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Recycled Roadways Paving the Future

We often hear about using recycled plastics to create containers, furniture, even art – but what about roads? The California-based company TechniSoil Industrial has succeeded in creating a new type of polymer-based binder, known as Neo, which creates a road that lasts 2-3 times longer than traditional asphalt. Neo is used in a Cold In-Place......

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Digitized shipping program improves efficiency at Port of Los Angeles

Most data on shipment origins, vessel tracking, container allocation, marine terminal availability, port-wide analytics is siloed in separate data systems. The Port of Los Angeles in conjunction with GE Transportation, a Wabtec company, normalized these data sets and integrated them into a single cloud-based platform known as its Port Optimizer program. In doing so, they......

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Chilled Sustainability

When refrigerated vessel ships are in port, the ships have historically kept their auxiliary engines running to keep perishable items cold. The Port of Hueneme’s Grid-Connected Shore Power System offers an alternative way to power the ships instead of diesel fuel, dramatically reducing the environmental impact. Over the next 30 years, greenhouse gases will be......

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Magnets for Mega-Ships

With mega-ships coming to the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach, it is becoming increasingly necessary to automate terminal operations so that goods can be unloaded more quickly and routed to their final destinations. The TraPac Terminal at the Port of Los Angeles is now using auto straddle carriers that are controlled via magnets......

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A Multipurpose Marsh

Wedged into the Parchester Village neighborhood of Richmond, California, Breuner Marsh lies alongside the San Pablo Bay. The neighborhood was built around the marsh and the developer promised the predominately African American residents that the marsh would be permanently preserved, however, changes in ownership brought repeated attempts to develop the marsh. Whitney Dotson has lived......

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Life-Cycle Cost Analyses Reaps Financial Benefits for Cities

Money is tight for surface transportation projects, the area where the investment gap is largest. Making the right choices with limited budgets is a challenge for many communities. The Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) in California’s Bay Area found a way to streamline the process for its 26 transit authority members. Through its performance-based planning process,......

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Contaminated Sacramento River Undergoes Major Cleanup

Prior to Superfund cleanup actions, acid mine drainage discharges from the Iron Mountain Mine Superfund site in northern California resulted in massive fish kills, impacted municipal and agricultural water supplies, and required use of valuable water resources to mitigate impacts to the Sacramento River. Discharges resulted in deposition of more than 160,000 cubic yards of......

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Use of Plastic Balls is Saving Los Angeles From Drought

The City of Los Angeles regularly experience extreme drought and water supply scarcity. To protect the city’s water supply, the city of Los Angeles unloaded 96,000,000 small black balls into its reservoirs to help maintain good water quality. These small black balls, known as shade balls, were created by a Los Angeles Department of Water......

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San Diego International Airport Sees Green

San Diego International Airport’s “The Green Build” Expansion project, the largest improvement project in the facility’s 86-year history, was opened on August 13, 2013. “The Green Build” was orchestrated with the airport’s current and future demand for travel in mind and was designed with environmental sustainability as its focus. In May 2014, the terminal was......

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Crowd-sourcing Traffic App Aids Transportation Agencies

Waze is rapidly gaining popularity as a navigation and “traffic avoidance” app, using real-time traffic and construction information to recommend the fastest route to your destination. Waze works using a crowd-sourcing functionality, meaning that it depends on users to report and verify traffic incidents and other scenarios that could slow down your trip. There are......

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