The enormous container ship called the “Neopanamax TRITON,” owned by the Greek shipping company Costamare, is now the largest vessel to transit the Panama Canal since its expansion in 2016. The container ship is 51.2 meters (168 feet) wide, and 369 meters (1,211 feet) long. It passed through the canal on May 15, 2019, between 2:00 AM and 18:00 PM local time, en route from Kaohsiung, Taiwan to Colon, Panama. By this passage, it broke the record, set in August of 2017 by the co
Imagine a giant spine. Not made of bone, flesh and blood. But of steel, concrete and crushed stone. Imagine too that it’s 1,056 miles long. And that it costs US$7.5 billion (A$10.9 billion). Australia is building the Inland Rail, a giant railway that will act as the north-south logistics “spine” in the eastern part of the country. About 70 percent of Australia’s 25.49 million people live in this area of the continent. The region generates about 78 percent of the country’s emp
Uber Technologies Inc. is digging deeper into the freight business, ramping up hiring at a planned new hub in Chicago and rolling out logistics services even as its core ride-hailing business continues to post steep losses. The company’s Uber Freight said Tuesday it is expanding a service aimed at making it easier for truckers to pick up already-loaded trailers ready for transport. It is the latest in a stream of upgrades at the business as it looks to grab business from trad
The agency in February 2018 finalized rules requiring EVs and hybrids to emit alert sounds to warn pedestrians of their approach, extending to 2020 the deadline for full compliance. The long-delayed rules, which were first demanded by Congress in 2010, require automakers like Tesla Inc, Nissan Motor Co and General Motors Co to add sounds to vehicles when they are moving at speeds of up to 18.6 miles per hour (30 kph) to help prevent injuries among pedestrians, cyclists and th
OCHELATA – The Cherokee Nation and Oklahoma Department of Transportation cut the ribbon on a highway safety improvement project along U.S. Highway 75 near Ochelata, officially completing the seven-month long project.
Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin Jr., Deputy Chief Bryan Warner and Dist. 12 Tribal Councilor Dora Patzkowski met with Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Tim Gatz and other tribal, county and state officials on Sept. 5 to cut the ribbon on the $678,000 project.
Waymo transported 6,299 passengers in self-driving Chrysler Pacifica minivans in its first month participating in a robotaxi pilot program in California, according to a quarterly report the company filed with the California Public Utilities Commission. In all, the company completed 4,678 passenger trips in July — plus another 12 trips for educational purposes. It’s a noteworthy figure for an inaugural effort that pencils out to an average of 156 trips every day that month.
Finally, a window of opportunity has opened up for Congress to act meaningfully on a federal infrastructure measure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Tom Donohue indicated Sept. 16. At the organization’s Washington headquarters for a press conference to outline policy priorities, Donohue referred to the highway legislation the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee had passed in July as “half of an infrastructure bill.” Mulero “What I mean by half: It’ll give you roads, br
The U.S. DOT’s Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) today announced $871.2 million in Emergency Relief (ER) funds to help 39 states, plus territories and tribal governments, make repairs to roads and bridges damaged by storms, floods, and other unexpected events. FHWA’s ER program reimburses states, territories, federal land management agencies, and tribal governments for eligible expenses associated with damage from natural disasters or other emergency situations. The funds
There’s no way around it—infrastructure inspection is as risky and dangerous as it is vital. According to OSHA, sending workers up towers or on top of roofs contributes to falls, the leading cause of death among construction workers. Helicopters can be a fast way to inspect a pipeline or transmission line, but they pose a certain amount of risk as well. For the past few years, companies have begun experimenting with unmanned aerial systems (UAS, or drones) to help improve wor
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) renamed its Mockingbird Station to SMU/Mockingbird station after the DART Board approved a naming rights agreement with the Southern Methodist University (SMU) to make it easier for visitors to find the campus and solidify the rail station’s role as a gateway to the university. The DART Board authorized the 10-year agreement last November. SMU was officially added to the station name this month. Mockingbird Station opened in 1997, quickly