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Archive for the ‘Seaports’ Category

US DOT: The Importance of Ports

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016
US DOT: The Importance of Ports

Animation from the United States Department of Transportation on the importance of seaports to the American economy. “Without ports, the economy stops,” but many of our nation’s ports are in need of updates.

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Report Card for Alabama’s Infrastructure

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015
Report Card for Alabama

The bad news is that Alabama’s infrastructure has some challenges that you should know about before it’s too late to keep these systems from breaking down. Infrastructure deteriorates every single day as it ages, just as our bodies do, and many of these critical systems are reaching the end of their useful life…The good news is there are solutions to all these challenges , and we can raise Alabama’s infrastructure grades. By learning more today about the conditions of the infrastructure you use every day, you too can help raise the grade.

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Jacksonville, FL: Moving Giant Metal Tanks Through JAXPORT

Friday, December 18th, 2015
Jacksonville, FL: Moving Giant Metal Tanks Through JAXPORT

Highly trained master riggers moved nine oversized specialty tanks through JAXPORT’s Blount Island Marine Terminal, home of one of the nation’s highest weight-bearing capacity docks…The new pressurized steel evaporator tanks, which arrived at JAXPORT from Zhangjiagang, China, are 45-feet in length, 20-feet in diameter, and weigh 220,000 pounds each.

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State Transportation Statistics 2015

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
Table 1-1: Public Road Length, Miles by Functional System: 2013

The State Transportation Statistics 2015 report contains comprehensive, quantitative data on the following topics: Infrastructure; Safety; Freight Transportation; Passenger Travel; Registered Vehicles and Vehicle-Miles Traveled; Economy and Finance; Energy and Environment

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PortMiami Tunnel: The New Standard in Transportation Infrastructure

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015
Port of Miami Tunnel Project Overview

Just a few years ago, PortMiami suffered from traffic problems that rivaled downtown Manhattan. More than 16,000 cars and trucks traverse the streets surrounding the port every day, and traffic from cargo trucks makes up more than a quarter of that figure. Prior to the tunnel project, the existing bus and vehicle routes were struggling to support the massive weight of this congestion and inhibiting further growth in the region.

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Reducing International Aviation and Maritime Emissions

Monday, September 28th, 2015
Figure 1: CO2 emission trends from international aviation, 2005 to 2050

The negotiations under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) cover the vast majority of global greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, but two significant sources of rapidly growing emissions need to be addressed primarily outside the UNFCCC: international aviation and international shipping. Due to their trans-boundary character, international cooperation is urgently needed to stem that growth and to seize opportunities for cost-effective emissions reduction.

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Jacksonville, FL: JAXPORT’s First Rail Lines

Tuesday, August 18th, 2015
Jacksonville, FL: JAXPORT’s First Rail Lines

JAXPORT marked a project milestone today as construction workers placed the first rail lines for the new Intermodal Container Transfer Facility (ICTF) at Dames Point…JAXPORT’s ICTF, which will be completed later this year, will allow the direct transfer of cargo containers between ships and trains, speeding up the shipment process and reducing the number of trucks on the road.

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Port Congestion: Causes, Consequences & Challenges

Friday, August 14th, 2015
Annual Container Trade at U.S. Ports (Actual TEUs), 1998-2014 & Projected Trade under Different Growth Scenarios, 2015-2030

Global trade is of increasing relevance to the U.S. economy. With the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) free trade agreements in advanced negotiation, it seems certain that the U.S. role in global trade will expand in the years to come and international trade will become even more engrained in the U.S. economy. According to the World Trade Organization (WTO), the dollar value of world merchandise trade was almost $19 trillion in 2014, $4 trillion of which (over 21%) was accounted for by the U.S.

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The Great Port Mismatch: U.S. Goods Trade and International Transportation

Friday, June 19th, 2015
Map 1. U.S. Customs Ports of Entry, 2014

GLOBAL CITIES INITIATIVEBROOKINGS METROPOLITAN POLICY PROGRAM Summary The United States traded over $4 trillion worth of international goods in 2014, ranging from raw agriculture to advanced precision instruments. The enormous variety of exports and imports powers American industries, allowing industrial and household consumers to enjoy cost-effective products and exporting producers to access global markets. Even […]

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America’s Infrastructure is Key to Good Jobs, Economic Security and Quality of Life

Thursday, May 21st, 2015
Richard L. Trumka, President, AFL-CIO

Written by Richard L. Trumka, President of the AFL-CIO
Previous generations built an American infrastructure that was the envy of the world. Since then, we’ve been coasting on the wise investments made decades ago. Now it’s our turn to step up and rebuild that foundation so future generations can have the same opportunities we had…The path forward is not easy or pain free. There are no silver bullets, and ignoring our problems will not make them go away. Yet, while legislators wrestle with responsibly funding the necessary investments, the cost of inaction continues to rise.

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