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  • Renowned Speakers Challenge Business Leaders at the AmeriQuest Symposium to Think Differently

    AmeriQuest Business Services Latest News
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Ben Stein and Steve Forbes headline a roster of experts on the economy, cybersecurity, innovation, and change, encouraging attendees to think outside the box.
  • Propane Autogas Tank Linked to Building Explosion

    NGTNews.com
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:32 am
    A preliminary investigation has linked a propane autogas tank to an explosion that badly damaged a commercial building and injured two people Tuesday morning in [...]
  • TCRG: Observing Accessibility

    Transportationist
    David Levinson
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I will be presenting at the Twin Cities Research Group at 12 Noon at the Wilder Foundation building at University and Lexington on Wednesday March 11 Title: Observing Accessibility Abstract: Using data from the Access to Destinations Studies and the Access Across America Studies, this talk discusses both the measurement of accessibility, why it matters, and how it might affect traveler behavior, institutional behavior, and public policy. Looking at data from rail development in London in the 1800s, the Twin Cities from 1995 to the present, and 51 metropolitan areas across the US, implications…
  • Plastic That Can Heal Itself

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    Linda
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    It is the first self-healing polymer that can spontaneously achieve quantitative healing in the absence of a catalyst and after being cut in two and the pieces pressed together, a sample displayed an impressive 97 per cent healing efficiency in just two hours, being unbreakable when stretched manually
  • Getting Your Car Or Truck Ready To Sell

    Fuel & Friction
    Tech Guy
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:04 pm
     Step 1 – Clean up your mess No matter how clean you are, there’s always going to be some traces of you left behind. An old ketchup packet in the glove box. Receipts in the door pocket, a forgotten CD … Continue reading → The post Getting Your Car Or Truck Ready To Sell appeared first on Fuel & Friction.
 
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  • TCRG: Observing Accessibility

    David Levinson
    5 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I will be presenting at the Twin Cities Research Group at 12 Noon at the Wilder Foundation building at University and Lexington on Wednesday March 11 Title: Observing Accessibility Abstract: Using data from the Access to Destinations Studies and the Access Across America Studies, this talk discusses both the measurement of accessibility, why it matters, and how it might affect traveler behavior, institutional behavior, and public policy. Looking at data from rail development in London in the 1800s, the Twin Cities from 1995 to the present, and 51 metropolitan areas across the US, implications…
  • What if car driving is like playing chess

    David Levinson
    4 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
      JS Writes in with an intriguing idea: “What if car driving is like playing chess?  Self-driving cars may be possible and even valuable but the safest most efficient driving may be the combination of the computer and the person/people.  What if one Uber “driver” could drive 10 cars at once, or a team of 3 Uber drivers could drive 100 cars?” And then sends in the following from the EconTalk podcast … From Econtalk: Tyler Cowen on Inequality, the Future, and Average is Over11:01   Russ: So let’s talk about what you’ve learned as a chess…
  • Governing transit: the regulated public utility | CityBlock

    David Levinson
    3 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Alex Block over at the City Block blog writes about Governing transit: the regulated public utility. The MBTA is struggling, but they’re not the only transit authority facing both near and long-term challenges. The MTA in New York is trying to find the funds for its capital plan; WMATA is facing systemic budget deficits while trying to restorerider confidence in the system. For-profit corporations such as airlines aren’t the right answer to govern transit in an American context. So, what kind of structure could work? Writing at Citylab, David Levinson made the case…
  • Elements of Access: Induced Demand

    David Levinson
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Induced Demand PREDICTED TRAFFIC AND ACTUAL TRAFFIC AFTER A ROAD WIDENING by Wes Marshall You already have a congested roadway, and the transportation planners predict even more traffic on that road in the near future. What do you do? For most of the last century, the answer was to increase capacity. In the short-term, this seemed to work. Time and time again, over the long-term, the actual amount of traffic after the capacity increase grew far more than expected. What seemed like an obvious solution to a congestion problem continued to disappoint. But why? The reason for these failures lies…
  • William Louis Garrison (1924-2015)

