Transportation News/Articles

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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Americans Are Driving Less In Nearly Every State

“After 60 years of car-worship, Americans in virtually every state are driving less, according to a new report from the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). Over the past eight years, the number of vehicle miles traveled has steadily decreased, a trend dominated by the so-called millennial generation’s much lower driving rates.” Source: http://thinkprogress.org/climate/2013/08/29/2547801/americans-driving-declines/By: Aviva Shen

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End of ‘driving boom’ spurs talk of reshaping state transportation plans

“The trend, which began before the recent recession, suggests a lifestyle change among younger Americans that state officials should factor into future transportation policy, said Joanna Guy, program associate with Maryland PIRG Foundation.” Source: http://www.baltimoresun.com/business/bs-md-pirg-driving-study-20130829,0,492232.storyBy: Kevin Rector

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Top transportation technologies for urban dwellers

“Getting from point A to B quickly and safely in the crowded confines of a large city requires a different set of skills and technologies than are required by the open road. Drivers must drive efficiently in conditions that are inherently inefficient. They must be aware of not just other vehicles, but also more fragile pedestrians and cyclists. Without spacious …

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The Future Of Social Transportation: Bandwagon Is Helping You Share Cab Rides

“One person per taxi might offer some nice privacy, but it’s ridiculously inefficient. This startup wants to change that–and get you cheaper cabs.” Source: http://www.fastcoexist.com/3016329/the-future-of-social-transportation-bandwagon-is-helping-you-share-cab-ridesBy: Sydney Brownstone

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Can Engineers Make Hyperloop a Reality?

“Elon Musk, well known as the founder of PayPal, Tesla Motors and SpaceX, is now also well known for his recent Hyperloop Alpha Proposal outlining what he calls a “fifth mode of transportation.” But is this fifth mode of transportation feasible from an engineering and construction view, and how can engineers improve upon it?” Source: http://enr.construction.com/technology/construction_technology/2013/0807-stop-laughing-can-engineers-make-the-hyperloop-reality.aspBy: Luke Abaffy

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