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FTA holds online dialogue on private-sector participation

Washington, D.C. — The Federal Transit Administration is hosting an online dialogue on private-sector participation from Oct. 22, 2014 to Nov. 26, 2014. The Private Sector Participation provisions of MAP-21 require FTA to undertake actions, including a rulemaking, to promote more effective utilization of private sector expertise, financing, and operational capacity to deliver costly and complex new fixed guideway capital projects.

Louis Berger wins project to support post-Sandy programs for business recovery and resiliency

Morristown, N.J. — The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) awarded Louis Berger a multi-year, on-call contract to provide environmental services for post-Sandy business recovery and resiliency programs. Louis Berger will provide comprehensive environmental, economic, historic resources and strategic consulting services for citywide business recovery and rebuilding projects potentially eligible to receive federal grant funds.

MIT study shows effective way to desalinate water from fracked wells

Cambridge, Mass. — The boom in oil and gas produced through hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is seen as a boon for meeting U.S. energy needs. But one byproduct of the process is millions of gallons of water that’s much saltier than seawater, after leaching salts from rocks deep below the surface. Now researchers at MIT and in Saudi Arabia say they have found an economical solution for removing the salt from this water.

Asphalt gets cooler, greener

Lanham, Md. — Asphalt pavement mixes have grown significantly more sustainable over the past five years thanks to the increased use of recycled materials and energy-saving warm-mix technologies. According to the latest survey of asphalt mix producers conducted by the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA), in partnership with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), 106.4 million tons of warm-mix asphalt — nearly a third of all asphalt pavement mix production — was used during the 2013 construction season.

FRA develops first multi-state planning study for high-performance rail

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) published its first multi-state plan for a comprehensive, high-performing passenger rail network that will support rail planning in six Southwestern states over the next 35 years. This is the first multi-state rail planning effort FRA has embarked upon, making it a model for future regional planning efforts.

IES publishes Recommended Practice for Roadway Lighting, RP-8-14

New York — The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) published Recommended Practice for Roadway Lighting, RP-8-14, an American National Standards Institute (ANSI) approved standard. The IES, as an accredited ANSI standards developer, revised RP-8-14 in accordance with ANSI consensus-based procedures. The primary purpose of this Recommended Practice is to serve as the basis for design of fixed lighting for roadways and streets, including pedestrian and adjacent bikeways when associated with the public right-of-way.

Study exposes bias in transportation system design

Denver — America’s streets are designed and evaluated with a an inherent bias toward the needs of motor vehicles, ignoring those of bicyclists, pedestrians, and public transit users, according to a new study co-authored by Wesley Marshall of the University of Colorado Denver.

VDOT report: Recycled pavement performs well

Richmond, Va. – The pavement-recycling project the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) conducted on Interstate 81 to rebuild a section of the roadway is performing “well” after three years of high-volume truck traffic, according to a new VDOT research report. The environmentally friendly paving methods saved millions of dollars by recycling existing road material back into the new pavement and road structure and reduced the project’s estimated construction time by about two-thirds.

SFPUC begins water delivery through first tunnel under the bay

San Francisco — On Oct. 15, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) joined with Dave Pine, President of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, to celebrate the completion of the first tunnel under San Francisco Bay at the location where the first Hetch Hetchy Water through the tunnel enters Crystal Springs Reservoir. Eighty years ago this month, a similar celebration occurred in this exact spot when Hetch Hetchy water was first delivered to the San Mateo-Peninsula region through Bay Division Pipeline 1.

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