A Floating Train Modernizes

If a freight train wants to cross the Hudson River from Jersey City into Brooklyn, it has only two options: (1) cross a bridge 140 miles north in Albany or (2) ride a rail barge across the river. After years of inactivity, the barge operation was bought by the Port Authority of New York and......

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New Tools to See Your Bridges

The Federal Highway Administration and Rutgers University created the RABIT bridge deck assessment tool, a fully automated device that gathers data to generate a comprehensive assessment of concrete bridge deck conditions. It has completed scans on bridges in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Virginia, and New Jersey. RABIT’s ultimate value is its ability to help bridge owners make......

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Parks Can Fight Pollution

Newark, New Jersey’s Passaic River faced alarmingly high levels of contamination with mercury and carcinogenic toxins, forcing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to require action. Meanwhile, a lack of significant green space prevented the city’s residents from using the waterway for recreation. Working with local partners, the Trust for Public Land used the river clean-up......

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On the Rise to Become More Resilient

In the wake of Superstorm Sandy’s crippling damage to infrastructure across New Jersey, New Jersey Transit (NJT) was awarded $1.27 billion in resiliency grant funds from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to make transit infrastructure more secure in the event of future natural disasters. The FTA grant distribution process employed a revolutionary program, which rated......

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BEAST-ly Predictions

With limited funding available to design, build, and maintain bridges, the more information on how they will withstand the test of time, the better. Enter the Bridge Evaluation and Accelerated Structural Testing Laboratory (BEAST), created by the Rutgers University Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation. The first of its kind, the BEAST acts as a......

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