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The Unique Genius of Hong Kong’s Public Transportation System

“The Mass Transit Railway (MTR) Corporation, which manages the subway and bus systems on Hong Kong Island and, since 2006, in the northern part of Kowloon, is considered the gold standard for transit management worldwide. In 2012, the MTR produced revenue of 36 billion Hong Kong Dollars (about U.S $5 billion)—turning a profit of $2 billion in the process. ” See More . …

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FHWA to Transportation Engineers: Use the NACTO Bikeway Design Guide

“This federal endorsement is critical because protected bike lanes have yet to be officially sanctioned by the country’s most influential transportation engineering organization: the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.” See More . . . Source: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2013/09/09/fhwa-to-transportation-engineers-use-the-nacto-bikeway-design-guide/By: Angie Schmitt

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Bicyclists helping shape future of transportation

“According to the League of American Bicyclists, the Bicycle Friendly Community program provides a roadmap to improve conditions for bicycling and the guidance to make a vision for a better, “bikeable” community a reality. A community that receives the Bicycle Friendly Community designation is one that provides safe accommodations for cycling and encourages people to bike for transportation and recreation” …

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Transportation policy is housing policy

“Transportation infrastructure is the critical linkage that connects families and individuals to areas of employment and education. Employment opportunities are the main reason that families move residence. Access to transportation defines and limits where families are able to live.” See More . . . Source: http://blogs.berkeley.edu/2013/09/06/transportation-policy-is-housing-policy/ By: Stephen Menendian

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How U.S. transportation safety has evolved over time: cars, airlines, trains, walking and cycling

“Recent news that U.S. traffic fatalities had increased in 2012 grabbed some headlines, but that statistical year-over-year increase, taken in isolation, may be misleading, given long-term trends toward greater safety.” See More . . . Source: http://journalistsresource.org/studies/environment/transportation/comparing-fatality-risks-united-states-transportation-across-modes-time#By: Leighton Walter Kille

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Obama Administration Announces Another $474M in Transportation Grants

“During a conference on Thursday, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the programs are already authorized and funded, but he’s hopeful the announcement will encourage lawmakers to pass a transportation bill.” See More . . . Source: http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/eric-scheiner/obama-administration-announces-another-474m-transportation-grantsBy: Eric Scheiner

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Complex SunRail Project Tests Design-Build Delivery

“The contract includes reconstructing more than 70 of the section’s 96 grade crossings, installing 18 miles of double-tracking and building platforms for a dozen stations. Work also calls for an overhaul of existing signal and dispatch systems. When finished, the line, with ongoing Amtrak service, will handle commuter traffic during the day and evening. The former system owner, CSX, will …

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How True Innovations Really Take Off

“You know that driverless car Google has been working on? That curious diversion of money and time that at least got some press attention for the search giant? It’s just become a real business. Mobile transportation company Uber, which has $307 million in funding, will buy 2,500 of those driverless cars. This is a reported $375 million purchase–even more than …

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Arrival of Gates Marks Milestone in Panama Canal Expansion

“Crews this month wheeled ashore the first four of sixteen gates—each the size of a 10-story building—for the Panama Canal’s new locks, a major milestone for the $5.2-billion project. Mounted on self-propelled motorized wheel transporters, each of the 3,100-ton gates was off-loaded onto a temporary dock on the Atlantic side of the waterway, not far from the new locks that …

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Demand for new homes spikes

“APOLLO BEACH — Until recently, sales managers for homebuilding firms were sweating over broken sales contracts and ghost-town subdivisions, but today Sally McFolling is more worried about getting nails in her SUV’s tires as she weaves around all the carpenters’ and plumbers’ trucks at work.” Source: http://tbo.com/news/business/demand-for-new-homes-spikes-20130901/By: Michael Sasso

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