarter and safer highway experience for Oklahoma motorists. READ ARTICLE
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As the airline industry lobbies to kill a passenger fee increase to pay for airport projects, a group of airport operators issued a report saying U.S. airports need $75.7 billion in upgrades through 2019 to handle growing travel demand. READ ARTICLE
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You could put the question this way: can a self-organizing and technology-enabled system such as Uber or Lyft on the people-moving side, employing thousands or tens of thousands of free-standing citizen drivers, come to serve goods-moving side? READ ARTICLE
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After a banner year for freight and an unexpected tax revenue boost, U.S. inland waterways could see shovels in the ground on a list of long-overdue projects in the coming year, helping shippers move their commodities more efficiently. READ ARTICLE
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The investment will be welcome. READ COMMENTARY
If you have ever lived alongside one of our port cities that passenger cruise vessels have made a port of call, or simply if you hang around one after you have disembarked, you come to realize the tremendous shuffling of goods that take place in the short amount of time that the vessel is in dock. READ ARTICLE
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It makes sense at first glance, doesn’t it? The lower the cost of fuel, the more likely we are to use it. In truth though we have found that the demand of the average citizen for gasoline stays just about the same whether gas is painfully high or dance-in-the-streets low. READ ARTICLE
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Transportation officials in Atlanta are experimenting with a novel way to get commuters out of their cars and on to public transportation. READ ARTICLE
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