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  • Four AmeriQuest Executives Earn Certified Transportation Professional® Designation

    AmeriQuest Business Services Latest News
    17 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    CTP program gives trucking professionals a thorough understanding about everything entailed to successfully operate a private fleet in today's highly regulated and complex marketplace.
  • Connecticut Launches Rapid Transit System with Fleet of Hybrid Buses

    NGTNews.com
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    The Connecticut Department of Transportation (DOT) has officially kicked off CTfastrak, the state's new bus rapid transit service utilizing a fleet of hybrid diesel-electric buses. [...]
  • No Outlet: A Review of Twin Cities Premium Outlets

    Transportationist
    David Levinson
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last year, to much fanfare, Twin Cities Premium Outlets were opened. While the center has recently encountered some controversy about the atrocious treatment of black shoppers, this post is about the design (recognizing its isolating design and nature as private property may have some relationship about how shop managers and police think about the presence of others). Aerial of Twin Cities Premiums Outlets from Google Maps. Located in Eagan, on the Red Line (Cedar Grove Station), it is just a short transit hop from the Mall of America, and a shorter drive, at the intersection of Cedar…
  • 3 Car Maintenance Procedures You Don’t Need

    Fuel & Friction
    Tech Guy
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Believe it or not, there are some car maintenance procedures that aren’t really necessary. Common sense should tell you what your car really needs, but there are some car maintenance items that only seem necessary. Let’s look at a few … Continue reading → The post 3 Car Maintenance Procedures You Don’t Need appeared first on Fuel & Friction.
  • NACD Welcomes the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015

    Responsible Reflections
    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Sen. John Thune (R-SD) Last week, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 808), a bipartisan STB reform bill. The bill would provide the STB with the tools it needs to be a more efficient and effective agency and is a very important step in the effort to promote access to competitive freight rail service and provide a more efficient venue to address rate and service issues between railroads and their customers. The lack of…
 
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  • No Outlet: A Review of Twin Cities Premium Outlets

    David Levinson
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last year, to much fanfare, Twin Cities Premium Outlets were opened. While the center has recently encountered some controversy about the atrocious treatment of black shoppers, this post is about the design (recognizing its isolating design and nature as private property may have some relationship about how shop managers and police think about the presence of others). Aerial of Twin Cities Premiums Outlets from Google Maps. Located in Eagan, on the Red Line (Cedar Grove Station), it is just a short transit hop from the Mall of America, and a shorter drive, at the intersection of Cedar…
  • Modeling the commute mode share of transit using continuous accessibility to jobs

    David Levinson
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:59 am
    Recently published Owen, Andrew and  David M. Levinson (2014) Modeling the commute mode share of transit using continuous accessibility to jobs Transportation Research Part A: Policy and Practice Volume 74, April 2015, Pages 110–122 Fig. 5.Transit accessibility coefficient of variation over 7–9 AM period. Highlights Accessibility to jobs by transit is calculated for departures at each minute.• Detailed spatial resolution more accurately reflects walking trip components. Higher transit mode share is associated with higher average transit accessibility. Higher transit mode share is…
  • Elements of Access: Risk Compensation

    David Levinson
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Risk Compensation by Wes Marshall THE LINE BETWEEN SAFE AND UNSAFE IS NOT ALWAYS CLEAR Kids should always wear a helmet when they are bicycling. It is hard to question that statement, and in many places, it is the law (even in a few places without mandatory motorcycle helmet laws). A funny thing happens when some people wear a helmet; they ride faster and more recklessly. Why? The helmet makes them feel safer, and the risk of getting hurt subconsciously fades away. Thus, they behave differently. Changing one’s behavior due to a change in perceived safety risk is called risk compensation.
  • Multiday GPS Travel Behavior Data for Travel Analysis

    David Levinson
    17 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    I am pleased to report that a new FHWA-supported study: “Multiday GPS Travel Behavior Data for Travel Analysis” (PDF) is out. Our contribution is Chapter 4.0 An Empirical Study of the Deviation between Actual and Shortest-Travel-Time Paths. The report was coordinated by RSG, and the overview is below: Introduction to Report By Mark Bradley (RSG) The use of GPS devices to collect trip-specific data as part of household travel surveys has increased steadily in recent years, and will likely become the main mode of travel survey data collection in the future as smartphone-based…
  • Role Model

