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The numbers are eye-grabbing, and not necessarily intuitive, or true to tradition. The statistics show that the Boomers are more and more committed to their relationship with their automobiles, and younger people are less so. People age 60 and above count for 26% of all drivers’ license holders in 2014 (latest figures available), up from 20.6% in 2004. Those younger than 30 make up about 21% of drivers, down slightly from 22% in 2004. READ ARTICLE
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Carmel is celebrating the opening of its 100th roundabout Thursday, marking the momentous occasion with live music, food and drinks at the newly christened circle at Carmel Drive and Range Line Road. READ ARTICLE
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It seems you would know just about all you would need to know about roundabouts simply by taking a leisurely drive through the fine city of Carmel, Indiana. At 100 roundabouts to date (and 36 more coming on board in the next few years), the city is a microcosm of how robustly the intersection control design has been embraced across the nation. READ COMMENTARY
The Association of American Railroads replied on Nov. 28 to the Federal Railroad Administration's third quarter 2016 data in the implementation of Positive Train Control (PTC). The FRA concluded the "data show uneven progress across the country and across railroads toward activating the life-saving technology." READ ARTICLE
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Nothing could be truer than the statement contained in the headline. The technology required for positive train control is to some extent being invented alongside its very implementation and must be developed, tested, installed, and then fully integrated. Getting it right from the get-go and guarding human safety is paramount in the minds of the freight rail companies. READ COMMENTARY
Air cargo trends have been improving in the face of a weaker global economic environment; how can this be? In fact, in the TranSystems Transportation Activity Index, air cargo has been one of the top performing sectors of transportation for the past 18 months. That may sound a bit odd, but there are two primary reasons why air cargo is surging at this time. READ ARTICLE
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This has always been a vibrant side of the economy; the people-moving and goods-moving infrastructure is inherently active and fully engages a quadruple handful of participants. And for many of those stakeholders it is getting more vibrant by the day, even to the point of disruption, or at the least, robust innovation. READ ARTICLE
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A top rail executive sees America’s growing energy independence fueling a manufacturing boom that in coming years will increase freight rail traffic, especially in centrally located states such as Indiana. READ ARTICLE
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The argument is persuasive and in fact we can add to it. While changes in energy policy are speculative at this stage in the transition between administrations, the Trump campaign was clear on its intention to further both US energy and US manufacturing (onshore) interests. READ COMMENTARY
With over 50 million people doing a road trip to go home and back for Thanksgiving, many Americans face the prospect of sitting in their cars for hours. Innovative and life-saving apps such as Google Maps and Waze have led the way for navigating traffic, and Thanksgiving is no different, with the apps suggesting a great return route for after Thanksgiving. READ ARTICLE
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These programs bring value at certain occasions during the year when drivers really want to know the least congested way home, but their value is year-round. Several of the states are giving energy to examining and sometimes integrating these programs/apps/data-gathering platforms that are linked solidly to transportation. READ COMMENTARY
If you ever find yourself in a city that celebrates its local heritage through the naming of streets, roads, avenues, parkways, boulevards, ways, beltways, turnpikes, plazas, places, courts, and lanes...and naming them all for the same local landmark, nickname, or fruit, this guide might come in handy. READ ARTICLE
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President-elect Donald Trump's $1 trillion infrastructure proposal is getting increased scrutiny from lawmakers of both parties who are wary of the tax credits that underlie the plan and its reliance on investments by the private sector to fund 10 years of transportation projects. READ ARTICLE
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You see here a full range of responses to the Trump infrastructure plan, and the fine people interviewed dependably come down on just about the side you thought they might come down on. This is to be expected in these interim days between administrations, a time of much speculation, stance-taking, and talking points. READ COMMENTARY
The article not only brings light to Transportation Demand Management, but notes an intriguing characteristic: TDM not only can change the practices of thousands of commuters, it can change the very landscape that they travel through. Some background is in order to explain why transportation demand needs to be managed at all, and what can be accounted best practices in the field today. READ ARTICLE
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No one does journalism in infrastructure like ENR, and the fine writer brings together here the several efforts underway among the states in the vehicle-miles-traveled arena, particularly the ‘big three,’ Oregon, California, and Colorado. States are introducing studies and pilot programs around the vehicle-miles-traveled tax and it’s worth a moment to consider why. READ ARTICLE
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'Beauty,' There's a word you don’t hear every day in infrastructure...but it's evident the whole year round in the ConRAC world. We and nearly everyone else in the industry call consolidated rental car centers ConRACs so as to save the typing fingers, they are facilities, almost always new, that collocate the rental car agencies at airports into a common space, with safety, efficiencies, and ease of use built in from the study phase all the way through construction. READ ARTICLE
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There are three competitive musts that online e-tailers must have to attract and retain shoppers over time. One is the ease of use and the comprehensiveness of a single site. Many consumers are getting to the point that they want to simplify their lives. READ ARTICLE
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