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Check List: Issues to Consider when Converting to AET

By |2018-11-02T09:34:32-04:00December 5th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Most new tolling systems are developed and implemented as All Electronic Tolling (AET) without a cash payment option for motorists. In addition, many traditional toll systems throughout the country have been or are being converted to AET. But how do agencies convert systems that may have cash, tickets, video, or automatic vehicle identification? [...]

Canada Finds New Oil Route to Avoid US Environmental Policy

By |2018-11-02T08:40:03-04:00September 12th, 2014|Tags: , , |

The Alberta Oil Sands in Canada are the third largest oil reserve in the world with 168 billion barrels, but it lies isolated and trapped. Currently, TransCanada’s Keystone and Gulf Coast Pipelines provide a direct conduit from Alberta to the refineries in the Gulf Coast of Texas, but it couldn’t meet the capacity [...]

EPA Updates Requirements for Well Completions, Storage Tanks & Natural Gas Processing Plants

By |2018-11-02T08:39:50-04:00September 10th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

The EPA has recently released updates and clarifications to its 2012 New Source Performance Standards for the oil and natural gas industry. These updates do not change the emission reduction requirements, but clarify technical aspects of well completion requisites, storage tank emission standards, and further explain definitions within the ruling. The EPA has [...]

EPA May Expand Regulations for Methane Emissions for Oil and Gas

By |2018-11-02T08:41:29-04:00September 8th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Methane, a byproduct of oil and gas extraction, is 84 times more effective at trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide within the first 20 years of being released. The White House says 28 percent of US methane emissions are generated from natural gas wells and pipelines. A Stanford University study said [...]

Profile-Based Vehicle Classification Gains Momentum in the United States

By |2018-11-02T09:34:47-04:00August 27th, 2014|Tags: , , , |

Almost all tolled highways and bridges employ some type of tiered pricing approach based on vehicle size and/or weight. The most common approach to classifying vehicles for toll pricing in the United States is based on the number of axles. Other less common methods include a combination of vehicle axles, weight, and a [...]

Vehicle-to-Infrastructure Systems Reinvent Toll Collection

By |2018-11-02T09:35:12-04:00August 27th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

Since the turn of the century, transportation agencies have focused on the use of tolling to increase revenue and operational efficiencies that can be implemented to enhance that revenue. The tolls back office has radically changed from focusing on cash collection to improving electronic toll collection processes and customer satisfaction. The equipment in [...]

Integrating Autonomous Vehicles and Managed Lanes

By |2019-05-03T11:42:38-04:00June 19th, 2014|Tags: , , , , |

When managed lanes first emerged on American highways, the primary form of congestion management was vehicle restriction, like high occupancy vehicles (HOV) or no-truck Lanes. Over time, however, the effectiveness of these vehicle restrictions in managing congestion has diminished. In many cases, HOV lanes have gone through a period in which lane degradation [...]

Autonomous Vehicles Drive the Future of Transportation Infrastructure

By |2018-08-08T22:02:32-04:00June 13th, 2014|Tags: , , |

The planning, design, and funding processes of our nation’s transportation infrastructure, including highways and city streets, are bound to see significant shifts in the next ten years. Over the next decade, all stakeholders, including federal, state, and local transportation agencies in the A/E/C industry, may need to re-think their business plans as a result [...]

Draft Ruling Identifies Definition, Changes to Navigable Waters

By |2018-11-02T08:41:50-04:00April 30th, 2014|Tags: , , |

After the US Supreme Court rulings in the Solid Waste Association of Northern Cook Counties (SWANCC) and Rapanos cases, many were left wondering what waters are jurisdictional, what are not, what “significant nexus” meant, and how do you quantify it? To address these questions, a ruling (EPA-HQ-OW-2011-0880) was drafted by the Environmental Protection [...]

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality Revises Water Quality Standards

By |2018-11-02T08:42:37-04:00April 25th, 2014|Tags: , , , , , |

Fourteen major rivers, more than a hundred lakes, and 23 aquifers comprise the major sources of freshwater in Texas. It sounds like Texas has plenty of water, but the reality is these resources are shared across five metropolitan cities and distributed across a state the size of France with two-thirds of the state [...]