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eHighway system to reduce truck pollution in California

eHighway system to reduce truck pollution in California

August 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

The more things change, the more they remain the same; accordingly, overhead electric wires that have been powering trolleys and streetcars since the 19th century will now see them in use along Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. Siemens’s eHighway system will electrify certain highway lanes using a catenary system (an overhead wire setup). This system […]

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App to revolutionize Finland’s transportation

App to revolutionize Finland’s transportation

August 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Helsinki is hoping that an app that links and collects payment for all of the city’s available transport methods will reduce the need for car ownership, reports ThinkProgress. The app would connect users with a comprehensive guide to all transportation options in the city: subways, buses, taxis and ferries, as well as car and bike sharing services. The […]

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Despite highway bankruptcy, Texas GOP does 180 on toll roads

Despite highway bankruptcy, Texas GOP does 180 on toll roads

July 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

If Congress doesn’t act rapidly, states will receive a 28% cut in infrastructure funding, reports The Hill. The Department of Transportation’s Highway Trust Fund will be bankrupt by August 2014, pending a congressional intervention. As Transportation Secretary Anthony Fox blogged, “For all states… this means we’ll have to stop reimbursing them as they send in […]

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Highway trust fund bankruptcy imminent without bailout

Highway trust fund bankruptcy imminent without bailout

July 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

The Highway Trust Fund — created in 1956 to fund the U.S. Interstate Highway System and funded via a federal fuel tax on gasoline and diesel fuel — will run out of funds in a few weeks if Congress doesn’t intervene, reports The Atlantic’s CityLab blog. The Department of Transportation, which has been warning Congress […]

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Study: Salt Lake City light rail reduces traffic

Study: Salt Lake City light rail reduces traffic

July 1, 2014 | 0 Comments

A recent study has discovered that the light-rail system in Salt Lake City, Utah, reduces traffic, cuts costs and may improve the environment, reports the blog Planetizen. The study found that a light-rail line “reduces daily [traffic] from 44,000 (if it did not exist) to 22,300 (what actually occurs) on one arterial.” The study, Effect […]

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Are state-tolled interstates in America’s future?

Are state-tolled interstates in America’s future?

May 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

Last week, the Obama administration announced details of its transportation bill first been announced in February. As Next City reports, sandwiched among the budget allocations — which total $302 billion — is an important proposal: the Department of Transportation is asking Congress to allow it to permit states to tack on new tolls to Interstate […]

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Glow-in-the-dark roads debut in Netherlands

Glow-in-the-dark roads debut in Netherlands

April 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

A 500 meter (approximately .3 miles) section of a highway in the Netherlands is getting its glow on. Glow in the dark road markings — made with a photoluminescent powder incorporated into road paint that charges in the light and radiates green in the dark for up to eight hours — have been painted on […]

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Sochi’s $51,000,000,000 infrastucture legacy

Sochi’s $51,000,000,000 infrastucture legacy

February 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

It takes nine years from the time of bidding to the staging of an Olympics event. The host country gets seven years to prepare for a two-week extravaganza. The Winter Olympics is on a smaller scale than the Summer Olympics, with fewer events, athletes, and venues. Still, Sochi has made history as the most expensive […]

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Reflectivity celebrates its 75th anniversary

Reflectivity celebrates its 75th anniversary

February 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

Technology is easy to take for granted — consider the often-forgotten reflective road signs that punctuate our highways, warning and guiding drivers throughout all hours of the night. Seventy-five years ago, an innovation at the 3M Company set the groundwork for today’s reflective signage, a development that has improved driver and pedestrian safety ever since. […]

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The 10 most useless freeways in North America

The 10 most useless freeways in North America

February 20, 2014 | 0 Comments

An updated list of the nation’s most teardown-worthy highways is the highlight of the recently released report, Freeways Without Futures, compiled by the Congress for the New Urbanism, a nonprofit which works for “walkable, mixed-use neighborhood development, sustainable communities and healthier living conditions.” CNU is the “hub” of the freeway removal movement, having formed a […]

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