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There are three circumstances in transportation circles when the words congestion and pricing find themselves in close proximity.

The first in in regard to congestion pricing, this being the process by which drivers are either 1) charged a toll either at certain hours of the day in certain parts of the city or 2) charged a dynamically higher (or lower) price depending on actual conditions on the roadway. In both cases the thinking is that the value of a stretch of road is not a fixed amount but changes with the circumstance. Congestion pricing has been used to good effect in certain cities overseas, and is now making (slow) inroads into various of our own cities. READ ARTICLE
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With the 2017 traffic bridge detour approaching, the Grand Avenue bridge team is strategizing about reducing traffic on the detour through Glenwood Springs by 20 percent during rush hours. Many people have asked, “How can something like this be done?” and our answer is traffic demand management. READ ARTICLE
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Both the private and the public side of transportation – roughly, the goods-moving side in the first place, the people-moving side in the second – have a keen interest in making their networks as efficient as possible. READ COMMENTARY
Though there are some 600,000 bridges in the highway portfolio of bridges, all of which benefit from regular inspection and maintenance, there are another 100,000 in the freight rail industry. We do quite a few inspections in each sector; let’s take a look over on the freight rail side. READ ARTICLE
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It's been gratifying to be involved in Chicago's CREATE program, and so successfully at that; one of our current engagements in that program, the CREATE P1 – Englewood Flyover project, not only has won the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Eminent Conceptor Award, the highest honor for Illinois chapter, but it moved on to the national stage where it garnered ACEC’s Honor Award, putting it in the top 25 projects in the nation. READ ARTICLE
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In a move signaling its commitment to electric-powered transit, Southern California Edison filed a plan with state regulators Friday that would fund the installation of charging stations for plug-in electric buses, trucks, cargo equipment and ride-sharing fleets. READ ARTICLE
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There are unusually close ties between transportation and energy: the cars and truck that travel over the highways and bridges we design are powered by gas or diesel, or increasingly, electric; crude oil and coal are fundamental cargo categories for our clients in freight rail; the tax revenue funding the Highway Trust Fund are drawn directly from the fuel we all pump into our vehicles READ COMMENTARY
The amenities that enrich the aviation experience for the traveler only continues to grow. In addition to an existing powerful retail exposure, the passenger can now access spas, lounges, library-like settings and pop-up stores. READ ARTICLE
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Depuis novembre, Mike, Nick et Dave ont plutot le sourire. Ces ingenieurs travaillent sur un projet important, la renovation de quelques kilometres d'autoroute, veritable noeud routier et ferroviaire au coeur de Hartford, la capitale du Connecticut (Etats-Unis) et cela depuis plusieurs annees. READ ARTICLE
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Thank goodness for Google Translate, which is where the writer translated (TranSystems Project!) into (Project de TranSystems!) This fine story – titled in English as American Expects New Infrastructure – takes as point of focus one of our marquee projects, the Hartford, Conn. I-84 improvements. READ COMMENTARY
If you’re over on the highways and bridges side of the world diverging diamond design (DDD) may be known to you, at least by repute; if you’re on the goods-moving side, here’s an opportunity to learn about one of the more intriguing interchange design solutions out there. READ ARTICLE
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The story serves as a reminder of just how integrated into daily life the streetcar was; all the way through as it turns out, to the very end. We may likely not easily recapture the degree of saturation that was common at the turn of the last century, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not significant streetcar work going on in most regions of the country. READ ARTICLE
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The status of cities in the US economy is always of interest, and over the last 20 years the tools have emerged to measure the GDP of states, regions, and cities, just as you might measure to GDP of the United States or any other country. READ ARTICLE
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These transit-based smartphone applications have increased markedly in their sophistication, richness, and breadth of offerings these past years, contributing mightily to the seamlessness of the transit passenger experience. It is a two-sided relationship – the smartphone and the passenger – and the adjusting of that relationship proves to be an interesting study. There is a good deal of human nature in transportation, nowhere more so than in the transit world. READ ARTICLE
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Riders jumping on and off the Market-Frankford El at the Spring Garden station are experiencing a different type of light show. The Spring Garden Connector Project aims to brighten the historically dreary I-95 and El underpass between North Second Street and North Front Street just off Delaware Avenue. READ ARTICLE
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This is a modest but highly attractive application of what has come to be called adaptive reuse, taking otherwise underutilized patches and sometimes entire miles-long stretches of transportation infrastructure and bringing them into cultural, entertainment, or commercial use. READ COMMENTARY
American infrastructure has fallen into "disrepair and decay," said President Donald Trump in his inaugural address Friday. Airports, high-speed rail, and roads, particularly in dense metropolitan areas, could be particularly appealing targets for infrastructure funding under President Trump's $10-year, $1 trillion infrastructure plan. READ ARTICLE
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There is a wide range of infrastructure categories, a common list might include general buildings, refineries and petrochemical plants, water and wastewater treatment plants and their accompanying collection and distribution systems, municipal solid waste collection and disposal, pipeline networks, schools, power generation plants. READ COMMENTARY
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