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Archive for the ‘Rail’ Category

Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: The Benefits of Increased Rail Investment

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015
Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis: The Benefits of Increased Rail Investment

Freight railroads are making significant investments in Ninth District states. Phil Davies presents an overview of the cover story of the April 2015 issue of the fedgazette.

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Washington State: The Impact of the Growing Coal & Oil Industry

Monday, April 6th, 2015
Washington State: The Impact of the Growing Coal & Oil Industry

Up to three times a day trains carrying up to three million gallons of Bakken crude oil from North Dakota travel through the Northwest, quite literally under downtown Seattle and along the Puget Sound en route to oil refineries in Anacortes and Cherry Point. With big potential markets in Asia and a booming coal and oil industry in Wyoming and North Dakota in search of ports to export, the Northwest is poised to experience major growth in fossil fuel industries.

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ASCE 2015 Civil Engineering Award Winners

Friday, April 3rd, 2015
ASCE 2015 Civil Engineering Award Winners

From a relocatable antarctic research station to drought solutions in Texas, the 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Awards showcased a variety of novel approaches to vital engineering problems. The following videos from ASCE detail this year’s winner and four other finalists.

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San Francisco, CA: Building a Better BART

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015
San Francisco, CA: Building a Better BART

Get a unique, behind-the-scenes look at the BART crew working to keep our tracks safe. What does it mean to ‘build a better BART?’ These guys tell it how it is.

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NYC: Riding the Track Geometry Car

Friday, March 20th, 2015
NYC: Riding the Track Geometry Car

Take a ride on a Track Geometry Car, part of the specialized fleet that inspects the rails of the NYC subway.

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Iowa Infrastructure: ASCE 2015 Report Card

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015
Iowa Infrastructure Report Card 2015

AMERICAN SOCIETY OF CIVIL ENGINEERS
IOWA SECTION
The 2015 Report Card for Iowa’s Infrastructure has been prepared to acquaint Iowans with the extent, condition and importance of the capital assets that support modern life. It is hoped that this information, along with the grades, will encourage awareness of and concern for these often under-appreciated facilities. Iowa’s ASCE members hope that the grades will alert citizens, media agencies, business leaders, and elected officials to the needs of the infrastructure and induce a commitment to giving it proper care and upkeep.

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Retro Infra: Rock Island, IL – Wheels of Progress (1950)

Friday, February 20th, 2015
Retro Infra: Rock Island, IL – Wheels of Progress (1950)

The Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad (reporting marks CRIP, RI, ROCK) was a prominent (Class I) railroad in the midwestern United States, commonly known as the “Rock Island.” In 1854 when the line connected the Mississippi to Chicago and the East Coast, the event was marked by a large promotional voyage called the Grand Excursion. In 1856, the line crossed the Government Bridge, the first railroad bridge across the Mississippi, connecting farms in Iowa and beyond to Chicago.

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New York City: Rail Service for LaGuardia Airport (Finally)

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015
New York City: Rail Service for LaGuardia Airport (Finally)

New York City’s airports will get a major facelift with Governor Andrew Cuomo’s 2015 Opportunity Agenda.

The announcement doesn’t come as a surprise, given that LaGuardia recently suffered some very public infrastructure criticisms. Add to that over $5 billion in one-off legal settlements from Wall Street recently awarded to New York State, and you’ve got a perfect recipe for infrastructure investment.

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Chicago Transit Authority: Riding the Holiday Train

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014
Chicago Transit Authority: Riding the Holiday Train

Happy Holidays from the Chicago Transit Authority!

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Interactive Map: Where Do Trains Carry Crude Oil?

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Crude Connections: Where Do Trains Carry Crude Oil?

Rail fans can still spot coal-laden boxcars from coast to coast, but today’s locomotives are increasingly likely to pull tankers full of crude oil. Largely stemming from the fracking boom in North Dakota, crude oil transportation by rail has reached unprecedented heights in past years. In response to a growing number of accidents–some on an apocalyptic scale, as in Lac-Mégantic, Quebec–ProPublica assembled an interactive map to let you know whose tankers carry crude oil, where they’re coming from, and where they’re going.

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