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Posts Tagged ‘California’

Cabazon, CA: Nestlé Sets Up a Wind Turbine

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015
Cabazon, CA: Nestlé Sets Up a Wind Turbine

Nestlé Waters North America’s contribution to the CSV Film Festival Season 2
Category: Environmental Performance

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Port of Long Beach, CA from the Air: State of the Port

Tuesday, February 3rd, 2015
Port of Long Beach from the Air: State of the Port

A look at the Port of Long Beach, CA from the air, as shown during the Port’s annual State of the Port event on Jan. 29, 2015.

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CalTrans: Winter Storm Repairs in California

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015
CalTrans: Winter Storm Repairs in California

In this Caltrans News Flash, spokesman Jason Probst shows us some of the activities our maintenance crews take on to keep roads open during harsh winter weather. Traffic Management Leadworker Javier Silva talks about what Caltrans does to keep travel disruptions to a minimum, and Maintenance Supervisor Angelo Gross reminds drivers to keep safety in mind when highway workers are present.

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San Diego, CA: East Palomar Street Bridge Demolition

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014
San Diego, CA: East Palomar Street Bridge Demolition

Demolition of freeway overpass in San Diego – North View

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Riverside County, CA: Completing the I-215 Van Buren Interchange

Thursday, December 18th, 2014
Riverside County, CA: Completing the I-215 Van Buren Interchange

Video detailing the planning, construction and impact of the Van Buren Interchange on California’s I-215.

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California High Speed Rail Could Earn the State Over $40 Billion in Profit

Monday, December 15th, 2014
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Earlier this year I argued that the up-front cost of local transportation projects, like light rail and bus rapid transit, aren’t really comparable to the cost of California’s high speed rail system. While all of these investments are fighting for the same dollars to some degree, their long-term balance sheets look very different: Local transit typically requires a persistent operating subsidy, whereas even the low-ridership estimates for high speed rail forecast a consistent operating profit. As a result, longer time horizons favor high speed rail, as profits gradually eat away at the high initial capital costs required to build out the network.

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The Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Friday, November 28th, 2014
Figure ES-1. CSE for electricity efficiency programs by sector for 2009-2011 data in the LBNL DSM Program Impacts Database

ERNEST ORLANDO LAWRENCE BERKELEY NATIONAL LABORATORY
End-use energy efficiency is increasingly being relied upon as a resource for meeting electricity and natural gas utility system needs within the United States. There is a direct connection between the maturation of energy efficiency as a resource and the need for consistent, high-quality data and reporting of efficiency program costs and impacts. To support this effort, LBNL initiated the Cost of Saved Energy Project (CSE Project) and created a Demand-Side Management (DSM) Program Impacts Database to provide a resource for policy makers, regulators, and the efficiency industry as a whole.

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Assessment of California’s Local Streets & Roads

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014
Breakdown of Road Centerline Miles by Agency

SAVE CALIFORNIA STREETS
Every trip begins on a city street or county road. Whether traveling by bicycle, bus, rail, truck or family automobile, Californians need a reliable and well-maintained local street and road system. Unfortunately, these continue to be challenging times for our street and road system due to increased demand and unreliable funding. There is a significant focus on climate change and building sustainable communities, yet sustainable communities cannot function without a well-maintained local street and road system. The need for multi-modal opportunities on the local system has never been more essential. Every component of California’s transportation system is critical to providing a seamless, interconnected system that supports the traveling public and economic vitality throughout the state.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Frank Vacca, Chief Program Manager, California High-Speed Rail Authority

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014
Frank Vacca, Chief Program Manager, CHSRA

As of Oct. 2012, Frank Vacca has been the Chief Program Manager for the California High-Speed Rail Authority. In his role, Vacca leads technical and engineering teams as they focus on delivering the high-speed rail project.

“I believe California will be the first high-speed-rail system in North America…We’ve overcome all the legal challenges before us…We have the first billion-dollar contract, and the designs are mature enough to start construction…So there’s nothing, no obstacles, in front of us right now.”

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Pasadena to Azusa, CA: Foothill Gold Line Light Rail

Friday, October 17th, 2014
Pasadena to Azusa, CA: Foothill Gold Line Light Rail

In anticipation of the October 18th ceremony celebrating the completion the light rail track installation for the 11.5-mile Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Pasadena to Azusa, the Construction Authority has released the video above highlighting the five-step process involved in building the track system.

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