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A Martian giving a debriefing to his people back home could report that while he was uncertain about much, he could say with confidence that human beings have a strong aversion to infrastructure. READ ARTICLE
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It is a pretty good guess that state finance officials have seldom seen borrowing rates in the muni market go this low and stay this low for such a sustained length of time. READ ARTICLE
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The threat of a major port strike has been looming for many months at this point and as so often happens when there is a protracted set of negotiations it is easy to lose contact with the issue. READ ARTICLE
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It has almost been forgotten but the recession of 2009 was triggered by a collapse in credit. READ ARTICLE
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This is something of an object lesson as far as climate change is concerned. READ ARTICLE
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A sidewalk in downtown Washington, D.C., looked a little different Thursday, courtesy of a set of freshly stenciled commands separating the path into lanes: “NO CELLPHONES” on the left, “CELLPHONES: WALK IN THIS LANE AT YOUR OWN RISK” on the right. READ ARTICLE
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For the last few years the US has been figuring out the long term implications as far as its new found energy development is concerned. READ ARTICLE
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There have been all manner of "sky is falling" assertion when it comes to the Bakken field and the other sectors of US oil production. READ ARTICLE
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You are looking pretty danged far down the road if one of your considerations is to understand how driverless car technology might impact the design industries. 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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The U.S. shale-gas boom is placing 30 million jobs at risk in Europe as companies with greater reliance on energy contend with higher fuel prices than their American counterparts, the International Energy Agency said. READ ARTICLE
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The Port of Los Angeles had its busiest June ever, and neighboring Long Beach hasn't handled so much cargo in June since before the recession. READ ARTICLE
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Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx predicted there would be a repeat of this summer’s infrastructure funding debate in Congress next year despite the likelihood of an approximately $11 billion bill, passed Tuesday by the House, becoming law before the end of this month. READ ARTICLE
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Republicans are going into the final two weeks of lawmaking before the August recess confident the Senate will have to accept the House GOP's proposal to extend funding for federal road projects. READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Mass Transit Update READ ARTICLE
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As the two graphs below indicate, both the Highway Account and the Mass Transit Account of the Highway Trust Fund are nearing insolvency. READ ARTICLE
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The House of Representatives this week passed a roughly $11 billion short-term Highway Trust Fund bill that would fund the account through May 2015. READ ARTICLE
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Virginia commuters will get more highway capacity, but unless they are in an HOV-3 carpool they will have to pay a toll to use it. READ ARTICLE
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There are so many factors that are currently leading to multi-generational living situations (multiple generations living under one roof). READ ARTICLE
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In conjunction with his trip to Delaware on Thursday, President Barack Obama will announce the launch of a new center where cities and states seeking financing and partnerships with the private sector can go for guidance, technical advice, and better access to federal credit and grant programs.
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When the Senate passed legislation last year allowing states broader latitude to collect sales on online purchases, the proposal was immediately cast aside in the House — and there is has remained, stuck on a shelf. Until now. READ ARTICLE
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Though many think of Boston’s seaport as a destination for dining, concerts, or even high-tech startups, it’s also a working port that leaders believe can grow in the years ahead. READ ARTICLE
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Most recently the Senate Subcommittee on Surface Transportation opened hearings on privatization, one of the ways forward to ease the country out of the infrastructure funding dilemma. READ ARTICLE
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President Obama has proposed allowing states to collect tolls on interstate highways as a way of raising funds to pay for reconstructing those roads. Most of the interstate system is toll free. READ ARTICLE
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Discussions on expanding SunRail operations at a meeting Monday in downtown Orlando included talk of eventually connecting the commuter rail service to Orlando International Airport, as well as the possibility of overnight and weekend service, something many Central Floridians say they want to see as soon as possible. READ ARTICLE
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A future based on driverless cars could mean big changes to the way cities are shaped. READ ARTICLE
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These fine and large enterprises – the like of UPS, Honeywell, DOW, BNSF and Caterpillar – are the first members, but likely not the last, of The Alliance for American Competitiveness. READ ARTICLE
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Illinois Tollway motorists won't exactly be guinea pigs, but they will be used to help test new technologies, including smartphones to pay for tolls, officials said today. READ ARTICLE
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Throughout his life he has not been particularly aware of what, if anything, he was walking upon when he was in his own or someone else’s house. It may be carpet. It may be wood. It may on rare occasions be bare concrete. This is as far as his thinking takes him.
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The rate of labor force participation has not been this low since the 1960s and that has provoked a great deal of controversy within the ranks of the analysts. READ ARTICLE
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There is a change happening in the online retail world. In November, a bill that currently prevents states from taxing access to the internet for people in the state will expire. READ ARTICLE
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This slow moving recovery is new to all your relatives it is safe to say, because it is new to most people living right now. READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Automotive Update READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? All Eyes on Two Major Events READ ARTICLE
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Will Small Package Experience the Same Crunch in 2014? READ ARTICLE
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What’s moving the matrix? Trucking Capacity Improves – By Razor Thin Margins READ ARTICLE
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A puff of smoke, a flash and then the implosion felt around Cleveland. 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, July 22 2014
Producer Prices Remain High in Transportation



The Department of Labor released its Producer Price Index for June and included in that report is a series of details regarding key transportation modes. READ COMMENTARY