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  • New AmeriQuest Procurement Solution Transforms Indirect Spend Processes

    AmeriQuest Business Services Latest News
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    AmeriQuest’s Indirect Procurement delivers speed-to-value, consistent contract pricing, and spend visibility for operational expenditures
  • Pennsylvania Kicks Off Solicitation for CNG Network Partnership

    NGTNews.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:56 am
    The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is inviting the private sector to submit their qualifications to compete for the opportunity to develop a network of [...]
  • Skating to where the PUC should be

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    David Levinson
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A frequent reader writes David Levinson thinks state DOTs should be run like public utilities, rather than state agencies. Public utilities are governed by Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) or Public Service Commission (PSCs). Having both a planning and stakeholder engagement background, and having been engaged in a discussion at a public utility commission for the last year (not related to transportation), I have some thoughts on how this might impact public engagement and decision-making. Discussions (if you can call them that) at PUCs tends to be highly technical, bordering on nearly…
  • Feed Me!

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    Linda
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I think that this is soo cool. Enjoy! What would you do if you were in the middle of this?
  • The Key to Legislative Success in 2015 May Rest on Political Civility

    Responsible Reflections
    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Many are saying Tuesday night’s midterm elections were a clear, unfavorable referendum on President Obama’s policies.  Exit polls showed Americans are deeply concerned with terrorism, the economy, and health care.  So what will change with Republicans now having control of the Senate and House Republicans potentially adding another 15-16 members to their majority?  As I discussed in my blog last week, I think issues including TSCA Reform, CFATS, and rail reform will be a mixed bag.  But the primary key for any legislative success to take place early next year will be the bipartisan…
 
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  • Skating to where the PUC should be

    David Levinson
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    A frequent reader writes David Levinson thinks state DOTs should be run like public utilities, rather than state agencies. Public utilities are governed by Public Utility Commissions (PUCs) or Public Service Commission (PSCs). Having both a planning and stakeholder engagement background, and having been engaged in a discussion at a public utility commission for the last year (not related to transportation), I have some thoughts on how this might impact public engagement and decision-making. Discussions (if you can call them that) at PUCs tends to be highly technical, bordering on nearly…
  • Can one estimate the value of life or is it better to be dead than stuck in traffic?

    David Levinson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    In 1994 Ezra Hauer published a brilliant paper: CAN ONE ESTIMATE THE VALUE OF LIFE OR IS IT BETTER TO BE DEAD THAN STUCK IN TRAFFIC? Transpn. Res.-A. Vol. 28A, No.2, pp.109-118, 1994 Abstract – In an analysis of whether to replace STOP signs by YIELD signs, the value of a life lost was pegged at $1,500,000 and the value of time at $6.71/hour. These numbers imply that when the sum of traffic delays accumulated by many drivers is equal in duration to the average lifetime lost in a fatal crash (37.3 years), the cost of such delay is higher than the cost of an average lost life. Most find…
  • 15 Ways to Make Streets, Roads, and Highways Financially Sustainable

    David Levinson
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I did a recent post for CityLab: How to Make Mass Transit Financially Sustainable. The Auto/Highway System deserves similar treatment. The first toll road in the US, the Snicker’s Gap Turnpike opened in 1786, connecting Alexandria, Virginia with its hinterlands. This set off an era of toll-road building, mostly for intercity routes, in the United States which lasted through the second half of the 19th century. Toll-roads were never very profitable, but often broke even, and were sponsored in many cases by local elites as a local economic development mechanism rather than with the intent…
  • Road Pricing and Parking Workshop | Toronto

    David Levinson
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    For the third leg of my North American tour, I will be presenting about HOT Lanes: Lessons from the USA at a Road Pricing and Parking Workshop in Toronto on November 24 and 25. Road Pricing and Parking Workshop Traffic congestion in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) continues to increase despite unprecedented funding of regional and local transit. With its majority win at the polls in June 2014, the Liberal government has promised to invest another $15 billion over the next 10 years so the GTHA can catch up to other world-class cities.  While this new money derived from general…
  • Phasing in Road Pricing One Electric Vehicle at a Time

    David Levinson
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The traffic congestion you face is caused by other people. Those people did not think about the delay they imposed on you when they chose to travel. They didn’t even know about you, since they were already on the road before you were. They are ahead of you in the traffic stream. Similarly as a driver, you, completely oblivious, impose congestion on those who follow. You never met them. You have no opportunity to stop and apologize, or even say excuse me, since that would cause even more congestion. Congestion is a collective action problem. Economists have long had a solution to this…
 
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  • Feed Me!

    Linda
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I think that this is soo cool. Enjoy! What would you do if you were in the middle of this?
  • Power Monsters In Your Home

    Linda
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
  • Have A Spooky Day!

    Linda
    31 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
  • Biggest Energy By Mid-Century?

    Linda
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:14 am
    How solar energy could be the largest source of electricity by mid-century To achieve that vision, IEA reports call for clear, credible consistent signals from policy makers 29 September 2014 Paris The sun could be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050, ahead of fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear, according to a pair of reports issued today by the International Energy Agency (IEA). The two IEA technology roadmaps show how solar photovoltaic (PV) systems could generate up to 16% of the world’s electricity by 2050 while solar thermal electricity (STE) from concentrating solar…
  • Still Fracking?

