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Archive for the ‘Aging Infrastructure’ Category

Seattle, WA: Agony Alley

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
Seattle, WA: Agony Alley

The average Seattle driver wastes 48 hours a year sitting in “agony alley.” What can a citizen do? By switching from driving to transit, a Seattle-area driver can save time and money — more than $12,000 a year! How’s that for green?

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21st Century Infrastructure: Keeping California Connected, Powered, and Competitive

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015
The Connected Landscape

BAY AREA COUNCIL ECONOMIC INSTITUTEExecutive SummaryRecent advances in energy and communications technologies have outpaced anything the human race has seen since either the invention of the telegraph or the discovery of alternating current. Many of these advances have enabled technologies that were once the realm of science fiction—driverless cars, implanted medical devices, and vast supplies […]

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Get Ready for Infrastructure Week 2015

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015
Infrastructure Week 2015: May 11 -15

Infrastructure Week 2015 is almost here. This year, be sure to join us in advocating for comprehensive infrastructure investment and a better future for our nation as a whole. Events will take place “in Washington, D.C., around America, and on the internet,” from May 11th to 15th.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: James Boland, President, International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers

Thursday, April 16th, 2015
James Boland, President, BAC

President James Boland, a member of the Executive Board since 1995, became President of the International Union of Bricklayers & Allied Craftworkers (BAC) in February 2010, and was elected to a five-year term in September 2010.

“The ironic thing about this is that both parties agree on the need for improved infrastructure across the board…if they got serious to make a bipartisan effort to get this stuff rolling, I think now is an opportune time but it takes leadership.”

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Financing the Future: How will California pay for tomorrow?

Wednesday, April 15th, 2015
STATE SPENDING AS SHARE OF ECONOMY

CA FWD: CALIFORNIA FORWARD
There is no limit to the challenges on the horizon. In the next 30 years, California’s population is expected to grow to 50 million people—the equivalent of adding another city of Los Angeles and San Diego. As income inequality expands, new approaches must be developed to prepare this next generation of Californians to contribute to an ever-changing global economy. With the climate changing, natural resources must be managed more responsibly. Bigger cities need less traffic. Communities need more reliable sources of water. Regions need new avenues to global trade.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Davey, CEO of Boston 2024 and Former Massachusetts Transportation Secretary

Tuesday, April 7th, 2015
Richard Davey: CEO of Boston 2024

In January 2015, Rich Davey was named the Chief Executive Officer of the Boston 2024 Partnership, the organization seeking to bring the Olympics and Paralympic Summer Games to Boston…Prior to working at Boston 2024, Rich served for over a decade in chief executive and senior management roles in several transportation organizations in Massachusetts.

“The Olympics are all about, in Boston, thinking about and planning for our future—not the future being tomorrow’s rush hour, but 9 1/2 years from now, and 10 years from now, and 20 years from now. That’s what infrastructure is about: it’s about investing for the long term, taking the long view.”

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ASCE 2015 Civil Engineering Award Winners

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
ASCE 2015 Civil Engineering Award Winners

From a relocatable antarctic research station to drought solutions in Texas, the 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards showcased a variety of novel approaches to vital engineering problems. The following videos from ASCE detail this year’s winner and four other finalists.

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Spending Through the Roof

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
Figure 1: In winter, warm air escaping through openings in the roof mean that cold air is drawn into the bottom of the building.

URBAN GREEN COUNCIL
What are the citywide effects of this wasted energy? There are approximately 4,000 multifamily buildings in NYC that are at least 10 stories tall—the threshold where heat loss through vents really starts to make an impact on energy bills. Assuming that 80% of these have open vents, the amount of heated air wasted each year could fill 29,000 Empire State Buildings.

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Utah’s Most Critical Surface Transportation Projects

Monday, March 16th, 2015

TRIP
Utah’s diverse economy relies on significant employment in mining, agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, information technology, finance and petroleum production…From 1990 to 2013, Utah’s population increased by 68 percent, from approximately 1.8 million to approximately 2.9 million. Utah’s population is expected to increase to approximately 4.4 million by 2030.

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Measuring What We Value: Setting Priorities and Evaluating Success in Transportation

Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Sample dashboard from the Virginia Department of Transportation. Screengrab taken January 26, 2015 from http://dashboard. virginiadot.org.

TRANSPORTATION FOR AMERICA
Over the past 50 years, transportation agencies have focused on tracking a narrow set of goals — typically system condition, safety and sometimes traffic congestion. While these goals are important, they measure the state of the transportation system, not the impact of the system on people’s lives. People want to know that transportation funds are being spent in a way that creates value, supports long-term job growth, makes their communities more attractive to business and talent and will contribute to their economic health and resilience.

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