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If you were an amateur rock climber and you came upon this chart and mistook it for a map, and viewed the daunting climb of the curve upward to the right, your first thought might be to see if there was another way up the mountain; ballooning perhaps, or gondola, or airlift. The line in fact charts the total vehicle miles driven in the US per month, September being the latest. This vertical climb, since it started in mid-2014, has done nothing but go up, with significant implications for transportation infrastructure and the firms serving that sector. READ ARTICLE
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News in Motion - December 7 2016

Major supply chain managers all over the world have taken their internal expertise and have turned that advantage toward the marketplace, offering consulting or software to help others in non-competitive fields manage their supply chains. READ ARTICLE
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The world is still trying to grasp the impact of online sales growth. As many companies have reported over the past four or five years, it is difficult to convey what happens to a company when expectations for sales are double or quadruple expectations. It overwhelms a supply chain, leads to failures in fulfilling orders, decreases customer satisfaction, and can create financial losses for companies. Figuring out how to handle what can be a massive surprise is critical. READ ARTICLE
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Are the airports in your personal circuit of travel undergoing significant construction? You are not alone, and the fine writer of this piece, using LAX as an example, sheds light on why that is. Seamlessness of the aviation experience is the great goal of airports these days, but digital signage, kiosk ticket printing, mobile reservations, integration with the ride-hailing sector, will only take you so far. At some point the next necessary level of improvement requires physical expansion and therefore design and construction, and that is where aviation is right now. READ ARTICLE
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Eliminating the tax exemption for municipal bonds over a nine-year period would have cost state and local governments roughly $500 billion in additional borrowing costs, while a cap on the exemption would have cost them about $175 billion, state and local officials here said Tuesday. READ ARTICLE
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The fine people who performed this study did it as a kind of pre-emptive strike against the notion that bonds in the muni market could still thrive in an environment where their tax exemptions are reduced to zero. READ COMMENTARY
John Glenn Columbus International Airport has selected TranSystems Corp. to design a long-planned new rental-car facility as part of the airport's plan to free up space in the parking garage attached to the terminal and to eventually build a new, relocated terminal building.
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Forward-thinking cities and airport authorities are giving robust attention to enhancing the regional airport with a ConRAC facility and we see here that the fine people of Columbus’s John Glenn Airport are in that category. READ COMMENTARY
The Kaw Point Park connector trail, opened today in Kansas City, Kan., will open the park to more bicyclists and hikers. Also viewed today was a new Lewis and Clark metal mural at the levee and park area. READ ARTICLE
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The Unified Government of Wyandotte County and Kansas City, Kansas (UG) celebrated the completion of the Kaw Point Park Connector Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony with around 60 attendees. Kaw Point Park is a park at the confluence of the Missouri and Kansas Rivers that celebrates the Native American Nations of Kansas and commemorates the visit by Lewis and Clark as a part of their westward trek of discovery. READ COMMENTARY
Top Democrats on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee are urging leaders of the Appropriations Committee to allow highway and transit programs to now tap into their scheduled fiscal 2017 funding increases that Congress paid for in last year's Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act. READ ARTICLE
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There are pluses and minuses to continuing resolutions. Once passed, they allow for the continuance of funding at the current levels while lawmakers iron out their differences. This at least contains the collateral damage to the floor of the respective chamber of Congress and not to the economy at large. READ COMMENTARY
Irony is as present in infrastructure as in other domains of life, this article explores one: in certain parts of the county a standard gasoline-fueled passenger car can and often does exact less of an environmental cost upon the system than an electric-powered vehicle does. Electric powered vehicles are otherwise viewed as the cream of the crop when it comes to reducing the environmental impact, so how can this be? 



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The Minnesota Department of Transportation has put together their plan for moving freight throughout the state. READ ARTICLE
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An innovative element of the FAST Act, the federal surface transportation bill, was the attention paid and funding directed to freight transportation. This had precedent in MAP-21 in its provisions to study freight corridors to enhance the safe and efficient movement of goods, but is now funded in FAST at $10.8 billion. These initiatives historically have a strong lean towards improvements to the highways segments of freight corridors, but presumably can be turned to investing in multi-modal facilities, rail, trucking, and in particular, the interaction of these modes. READ COMMENTARY
You do not have to be a transportation professional or a sentimentalist regarding the holidays to kick back for a moment and take the occasion of the delivery of the Capitol Christmas tree as cause for considering the role that transportation plays in the nation’s economy. READ ARTICLE
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If you were an amateur rock climber and you came upon this chart and mistook it for a map, and viewed the daunting climb of the curve upward to the right, your first thought might be to see if there was another way up the mountain; ballooning perhaps, or gondola, or airlift. The line in fact charts the total vehicle miles driven in the US per month, September being the latest. This vertical climb, since it started in mid-2014, has done nothing but go up, with significant implications for transportation infrastructure and the firms serving that sector. READ ARTICLE
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There are three great trends in the warehousing sector that bear watching. The first is the trend toward more warehousing, the second is the trend towards more hiring, and the third, seemingly contradictory to the second, is the trend towards more automation. The increased use of e-commerce has led to far more warehouse space being needed in the Unites States. Most warehouse properties are near or at capacity, and more demand for warehousing seems to be continuing. READ ARTICLE
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When we speak of the transportation economy it is a way of collecting all the modes – freight rail, passenger rail, highways and bridges, ports, airports, the supply chain, trucking, the transport of energy products, and the transportation needs of the Federal government – into a common nomenclature. This gathering crosses people-moving and goods-moving, private and public entities, and land, sea, and air. The modes work in concert – there is not a single one of them that could handle the entire traffic of a nation. READ ARTICLE
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