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2/21/2018

Serious Labs and Skyjack have partnered on the development of virtual reality training for scissor lifts. VR programs can train people to handle potentially dangerous scenarios, such as operating near power lines.

2/21/2018

In this podcast, Kevin Heaslip, associate professor of civil and environmental engineering at Virginia Tech University, and Henry Petroski, professor of civil engineering at Duke University, discuss President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan. They say the plan will radically alter how infrastructure is constructed in the US but acknowledge the federal government has been exploring alternative financing methods for some time.

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2/21/2018

Rhett Reidenbach, president and CEO of the Reveer Group, said President Donald Trump's infrastructure plan "is a good starting point for a conversation on infrastructure improvements, but the reality is $200 billion of federal money is not enough." The American Society of Civil Engineers released a report just before the president's plan was announced, saying that "sustained leadership on infrastructure investment at all levels of government" is needed for a vibrant economy.

2/21/2018

British Columbia's newest budget proposal does not include funding for replacing Vancouver's George Massey Tunnel. The previous government recommended a $2.8 billion bridge, but the current administration has hired a consultant to look at alternatives.

2/21/2018

A photo gallery shows the 10 longest floating bridges in the world along with brief descriptions. The 7,710-foot Evergreen Floating Point Bridge in the Seattle, Wash., area is the longest in the world.

2/21/2018

The Interior Department wants to "address higher priorities" and is proposing a reduction in funding for the US Geological Survey, which oversees earthquake monitoring. California congressional representatives want to keep the funding to install an earthquake early-warning system.

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Interior Department
2/21/2018

The Delaware Department of Transportation will begin testing electronic tolling equipment on Route 301. If the tests go well, the state may start converting all state toll plazas to electronic tolls.

2/21/2018

California's Transportation Corridor Agencies operates 51 miles of toll roads in Orange County, Calif., and collected more than $312 million in revenue last year. The agency recorded unprecedented usage levels on the roads with an average 300,000 drivers each day.

2/21/2018

Boston has one of the highest rates of congested roads in the country, and some transportation experts say that the proven method of congestion pricing could reduce the problem. One challenge, however, is that congestion pricing is a regressive tax, and many people cannot modify their schedules to avoid the charges.

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Boston
2/21/2018

New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority will shut down the busy L subway line in 2019 for about 15 months to repair damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. A group has proposed a four-lane floating pontoon bridge across the East River to help commuters, and they suggest that a $1 pedestrian toll would cover the costs.