New transit center to open in San Francisco sans bullet train | W.Va. authority bond sale to be completed next week | Tolling being discussed for proposed Ohio River bridge
August 10, 2018
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New transit center to open in San Francisco sans bullet train
The Salesforce Transit Center opens in San Francisco on Sunday, but for now it will only serve as a bus station. California's planned bullet train eventually is supposed to run to the transit center, but -- with its timeline and funding uncertain -- it will likely be years before it brings passengers to the station.
San Francisco Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (8/9) 
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Infrastructure Watch
W.Va. authority bond sale to be completed next week
The West Virginia Parkways Authority is to finalize next week the sale of $172 million worth of bonds to fund road construction projects. The bonds have the "full pledge of the Parkway Authority's toll revenues," says Parkways Authority General Manager Greg Barr.
MetroNews (West Virginia) (8/9) 
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Tolling being discussed for proposed Ohio River bridge
Transportation officials say multiple revenue streams, including tolling, will be needed to pay for the Interstate 69 Ohio River Crossing between Indiana and Kentucky. Consultant Brian Aldridge said the RiverLink project in Louisville, Ky., could serve as a model.
WFIE-TV (Evansville, Ind.) (8/10) 
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OK expected for main contract for Memphis airport concourse
Memphis International Airport officials are expected to recommend granting the main contract of a total $245.5 million concourse renovation to Flintco. Updates will include widening the corridor, increasing ceiling heights and adding gates.
The Daily News (Memphis, Tenn.) (8/9) 
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Trends & Technology
CCIM Institute calls for separate tracking category for adaptive reuse
Adaptive reuse projects currently aren't tracked, but the CCIM Institute recommends making it a distinct category within the commercial real estate industry. Adaptive reuse takes places in about 1% to 2% of construction projects and can cost contractors 15% to 20% less to build.
GlobeSt (8/8) 
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Virgin Hyperloop One plans research facility in Spain
Virgin Hyperloop One plans research facility in Spain
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Virgin Hyperloop One is planning to build a $500 million research center in a small town in Spain with a population of 480, but it is not looking to build a test track at the facility. The region is home to a number of rail technology companies.
The Verge (8/7),  Fortune (8/7) 
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Get Ready for the ASCE 2018 Convention
The ASCE 2018 Convention, #ASCE18, will be held October 12-15 in Denver. ASCE has planned many exciting opportunities for you to deepen your skills, earn PDHs, and advance in your career. Learn more and register.
Sustainable Development
$1.8M sought for Exxon to clean up Ark. oil spill
In 2013, an oil pipeline burst in Arkansas, and state and federal officials are now seeking $1.8 million in compensation from Exxon Mobil Corp. for restoring wildlife and similar expenditures.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (Little Rock) (free registration) (8/9) 
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Plan moves forward to divert part of Mississippi River to La. wetlands
The idea of diverting a portion of the Mississippi River to wetlands in Louisiana has been discussed for 30 years, and a plan is underway to make the project a reality. "This is not rocket science -- it's a lot harder because it's so complex," says Don Boesch, a marine science professor in Maryland and former marine consortium director in Louisiana.
Engineering News-Record (8/9) 
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Advancing the Profession
Combat your bias with this information-gathering framework
The STAR process can improve feedback delivery and candidate interviews because it starts by establishing a workplace situation, describes what someone did or didn't do in response and shares the outcome, Bruce Court writes. "You can't take the bias out of the person, but by following the STARs you can take the bias out of the process," he argues.
Development Dimensions International (8/8) 
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ASCE News Daily
The ASCE 7 Hazard Tool is now even more useful
The ASCE 7 Hazard Tool is now even more useful
The easy-to-use ASCE 7 Hazard Tool now delivers even more site-specific loads data when you search. Get serviceability wind speeds and expanded seismic data, displayed as graphs, tables, and comma-separated values. Try the Hazard Tool.
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Career success secrets from ASCE's president
Career success secrets from ASCE's president
"Meet different people," urges Kristina Swallow. "If we're trying to serve our community’s needs, we need to know who our community is, right?" Get more of the 2018 president's advice as shared with engineering career adviser Anthony Fasano.
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