    David Levinson
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:55 am
    Saddened to learn of the passing of my co-author and teacher, Bill Garrison. Article from UC Berkeley Civil and Environmental Engineering News William Louis Garrison, UC Berkeley professor emeritus in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering and former director of Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies, died on Feb. 1, 2015 in Lafayette, CA. He was 90. Garrison joined the CEE faculty as a Professor in 1973. That same year he was appointed director of the Institute of Transportation and Traffic Engineering (ITTE) (the predecessor of the Insitute of Transportation…
 
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  • Plastic That Can Heal Itself

    Linda
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:22 am
    It is the first self-healing polymer that can spontaneously achieve quantitative healing in the absence of a catalyst and after being cut in two and the pieces pressed together, a sample displayed an impressive 97 per cent healing efficiency in just two hours, being unbreakable when stretched manually
  • Truth Tellers

    Linda
    26 Jan 2015 | 4:40 am
    This is what happens when you tell the truth!
  • Hapy New Year!

    Linda
    31 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
  • Merry Christmas

    Linda
    24 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    May your day be filled with laughter and joy!
  • Baby Its Cold Out There!

    Linda
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    In Montreal, Lionel-Groulx metro station at the 191 stop on Atwater. Being friendly and able to hold hands, creates heat! Love it!
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    Fuel & Friction

  • Getting Your Car Or Truck Ready To Sell

    Tech Guy
    17 Feb 2015 | 7:04 pm
     Step 1 – Clean up your mess No matter how clean you are, there’s always going to be some traces of you left behind. An old ketchup packet in the glove box. Receipts in the door pocket, a forgotten CD … Continue reading → The post Getting Your Car Or Truck Ready To Sell appeared first on Fuel & Friction.
  • Hot Summers and Cool Diesels

    Tech Guy
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Cooling System Since hot summers and cool diesels don’t normally co-exist, it’s very important to pay attention to this critical part of your ride… the cooling system. As the mercury rises, your diesel’s cooling system has to work twice as … Continue reading → The post Hot Summers and Cool Diesels appeared first on Fuel & Friction.
  • The Truth about MPG Ratings

    Tech Guy
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    After the great Carpocolypse of 2008, automakers were forced to change their gas-guzzling ways. Americans could no longer afford to get just 12-15 miles from a $5 gallon of gas. Times were changing, and modern cars had to change with … Continue reading → The post The Truth about MPG Ratings appeared first on Fuel & Friction.
  • 3 Mean New Diesel Powered Trucks… Yet 1 in 3 Will Die Early

    Tech Guy
    21 May 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Several years ago, Barack Obama announced that the federal fuel economy standards, known as Corporate Average Fuel Economy or CAFE, will be raised to 54.5 mpg by the year 2025. This doesn’t mean that all cars will get 54 mpg, … Continue reading → The post 3 Mean New Diesel Powered Trucks… Yet 1 in 3 Will Die Early appeared first on Fuel & Friction.
  • The Dangers of Chlorinated Paraffin Additives

    Tech Guy
    13 May 2014 | 10:04 am
    The Dangers of Chlorinated Paraffin Additives Unless you’re Amish, you’ve no doubt heard somebody somewhere, extolling the benefits of some magic engine additive that reduces engine wear. However, most of them are about as effective as Dr. BillyBob’s Miracle Snake … Continue reading → The post The Dangers of Chlorinated Paraffin Additives appeared first on Fuel & Friction.
 
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    Responsible Reflections

  • CSB Congressional Hearing Highlights Mismanagement

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    5 Mar 2015 | 8:57 am
    Yesterday, members of the U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) appeared before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight & Government Reform at a hearing titled “Rebuilding the Chemical Safety Board: Finding a Solution to the CSB’s Governance and Management Challenges.” As the hearing title indicates, CSB leadership botched their management of the board over the last five years. This hearing served as an opportunity for lawmakers, tasked with overseeing the CSB, to express their frustration in a rare but forceful bipartisan fashion. Throughout the hearing, Republicans and…
  • GHS Enforcement Guidance—the Latest Example of Poor Government Coordination

