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  • The Transportation Experience: Second Edition, is available on Apple iBooks

    Transportationist
    David Levinson
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Transportation Experience: Second Edition, is now available on iBooks, as well as  Oxford University Press,  Amazon, and Barnes and Noble The Transportation Experience: Second Edition by William L. Garrison and David M. Levinson   The Transportation Experience: Policy, Planning, and Deployment William L. Garrison & David M. Levinson   Description The Transportation Experience explores the historical evolution of transportation modes and technologies. The book traces how systems are innovated, planned and adapted, deployed and expanded, and reach maturity, where they may…
  • Major Suppliers Discuss the Benefits of Partnering with AmeriQuest Business Services [Video]

    AmeriQuest Business Services Latest News
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Companies explain how they benefit from being Premier Partners in AmeriQuest’s group purchasing programs. Watch the video to learn more.
  • Reading Truck Body, OEM Systems Team Up to Provide CNG Upfits

    NGTNews.com
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:23 am
    Reading Truck Body LLC, a manufacturer of vocational truck bodies, and OEM Systems LLC, a provider of compressed natural gas (CNG) conversions, have formed a [...]
  • NCITE/ITSO Joint Meeting: October 22: BRT at Metro Transit

    Transportationist
    David Levinson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The NCITE October Section Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd at the University of Minnesota – Coffman Memorial Union in the Mississippi Room (3rd Floor). It will be a joint luncheon with the U of M Interdisciplinary Transportation Student Organization (ITSO). Katie Roth and Christina Morrison from Metro Transit will be speaking on upcoming Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects and studies. This meeting is a great opportunity for members and students to meet and build networks, and learn how an emerging network of BRT lines will improve connectivity and mobility throughout the…
  • Still Fracking?

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    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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    Transportationist

  • NCITE/ITSO Joint Meeting: October 22: BRT at Metro Transit

    David Levinson
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The NCITE October Section Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 22nd at the University of Minnesota – Coffman Memorial Union in the Mississippi Room (3rd Floor). It will be a joint luncheon with the U of M Interdisciplinary Transportation Student Organization (ITSO). Katie Roth and Christina Morrison from Metro Transit will be speaking on upcoming Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) projects and studies. This meeting is a great opportunity for members and students to meet and build networks, and learn how an emerging network of BRT lines will improve connectivity and mobility throughout the…
  • The Transportation Experience: Second Edition, is available on Apple iBooks

    David Levinson
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Transportation Experience: Second Edition, is now available on iBooks, as well as  Oxford University Press,  Amazon, and Barnes and Noble The Transportation Experience: Second Edition by William L. Garrison and David M. Levinson   The Transportation Experience: Policy, Planning, and Deployment William L. Garrison & David M. Levinson   Description The Transportation Experience explores the historical evolution of transportation modes and technologies. The book traces how systems are innovated, planned and adapted, deployed and expanded, and reach maturity, where they may…
  • “It’s a success”

    David Levinson
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    There are no more common words to hear shortly after the opening of a new rail project in the United States than “It’s a success”. The forecast of the declaration of success is far more accurate the forecast of ridership or costs. For instance, Metrorail (WMATA) claims: Metro: Silver Line ridership remains strong Metro today provided updated Silver Line ridership information showing that, less than two months after opening, the new line is already performing at 60 percent of its projected ridership for the end of the first full year of service. As of last week, an average…
  • The Transportationist is on MPR’s Daily Circuit. Today 10 am Central.

