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  • CURE Leasing & Maintenance Launches New Highly Focused Website

    AmeriQuest Business Services Latest News
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Providing solutions to Owner-Operators and the Sponsor Carriers they drive for, CURE redesigned its Website to clearly deliver essential information to each unique audience.
  • Blu. Unveils New Line of LNG Fuel Delivery Systems

    NGTNews.com
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Blu. has announced the launch of its V2 liquefied natural gas (CNG) fuel delivery system, a new line of LNG fueling systems for Class 8 [...]
  • Accessibility Webinar

    Transportationist
    David Levinson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Andrew Owen of the University of Minnesota Accessibility Observatory will be talking about accessibility October 28 at FHWA’s: Performance Measures Beyond the Mainstream Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:30:00 PM CDT – 3:00:00 PM CDT The Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with several national stakeholder groups, would like you to join us for the next Let’s Talk Performance: Performance Measures Beyond the Mainstream. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, from 2:30PM to 4:00 PM (EDT). This event is open to FHWA staff, State DOTs, MPOs, transit providers, and…
  • 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……
  • Why Should You Care About the Upcoming Midterm Elections?

    Responsible Reflections
    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…
 
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  • Accessibility Webinar

    David Levinson
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Andrew Owen of the University of Minnesota Accessibility Observatory will be talking about accessibility October 28 at FHWA’s: Performance Measures Beyond the Mainstream Tuesday, October 28, 2014 1:30:00 PM CDT – 3:00:00 PM CDT The Federal Highway Administration, in cooperation with several national stakeholder groups, would like you to join us for the next Let’s Talk Performance: Performance Measures Beyond the Mainstream. The webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, October 28, from 2:30PM to 4:00 PM (EDT). This event is open to FHWA staff, State DOTs, MPOs, transit providers, and…
  • The 60-Year Line

    David Levinson
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Whenever we build a piece of large-scale infrastructure, we should be thinking about the markets it serves today, and the market it serves over its lifetime. We are often building lines that aim to promote development. That is, they are serving non-places in the hope they become places. The evidence on this is mixed. Sometimes lines successfully promote development, sometimes they don’t. If the lines were privately built (as in times of yore), this would be much less of public policy question, as the public is not bearing the monetary risk. That is not to say there are no policy…
  • Summary of Civic Caucus Interview and Responses

    David Levinson
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    As noted previously, I was interviewed by the Minnesota Civic Caucus. In addition to the interview, there are responses to the interview now available, from many different folks, including Margaret Donahoe of the MoveMN lobby. Well worth reading to see the various perspectives on transportation. David Levinson interview of August 7, 2014   Overview:  Minnesota does not need new transportation projects in order to be competitive, according to David Levinson of the University of Minnesota. There are some bottlenecks that could be addressed, he says, but the primary problem is that…
  • Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds | startribune

    David Levinson
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:36 am
    Eric Roper at the Strib riffs on my dogfooding article and does a local study: Met Council board not big transit riders, survey finds “We should ask whether members of the council have sufficient expertise about transit … to be managing a transit system. Do they understand the problems at a deep level?” said University of Minnesota professor David Levinson, who researches transportation systems and has written about the need for transit decisionmakers to commute on their own product. … Levinson, the professor, compared the low transit usage by the Met Council to the board of Apple…
  • Prison vs. Airport

    David Levinson
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Prisons and Airports are both among the most secure places we have on earth, protected by guards, so that their residents (inmates, passengers) don’t mix with everyone else. US Domestic Enplanments: Source The Transportation Experience: Second Edition (Garrison and Levinson 2014) The core difference is that the prison is isolated so that the bad guys stay in, while the airport is isolated so that the bad guys stay out. To get into the airport, you must demonstrate you are safe, while to get into prison, you must be proven to be unsafe. US Incarceration Timeline, from wikipedia In the US…
 
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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

  • 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…
  • 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…
 
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  • Transplace Releases Supply Chain Optimization Platform

    24 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Transplace said it has released a new technology platform designed to streamline distribution networks and reduce transportation costs. Optimize Prime integrates with Transplace’s transportation management system to optimize mode selection, load consolidation, carrier assignments and shipment routing, the third-party logistics and technology company said.
  • FedEx Expects Record Holiday Season

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    FedEx Corp. said it expects Dec. 15 to be the busiest day in company history and shipments for the holiday season from Black Friday to Christmas Eve to reach a record level. The company forecasts it will ship 22.6 million packages Dec. 15 and for holiday-season volume to rise 8.8% to 290 million shipments from the same time last year. Three spikes in volume are expected during the first three Mondays of December with 20 million shipments each. “Our more than 300,000 dedicated team members around the world, combined with our continued investment in our powerful and flexible global…
  • Video of the week: Accidents happen!

    22 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    These unlucky driver's made a few mistakes out on the road. Learn from their mistakes to avoid these accidents happening to you in the future. Stay safe out on the road!
  • september tonnage holds at record

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:54 am
    Truck tonnage held at an all-time high in September, rising 3.7% from a year ago and capping the highest quarter on record, American Trucking Associations reported. ATA’s advanced seasonally adjusted for-hire index held at 132.6, matching August, which had posted a 4.5% year-over-year gain. The trucking group uses the year 2000 as a 100-reading baseline. Third-quarter tonnage “jumped 2.4% from the second quarter and surged 4% from the same period last year” in posting the highest quarterly average ever, ATA Chief Economist Bob Costello said. “September [economic] data…
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