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NIM is TranSystems' e-newsletter distributed to more than 10,000 subscribers nationwide. The electronic publication features top news and expert commentary on target market segments in the transportation industry.
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Is there another category of goods in transportation that is both the product moved, and provides the means to move it? That is the timber industry for you, a class of human activity that has accompanied man from the earliest days right down to the present time. READ ARTICLE
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It is a stalwart of transit planning and execution that is proved over and over again: one of the great benefits to all things rail transit-oriented is the retail and residential development associated with each system along the routes of the lines. READ ARTICLE
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The alley is dark no longer. READ ARTICLE
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The writer – and the cities and design professionals that have nudged this movement forward – do a wonderful job of moving alleys into the spotlight, and therefor regaining precious urban ground. READ COMMENTARY
Dan Barasch envisions verdant gardens below New York City’s concrete and asphalt. He pictures locals parading down flights of stairs to be confronted by stalagmites of ferns, bromeliads, and mosses in sunken spaces flooded with light. READ ARTICLE
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It is a sign of where city planners and transportation professionals’ minds are at these days to note that two stories of urban capacity addition projects employing existing assets have risen to the top of the heap: this one right here exploring the development of a museum environment underground repurposing transit tunnels, and the nearby story on alley redevelopment. READ COMMENTARY
You wouldn’t think it, but a good deal of the world has no address associated with it at all...even if people live there. There are 57 trillion three-meter-square patches of land on Earth, many with no nearby street name, intersection, town name, zip code, or local post office. Some of these spaces are in remote locations, but many are in the heavily populated but underdeveloped sections of the world’s mega-cities. READ ARTICLE
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Here's a fact bound to upset anyone who's ever been forced to pay an airline a hefty excess baggage fee: on long-haul flights, there's a fair chance the hold in the plane's belly isn't close to being full. READ ARTICLE
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At a time of (temporarily) reduced global trade, fewer goods are being shipped and buyers are in less of a hurry to get them. Combined these two factors are a drag on current air cargo operations. Conditions can change rapidly but for the more there is more capacity than demand. READ COMMENTARY
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 word doing the heavy lifting in that headline is ‘admit.’ Human nature being what it is, even this high figure (80%) citing what amounts to appalling driving behavior is likely too low. This ought not to surprise us, seeing every day, as we do, how many people can hardly be called drivers at all, much less good drivers, much less calm or patient or measured drivers. READ ARTICLE
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Foreign direct investment, the kind of money coming into an economy that goes into factories, facilities, and structures, in short, things you can place your hand upon and not the kind of money that goes into stock or bond markets and is hot to the touch, has an oversized ability to grow GDP in the host countries, which is perhaps no surprise. The numbers are huge; the installed FDI stock worldwide is $22 trillion. READ ARTICLE
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The opening of PortFresh Logistics during the early fourth quarter of 2016 will strengthen the role the Port of Savannah in Georgia will play as an entry point for fresh produce originating in South America.
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There is a concept in supply chain management called the "cold chain." It's the entire refrigerated sector dedicated to keeping everything from perishable food to medicine in temperature-controlled environments. READ COMMENTARY
The world's most famous bridges may not be the longest, tallest or highest, but they are the most recognisable bridges in the world by far, and thousands flock to them just to see them in their glory.
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The massacre by truck that killed at least 84 persons, including two Americans, and wounded over 200 others in Nice, France, on July 14 raises anew the question of what can be done to prevent low-tech but devastating truck-ramming attacks.  READ ARTICLE
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The challenges of protecting against a truck employed in the service of a terrorist attack are well-known to transportation security professionals. The devastation of the assault in Nice has many people thinking in more detail about the use of trucks for this kind of attack and how to defend against them. READ COMMENTARY
There are some theories in broader economic circles that refer to the risks that the US economy could be under in the event of an unexpected spike in economic growth. How can that be possible?  Let's just take some transportation scenarios as an example of this. READ ARTICLE
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