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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dennis Slater, President and Secretary, Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM)

Thursday, March 10th, 2016
Dennis Slater, President and Secretary, AEM

Dennis Slater is President and Secretary of the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM). He oversees operation of all Association programs, which focus on core service areas of market information and equipment statistics, public policy representation, product safety and technical support, and trade shows.

“…Equipment manufacturers build the machines that make America. They build the machines that harvest crops and feed America and feed the world. Originally this was something that we just explained to our members, and we decided it’s not good enough. You have to also ask your members, you have to explain to their employees so they get involved in this and understand that their jobs depend on policies that support their jobs…This year, especially, we’ve gone out there now to the candidates that are running to say “what’s your manufacturing platform? What are your solutions for infrastructure?”’

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Outstanding Engineering: Connecticut’s CTfastrak BRT System

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016
H02 - Michael Baker Intl - CTfastrak - CT DOT

CTfastrak is the region’s first dedicated mass transit system in more than 50 years. Carrying more than 16,500 riders each weekday, the system centers around an exclusive 9.4-mile guideway dedicated to the BRT system that links central Connecticut communities. It reduces traffic congestion and shortens commute times for commuters in Hartford, West Hartford, Newington and New Britain, CT.

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Tuesday, March 8th: ACEC Webinar on AASHTO Audit Guide

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) will offer Key Changes to the AASHTO Audit Guide: What It Means for Your Firm, a webinar led by members of the ACEC task force who reviewed and provided industry input on the modifications. This session, to be held 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, will provide essential insights into how the changes will impact firms that work for State DOT clients.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Michael Melaniphy, President & CEO, American Public Transportation Association (APTA)

Wednesday, February 24th, 2016
Michael Melaniphy on The Infra Blog

Michael P. Melaniphy is president and chief executive officer of the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) and president of the American Public Transportation Foundation. Melaniphy’s entire career has been in public transportation, with more than 30 years of both public and private sector leadership experience.

“As a kid growing up you had a binary choice: you were either a bus kid or you were a car kid. You were one of the two. And you look at today’s environment and it’s a multi-modal environment. We have evolved as a society to understand that now it’s about mobility choices…So as we look at what are the best utilizations of our scarce resources in a community, people are looking at the full assortment of choices, and as we look at the unbelievable growth that’s going to come in the population set of this nation we’ve found that paving our way to a solution is not the best choice.”

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ARTBA: Over 58,495 Structurally Deficient Bridges in the U.S. Are in Need of Repair

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
ARTBA logo

According to ARTBA, “There are nearly 204 million daily crossings on 58,495 U.S. structurally deficient bridges in need of repair.” The term structurally deficient refers to any bridge wherein “one or more of the key bridge elements, such as the deck, superstructure or substructure, is considered to be in ‘poor’ or worse condition.” The most-trafficked bridge on the list, in Los Angeles, CA, carries nearly 300,000 passengers each day.

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T4America’s Online Guide to Creative Placemaking

Thursday, February 18th, 2016
Transportation for America: The Scenic Route

Transportation for America recently published The Scenic Route, a content-rich online guide to introduce the concept of “creative placemaking” to transportation professionals. The Scenic Route offers general information as well as specific approaches aiming to facilitate planners, public works agencies and local elected officials in utilizing the creative potential of their respective communities.

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Obama’s FY 2017 Transportation Budget Proposal: Dead On Arrival

Friday, February 12th, 2016

Innovation Newsbriefs
Vol. 27, No. 1
In a gesture that looks more like a political testament than a realistic budget proposal, the Obama Administration unveiled a $4.1 trillion plan to fund the federal government in Fiscal Year 2017. The budget includes a hefty $98.1 billion for transportation— a 60% increase over the current annual spending level. To partly pay for the new spending, the Administration is calling for a $10 per barrel tax on oil that would translate roughly into a 25 cent/gallon increase in the price of gasoline at the pump.

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Contest Underway: Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016
Infrastructure Vision 2050 Challenge

The American Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) and the HeroX crowdsourcing platform are presenting a challenge to bring attention to infrastructure in the USA…The hosts hope to create “an incentivized platform for innovative ideas to thrive and help shape America’s growth in the 21st Century.” They hope to gather ideas, vote for the most impactful ideas and projects, and even enter a “build” phase in July 2016.

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Attend the ACEC Annual Convention and Legislative Summit: April 17-20, Washington, DC

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016
2016 ACEC Convention and Legislative Summit

2016 ACEC Convention and Legislative SummitThe 2016 ACEC Annual Convention and Legislative Summit is coming to Washington, DC this Spring. Attendees can expect a wide variety of presentations, forums, keynote speeches, educational sessions and much more.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Richard Harnish, Executive Director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association

Monday, February 1st, 2016
Richard Harnish on The Infra Blog

Richard Harnish is the Executive Director of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA), a member-supported non-profit organization advocating for fast, frequent and dependable trains linking the entire Midwest.

Here in Illinois we’ve been seeing a lot more interest in doing true high speed rail and we think we’re close to an important next step there. And I was out in Sacramento two months ago and touched the first car shell for that line. That’s something that most people don’t know: those trains really are under construction, and the stations are under construction. So we’re very close to a major tipping point.

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