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Guest on The Infra Blog: Erik Steavens, Rail Division Director, Texas Department of Transportation

Tuesday, October 14th, 2014
Erik Steavens on The Infra Blog

Erik Steavens is a twenty-year transportation professional with a diverse background in multimodal transportation. For the past two years, he has managed his own firm, TIP Consultants, to assist public and private sector clients in navigating through the complex transportation funding and implementation environment. Previously, Steavens was the division director of intermodal programs for the Georgia Department of Transportation, where he managed the state’s rail, transit, aviation and port interests.

“Certainly we have been blessed with corridors in Texas that have the potential for the ridership and revenue growth that could sustain a high-speed rail operation…There are very few places in the country that could make those claims. So we are optimistic. We are hopeful that we can help facilitate a project that could be a true game changer for Texas.”

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Reno, NV: Stenciling Storm Drains to Reduce Pollution

Monday, October 13th, 2014
Reno, NV: Stenciling Storm Drains to Reduce Pollution

This video is about Stormwater awareness and management.

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Michigan DOT: 30th Anniversity of Amtrak Pere Marquette Link

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Michigan DOT: 30th Anniversity of Amtrak Pere Marquette Link

The Amtrak Pere Marquette service celebrated 30 years of service between Grand Rapids and Chicago. The Pere Marquette is a vital link and economic development tool for west Michigan communities. Sponsored by the Westrain coalition, Amtrak, and MDOT, riders had an opportunity to ride in a special “theater car” at the rear of the train for better viewing, win free round-trip tickets at stations, and received commemorative gift bags and refreshments.

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New York City: Subway Station Conditions

Thursday, October 9th, 2014
Structural components and architectural components

OFFICE OF THE NEW YORK STATE COMPTROLLER
The New York City subway system includes 468 passenger stations, which are used by 5.5 million riders each weekday. The system is operated by New York City Transit (NYCT), the largest subsidiary of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Over the past 32 years, NYCT has renovated 241 subway stations at a cost of $4.5 billion as part of its station rehabilitation programs. Under these programs, each station was fully renovated to a state of good repair, including structural and architectural components. Once the work was completed, however, NYCT moved on to the next station for rehabilitation without committing the resources to maintain the renovated stations.

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Warwick, Rhode Island: Barton Corner Bridge Replacement

Wednesday, October 8th, 2014
Warwick, Rhode Island: Barton Corner Bridge Replacement

In August 2014 we completed replacement of the Barton Corner Bridge, which carries four lanes of I-95 plus two auxiliary lanes at a busy interchange with Route 2 on the Warwick/West Warwick line. Using accelerated bridge construction, we built two halves of the bridge on land adjacent to the overpass, and then moved them into place. This enabled us to build the bridge much faster compared with conventional construction methods, which would have taken twice the time. This approach also allowed us to do the work with no impact to Interstate traffic prior to installation.

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America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 Project Profile: Wyoming DOT

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
America’s Transportation Awards Top 10 Project Profile: Wyoming DOT

Wyoming Department of Transportation’s $146.2 million Togwottee Trail to Yellowstone project increased safety and mobility by upgrading a 50-year-old road on a major route leading to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. New under-crossings were built so wildlife and snowmobilers can pass under the highway safely. New shoulders, passing lanes, and upgraded bridges and parking facilities allow a safe trip through some of America’s most beautiful scenery. Wyoming Department of Transportation’s Togwottee Trail to Yellowstone project was recognized as a Regional Winner in the 2014 America’s Transportation Awards competition and it is also a Top 10 finalist, competing for the National Grand Prize and the People’s Choice Award. Watch this presentation and hundreds more videos 24/7 at www.transportationtv.org

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Bend, OR: Engineering Wildlife Crossings

Monday, October 6th, 2014
Bend, OR: Engineering Wildlife Crossings

Central Oregon wildlife use the new wildlife undercrossings along U.S. 97 south of Bend.

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Cleared for Take Off: Public Art at Los Angeles International Airport

Friday, October 3rd, 2014
Cleared for Take Off: Public Art at Los Angeles International Airport

Go behind the scenes of Los Angeles International Airport’s (LAX), dynamic and vibrant art program and get a first-look at one of the latest art exhibits – “Gateway to the Sun” by Jamison Carter and Margaret Griffith. In partnership with the LA Department of Cultural Affairs, LAX has curated some of the most breathtaking and iconic art installations. From the towering pylons to the insightful art displays, these visual narratives give a whole new meaning to an airport being a sense of place. Liven up you day and explore them, even if you’re not going anywhere! [VID]: @KCET

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Nevada: Flood in the Desert

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Nevada: Flood in the Desert

After flooding near Las Vegas closed Interstate 15, crews were able to re-open the flood-ravaged interstate in just four days. Here’s the story:
On Sept. 8, 2014, remnants of Tropical Storm Norbert dumped nearly six inches of rain in the Moapa/Glendale area north of Las Vegas—more than the area typically receives in an entire year.

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Wisconsin DOT Projections vs Reality: An Analysis of Traffic Trends

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014
Total Growth in Miles Traveled

1000 FRIENDS OF WISCONSIN
Wisconsin is undergoing a marked shift in how people in the state are choosing to travel. Data show that the number of miles driven in the state has fallen, or has levelled off in the last ten years. This is in sharp contrast to previous decades, when people drove more each year, since the creation of the Interstate System in the 1960’s.

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