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John Latta is Editor-in-Chief of Better Roads magazine who has spent the last decade writing about roads, construction equipment, trucks and trucking, bridges, and Washington’s influence on all of the above. He is a former daily newspaperman who has pursued news in Australia, New Zealand, the U.K. and the U.S.


What flavor fuel?

Jul 03, 2013

What flavor fuel?

You know when you enter an ice-cream shop you are probably going to falter when you get to the front of the line and see the stuff up close. Pistachio or vanilla? Mango-strawberry or cookies ’n cream? Oh, and I ...

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Your Swine Airlines flight is ready for departure

Jul 01, 2013

Your Swine Airlines flight is ready for departure

This is a fact: Gas taxes go up. All across the country they go up. Despite what you might think from listening to Washington politicians, they do go up. This week they go up. And they go up for a variety of ...

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All in all you’re just another deer on the wall

Jun 28, 2013

All in all you’re just another deer on the wall

Let’s say you have a wall separating a street from people or offices or houses or factories or maybe a ballpark. And it looks like, well, a wall. What can you do to it to make it less of a ...

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You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Jun 27, 2013

You Can’t Always Get What You Want

But if you try sometimes, you might just get Amtrak what it needs. And a little street cred is what it needs. I wrote a column for the print issue of Better Roads not too many months ago with the headline ...

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Creepy plates

Jun 26, 2013

Creepy plates

Drones. NSA phone spying. License tags. This has to be a story that will set fire to some heated conversations. South Carolina is considering switching from metal license plates to e-tags. So the plate (actually electronic paper) could suddenly read STOLEN if ...

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The cost of gasoline: Them and us

Jun 25, 2013

The cost of gasoline: Them and us

Now this is a fun table to play with. I’m all for this sort of interactivity if I know how to work it and it is not built solely for software developers, MBAs and chess champions. Bloomberg looks at countries around the ...

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Corporate road sponsorships coming to New Jersey

Jun 24, 2013

Corporate road sponsorships coming to New Jersey

It had to happen. Funding for our transportation infrastructure is inadequate, to use a nice word, and states and any other agencies responsible for our bridges and roads are going to have to continue to find and mine almost any source ...

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Focus on the city center or the neighborhoods?

Jun 21, 2013

Focus on the city center or the neighborhoods?

Here’s a question about Washington D.C. road and transportation planning that I’m thinking is the sort of macro question facing a lot of big cities. “Should the design of major roads and our big transit projects favor moving large numbers of ...

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Boeuf en Croute a la Amtrak, Comrade?

Jun 20, 2013

Boeuf en Croute a la Amtrak, Comrade?

Someone hold John Mica back. The Florida Republican representative and former chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is still knee-deep in transportation issues on The Hill, but none wind him up as much as Amtrak. And Mica can be ...

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Is the car the cigarette of the future?

Jun 19, 2013

Is the car the cigarette of the future?

How would you feel if you were shunned in the not-too-distant future for doing something we do every day now and don’t think twice about? What if playing golf, going to a restaurant or mowing your lawn meant you would be ...

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HOTless in Seattle

Jun 18, 2013

HOTless in Seattle

It appears some road planners in the Seattle area assumed that drivers would be willing to pay their way out of congestion. It appears that this is not so. A pilot project was designed for high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes at State ...

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Taking it to the Streets of Miami

Jun 13, 2013

Taking it to the Streets of Miami

It’s more wristwatches than sausages I think. An ongoing dispute over whether the state of Florida or the city “owns” streets in Miami is a fascinating glimpse into the workings of a state DOT and a city government when it comes ...

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