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  • Well, at least it's intermodal

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    "Bridge collapses in Kentucky after being rammed by hulking freighter carrying space rocket parts" http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2092796/
  • Ahhh, the refreshing feel of a cold shower...

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    http://www.mercurynews.com/california-high-speed-rail/ci_19596026 "Though California's high-speed train faces an intensifying backlash over its $99 billion price tag, political leaders from Washington to Sacramento justify the...
  • Troy kills transit center, starting new Trojan War.

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    http://www.detnews.com/article/20111220/METRO02/112200423/1409/metro/Troy-faces-business-backlash-over-transit-center-vote All the commentary will look boringly familiar to readers here; everything from knee-jerk support or condemnation of the project...
  • Furfurylation* (Say that five times fast.)

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    A way to weatherproof and insect-proof woods that doesn't poison the environment, viciously attack fasteners, or create disposal problems, finally getting widely commercialized, and making its way down in cost. Ties and other trackside wood aren't...
  • And the peasants rejoiced!!

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    LaHood to leave post after 2012 election: Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he will leave the Obama administration at the end of the president's first term. "I serve at the pleasure of the president, and it is an honor to look out...
  • Fella's slow, but he gets there.

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    "Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood recently designated Amtrak's Northeast Corridor between Boston and Washington, D.C., as an "official" high-speed rail corridor, opening the region up to additional federal funding." ...
  • Six to one.

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    That's the ratio of public costs of trucking over rail, when including externalities, according to GAO. That's an estimate, but a minimum estimate; the ratio may be worse. The report is worth a look: http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d11134.pdf...
  • Is this a feature, or a bug?

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    "New report; Building transit creates more jobs than building roads." http://www.infrastructurist.com/2011/02/07/new-report-building-transit-creates-more-jobs-than-building-roads/ Looks suspiciously like valuing input regardless...
  • ...'cause it's not like they have other uses.

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    Architects propose buildings on railroad tracks Swedish architecture firm Jagnafalt Milton thinks railroad tracks could be used as the base for buildings, which could then be positioned differently...
  • Freight Act

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    Step forward or wolf in sheeps clothing? The language used around it is positive, it at least pays lip service to the idea that it would be nice to have a real transportation policy. The actual proposal seems a little narrowly focused.
  • Ford foundation donating decent chunk of change to Transit/Rail friendly planning

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    200 million over the next 5 years. http://www.builderonline.com/sustainability/ford-foundation-commits-200-million-to-smart-growth-planning.aspx?cid=BLDR100714002
  • National Journal's expert's take(s) on HSR

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    I'd have paid good money to see just one of them not toe their party line. My wallet is safe, of course. http://transportation.nationaljournal.com/2010/07/will-highspeed-rail-drive-busi.php
  • Be Afraid, part 2

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    http://www.chicagobusiness.com/cgi-bin/news.pl?id=38528 Select bits: "(Crain's) — Federally funded high-speed rail projects in Illinois and others parts of the country could get under way in as little as two weeks, Transportation...
  • Cat's got your tongue?

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    No, but it's got EMD. http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20100609-714974.html?mod=dist_smartbrief
  • Does this sound familiar?

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    "Simmering tensions between shippers and carriers erupt in Long Beach Shippers and the carriers on the transpacific have been at each other’s throats for as long as we can remember, but this year is different." (From Greg...
  • Wall Street Weighs In.

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    The Wall Street Journal, that is. (Opinion section.) A piece on economics of HRS. http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703389004575033672230734364.html?mod=WSJ_business_IndustryNews_DLW Summary: he's agin' it. Some of the assumptions...
  • Nothing New Under the Sun

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    Google has begun scanning a lot of older, often out-of-copyright material up to Google Books. The Popular Science issue for Nov 1918 (page 78) contains an article on containerization and auto-hauler racking. A cautionary tale about not being too...
  • Be Afraid

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    White House seeks federal oversight of rail-transit safety Transportation chief details plan in wake of high-profile accidents http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/12/08/AR2009120803964.html?hpid=moreheadlines
  • Preliminary Rail Plan

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    Well, it's out, and it doesn't look like too many surprises. Still more a vision than a plan. The graphics, especially the freight density map, need work: given the common location of many rail and highway routes , and the choice of a darker shade...
  • Some more diesel-electric crossover technology

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    Good article in Maritime Reporter (Sept 2009, pp 44-45) on recent midsize (6,000 -8,000 hp, roughly) diesel-electric powered supply boats. As with genset designs, several available engines, switched in and out to match load. Designer talks guardedly about...
  • The real reason why your Container isn't here yet, Mr. Consignee. (From Maritime Reporter)

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    (res ipsa loquitur, as the lawyers sometimes say.) Container Lines Achieve Record Score Posted 08/06/09 at 10:43 AM Container lines achieved a record high on-time service reliability performance, according to Drewry Container Shipper...
  • Cat hybrids

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    Caterpillar is joining the hybrid heavy market. The implications for light rail, I think, are obvious: hybrid technology in the LRV, trackless trolley/hybrid bus market is still essentially produced to order, with very little of the economies of scale...