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Infographics: Trucking by the Numbers

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Trucking web site Fleet Owner recently released a series of infographics covering a variety of issues that affect our nation’s truckers, from road conditions to fuel costs.

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Natural Gas and Global Warming: A Review of Evidence Finds that Methane Leaks Undercut the Climate Benefits of Natural Gas

Friday, August 5th, 2016
Figure 1. Avoiding Climate Tipping Points Requires Immediate Reductions in Methane Emissions

In recent years, a number of studies have challenged that assumption, finding that natural gas production, transportation and storage results in major leaks of methane to the atmosphere that erode or nullify the climate benefits of shifting to natural gas. These findings should lead policymakers to reject natural gas as a “bridge fuel” and instead lead them to redouble America’s efforts to repower with truly clean energy from the sun, the wind and other renewable sources of energy.

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AASHTO: Transportation State to State

Thursday, July 28th, 2016
AASHTO: Transportation State to State

This Transportation State to State video takes you to Washington, California, Nevada and North Carolina to see what’s happening on the front lines at State Departments of Transportation across America.

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Equitable Bike Share Means Building Better Places for People to Ride

Tuesday, July 26th, 2016
Cycling is getting safer as more people ride

In cities that are building protected bike lane networks, cycling is increasing and the risk of injury or death is decreasing. Pairing appropriately-scaled bike share with protected bike lanes increases ridership and is essential to equity and mobility efforts.

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Railroad Financing: Changes to the Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Figure 1: Number and Dollar Amount of Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing Program Loans Approved, Fiscal Years 1998 through 2015, by Loan Type

Financing the various rail infrastructure projects will be challenging. Congress has not funded the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program—a program used to fund passenger rail projects—since fiscal year 2010 and appropriations to Amtrak have remained relatively steady at about $1.4 billion over the last 5 years. One potential source of funding is FRA’s Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing (RRIF) program, which is a $35 billion loan and loan guarantee program to finance, among other things, freight and passenger rail facilities. Since program inception in 1998 about $2.7 billion in loans have been executed, and no loan guarantees have been made.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Ranking Member, House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

Wednesday, July 20th, 2016
Congressman Peter DeFazio

In 2014, DeFazio was elected to the powerful position of Ranking Member on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, which has jurisdiction over the Coast Guard, highways and transit, water resources, railroads, aviation, and economic development.

“[Citizens] need to speak up, speak out. They need to contact their members of congress, their senators. They need to particularly weigh in in an election year and, go to a debate, or ask them a question as publicly as you can, ‘what are you going to do to fix Americas infrastructure?'”

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — The Winner’s Circle

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016
Jon Magnusson addresses the EEA Gala audience after his firm, Magnusson Klemencic Associates, wins the 2006 Grand Conceptor Award for the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle.

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC)
Every year, ACEC Member Firms design thousands of projects around the globe. Many of these projects push the boundaries of innovation, creativity and overall excellence and redefine best practices— all in the hope of enhancing quality of life…ACEC’s national Engineering Excellence Awards (EEA) competition annually celebrates these achievements. An astute judging panel of built-environment practitioners painstakingly examines entries, which already have achieved top state-level honors, to select the best of the best.

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Pension funds make billions available for infrastructure projects

Monday, July 18th, 2016
Mary Scott Nabers, president and CEO of Strategic Partnerships Inc.

Written by Mary Scott Nabers
President and CEO, Strategic Partnerships Inc.
Public pension funds represent about 18 percent of American-based institutional investment in infrastructure. And, at the end of the first quarter of this year, the number of public pension funds investing in unlisted infrastructure funds rose 12 percent from last year and 76 percent from five years ago.

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An Infrastructure Plan for America: How Investing in Infrastructure Will Lay the Foundation for Prosperity, Advance Environmental Goals, and Rebuild the Middle Class

Monday, July 18th, 2016
FIGURE 1 Transportation funding distribution

Infrastructure is the foundation that makes everything in the U.S. economy possible. Infrastructure is also essential to our national competitiveness. When done right, infrastructure investments produce broad-based prosperity for American businesses and workers, facilitating social mobility and enabling access to opportunities, people, and ideas.

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AASHTO Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of America’s Interstate Highway System

Thursday, July 14th, 2016
AASHTO Celebrates the 60th Anniversary of America’s Interstate Highway System

60 years ago President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act, which was also known as the National Interstate and Defense Highways Act, into law on June 29, 1956. Within a few years the nation would see construction begin replacing a network of two-lane U.S. highways with the multi-lane, high-speed interstate system we know today.

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