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Infra Week: 12-6-2013

Friday, December 6th, 2013
Jefferson Station CTA

CTA Blue Line Rehab
Hudson Line Trains Resume After Metro-North Derailment
New B44 bus will take you there…faster!
Folsom Buffered Bike Lane Goes Green
Amazon is not alone: UPS, Google also testing delivery drones

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Opportunities and Potential Complications for Renewable Energy

Thursday, November 28th, 2013
Figure 2. MLP market cap by sector

A prime example of an MLP in today’s public marketplace is an energy pipeline operator that
moves crude oil, natural gas, and refined petroleum products through its network of pipelines.
The MLP is paid fees based on pipe capacity and volumes transported, not on the price of the
underlying commodity in the pipe. P

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A New Partnership: Rail Transit and Convention Growth

Thursday, November 21st, 2013
The Rail Cities: Head and Shoulders Above

As fewer Americans are driving cars and recent generational trends show an exodus from rural areas into cities and suburbs with interconnected transit and walkable alternatives, locations that offer multimodal transportation systems are increasingly popular places to live. However, new historical data analysis proves that these same cities are desirable places to travel to as well.

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Strategic Action Plan for the Chicago Loop

Wednesday, November 13th, 2013
Loop Area Strategy Diagram

The vision for the Loop and the Strategic Action Plan are not static. The Loop is ever changing as priorities shift, objectives change and new developments impact the social and economic dynamic of the Loop. Therefore, this Strategic Action Plan is a working document; it is a flexible tool that will evolve with the Loop as it changes and grows over the coming years.

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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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The Detroit Bus Company

Thursday, September 12th, 2013
The Detroit Bus Company

Young entrepreneur Andy Didorosi believes that the way to Detroit’s new era depends on better leadership and a solid connection between the city and the suburbs. So when the city in 2012 axed its plans to build the M-1 light rail, the transit solution that would’ve bridged that vital connection, Didorosi was mad as hell. […]

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Rob Gramlich, Senior Vice President, Public Policy, American Wind Energy Association

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
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“If the wind stops blowing in one place it’s most likely blowing somewhere else around that region and therefore across the region, and these are regional electricity markets that we have in the country. Across the region wind itself is not variable…if you spread it out with transmission across such a wide region.”

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Biodiesel in California: Companies Fueling Positive Change

Monday, September 9th, 2013
BioDiesel Facilities in California

Biodiesel is a renewable alternative to traditional diesel. It is made from feedstocks (raw materials) such as oils and recycled cooking grease, rather than fossil fuels. Biodiesel is commonly blended with traditional diesel, but is also sold in its pure form. It has considerably fewer emissions than its traditional counterpart and because much of the feedstock used in California is from the state, it reduces dependence on foreign sources. Successful growth of the companies profiled here demonstrates that the industry is creating jobs inCalifornia and growing the economy. EDF profiled one company to represent each step of the value chain:research and development, feedstock, collection, production, blending, and retail and distribution.

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Do Labor and Business Agree on Federal Permitting Improvement Proposal?

Thursday, August 8th, 2013
Do Labor and Business Agree on Federal Permitting Improvement Proposal?

Transportation Issues Daily Labor and business groups are enthusiastically supporting a proposal to streamline the permitting process for large infrastructure projects.  See our story, “Bipartisan Proposal Offers Three Reforms to Streamline Project Delivery” for details about the legislative proposal. Proponents note that the U.S. “ranks 17th in the world for the time it takes to […]

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