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Cost of High Speed Rail in China One Third Lower than in Other Countries

World Bank – “By the end of 2013, China had built a high speed rail[1] network of over 10,000 route-km, far exceeding that in any other country and larger than the network in the entire European Union. It has been accomplished at a cost which is at most two-thirds of that in other countries. AContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – ATF, Export-Import Bank, DOD Human Capital, Improper Payments, NOAA Aircraft

BUREAU OF ALCOHOL, TOBACCO, FIREARMS AND EXPLOSIVES: Enhancing Data Collection Could Improve Management of Investigations, GAO-14-553: Published: Jun 30, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2014. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK: Information on Export Credit Agency Financing Support for Wide-Body Jets, GAO-14-642R: Published: Jul 8, 2014. Publicly Released: Jul 9, 2014. HUMAN CAPITAL: DOD Should Fully Develop Its Civilian Strategic Workforce Plan to Aid Decision Makers, GAO-14-565: Published:Continue Reading

Making the Grade Report 2014 – Infrastructure Leadership

“A new report was released that outlines innovative new ways that the federal government, industry and other stakeholders can work together to solve the crisis of the failing state of U.S. infrastructure. Entitled Making The Grade, the report is the result of experts from 45 different organizations, including corporations, professional organizations, think tanks, financial advisorsContinue Reading

The Renewable Fuel Standard: Issues for 2014 and Beyond

“The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) establishes minimum volumes of various types of renewable fuels that must be included in the United States’ supply of fuel for transportation. Those volumes—as defined by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA)—are intended to grow each year through 2022 (see the figure below). In recent years, theContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Aviation Safety, Export-Import Bank, Medicare Fraud, Traffic Safety

AVIATION SAFETY: Additional Oversight Planning by FAA Could Enhance Safety Risk Management, GAO-14-516: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014. EXPORT-IMPORT BANK: Status of GAO Recommendations on Risk Management, Exposure Forecasting, and Workload Issues, GAO-14-708T: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 25, 2014. INFORMATION SECURITY: Additional Oversight Needed to Improve Programs at Small Agencies, GAO-14-344: Published: Jun 25, 2014. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

No drone package deliveries in Amazon’s future?

“The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today published a Federal Register notice on its interpretation of the statutory special rules for model aircraft in the FAA Modernization and Reform Act of 2012. The guidance comes after recent incidents involving the reckless use of unmanned model aircraft near airports and involving large crowds of people. ComplianceContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Combatting Terrorism, Explosive Detection Canines, Prepositioned Stocks, Private Health Insurance, Transportation Security Info Sharing

COMBATING TERRORISM: U.S. Efforts in Northwest Africa Would Be Strengthened by Enhanced Program Management, GAO-14-518: Published: Jun 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014. EXPLOSIVES DETECTION CANINES: TSA Has Taken Steps to Analyze Canine Team Data and Assess the Effectiveness of Passenger Screening Canines, GAO-14-695T: Published: Jun 24, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 24, 2014. PREPOSITIONED STOCKS: DOD’s Strategic Policy and ImplementationContinue Reading

New NHTSA Study Shows Motor Vehicle Crashes Have $871 Billion Economic and Societal Impact on U.S. Citizens

News release: “The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) today released a new study that underscores the high economic toll and societal impact of motor vehicle crashes in the United States. The price tag for crashes comes at a heavy burden for Americans at $871 billion in economic loss and societalContinue Reading

2012 Economic Census Industry Series Reports – Pipeline Transportation

“Today the U.S. Census Bureau released additional data from the 2012 Economic Census Industry Series reports, including new data for the transportation sector on pipeline transportation. This data series publishes national statistics for detailed industries as well as information on the product lines sold by or services provided by businesses. The economic census is conducted every fiveContinue Reading

New GAO Reports – Airport Funding, Coast Guard Acquisitions, Defense Health Care, Medicaid, VA Health Care

AIRPORT FUNDING: Aviation Industry Changes Affect Airport Development Costs and Financing, GAO-14-658T: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014. COAST GUARD ACQUISITIONS: Better Information on Performance and Funding Needed to Address Shortfalls, GAO-14-650T: Published: Jun 18, 2014. Publicly Released: Jun 18, 2014. COAST GUARD ACQUISITIONS: Better Information on Performance and Funding Needed to Address Shortfalls, GAO-14-450: Published: Jun 5, 2014. Publicly Released:Continue Reading

OECD Factbook 2014

OECD (2014), OECD Factbook 2014: Economic, Environmental and Social Statistics, OECD Publishing. doi: 10.1787/factbook-2014-en “OECD’s dynamic and comprehensive statistical annual showing a wide range of key statistics for its member countries and major additional countries. For each indicator presented, there is explanatory text including a definition, explanation of long-term trends, and references; a table showing the indicator over aContinue Reading

Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros

Smart Growth America – Foot Traffic Ahead: Ranking Walkable Urbanism in America’s Largest Metros, this report, conducted by LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, a coalition of Smart Growth America, in conjunction with The George Washington University’s Center for Real Estate & Urban Analysis, identifies each metro’s WalkUPs and ranks the top 30 U.S. metropolitanContinue Reading