    Linda
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:10 am
    California is running out of water quickly and they are still allowing fracking to be done. Fracking takes so much water and it cannot be reused for anything. Not a real fan of the whispering vocal but the message is real clear. We must stop fracking……
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  • The Key to Legislative Success in 2015 May Rest on Political Civility

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Many are saying Tuesday night’s midterm elections were a clear, unfavorable referendum on President Obama’s policies.  Exit polls showed Americans are deeply concerned with terrorism, the economy, and health care.  So what will change with Republicans now having control of the Senate and House Republicans potentially adding another 15-16 members to their majority?  As I discussed in my blog last week, I think issues including TSCA Reform, CFATS, and rail reform will be a mixed bag.  But the primary key for any legislative success to take place early next year will be the bipartisan…
  • Trick or Treat—What to Expect on Some Important Issues Confronting NACD’s Members

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    With the 2014 midterm elections taking place next Tuesday, countless political analysts are offering their forecasts for what will happen in 2015.  As I mentioned in my blog last week, so many questions remain that it is really tough to predict how the midterm results will translate into policy changes in 2015 and beyond. Nonetheless, I have some thoughts on the key issues impacting our members.  So, in the spirit of Halloween, I am offering my trick or treat predictions outlined below. TSCA Reform – Trick – TSCA reform was essentially torpedoed by politics earlier this fall, and the…
  • Why Should You Care About the Upcoming Midterm Elections?

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    23 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    During recent conversations, a number of members told me they are frustrated with Congress’ inability to get anything done and with the lack of leadership coming out of the White House.  I think it is safe to say everyone, regardless of political belief, can agree with that sentiment.  But should political discontent lead to a lack of interest in these upcoming midterm elections or staying home on November 4? Absolutely not! The fact is, no one knows what the final outcome will be in U.S. Senate and gubernatorial races across the country.  Earlier this week, I was reading a daily Capitol…
  • Toxic Politics and TSCA: Nearly Four Decades of Bad Policy

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    2 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    In 1976, President Gerald Ford signed into law the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  Next week marks its 38th year as the primary vehicle overseeing the safety of chemicals. TSCA regulates the introduction of new as well as existing chemicals, with the stated intention of protecting the public from unreasonable risk of injury to health or the environment. After nearly four decades, it is apparent the law has failed in its principal task and is in desperate need of reform. Over the past year, NACD has reached out to lawmakers in an effort to push TSCA reform forward. We have been fighting…
  • Off the Rails – Senate Committee Tells Rail Shippers to Get Back on Track

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Earlier this week, NACD issued a grassroots alert encouraging association members who have a U.S. senator serving on the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation to urge their lawmakers to vote “yes” on S. 2777, the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2014. NACD strongly supports passage of this legislation because it provides simple improvements to the STB to more efficiently and equitably investigate complaints and adjudicate rail rate disputes. I am happy to say that the committee approved S. 2777 by voice vote yesterday afternoon, sending a clear…
 
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  • UPS Teaches Holiday Recruits to Fend Off Dogs, Dodge Taxis

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    As UPS Inc. hires a holiday workforce bigger than Macy’s Inc., recruits get a quick course in lifting heavy loads, doubling up on socks, and, in a jam, using handheld computers to fend off snarling dogs. The world’s biggest package delivery company is rushing to hire as many as 95,000 people by next week to cope with projected record deliveries. UPS is determined to perform better than last year, when harsh weather and a surge in last-minute online shopping orders caused more than a few packages to be delivered after Christmas. Some of these employees, being recruited online via…
  • Thanksgiving Highway Travel Expected to Rise

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:17 am
    The number of Americans traveling more than 50 miles by car for Thanksgiving weekend will rise 4.3% from last year to 41.3 million, auto group AAA predicted.About 90% of travelers will take a road trip during the holiday travel period from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30 and will pay the lowest Thanksgiving price for fuel in five years.“Holiday joy has come early this year with Americans likely to pay the lowest Thanksgiving gas prices since 2009. Lower prices are increasing disposable income and enabling families to carve out more money from household budgets for travel this Thanksgiving,”…
  • New York Carriers Still Rolling with Record Snowfall!

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    In upstate New York, a western part of which is buried in snow depths of 5 feet, carriers said their trucks are still rolling, despite the continued closure of the New York State Thruway.“There’s actually some customers in Buffalo that are open,” said Todd Smith, vice president of sales at Leonard's Express, a mostly refrigerated fleet headquartered in Farmington, near Rochester.“We’re able to take some of those northern secondary routes into Buffalo and serve those customers inbound and outbound,” Smith said.“The customers affected by the heavy snow,…
  • Truckers Stranded in New York Storm Along Thruway

    20 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    Record-breaking snowfall and winds have stranded truckers and other travelers on a 132-mile stretch of the New York State Thruway that’s been shut down for nearly two days. “It’s bad; it’s definitely an emergency situation out there,” said Kendra Hems, president of the New York State Motor Truck Association. “I don’t know what the exact number is, but they have vehicles that are basically buried, both cars and trucks,” Hems said. “And it’s not just the Thruway. It’s other roads in the area.”Cars and trucks are stranded on…
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