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Archive for the ‘Local’ Category

Bremerton, WA: The Manette Bridge Documentary

Tuesday, February 2nd, 2016
Bremerton, WA: The Manette Bridge Documentary

By the summer of 2010 in Manette, Washington, the people of this quiet community by the water had learned that soon they would have to say goodbye to an old friend–a friend that had been with them for 80 years and had served their community year-in and year-out; a strong, faithful companion who, now ravaged by time and the elements, would be unable to continue. That friend was simply known as the Manette Bridge.

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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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The Decline of Driving: Navigating Vermont Without a Car

Monday, February 1st, 2016
The Decline of Driving

VERMONT TRANSPORTATION BOARD
According to the State Smart Transportation Initiative, a transportation research organization based at the University of Wisconsin, vehicle miles traveled per person in the U.S. has dropped every year since. By 2013, the last year for which the Transportation Board could find statistics, the average American drove more than 6 percent fewer miles per year than in 2005…This trend not only holds true in Vermont, but locals appear to be leading the charge. In 2007, Vermonters drove an annual average of 12,400 miles. But in 2013, Vermonters, according to VTrans, drove an average of just 11,356 miles, which is an 8.4 percent drop.

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Washington, DC: Blizzard at Dulles International Airport

Friday, January 29th, 2016
Washington, DC: Blizzard at Dulles International Airport

Views from the ramp tower at Dulles International Airport as heavy snow and high winds affect snow removal operations at the A-gates and B-gates below.

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Cleveland, OH: Clean Water & Green Infrastructure

Thursday, January 28th, 2016
Cleveland, OH: Clean Water & Green Infrastructure

In 2015, Sustainable Cleveland celebrated clean water to better connect people to their water resources to help restore, conserve and protect this valuable asset. This video is part of a larger video series that highlights different organizations, community leaders, and projects that are taking action to help clean our water. This video illustrates how NEORSD, Cleveland Metroparks, Cuyahoga River Restoration, Holden Arboretum and Western Reserve Land Conservancy are all leading the way in green infrastructure. These examples show how green infrastructure can build community, beautify our neighborhoods, and clean our water.

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Menino Survey of Mayors

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
Biggest Local Challenge From a State or National Issue

BOSTON UNIVERSITY
INITIATIVE ON CITIES
Mayors overwhelmingly believe that physical infrastructure is one of the greatest challenges facing their city. Mayors were asked to identify the greatest challenge they face which falls outside their control—in other words, a challenge that is typically the purview of other levels of government. “Think about the next five years and beyond. What ONE trend or issue that you primarily think should be a state and/or federal matter will pose the biggest challenge to your city?” Importantly, this question did not query mayors about challenges to their cities generally, which was explored in last year’s report.

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New York City: Jonas Blizzard 2016 Timelapse

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016
New York City: Jonas Blizzard 2016 Timelapse

We set out to cover New York City’s 2nd biggest snowstorm since 1869. Central Park total snow accumulation at the end of the winter storm was 26.8 inches.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Jeff Morales, CEO, California High-Speed Rail Authority

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
Jeff Morales, CEO, California High-Speed Rail Authority

Jeff Morales is the Chief Executive Officer of the California High-Speed Rail Authority and has a distinguished record of experience managing large and complex transportation issues and projects. As the former Director of the California Department of Transportation, Morales managed a $10 billion program and more than 23,000 employees working to build, maintain and operate the largest state transportation system in the U.S.

“California, with the leadership of Governor Brown and the legislature—we’ve taken the position that we’re going to advance this program with or without additional federal support, and we’ve committed to doing that and are doing that, and we’ve got major construction underway in the Central Valley on the first segment.”

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California HSR: Fresno River Viaduct Update

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016
California HSR: Fresno River Viaduct Update

Construction Manager Hugo Mejia offers an update on the construction of the Fresno River Viaduct in Madera.

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Utah DOT: Talking Orange – 2016 Outlook

Friday, January 22nd, 2016
Utah DOT: Talking Orange – 2016 Outlook

Executive Director Carlos Braceras shares important points in UDOT’s 2016 Strategic Direction, and what it means to employees.

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