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Either during or after the election the major candidates of both parties, or the people around them in a position to craft policy, have mentioned infrastructure banks. Since the concept is in the air it’s worth some time to take a run through the concept. READ ARTICLE
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News in Motion - December 14 2016

You can just about bet that when you see the words ’50 foot depth’ in a story about cargo carrying ships, the reference is to the new larger vessels that have been working their way into the world’s oceangoing fleet. READ ARTICLE
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The fine people at our airports charged with human safety and maintenance of the people- and cargo-carrying infrastructure well know that traffic exacts a toll upon that same infrastructure. READ ARTICLE
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The march of the electric vehicle was sidelined by the collapse of the per barrel price of oil. It was suddenly not so important to find an alternative but that hardly means that there is no desire to move forward on this area in the future - after all there are few that think that oil prices will stay down forever. READ ARTICLE
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The U.S. Department of Transportation is funding efforts to increase container-on-barge traffic along the Mississippi River. READ ARTICLE
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Hold on, don’t containers belong on oceangoing vessels, with the inland waterway barge industry restricted to the movement of bulk commodities such as agricultural products, coal, oil, and heavy machinery? We see here an admirable results of thinking outside the box, at a time of structural changes in the supply chain. READ COMMENTARY
Cities have “limits,” drawn to mark populations and bound services, but they are porous as scrim. Cars, cash, freight, and natural resources flow readily between neighboring jurisdictions, following the market more than any lines on a map. READ ARTICLE
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It wasn’t that long ago that economists for the first time began to determine the GDP of states, and then the GDP of cities. READ COMMENTARY
Gov. John Kasich bristles — becomes a tad defensive, in fact — when the term "Rust Belt" is applied to Ohio. READ ARTICLE
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We see an example in this story of how our fine decision-makers are tackling the braided challenges of instigating economic growth while getting a jump on the future of transportation. READ COMMENTARY
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority and Uber are expected to announce a new partnership through which the ride-sharing service will gain access to kiss & ride lots and taxi zones at dozens of Metrorail stations, WAMU reported Friday. READ ARTICLE
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As these operations – Uber, Lyft, and their brethren in the ride-hailing sector of the economy – moved onto the national stage, it would stretch belief to imagine that their main goal was to supplement public transit. However, as a young industry, there is a suppleness and agility in their responsiveness to industry conditions, and they have quickly adjusted to a market need. READ COMMENTARY
One of the topics under discussion in the national discourse on funding transportation is privatization, one of the ways forward out of the funding dilemma (we discuss another element of this, infrastructure banks, in the lead story.)  Definitions may be in order, let us broadly round up these financing vehicles into the category of private public partnerships, or PPP. READ ARTICLE
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North Iowa’s not the only one. There have been record harvests all over the world, certainly so in the United States. The weather, rainfall, crop imperviousness to disease, advances in technology such as GPS and satellite imagery, and the disbursement of best practices have all contributed to the bounty. READ ARTICLE
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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder picked the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn as the backdrop to sign a group of bills today designed to position Michigan as a future leader in development and testing of self-driving cars. READ ARTICLE
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Forward looking states are positioning themselves to take a lead role in the transition to autonomous driving. There is good reason for this; we can all think of the benefits that have accrued to Silicon Valley, for instance, or to any state with a large footprint of military installations, and how the business ecosystems blossom accordingly. READ COMMENTARY
When historians grapple with the question of why exactly Western Europe developed so rapidly as an economic and cultural force in advance of many other fine civilizations, there’s a surprising answer, and it has something to do with the advent of this 35-mile (!) long tunnel under the Alps. READ ARTICLE
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Either during or after the election the major candidates of both parties, or the people around them in a position to craft policy, have mentioned infrastructure banks. Since the concept is in the air it’s worth some time to take a run through the concept. READ ARTICLE
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The benefits to infrastructure spending in transportation are evident to you and me as users as we move around more freely, as commerce settles along the banks of a new stretch of highway, as safety is improved, as congestion diminishes, as carbon emissions are lessened. READ ARTICLE
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