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The question arises as analysts, the media, and transportation and infrastructure professionals look to bring the Trump infrastructure program into focus. We may picture all of us as having binoculars to our eyes while steadily adjusting the lenses. One challenge is that there are several streams of thought issuing from the President-elect’s circle; another is that most people have a pretty fuzzy notion of what infrastructure is to begin with. A third is that it has become a pretty popular place to be, infrastructure has, which calls for a little detailing to make certain we’re getting it right. READ ARTICLE
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News in Motion - December 21 2016

Digital ads could spread across Miami-Dade bus stops under a deal to install high-tech kiosks with Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the county’s transit system. READ ARTICLE
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Bus as a transit options faces certain challenges: they operate in the open under weather and congestion conditions, they interact with the human community directly, and importantly, they pick people up singly or in small groups, these fine people are not aggregated. READ COMMENTARY
It may be the most important seven feet in recent South Carolina history. These seven feet – of dirt, sand and a shellfish sediment called coquina – could very well be the difference between a bright shiny future for the state, and a cloudy, uncertain one. READ ARTICLE
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Forward leaning communities and port authorities recognized that the advent of the big ships would not only impact port operations, but also impact the dynamics of the port business and the relationships between ports. READ COMMENTARY
We all have people on our gift list who are difficult to shop for. We see here one of our fine state DOTs expanding the possibilities for the stymied shopper. Now and again states will let it be known that they had the intention of selling for a pittance or entirely giving away bridges that are due for replacement. Giving a bridge away? An older bridge? What's up with that? READ ARTICLE
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There are many accounts of the genesis of Watson. The most popular, which is not necessarily the most accurate—and this is the sort of problem that Watson himself often stumbled on—begins in 2004, at a steakhouse near Poughkeepsie.
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There will come a time when journalists tire of writing stories on the topic of how robots, automation, driverless technology, or other advances in the digital or mechanical world are going to replace all the jobs that now exist, figuring that all that can be said has already been said. READ COMMENTARY
Following directions from Google Maps on a smartphone last year, Jose Alejandro Sanchez-Ramirez turned a Ford truck, hauling a trailer, where he thought the app was telling him to go. But he ended up stuck on the railroad tracks at a poorly marked California crossing. READ ARTICLE
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The National Transportation Safety Board sees here a fruitful opportunity to enrich current personal mapping technology with data not only identifying railroad crossings, but calling them out to the driver as the car approaches. This would be a good way for smartphone applications to earn their way in the world; they are otherwise decried by many transportation professionals as a leading cause for the rise in overall traffic deaths due to distraction. In this one case, distraction from an unalert state would be a positive. READ COMMENTARY
Customer satisfaction levels at US airports continues to rise with Portland and Indianapolis among the standout performers in 2016, according to the results of a new study. READ ARTICLE
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There was a time when the traveler by air had a good deal of satisfaction with the flight itself, while seeing the terminal experience as relatively neutral, at best. Times have changed, and now the reverse is true. There are many reasons for this jump in airport satisfaction, and aviation decision makers have been working hard for a decade to bring about the changes. READ COMMENTARY
This will doubtless go down in history as the era of the supply chain. The mission of every business is to maximize the profits that can be derived from revenue. Many have learned the sad lesson that making money is not enough if one is spending it faster. READ ARTICLE
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Put yourself in the shoes of the many fine people on the private side of the transportation economy – anyone in the commercial, revenue gaining, tax paying side of the economy and outside of the federal, state or local government side of the transportation economy – and consider their quandary. READ ARTICLE
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Supply chain executives have been watching the nation's business inventory situation with great interest. Anyone in the supply chain profession knows that the management of inventory is a critical aspect of their daily responsibilities and managing it optimally can boost a company's annual financial performance. The reverse is true too, but with a vengeance: mismanaging it can lead to cash flow problems, obsolescence and waste, discounting and profit margin erosion, etc. READ ARTICLE
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This is a case of a fine headline writer getting ahead of the facts. A better phrase might be ‘Express Parcel Sector More Than Ready for Holiday Deluge.’ In truth the sector is demonstrating remarkable levels of performance. Consider the challenges these fine companies face each year. To start with they their business has a very strong seasonality to it and accordingly they see an explosion of seasonal employees each year. READ ARTICLE
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Interestingly, there is a mixed response from truck drivers in the industry when it comes to in-cab camera systems. Drivers that typically are approaching or are above a million+ accident-free miles driven welcome the additional safety that in-cab cameras provide. READ ARTICLE
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The question arises as analysts, the media, and transportation and infrastructure professionals look to bring the Trump infrastructure program into focus. We may picture all of us as having binoculars to our eyes while steadily adjusting the lenses. One challenge is that there are several streams of thought issuing from the President-elect’s circle; another is that most people have a pretty fuzzy notion of what infrastructure is to begin with. A third is that it has become a pretty popular place to be, infrastructure has, which calls for a little detailing to make certain we’re getting it right. READ ARTICLE
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Technology can over-do it when it comes to cargo tracking. Every time we get a new technology or new gizmo, everyone assumes that it is a natural for advancing any industry.  That's not always the case, sometimes it provides too much complexity. READ ARTICLE
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