    David Levinson
    16 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    At streets.mn we focus on Minneapolis and Minnesota. We praise what is praise-worthy and condemn what is condemnable. We feel we do it for our own community. And of course we do. But what we do in Minneapolis is important not just for residents of Minneapolis, rather it matters for residents of the world. You my fellow Minneapolitans (and St. Paulites perhaps), and those in the surrounding environs are residents of communities that should aim to serve as a role model for the rest of the US, and the world, about how cities should function. We are perfecting the Twin Cities not simply for our…
 
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    Fuel & Friction

  • 3 Car Maintenance Procedures You Don’t Need

    Tech Guy
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Believe it or not, there are some car maintenance procedures that aren’t really necessary. Common sense should tell you what your car really needs, but there are some car maintenance items that only seem necessary. Let’s look at a few … Continue reading → The post 3 Car Maintenance Procedures You Don’t Need appeared first on 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.
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    Responsible Reflections

  • NACD Welcomes the Surface Transportation Board Reauthorization Act of 2015

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Sen. John Thune (R-SD) Last week, U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation Chairman John Thune (R-SD) and Ranking Member Bill Nelson (D-FL) introduced the Surface Transportation Board (STB) Reauthorization Act of 2015 (S. 808), a bipartisan STB reform bill. The bill would provide the STB with the tools it needs to be a more efficient and effective agency and is a very important step in the effort to promote access to competitive freight rail service and provide a more efficient venue to address rate and service issues between railroads and their customers. The lack of…
  • The Time Is Now for TSCA Modernization

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    12 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    On Tuesday afternoon, Senators David Vitter (R-LA) and Tom Udall (D-NM) introduced legislation that would modernize the nearly 40-year-old Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Champions of similar legislation last Congress, Senators Vitter and Udall have once again offered a balanced and effective measure that modernizes TSCA to assess the safety of chemicals through a risk-based approach, prioritizes chemical reviews to ensure the safety of each of the chemicals of highest concern is evaluated, and requires a national approach to chemical management. The bill also recognizes the unique role…
  • 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…
 
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  • Driver Eats His Way to a New Set of Tires!

    30 Mar 2015 | 5:06 am
    A trucker from Mount Pleasant, Penn. won a set of tires worth $3,000 by wolfing down three pounds of chicken wings during a contest at last week’s Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville. Bridgestone Commercial Solutions (a business of Bridgestone Americas Tire Operations), staged the contest, awarding 10 Dayton commercial truck tires. Errett competed against seven other contest participants to win the grand prize. The participants were required to eat all of the meat from every chicken wing on their plate in 10 minutes or less. All contestants were drivers with a valid U.S. commercial…
  • Mid-America Trucking Show in Louisville!

    25 Mar 2015 | 6:24 am
    This week, the Mid-America Trucking Show will be held from March 26th-28th is Louisville, KY! You will be able to attend the event at the Kentucky Expo Center located right in Lousiville by Louisville University! Truckers America will be in attendance and scouting the area for the best driver's around for some of the best opportunities that we currently have available!  The Mid-America Trucking Show is one of the largest trucking & transportation events in the industry! With tens of thousands of attendees on tops of the many exhibitors typically present, MATS continues to set…
  • Motorist Captures Fire Aboard Truck

    24 Mar 2015 | 5:36 am
    A sharp-eyed driver with a smartphone camera at hand, spotted this truck with a fire on one of its rear wheels.
  • FMCSA Details How it Will Conduct Restart Study

    23 Mar 2015 | 5:56 am
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has posted a plan for how it will conduct the “naturalistic study” of the operational, safety, health and fatigue impacts of the hours-of-service restart provisions that Congress has mandated it to conduct.Per the agency, the plan explains how a research team will measure and compare the fatigue and safety performance levels of drivers who take two or more nighttime rest periods during their 34-hour restart break and those drivers who take only one nighttime rest period during their restart break.   The plan details the…
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