The Beginning of Terminal Gridlock

As cargo ships become larger, the supply chain benefits of their economies of scale are offset by the externalities they create at ports and beyond.

Italy and the EU: An Internet Story

Looking at internet connectivity as a part of the EU’s information infrastructure, we can see how Italy is behind and reflects member nation contrasts.

How the New Panama Canal Affects Us

When larger vessels use a wider, deeper Panama Canal, they will create economies of scale and shift the invisible lines that show worldwide supply chains.

What's the Economic Difference Between a Street and a Road?

Our story starts outside of Cleveland during the beginning of the 20th century. With the 4,000 acres that Oris P. and Mantis J. Van Sweringen purchased from the Society of Shakers, the 2 brothers decided to create a planned suburban community.…

How to Build a Better Bridge

Politicians have decided to spend $1.3 billion on an 83 year old bridge between Staten Island, NY and Bayonne, NJ. Because the Panama Canal is the reason, $1.3 billion makes sense. During 2015 or perhaps later if construction delays continue,…

What We Sacrifice for Pothole Patches

With 150,000 more potholes than last year and $12 for each temporary patch, Chicago has spent close to $3 million on pothole repair and the end is not in sight. NYC was at a record breaking 113,131 on February 20.…

The Huge Impact of the Panama Canal Delay

The Panama Canal’s renovation was supposed to be done at the end of next year. However, the locks contracting group now is saying that the work is $1.6 billion more expensive than they expected–around 50% more– and they want extra…

Brazil’s World Cup To-Do List

Preparing its transportation infrastructure for the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics, Brazil has one giant to-do list. In the air and on the ground, it has the participants, the officials and the fans that have to be moved around.…

Drones That Can Deliver Your Pizza…and More

Long before Jeff Bezos told Charlie Rose that drones would be delivering our Amazon packages, Dominos was showing how they could transport pizza. And here is the Amazon “Prime Air” version of a drone delivery: The drone delivery initiative, though,…

How to Reduce Your Commuting Delays

Transportation can be called a “friction.” Costing us huge time and money, we spend as much on transportation in the US as on health care. And now, we might add $50 billion to the total. In New Orleans, talking about…