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Van Nuys, CA: Chaotic Gridlock at Daniel Pearl Magnet HS

Monday, December 22nd, 2014
Van Nuys, CA: Chaotic Gridlock at Daniel Pearl Magnet HS

With more and more students attending Daniel Pearl Magnet High School, the congested traffic of trying to drive into school is getting hectic. With numerous school’s surrounding DPMHS, Senior Mher Mkrtchian describes how it affects his morning routine as a new driver.-The Pearl Post on YouTube

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NYC: Audit Report on the Maintenance of Bike Share Equipment

Friday, December 19th, 2014
Agency Response Of the eight recommendation made in this audit, seven were directed to NYCBS and one to DOT. In its response, NYCBS generally agreed with 6 of the 7 recommendations made to the company and did not address our recommendation that it review its operating practices for addressing DOT complaints to ensure that station and bike cleanliness is addressed in a timely manner. DOT agreed to implement the one recommendation directed to the agency.

THE CITY OF NEW YORK OFFICE OF THE COMPTROLLER
During the audit period, NYCBS failed to maintain Citi Bike program equipment (bikes and stations) as required by its contract with DOT and its own internal operating procedures. Specifically, NYCBS did not: (1) perform maintenance checks on all bicycles on a monthly basis; (2) perform station inspections twice per week; (3) ensure that on-street maintenance checks of bikes were properly documented; (4) respond within the required timeframes to cleanliness issues with bicycles and stations after discovery or notification of problems; and (5) maintain connectivity of stations to its main database at required levels. As a result of these deficiencies, the riding public is exposed to increased safety risks and customer satisfaction is potentially jeopardized.

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Riverside County, CA: Completing the I-215 Van Buren Interchange

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Riverside County, CA: Completing the I-215 Van Buren Interchange

Video detailing the planning, construction and impact of the Van Buren Interchange on California’s I-215.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Mike Elmendorf, President & CEO, Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS)

Thursday, December 11th, 2014
Mike Elmendorf, AGC NYS

Mike Elmendorf was named President and CEO of the Associated General Contractors of New York State (AGC NYS), New York’s leading construction industry association, in February 2011.

“…there has been a number of bank settlements and other circumstances that have resulted in literally billions of dollars of found money arriving at the state treasury, and the result of that is that you’ve got a unique, really probably once in a lifetime opportunity to use those billions of dollars to make long-term significant investments in improving our infrastructure.”

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Tacoma, WA: “Lock on Tacoma” by artist Diane Hansen

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014
Tacoma, WA: “Lock on Tacoma” by artist Diane Hansen

Something amazing is happening under a Sounder train bridge in Tacoma. See how Tacoma artist Diane Hansen turned an ordinary pedestrian passageway into a work of art. Her “Lock-On Tacoma” is part of Sound Transit’s art program, STart.

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The Impacts of EPA’s Clean Power Plan on Electricity Generation and Water Use in Texas

Tuesday, December 9th, 2014
Figure 3. Baseline power generation fuel mix, where coal is gradually replaced by gas and wind power (Units = GWh/yr)

CNA CORPORATION
To determine how Texas could be affected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA’s) Clean Power Plan (CPP), we applied CNA’s Electricity-Water-Climate power sector model to evaluate the potential impacts. We find that under the CPP, the state will save water and reduce levels of conventional air pollutants. In addition, the state will be able to meet the policy’s targets with modest incremental effort even though electricity demand is expected to increase by 25 percent.

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Provo, UT: Documenting Dangerously High Smog Levels

Friday, December 5th, 2014
Provo, UT: Documenting Dangerously High Smog Levels

Through a series of hikes into the mountains, we set out to document through time-lapse, the Haze (CO2 Emissions) that plague our home town of Provo Utah.

A video by Jesse Myrick (USA) – Age Group 18-35

-Connect4Climate on Vimeo

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Transporting Crude Oil in New York State

Thursday, December 4th, 2014
Table 1: Progress on Recommended Federal Actions

NEW YORK STATE ENERGY RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY (NYSERDNA)
In recognition of the increased risk of accidents and public concerns associated with the significant volume of crude oil transported through New York State, on January 28, 2014, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order 125 (EO 125), directing state agencies to immediately conduct a coordinated review of New York State’s crude oil incident prevention and response capacity.

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Arizona DOT: How to Get Tons of Snow and Ice Off the Roads

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014
Arizona DOT: How to Get Tons of Snow and Ice Off the Roads

Winter has yet to officially arrive— however storms have already delivered snow as far south as the Carolinas and throughout the northwest. Keeping roadways safe and passable during inclement weather is a top priority for every state department of transportation. This week on Transportation TV our State to State Video takes you behind the wheel of an Arizona Department of Transportation plow truck. See what it takes to move tons of snow and ice each year and learn how motorists can do their part to make roadways safer during winter.

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NYC: Celebrating 50 Years of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Monday, December 1st, 2014
NYC: Celebrating 50 Years of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Now celebrating its fiftieth year, MTA Bridges and Tunnels’ Verrazano-Narrows Bridge opened to the public on November 21, 1964.

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