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Up to a point there are efficiencies to be gained by making transportation assets bigger. As with many a manufactured product or even a constructed asset such as a house or office building, it does not cost twice as much to make something twice as large. Much of the cost, regardless of the size, is built into the front end…the manufacturing plant, the ship-building facility, the warehouse, the cost of the land. In transportation proper, where fixed costs loom so large, it is no wonder that decision-makers are regularly testing the upper limits on assets so as to gain efficiencies on the operating side.
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News in Motion - January 5 2017

This fine firm serves as a model for any company that wishes to maintain its space within the attention span of the client; just about the time you feel that you have Amazon nicely packaged in your mind as to what they do and how they do it….they spring another concept upon the public which predictably fires the collective imagination. READ ARTICLE
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As cars become smarter, states believe they need to make their roads just as intelligent. READ ARTICLE
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As autonomous, driverless, and vehicle to vehicle technologies infiltrate the transportation economy it is becoming increasingly clear that wired cars will need wired roads. READ COMMENTARY
Coal has fewer friends than it has in the past, and like any friend that drops you, the ex-friends spend a lot of time dwelling upon your faults and no time at all reflecting upon your virtues. Let us take them in turn. READ ARTICLE
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The state of Connecticut is well-known for its forward lean into highway solutions undertaken in an integrated manner. READ ARTICLE
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General Motors on Wednesday reported an unexpected 8 percent rise in December U.S. auto sales while Ford Motor Co also beat forecasts, indicating that 2016 results will beat a record high set in 2015. READ ARTICLE
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US auto makers continually adjust the flow of their products to market based upon their estimation of demand. Currently they are signaling that they are going to reduce their production of mid-sized autos, mini-vans, and even compact cars. They believe that the market is continuing a shift to SUVs and they will shift production in that direction as a result. READ COMMENTARY
The urban renaissance is real but it didn’t happen out of nowhere. There are many a factor that drove a certain amount of the population to urban settings: condo and amenity development in the urban setting itself, a turn of the human and business cycle that made suburbs and ‘on-the-loop’ business campuses seem like yesterday’s news, an air of hipness in the urban setting for the young person and an air of a new lease on life for the older person. READ ARTICLE
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Tolls on interstate highways are the only way to provide the revenue stream needed to attract the level of private investment in transportation projects envisioned in President-elect Donald Trump's 10-year, $1 trillion infrastructure proposal, according to industry experts READ ARTICLE
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In the face of aging assets, growing transportation demand, and a flat funding scheme, it calls for no great shakes as a forecaster to predict that one way or another we are all likely to be paying more for transportation. And paying for it more individually, more directly as we use the asset, and more regularly, though not necessarily constantly, through the course of a day or week or month. READ COMMENTARY
Ironically, many e-tailers have spent millions of dollars trying to perfect their order fulfillment processes. They want to get the exact product, to the right customer, to a location where the customer wants to take delivery, in the most efficient and cost-effective manner possible. It's speed, efficiency, and cost savings all wrapped into one. But for all of their efforts on the front end, it could be the back-end that results in the most sleepless nights and propagation of ulcers. READ ARTICLE
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Did you know that truck drivers are a very necessary part of the holidays? They are the folks who make sure your grocery shelves are stocked with holiday necessities, like cookies, cakes, turkeys and potatoes.
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This topic has bubbled up and has been getting a good airing lately. The numbers are striking regarding the lack of parking for truckers who are required by law to limit their hours on the road. Parking available for trucks – and there are many millions of trucks whose contents the economy absolutely depends upon – has ever been meager. READ COMMENTARY
The replacement of the Kosciuszko Bridge, which connects Brooklyn and Queens, is a rare public project in New York: It is slated to open on time and on budget this spring, thanks to an integrated design-build approach that bundles together the design and construction phases of a project instead of requiring separate contracts, bidding and procurement for both. READ ARTICLE
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Decision-makers at the city and state level regularly review different project delivery methods; each brings benefits and drawbacks. The reader outside the sector though may be surprised that there is more than one way to bring a project to completion at all. READ COMMENTARY
This company, this company right here, TranSystems, is built around the notion that there are great efficiencies to be gained by the interaction between the modes of transportation, air, rail, highway, ports, etc. The modes, by this surmise, are in a dynamic state of consolidating into their proper scale, reducing duplication, accessing efficiencies outside their own network. READ ARTICLE
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Up to a point there are efficiencies to be gained by making transportation assets bigger. As with many a manufactured product or even a constructed asset such as a house or office building, it does not cost twice as much to make something twice as large. Much of the cost, regardless of the size, is built into the front end…the manufacturing plant, the ship-building facility, the warehouse, the cost of the land. In transportation proper, where fixed costs loom so large, it is no wonder that decision-makers are regularly testing the upper limits on assets so as to gain efficiencies on the operating side.
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Transportation companies face a difficult task. Freight and parcel volumes are highly cyclical - there are boom and bust cycles. When transportation carriers face boom cycles, they have to respond to increases in demand by adding headcount and additional assets to carry the additional load. That adds significant cost to their operating overhead and it challenges them to remain profitable in an environment that is fraught with tight margins. READ ARTICLE
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