    David Levinson
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    I got invited back. I will be having a live in-studio conversation with Kerri Miller on MPR’s Daily Circuit Today (Tuesday October 14 at 10 am Central Time). The other guest is  Adie Tomer of the Brookings Institute/Metropolitan Policy. Topics are likely to include transportation issues in the midterm elections,  big ideas for transportation’s future, how those ideas get paid for, and who the constituents are in that conversation.   In the Oct. 9 gubernatorial debate, Gov. Mark Dayton and his two opponents named transportation on their list of priorities for the next four…
  • The Evolution of the Green Line: A Retrospective

    David Levinson
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Metro Transit’s Green Line opened in June, 2014. While ridership almost immediate beat “expectations“1, and the line was quickly declared “a success“, at first there were still bugs in the works related to traffic signal timings and thus overall run-time and reliability, and safety. Though the planners felt this line on the map was permanently drawn, a review of history reveals that first lines often change over time. Investments continued to be made, and technology advanced.0 What’s happened next?  This brief article summarizes the history of how the…
 
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  • 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……
  • No More Tying Your Shoes

    Linda
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:05 pm
    ZuBits are coming soon. Zubits are magnets that will revolutionize the tying of shoes. Any type of shoe. Tennis shoes, dress shoes, work shoes, etc. If they have laces on them, then they need Zubits. These magnets are very hearty and can hold alot. But do not be concerned. They will open up when you remove your foot from the shoe. So are you ready? I know I am and I like it a lot better than velco. I like the look it gives your shoe as well. Nice and clean. don’t know how Zubits will work on every shoe out there in the world. Heavy or stiff soled shoes like boots could make Zubits pop…
  • Power for the Neighborhood!

    Linda
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    Airlight Energy, a Swiss-based supplier of solar power technology, has partnered with IBM Research to bring affordable solar technology to the market by 2017. The system can concentrate the sun’s radiation 2,000 times and convert 80 percent of it into useful energy to generate 12 kilowatts of electrical power and 20 kilowatts of heat on a sunny day—enough to power several average homes. Airlight Energy and the IBM Corporate Service Corps (CSC) will team up to donate a High Concentration PhotoVoltaic Thermal (HCPVT) systems to two deserving communities. Each winning community will…
  • Corn In Your Tank!

    Linda
    15 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    What do you think?
  • To Be Free Again

    Linda
    6 Sep 2014 | 7:05 am
    According to Abledata, The MonoMano Cycling System is a leg-propelled adult tricycle with adapted tricycle handlebars intended for upper extremity amputees and others who have the use of only one hand, including stroke survivors and people with brain injury or arthritis. This system includes a Sun Bicycles EZ-3 recumbent tricycle with the MonoMano Handlebar (see separate entry) attached to the horizontal support beam in the center of the trike’s standard U-shaped handlebar. The design of the MonoMano Handlebar enables a person to steer the tricycle comfortably with one hand, while…
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    Responsible Reflections

  • 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…
  • How Lucky We Are

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    As I was driving in to work this morning, I thought about this day 13 years ago. Not unlike today it was a beautiful, sunny day, and I was driving past the Pentagon at 8:15 a.m. en route to my office in Alexandria. Little did I know a Boeing 757 would only a few minutes later pass over the very same stretch of highway on which I was driving and forever change the world as we knew it. The September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks were my generation’s Pearl Harbor, and the day will be ingrained in the memories of all for the remainder of their lives. It was surreal listening to my ten-year-old son…
  • Advancing Stewardship – The Future of Responsible Distribution

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:28 am
    Understanding the risks involved with transporting chemicals and taking steps to mitigate those risks is what being a member of NACD is all about. NACD’s Responsible Distribution program was established more than two decades ago to codify the performance metrics for the chemical distribution industry. One of the core principles throughout the long history of this program has been the concept of continuous performance. We learn, grow, adjust, and improve to move forward and better ourselves as an industry. In the near term, NACD is hosting a joint event with the American Chemistry…
  • Developing the Workforce: A Rebounding Industry and the Leaders of Tomorrow

    Eric R. Byer, NACD
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:24 am
    With Labor Day rapidly approaching, now is the perfect time to examine the ways our industry is recovering from the global recession and the tools available to help you groom the next generation of industry leaders. The last several years have been tough both for business owners and employees, but it appears we are finally turning the page on that chapter of the U.S. economy. On the national level, employers added more than 200,000 jobs each of the past four months. In June, we reached a major psychological milestone by finally recouping all 8.7 million jobs lost because of the recession. Of…
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