Seattle Establishes Freight Mobility Board

Posted in September 30th, 2010
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The Seattle City Council voted recently to establish a twelve-member city freight advisory board, which will advise the city on “land-based freight transportation facilities projects, policies, modifications, and enhancements.” Of the board’s twelve tireless civil servants, five will be appointed by the City Council, six by the mayor, and one member by the Port of […]

New Jersey’s Bayonne Bridge to Receive Overhaul

Posted in September 27th, 2010
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Bayonne Bridge, the storied steel arch bridge that was the longest in the world when it opened in 1931, is falling out of step with the times. Modern container ships have grown to colossal sizes, looming up to 175 feet above the water line, and many of them are able to pass under the 151-156 […]

The Long Life Of Motor Oil

Posted in September 24th, 2010
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In the last post, we wrote about new oil change guidelines – since improvements in motor oil formulation and engine construction, the frequency of necessary oil changes has gone down from 3,000 miles, as in the Jiffy Lube ads, to between 7,000 and 10,000 miles. Unfortunately, it’s taking a while for consumers to adjust to […]

Time For An Oil Change? You Could Be Wrong

Posted in September 22nd, 2010
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For many years, the 3,000-mile oil change has been one of the basic automotive articles of faith. Mechanics, dealers and television ads painted dire pictures of flame-outs and blockages; Jiffy Lube, the largest quick oil change company in North America, built an enormous publicity campaign to convince the hapless driver to come in for a […]

US Marines Retake Hijacked Vessel

Posted in September 20th, 2010
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On September 8th, 24 American Marines boarded and freed a ship that had been hijacked by Somali pirates without firing a shot. The German cargo vessel Magellan Star was traversing the treacherous waters off the east coast of Africa when pirates caught up and boarded the ship, taking the crew hostage. The threat of piracy […]

New Website Offers Transportation Calculator

Posted in September 16th, 2010
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Given the recent economic turmoil, many American families have started developing budgets and keeping track of expenses much more closely than they did before. Many have cut down on overt luxuries such as restaurant dinners, electronics and expensive toys; fewer families are remodeling their homes or installing add-ons such as swimming pools. There are, however, […]

Virginia Nixes Port Privatization

Posted in September 13th, 2010
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Sean Connaughton, Virginia’s State Transportation Secretary, formally ended bids by three companies to privatize operations of the Virginia Port Authority. The decision came on Friday, September 10th. The Virginia Public-Private Transportation Act, passed in 1995, provides a framework for corporate investment into the state’s public infrastructure and transportation facilities, and it was under this act […]

Obama Proposes $50bn in Infrastructure Stimulus

Posted in September 13th, 2010
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On September 6, President Obama proposed a far-reaching new plan to stimulate the economy by investing billions in construction and repair of national transportation infrastructure. Under the new $50-billion proposal, some 150,000 miles of roads will be repaired, as well as thousands of miles of rail tracks and airport runways. The money will also go […]

American Chicken Makes Comeback in Russia

Posted in September 9th, 2010
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There were big news in international shipping last week, as American poultry exports returned to Russian markets. For many years, Russia had been a major importer of American chicken, but in January this year, new food safety regulations introduced by Russian authorities resulted in a de facto ban on US poultry products. Following a number […]

Idling Trucks Spur Innovation

Posted in September 6th, 2010
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Idling cars waste untold amounts of gasoline every year. Much of this is a combination of time spent in traffic jams and mistaken automotive myths (many people believe, for example, that idling wastes less gasoline than shutting down and restarting a car, though in reality, that’s only true for idling less than 10 seconds – […]