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Archive for the ‘Competitiveness’ Category

Moving Midtown West: Four Rail Investments Vital to New York City’s Future

Tuesday, April 1st, 2014
A cross section of improved platforms and new passenger access at Moynihan Station. Phase 2 of the project will allow Amtrak to relocate operations and passengers to Moynihan Station.

The recent discussion about the future of Penn Station offered a unique opportunity to focus public attention on the rail system’s crucial importance to the economy and the mobility of the City, particularly on the emerging Far West Side of Manhattan. Unfortunately, this conversation failed to address the single most important problem the City faces around Penn Station: New York City’s rail connections to New Jersey and points north and west have remained essentially unchanged for more than a century.

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Extreme Weather Events: Increasing the Nation’s Resilience

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Figure 1: Louisiana State Highway 1 Leading to Port Fourchon (Source: NOAA)

According to the United States Global Change Research Program, the costs and impacts of weather disasters resulting from floods, drought, and other events are expected to increase in significance as previously “rare” events become more common and intense. These impacts pose financial risks to the federal government. While it is not possible to link any individual weather event to climate change, these events provide insight into the potential climate-related vulnerabilities the United States faces.

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Critical Issues in Transportation

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
The freight transportation system must adapt to a projected 80 percent growth in gross domestic product in the next 25 years.

The United States depends on transportation to compete globally and to help revive a sluggish domestic economy. Individuals depend on transportation not only to get to work but to shop, socialize, and access health care, among other goals (1). For all of its benefits to the nation and individuals, however, transportation imposes large costs—lost time in traffic congestion, deaths and injuries from crashes, demand for imported petroleum, and the release of greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution.

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This Infra Week

Friday, January 24th, 2014
U.S. Census Transportation Planning Products

More Poor Commuters Choose Cycling
Taxing Corporate Buses
California Leads in Driver Safety
Ford Rethinking the Role of Cars
Philadelphia Web Developer Hopes to Help Commuters

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Getting Back on Track: Unlocking the Full Potential of the New Haven Line

Tuesday, January 21st, 2014
A Metro-North M8 rail car - Source: Metro-North

America’s busiest rail line is in trouble. The New Haven Line is a 60-mile stretch of track that carries commuters between New York City and Connecticut, and long-distance travelers throughout the Northeast. The line suffered two major outages in 2013, including a collision that injured 76 people and an electrical outage that shut down service on the line for more than two weeks. Delays and service disruptions due to aging infrastructure and critical repair work occur regularly, slowing travel for the line’s 125,000 daily passengers.

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Getting to Great Places

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013
Photo by Aya Brackett

SPUR – San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association
The city of San Jose is critical to the future of the Bay Area. The Association of Bay Area Governments projects that San Jose will add more new residents in the coming decades than any other city in the region — more than San Francisco and Oakland combined. The shape of that growth is critically important to the sustainability, livability and economic vitality of the region. San Jose faces a particular set of challenges — shared by many American cities — around how to retool environments built for the automobile for a future that better supports walking, cycling and transit.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr. President, National Academy of Engineering

Wednesday, November 20th, 2013
Dr. C. D. Mote, Jr. President, National Academy of Engineering

“We don’t address the problems when we have them if we can delay addressing them. Any of the big infrastructure projects, or many of them, come following a crisis….The idea of not serving infrastructure needs is endemic in our society.”

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Cleantech Redefined

Friday, November 1st, 2013
Figure 8: Eight major groupings of clean technologies. Source: Kachan analysis

The global economy is undergoing a fundamental change. Companies are under increasing pressure to produce and consume more efficiently. This pressure is creating innovation and, above all, opportunity in cleantech.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Samara Barend, Vice President, North America PPP Director, AECOM Capital

Thursday, October 31st, 2013
Samara Barend

“It’s fundamental: having people come together and raise their voice and speak up is the only way to get something done in Washington. I would urge any advocates of infrastructure to speak up and to send letters to their congressmen, and to join coalitions and never underestimate the impact you can have to get something done.”

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Infographic: Nations With the Best Infrastructure, 2012-2013

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
JOC-best infra nations

Leading the rankings on infrastructure were developed nations such as Switzerland, while poorer economies unsurprisingly fared worse. In terms of overall infrastructure, the bottom ranked nations were Myanmar, Guinea and Angola, with the latter coming in 148th out of 148. Our infographic highlights the top performers in several areas, including quality of roads, railroads, ports and airports and more.

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