AASHTO Celebrates 100th Anniversary With Online Art Display

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation officials (AASHTO) organization celebrated its 100th anniversary during December 2014.  AASHTO represents highway and transportation departments within the United States.  It represents five transportation modes: air, highways, public transportation, rail and water.  Its goal is to continually improve the development, operation, and maintenance of our national transportation …

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New York City Transportation History

Two new books examine transportation in the New York City area: Kurt C. Schlichting's Grand Central's Engineer: William J. Wilgus and the Planning of Modern Manhattan  and Robert W. Jackson's Highway under the Hudson: A History of the Holland Tunnel. Sevin Yildiz reviews both books in the Journal of Transport History and also on his blog ~ Thanks …

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A Journey Down Market Street in San Francisco …before and after the 1906 earthquake

The importance of keeping our infrastructure in good condition is a popular topic, this includes not only keeping our roads and bridges in prime operating condition but also the infrastructure used to provide water to drink or to fight fires, and making sure that buildings are constructed according to building codes that are current to …

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Journeys that Move Us

Melville signs on to the whaling ship Acushnet The publication Slate shared a crew list for the whaling ship Acushnet which sailed from Boston in December 1840.  The roster for the crew contains the name of a crewman, Herman Melville who would be truly moved and shaped by the journey and would go on to …

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Shinkansen High Speed Rail line connecting Tokyo and Osaka

October 1964 marked the date of the first departure of the Shinkansen high speed train from Tokyo. Originally conceived and studied in 1938 work had to be put on hold as the war effort increased in 1942.  The project was started again in the 1950’s by engineers and staff who had originally conceived the project …

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Olympic Games Require Olympic Planning Efforts

The San Francisco Chronicle recently touted the city's plans to enter a bid to host the 2024 Summer Olympic Games.  The beautiful San Francisco Bay area would be a wonderful venue for the games.  The final decision for the games location will be made in 2017.  One of the major planning efforts that would accompany the …

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