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The purposeful layout of cities started surprisingly early – around 3,000 BC – and employed the familiar grid system, but the practice was far from universal. It so happened that civilization sprung up in the Fertile Crescent, which was flat, otherwise unoccupied, and which allowed for the type of planning that uses a layout at all. Many other cities simply grew to the rear from their port operations, which more often than not is what drove the establishment of the settlement/town/city in the first place.  But in either case, nearly from the beginning, there were alleys. READ ARTICLE
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News in Motion - November 16 2016

If the District and Arlington were to decide to build a gondola to connect Georgetown to Rosslyn, it would be both a feasible and legal endeavor, according to a study released Thursday. READ ARTICLE
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To an unusual degree this story, or perhaps it’s better put to say this very concept, doesn’t go away. The more that people consider gondolas, as the fine people of D.C. and Arlington are doing, the more they are taking them seriously. There is a larger concept at work which becomes visible when you consider that such a device can potentially take the place of other major transportation asset additions that would come at a much higher price. READ COMMENTARY
The modern warehouse is going to be a unique animal, blending futuristic architectural and engineering designs with state-of-the-art technologies to create highly productive and responsive warehouse operations. New e-commerce demands on warehouses have created a new set of challenges. READ ARTICLE
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Colorado enters the cadre of states that are introducing studies and pilot programs around the vehicle-miles-traveled tax, and it’s worth a moment to consider why. By way of a series of social, technical, and governance trends, the gas tax that you and I pay at the convenience store pump down the street – more or less unbeknownst to us, and certainly providing no particular heartburn in the process – is less and less sufficient to the need. READ ARTICLE
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The connected car is coming and likely before another half decade is out. The vehicle miles traveled tax is a notion that has been around for some ten years let us say (see related story above), and has picked up considerable interest in the last five. Let us explore these two rather innovative fields and see if there is a likely and fruitful crossing of paths any time in the intermediate future. READ ARTICLE
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Call it what you will – construction management, construction inspection, construction engineering services, construction management for fee – the services provided by the consultant after the study and design phase and as actual construction is taking place is a vast part of the total transportation asset market, as much as a third by some estimates. READ ARTICLE
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Is there a mode with more unconverted capacity than passenger rail? “Unconverted” refers to the abundance of underutilized, abandoned or out-of-service freight rail systems or stretches serving most regions and municipalities. The powerful consolidation that has taken place among the major freight rail lines since deregulation has taken out of service massive amounts of redundancy across previously competing systems. READ ARTICLE
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The online grocery business is expected to heat up over the holidays as major players beef up e-commerce efforts and expand into new markets. READ ARTICLE
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Here we are - back to that El Dorado of grocery delivery. The notion has been pursued in many forms and in many places and has had limited success. The urban community does the best as the distances are not great and the housing is not all that conducive to cooking complex meals at home. READ COMMENTARY
Just a few blocks north of Philadelphia’s Center City, with its immaculate grid designed by the city’s founder, William Penn, the landscape turns hardscrabble. The slick, glass-skinned office buildings give way to visions of earlier eras of industry and urban planning: old brick warehouses and granaries, the Vine Street Expressway
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The fine writer takes a deep dive into the design elements and the community integration aspects of very large historical transportation assets repurposed into parkway/pedestrian installations. The High Line in New York City is well known, and others are coming into development in various US cities. READ COMMENTARY
Transit projects in Los Angeles County and in the Seattle area were among the big winners Tuesday, as voters approved $200 billion worth of ballot initiatives for transportation projects across 22 states, according to a group of contractors and government officials. READ ARTICLE
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A large number of transportation ballot initiatives were put forward before the Nov. 8 election, and a large number of them were passed, bringing good cheer to the transportation consulting industry, and plaudits to the city leaders who nurtured these measures and the citizens who voted them into being. READ COMMENTARY
Now and again we like to ensure we continue to hit the mark with this publication. READ ARTICLE
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For some years now, when considering the major trend across all the modes - ocean-going cargo, aviation, warehouses and distribution centers, ports, freight rail, airports – you could get by pretty handily by saying "bigger." Not only vessels and vehicles and equipment were growing in size, but the size of the terminal points did likewise, often in order to meet the newly enlarged cargos. READ ARTICLE
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The purposeful layout of cities started surprisingly early – around 3,000 BC – and employed the familiar grid system, but the practice was far from universal. It so happened that civilization sprung up in the Fertile Crescent, which was flat, otherwise unoccupied, and which allowed for the type of planning that uses a layout at all. Many other cities simply grew to the rear from their port operations, which more often than not is what drove the establishment of the settlement/town/city in the first place.  But in either case, nearly from the beginning, there were alleys. READ ARTICLE
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Donald Trump first made his way into the public eye by building things, and while on the Presidential campaign trail he has committed to infrastructure spending as a path to more U.S. jobs and private sector growth.
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You may say with confidence that many fine analysts and writers are scrambling right now to gain an understanding of the new administration's approach to any number of topics...including transportation and the topic of infrastructure funding generally. READ COMMENTARY
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