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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — High Water Blues

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
High Water Blues - Oroville Dam Incident

AMERICAN COUNCIL OF ENGINEERING COMPANIES (ACEC) In the wake of catastrophic loss of life from hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, industry and Member Firm leaders assess the adequacy of U.S. flood protection systems Written by Bob Woods In the span of three weeks, from late August to mid-September 2017, three major hurricanes hit the United […]

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Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America

Tuesday, February 13th, 2018
Trump Infrastructure Plan 2018

I have enclosed with this message my Administration’s framework for rebuilding infrastructure in America. Our Nation’s infrastructure is in an unacceptable state of disrepair, which damages our country’s competitiveness and our citizens’ quality of life. For too long, lawmakers have invested in infrastructure inefficiently, ignored critical needs, and allowed it to deteriorate. As a result, the United States has fallen further and further behind other countries. It is time to give Americans the working, modern infrastructure they deserve.

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Global Traffic Scorecard

Monday, February 12th, 2018
Worldwide Traffic Study - Global Traffic Scorecard - INRIX research

The INRIX 2017 Traffic Scorecard is the largest and most detailed study of congestion to date. It includes data on 1,360 cities in 38 countries covering more than 100,000 square miles (250,000 square kilometers) of road and focuses on congestion across all times of the day and week. It confirms, as previous INRIX Traffic Scorecards have found, that congestion is a significant and growing burden on our cities. It is clear that congestion is a global phenomenon, and impacts businesses as well as commuters, small cities as well as large ones and developing as well as developed economies.

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Falling Transit Ridership: California and Southern California

Friday, February 9th, 2018
Falling Transit Ridership in California: Figure ES-1

In the last ten years transit use in Southern California has fallen significantly. This report investigates that falling transit use. We examine patterns of transit service and patronage over time and across the region, and consider an array of explanations for falling transit use: declining transit service levels, eroding transit service quality, rising fares, falling fuel prices, the growth of Lyft and Uber, the migration of frequent transit users to outlying neighborhoods with less transit service, and rising vehicle ownership. While all of these factors probably play some role, we conclude that the most significant factor is increased motor vehicle access, particularly among low-income households that have traditionally supplied the region with its most frequent and reliable transit users.

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A Blueprint for Cronyism: President Trump’s Illegal Infrastructure Plan to Enrich His Friends

Wednesday, February 7th, 2018
Donald Trump and Skyscraper

DEMOCRACY FORWARD President Trump made rebuilding America’s infrastructure a central part of his campaign, promising to invest in “the next generation of roads, bridges, railways, tunnels, sea ports, and airports.” But that’s not the President’s plan. Instead, what President Trump will outline is a blueprint for cronyism: An infrastructure proposal illegally developed in secret that […]

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The Future of Infrastructure: Expert Opinions from Around the World

Monday, February 5th, 2018
The future of infrastructure - key findings

We find an industry that is unified in its belief that infrastructure will play an important role in shaping the society of the future. Over 80 percent of the more than 500 professionals surveyed agree that national prosperity depends on civil infrastructure

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Market-Based Ideas for Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

Thursday, February 1st, 2018
Market-based infrastructure ideas - Manhattan Institute

MANHATTAN INSTITUTE Introduction American infrastructure is in dire need of repair and replacement. Yet decades of experience have shown us that simply showering federal money on infrastructure is not the right solution. Indeed, this approach has been shown to encourage wasteful spending on projects that are politically expedient but economically dubious. Large injections of federal […]

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ACEC’S ENGINEERING INC. — 2018 Legislative Outlook: Infrastructure Up Next

Monday, January 29th, 2018
Engineering Inc - Infrastructure Investment in 2018

Will 2016 Election Promises for Significant Infrastructure Investment Be Kept? Today’s political environment can be summed up in two, frustrating words: partisan gridlock. Aside from the year-end sprint to pass tax reform, it has become next-to-impossible to enact major legislation in several areas, including transportation, water infrastructure and energy. Expectations for 2018 nonetheless, remain high.

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Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities

Thursday, January 25th, 2018
Electric Car Charging

The insights uncovered in Black & Veatch’s 2018 Strategic Directions: Smart Cities & Utilities Report demonstrate a growing awareness among communities and utilities that modern, digital infrastructure such as data collection networks, infrastructure automation and advanced communication systems are the key components of today’s smart city initiatives. It is only through these systems that cities and utilities can optimize operations to realize the promise of the smart city – and create a sustainable future.

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Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure

Monday, January 22nd, 2018
Rebuilding America's Infrastructure - Problem Solvers Caucus

PROBLEM SOLVERS CAUCUS (PSC) INFRASTRUCTURE WORKING GROUP Executive Summary America’s infrastructure supports the world’s largest economy across a network of nearly 9 million miles of roadway, 160,000 public water systems, 5.5 million miles of local electrical distribution lines, and nearly 90 million fixed broadband subscribers. Unfortunately, due to years of underinvestment and deferred maintenance, America […]

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