Concrete Decisions for the U.S. Transportation Infrastructure

The transportation component of the Biden infrastructure bill included repairing 10,000 bridges and modernizing 20,000 miles of roads.  It also has plans for air, rail, water, and public transport:   The report from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)…

Why Car Colors Matter

Choosing car colors is about more than an appearance when we look more closely at resale value, temperature, and theft.

How One Stuck Ship Can Upset a Whole Supply Chain

Just one boat and one waterway, still, the Suez Canal blockage from a wedged in container ship affected the global supply chain.

Why The Gas Tax Could Disappear

Assume (when our lives return to normal) that you drove two miles to Starbucks, then 10 miles to work, and after that you went home. But later, needing gas and food, you once again used your car. Your VMT (vehicle…

Why the World Needs One Time

Last night, at 12 a.m., Daylight Saving Time (DST) began when our clocks moved forward an hour. Whereas I would have seen the sunrise at 6:11 in New Jersey, instead, it’s at 7:11. Correspondingly, sunset switched from 6:02 on March…

How To Diminish Our EV Range Anxiety

At 114 per 100,000 people, Vermont had the highest per capita concentration of EV chargers (plugs, not necessarily charging stations) in the U.S. Below, Washington D.C. at 81 and California, 72, are a distant second and third:   However, a…

Why It’s Tough to Turn Around a Big Ship

Large container ships can carry approximately 22,000 boxes called TEUs (Twenty-foot Equivalent Units). Above, the vessel in our featured image has 15,000 containers. In just one of them, you can add 48,000 bananas to the global supply chain. Or, imagine…

Why Amazon Is Buying a Freighter Fleet

Just 16 years ago, we needed a $25 minimum order to get Amazon’s free Super Saver Shipping for an 8 to 10 day wait. An extra $9.48 got us two-day delivery and $16.48, one day. But then in 2009, they…

How an Elevator Is Like a Traffic Light

Because of the wait time that they force us to sacrifice, elevators and traffic lights are somewhat similar.

Where Melting Snow and Ice Create New Shipping Lanes

Thinking about melting snow and ice, we can ask how soon there will be Arctic shipping lanes that provide new trade routes.