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California’s drought: when the rain dance doesn’t cut it!

02 Nov 2015, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

A contribution by Chanil N. De Silva; Director of Policy at Nouveau Inc. California has been suffering one of the worst droughts on record, reaching its 4th year in 2015. The severity of the situation led Gov. Brown of California to declare a drought state of emergency in January and…

Building a Better Future

30 Sep 2015, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

A well built, well maintained, modernized infrastructure network is a key component of a strong economy. The state of U.S. infrastructure has been in decline in recent years, and is nowhere near the envy of the world as it once was. While only tangentially related, the U.S. economy has also…

New Technologies Mean Safer Rail Crossings

11 Aug 2015, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

Higher standards and better safety technology have helped reduce the danger of railroad crossings over the half-century. Every safety improvement gets closer to an accident-free system, but track crossings remain inherently risky. With crossing related fatalities on the decline throughout the 21st century, the nine percent uptick in deaths in…

“Back on Track: Bringing Rail Safety into the 21st Century”

06 Aug 2015, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

Click here to read the report   The nation’s bedrock infrastructure is aging, and railroads are no exception. Tracks and rail beds are not equipped to handle the demands of growing traffic. From the 4,400 percent growth of oil train shipments to the recent devastations in commuter rail incidents, the…

Preventing Train Accidents in the 21st Century

24 Jun 2015, Posted by staff in All Posts, Blog Posts

Train accidents happen. It’s why so many independent bodies exist to drive the rail industry towards constant improvement. But even with the less than 16 accidents per million miles travelled in 2014 reported by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), every incident carries the possibility of loss of life, disruption of…

America Gets Smart on Energy Efficiency

18 Jun 2014, Posted by staff in All Posts, Press Releases

Water transportation requires an enormous amount of electricity, which only increases as water sources diminish throughout regions plagued with drought. The electric power transmission and distribution system (the grid) is a critical and extraordinarily complex part of our nation’s infrastructure. Reliable electricity service is essential to health, welfare, communication, and…