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I couldn’t imagine why racetracks didn’t use porous pavement.   Let me back up a couple of steps.   If you’re like me, you’re often frustrated because TV reporters don’t ask the questions you would ask. I’m not talking about the crime reports or the natural disasters that take up most of the news...
Setting retroreflectivity requirements based on the relationship between pavement-marking brightness and safety would be the ideal, but the task is monumental.   The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) says it has identified a technique for developing safety-based retroreflectivity...
Here’s a bit of news that didn’t make it into the April print issue.   George Mason University’s Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy has launched an online library of research and resources on public-private partnerships (P3s).   The library will be developed in three stages...
I can believe that an extrasolar planet is indistinguishable in the glare of a distant star, but it never occurred to me that a distant object could be obscured by the glare of a road sign.   Apparently, it’s possible.   Ever since agencies started using uniform traffic signs, the conventional...
For anyone interested in getting involved in shaping the connected-vehicle world of the future, the first of seven webinars discussing the first draft of the connected vehicle architecture views is now available on the web (http://www.pcb.its.dot.gov/t3/s131106_cvria1.asp).   The Connected Vehicle...
The New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) has published a guide to measuring the economic effects of making streets more sustainable.   “From bus lanes in the Bronx to bike lanes in Manhattan to pedestrian plazas in Brooklyn, building better streets builds better businesses,” said...
I was under the impression that building information modeling (BIM) had not penetrated very far into the road building industry. Boy was I wrong.   “All big projects I know that are starting up within the last six months are talking BIM, even in the civil world,” Ron Gant, global director of...
What the transportation infrastructure industry needs is a compelling vision. That’s the main point I took away from Jim Pinkerton’s lecture, “Building Political Support for Transportation Investment,” at ARTBA’s 2013 national convention last week in Milwaukee.   Pinkerton, a Fox news analyst and...

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