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Late last week, the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) finally released its new enforcement guidance for the Global Harmonization System (GHS)/Hazard Communication Standard (HCS) that takes effect on June 1, 2015. This guidance helps clarify OSHA’s enforcement discretion policy in cases where downstream members of the chemical supply chain are unable to meet the June 1, 2015, deadline to have updated safety data sheets (SDSs) and labels because they have not received information from their suppliers despite making good faith efforts to obtain the data. NACD’s…
  • Five Key Reforms to Improve the Surface Transportation Board

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    Today, NACD signed onto a letter with 33 other industry organizations calling for the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee to introduce legislation that would reform and reauthorize the Surface Transportation Board (STB). With Republicans now in control of both chambers of Congress, I am confident that new opportunities will arise to reform the STB. Here are five proposals the coalition called for that we believe will significantly improve the mandate and function of the STB as well as the overall experience of rail shippers: Eliminate Outdated Commodity Exemptions Because…
  • When a Globalized System Isn’t Global

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:24 am
    NACD has been getting a lot of questions from our members about how to comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s new Hazardous Communication Standard (HazCom) issued in 2012 to supposedly align with the Globally Harmonized System (GHS) of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals. GHS is a United Nations-created system of standards that uses consistent criteria for classifying and labeling chemicals on a global level. However, OSHA’s HCS 2012 conflicts with GHS requirements in many ways. This creates confusion for chemical distributors and causes U.S. requirements to…
  • NACD Gets Aggressive on State Advocacy

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:49 am
    Last week, NACD announced its 2015 state advocacy strategy to tackle the continuing challenges chemical distributors face across the United States. With state legislatures increasingly drafting and passing legislation that places new environmental requirements and tax burdens on our members, our association must act both offensively and defensively to educate state policymakers about the immense value our Responsible Distribution program offers in ensuring the safe and secure distribution of chemical goods. I am firmly convinced that as state lawmakers learn about Responsible Distribution’s…
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  • San Diego Company Honors Drivers & Trainers

    5 Mar 2015 | 7:12 am
    Lytx, Inc., a provider of video-based driver safety, recently announced the winners of its second annual “Driver of the Year” and “Coach of the Year” Awards. The announcement was made during an awards presentation at the third annual Lytx DriveCam™ Users Conference on Coronado Island in San Diego, CA. The awards honor the best drivers and coaches among organizations currently using the Lytx DriveCam Program. For drivers, Lytx recognizes those who, using the DriveCam® program, operate their vehicles in a highly safe and responsible manner, and whose…
  • Snowy States Rely on Trucks to Counter Mother Nature

    4 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    While snow is sometimes viewed as the enemy of trucking, when it comes to moving goods over highways, trucks also are the primary weapon for state and local governments to fight winter’s blowing flakes.More than 70% of the nation’s roads are in snowy regions, according to the Federal Highway Administration. And managers of public fleets sound very much like their private-sector counterparts: “It’s been a tough one,” said beleaguered Marc Valenti, superintendent of highways, equipment and drains for the town of Lexington, Massachusetts.Small, historic Lexington…
  • C.R. England Improves Pay & Bonus for Trainers

    3 Mar 2015 | 5:50 am
    Effective today (Monday, March 2), Salt Lake City-basedC.R. England (ranked 17th on Commercial Carrier Journal’s Top 250 list) will offer a new bonus program for all company and independent contractor trainers in the dedicated and over the road (OTR) divisions, as well as pay increases for solo company drivers in their Western Regional fleet. This is the third announced compensation increase for C.R. England drivers since November 2014 and the second in the last 40 days. Beginning today, each apprentice who is successfully trained and upgraded by a trainer will become a driver in…
  • Driver's to be Surveyed on Training and Safety

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
    Expect completion of a broad-based Entry Level Driver Training survey in 2016, said Steven K. Smith of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s analysis, research and technology office. Briefing members of the ELDT Advisory Committee last week in Washington, D.C., Smith said the survey was being prepared to take input from drivers across the nation on formal training experience, whether from an employer or a school, to match “characteristics of the driver’s training experience and their safety performance.” The agency will be gathering “less detailed…
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