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One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The One Water approach recognizes that water must be managed in ways that respect and respond to the natural flows of watersheds and the natural ecosystem, geology, and hydrology of an area

U.S. WATER ALLIANCE Water is our world’s most precious resource and essential to everything we do. It nourishes us. It cleans and sustains us. Put simply, we ARE water. On average, every American uses 176 gallons of water per day—that is over 64,000 gallons a year. Food production alone is responsible for 80 percent of all […]

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — Riding the Wave: Larger Cargo Ships Prompt U.S. Ports to Undergo Modernization Projects

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016
ACEC

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) By Samuel Greengard When engineering and construction crews completed the massive Panama Canal modernization project in June 2016, it was a defining moment in global commerce. The $5.25 billion upgrade, which allowed new and significantly larger ships to pass through the series of new locks, represented nothing less than […]

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Future of Parking in Boston

Monday, December 5th, 2016
The recommendations of this report

Boston is experiencing increasing development and population at a time when interest in a comprehensive multimodal transportation approach to travel is at an all-time high. Parking use provision management and cost are central to transportation policy and individual travel choices. Citywide and neighborhood efforts like the Go Boston 2030 Mobility Action Plan,the Greenovate Boston 2014 Climate Action Plan Update, and the South Boston Waterfront Sustainable Transportation Plan all recognize the centrality of parking and its outside role in the transportation system.

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Infrastructure Spending Trends

Friday, December 2nd, 2016
Real Infrastructure Spending: Federal vs. State & Local Governments

This paper confronts perceived infrastructure failings with the data on public and private real infrastructure spending over recent decades. Interestingly, the data do not immediately point to a specific explanation for the poor perceived state of infrastructure. Accordingly, we turn to some possibilities that might explain the gap, such as changes in infrastructure needs and the quality of infrastructure spending.

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Who Gets Counted Counts: 2015 Los Angeles Bike and Pedestrian Count

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016
The Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition - Bike Count

We looked at 8 of the 17 streets where bike lanes were installed between 2010 and 2015 with sufficient collisions and ridership data to draw conclusions about the effectiveness of the projects. Overall, the number of automobile collisions decreased, pedestrian collisions stayed relatively flat, and bicycle crash risk decreased, after accounting for increased ridership.

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Assessing, Coding, and Marking of Highway Structures in Emergency Situations

Tuesday, November 29th, 2016
Figure 2-1. ATC-20 building evaluation flowchart.

Not only is the highway network relied upon to transport people, but it is also the economic lifeline of the affected region facilitating the movement of emergency supplies and services. Restoring power, supplying fuel, transporting injured residents, and providing food stocks can be just a few of the critical needs of a region affected by a catastrophic event.

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Building America: InfrastructureUSA Managing Director Steve Anderson on NY1

Friday, November 25th, 2016
Steve Anderson and Errol Louis on "Inside City Hall"

According to Anderson, “It’s going to have to pass the smell test. Are these fair deals? Are these deals that really serve the public interest, or are these deals that in fact enrich corporations and corporate interests?” He says that with a sensible approach that uses not just Trump’s corporate incentives, but also tools like an infrastructure bank, we can expect tremendous returns for the private sector as well as the public at large.

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Thanksgiving 2016: AAA Holiday Travel Forecast

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
AAA Travel Forecast: Thanksgiving 2016

Consumers are expected to open their wallets this Thanksgiving, with steady income gains fueling strong consumer spending growth. This will drive holiday travel up 1.9 percent, the eighth consecutive year of growth.

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Financial Needs for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indiana

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Figure ES1. Working estimates of water and wastewater capital needs in Indiana 2015–2034

Financial Needs for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indiana (2015–2034) is an assessment of water and wastewater infrastructure needs in Indiana. This study is sponsored by the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The Indiana Association of Regional Councils provided research assistance. The Indiana Finance Authority State Revolving Loan Programs (SRF), U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development – Indiana (USDA RD), ACEC Indiana Funding Sources Committee, and the Indiana Rural Wastewater Task Force provided additional assistance and important feedback during the effort.

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Air Traffic Control: Experts’ and Stakeholders’ Views on Key Issues to Consider in a Potential Restructuring

Friday, November 18th, 2016
Figure 1: An Illustration of Key Components and Users of the United States’ National Air Space

In 2014, GAO found (1) that many aviation stakeholders saw challenges with aspects of the current U.S. system including funding instability and slow progress implementing capital improvements and (2) that most stakeholders agreed that separating ATC operations from FAA was an option. GAO was asked to explore issues that would be associated with such a change…This report addresses (1) views of selected experts, aviation stakeholders, and the FAA on key transition issues and (2) lessons that can be learned from the transition experiences of selected countries.

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