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Amtrak’s New Acela Improves Efficiency, Speed

America’s fastest train just got even faster. Amtrak’s Acela train has increased its speed by 10 miles an hour – up to 160 mph — which is expected to trim 15 minutes off a trip between D.C. and Boston. Additionally, the new trains can carry 380 passengers, 25% more than current fleets, while using 20%......

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Innovative Financing for Drinking Water Upgrades

Cities looking for new sources of revenue to assist with major drinking water upgrades are encouraged about a new federal program that just starting accepting applications for nearly $20 billion available as loan guarantees. In 2014, Congress authorized the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA). In 2016, Congress appropriated $17 million in funds for......

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Congress Votes for Levee Safety

Following years of experts calling for a more unified approach to managing the nations known 30,000 miles of levees (with estimations as high as 100,000 miles when considering known and unknown miles of levees) in 2014 Congress passed the national Levee Safety Initiative. The new national Levee Safety Initiative will promote consistent safety standards, establish......

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Energize Your Wastewater

Energy is one of the most expensive costs for wastewater treatment, but DC Water’s Combined-Heat-and-Power (CHP) facility is setting out to change that. DC Water’s largest recycling project will “pressure cook” the leftover organic matter, introduce bacteria to spur the anaerobic digestion of the solids, then the resulting methane will be captured to create electricity......

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