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The nearby chart is the kind that any CEO or director of sales would be happy to stand next to while she made a presentation to investors. It shows a steady climb over the years, interrupted by a plateau of flat growth through the recession and its slow recovery, but which has now been put behind the company; the resumption of rapid growth is clear from the decidedly upward slope of the curve on the chart. READ ARTICLE
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News in Motion - January 18 2016

Some economic forecasts are predicting rather modest to moderately higher growth rates than have been common in the last few years, and the stock market, while never a perfect predictor, seems to agree. The benefits to such growth are abundant, from increased consumer spending and satisfaction to higher tax revenues at all levels of government. There is one looming problem however that better times will make worse. READ ARTICLE
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The company building a passenger rail line between Miami and Orlando showed off its first train Wednesday, a sleek and comfortable setup that will travel at up to 125 mph. READ ARTICLE
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Passenger rail is alive and well in Florida, for reasons that sometimes are and sometimes are not unique to the Sunshine State and in any event are well known to the transit professional: the carrying capacity of the road, highway, and aviation systems in many regions of the country can use some help in offloading congestion to mass transit. READ COMMENTARY
President-elect Donald Trump will unleash the potential of private investments and use innovative financing tools to rebuild the nation's transportation networks, Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao told lawmakers at her Senate confirmation hearing on Wednesday.
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Transportation Secretary-designate Elaine Chao is a respected figure in the public sector, a dedicated servant of the people. She is known for mastering the full range of transportation issues and she thus comes into the nominating process with an abundance of good will thrown her way, well-earned. With her nomination nearly certain, she has had the opportunity to offer observations on policy as opposed to spending her time fending off hostile questions. READ COMMENTARY
This bridge in Kansas City and its companion, the Fairfax Bridge, were 1950’s-era infrastructure whose inability to carry the increasing traffic load between the industrial district and the burgeoning growth in the Northland rendered them out of date. The Missouri River is not an unsubstantial inland waterway, and these bridges were not insubstantial structures. READ ARTICLE
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It is reported that more than 51 million full truckload equivalents a year of merchandise pass through the nation's inland waterway locks and dam system. That’s a staggering figure and even more so when we take into account the condition of those locks. For many of them, they have outlasted their original life expectancy. Of the 192 locks on the 12,000 rivers nationwide, most are at least 83 years old and were expected to only be functional for an initial 70 years. The impact on the national supply chain is starting to add up. READ ARTICLE
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It is said that Rome is the crossroads of the world, but your major modern intermodal facility will give Rome a run for its money any day of the week. These major freight-transfer and freight-speeding intersections are located strategically to capture the inbound and the outbound goods traffic to serve major sourcing and major destination markets. READ ARTICLE
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Technology is being deployed on both sides of the Kansas-Missouri state line to help crews work more efficiently to keep the roads open and safe during a winter storm. READ ARTICLE
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Forward looking states have been taking advantage of the many advances in data acquisition technology to assess road conditions on the surface, assess the data back at operations, and convey general and specific information to the driving public. Such data is of particular value in the case of ice storms where a variance of one degree Fahrenheit up or one degree Fahrenheit down can make the difference between a passable road and something resembling the surface of an ice rink. READ COMMENTARY
Nicaragua on Tuesday said it wanted to secure bigger international recognition for Taiwan during a visit by President Tsai Ing-wen at a moment of Chinese suspicions the leader of the self-ruled island is seeking formal independence from China. READ ARTICLE
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The reader interested in transportation matters will likely skip quickly over the public relations battles back and forth on the world stage covered by this article, and be more interested in hearing of the topic of a Nicaraguan Canal…as in ‘you mean there is such a thing?’ It's a good question, and many observers are asking the same thing. This Nicaraguan Canal has been a puzzler from the get go, as explained below. READ COMMENTARY
The systematized bridge inspection process built into US law and codes is the very process by which certain deficiencies due for correction are identified. We here at TranSystems do a good deal of this work and are one of a handful of national providers in this practice. READ ARTICLE
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Sometimes it's better not to be polite. READ ARTICLE
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The zipper merge, once the province of transportation research journals, has of late been applied to more and more real-time and real-life situations. It has caught the attention of the fine people in journalism who have taken up the subject with relish. And why not? It affects the average citizen, which is to say the reader of the newspaper; it is innovative and a bit non-intuitive; and it has had successes. READ COMMENTARY
There’s a lot of activity around states providing incentives to businesses to get them to relocate there to the tune of $70 billion a year. Through a variety of instruments such as industrial development bonds, property tax abatements, development grants, tax breaks and cheap rents, the economic development community within each state – you can be certain that your state has such a department – does its level best to bring production facilities or headquarters locations from one state to the other. READ ARTICLE
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The nearby chart is the kind that any CEO or director of sales would be happy to stand next to while she made a presentation to investors. It shows a steady climb over the years, interrupted by a plateau of flat growth through the recession and its slow recovery, but which has now been put behind the company; the resumption of rapid growth is clear from the decidedly upward slope of the curve on the chart. 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 credulity 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 ARTICLE
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