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How Do Pipelines Relate to Railways and Roads?

31 Mar 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

The relationship between pipelines and land is a central point of discussion whenever pipelines are in the headlines. Those who oppose pipelines may argue that pipelines infringe on private land, and those in favor of pipelines may point to the legal process designed to protect private citizens’ land from being…

How Drones May Solve Climate Change

04 Mar 2021, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

With a problem as large in scope as global climate change, the solution may need to be pretty big. But how about something the size of a bird? Drones are compact but powerful tools. Already, we are seeing them complete tasks as diverse as aiding roof inspections, fighting fires, or…

Aii Asks: Do you think America should Rebuild Better starting now?

21 Sep 2020, Posted by bdierker in Aii Asks, All Posts, Blog Posts

Infrastructure Week, hosted by United For Infrastructure and partnered with many organizations including Aii, has come to a close. The virtual conference included panels, papers, and perspective across the nation and from all backgrounds. The year’s theme is “Rebuild Better” with special emphasis on rebuilding America’s infrastructure, incorporating resilience, and…

State-Owned Security Concerns for Transit Rail

01 Jul 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

  China has not been shy about its expansion into global markets. Through the Made in China 2025 and Belt and Road Initiative, the communist nation has broadcast its intention to be more involved around the world, to project power, and to integrate itself in the infrastructure, economics, and politics…

Passenger-Free High Speed Rail

17 Apr 2020, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

In November 2018, Italy inaugurated the world’s first high-speed rail service dedicated to … carrying no passengers. Rather than cart people from one place to another at ultra high land speeds, this rail service blasts freight faster than traditional rail, truckers, or ships ever could. The Italian rail runs approximately…

Congress Moves forward with NDAA, blocking Chinese metro and bus activity

12 Dec 2019, Posted by bdierker in All Posts, Blog Posts

Congress has moved forward with reauthorization of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), with the House voting to include language known as the Transit Infrastructure Vehicle Security Act (TIVSA). This language blocks certain foreign powers from access to federal taxpayer dollars in public infrastructure bidding contracts. At issue is the…

Revisiting Rail Safety Technologies

03 Mar 2016, Posted by staff in All Posts, Analysis, Blog Posts

Last August, we released a rail safety report, “Back on Track: Bringing Rail Safety into the 21st Century,” which focused on technologies and best practices that if incorporated would improve passenger and freight rail safety. At the time we noted that we wanted to kick start a conversation on the…

Transporting Crude Oil By Water Highlighted at Recent Conference

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

INFONEX’s Crude-by-water and Crude export conference took place this week in Houston, Texas, on November 17-18th. The event hosted many influential experts in the oil and energy industry, including Aii’s Chairman, Brigham McCown who updated attendees on the crude oil export ban reform process. The annual conference is considered a…

ICYMI: Rail Safety Event

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

“…you can mitigate a problem, but if you prevent it in the first place, you don’t have to mitigate. And so it’s a matter of looking at track integrity. It’s a matter of looking at human factors, which those two are the biggest causes of derailments.” (David Friedman, Vice President, Regulatory…

Diverting Derailments: Working Together for Rail Safety

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

    The Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure is hosting a rail safety event this Thursday at the George Town Club in Washington, D.C. The roundtable discussion will cover topics related to safety on the nation’s rails related to both passenger and commodity networks. The basis of the discussion is a…

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…