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Move over gas tax: California could move to VMT fee

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 14, 2014

Move over gas tax: California could move to VMT fee

California is considering switching from a state gas tax to a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) fee, our sister site Overdrive reports. The state’s Senate approved SB 1077 this month. The legislation would require the California Transportation Agency (CTA) to create a voluntary user ...

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Dangerous tunnel 'game' ends in vehicular crash, multiple injuries

Lauren Heartsill Dowdle - May 28, 2014

Dangerous tunnel 'game' ends in vehicular crash, multiple injuries

You’ve probably heard the old superstition about holding your breath through a tunnel for good luck — or maybe you play it as a game with your family. I know I’ve attempted to not breathe for fun if going through a ...

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11 States with the Highest Texting-While-Driving Fines

Amanda Bayhi - Oct 28, 2013

11 States with the Highest Texting-While-Driving Fines

Most drivers probably know by now that it’s not a great idea to text while driving. But that isn’t stopping all drivers from from using phones behind the wheel. Each day, about 660,000 drivers in the U.S. use a phone or ...

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Suburbs become more bicycle friendly

Amanda Bayhi - Oct 15, 2013

Suburbs become more bicycle friendly

Many young Americans are driving less than in previous years, and cities are reacting by adding more options, including bike and pedestrian paths. So it’s no surprise that when the League of American Bicyclists released its latest list of Bicycle Friendly ...

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Fun With Road Signs

Tina Grady Barbaccia - Sep 03, 2013

Fun With Road Signs

While running the Emerald City Half Marathon in Dublin, Ohio, in late August, I managed to pass the miles by reading the amusing signs spectators made to cheer on friends and family – and the funny signs that some runners ...

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Crews complete Oregon’s Whilamut Passage Bridge four months early

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 29, 2013

Crews complete Oregon’s Whilamut Passage Bridge four months early

Crews completed construction last week of the northbound Interstate 5 Whilamut Passage Bridge over the Willamette River in Eugene, Oregon. The bridge, which was completed four months ahead of schedule, is expected to reduce congestion and improve freight movement in the ...

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VMT is here!

John Latta - Jul 15, 2013

VMT is here!

So, let’s see if this VMT thing works. Oregon is replacing the state's gas tax with a "pay per-mile road usage charge" A.K.A. a vehicle-miles-traveled (VMT) tax/fee--you choose which to call it. Wait, wait, don’t get all excited. Swapping your fuel tax ...

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VIDEO: Portland engineers use dish soap to move century-old bridge

Amanda Bayhi - Jul 10, 2013

VIDEO: Portland engineers use dish soap to move century-old bridge

Engineers in Portland, Oregon, had to get creative when they needed to replace the Sellwood Bridge. Cracks had begun to appear in the support beams of the 100-year-old bridge, and, as our sister site, Equipment World, reported, the structure's unique design ...

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OTREC researchers explore e-bike perceptions

Amanda Bayhi - Jun 04, 2013

OTREC researchers explore e-bike perceptions

Two Portland state researchers are working on ways to encourage more people to travel on bicycles, according to a report from the Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC). Researchers Jennifer Dill and John MacArthur are exploring people’s perceptions--particularly those of ...

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Doosan Portable Power names Contractor’s Equipment Supply as dealer

Amanda Bayhi - May 15, 2013

Doosan Portable Power names Contractor’s Equipment Supply as dealer

Doosan Portable Power has named Contractor’s Equipment Supply (CESCO) as an authorized dealer. Headquartered in Meridian, Idaho, CESCO has three locations throughout Idaho--Meridian, McCall and Jerome--and serves customers in southern Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon. The company serves several markets, including residential ...

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The Man Who Slides Bridges

John Latta - Apr 08, 2013

The Man Who Slides Bridges

Any story is valuable if it can show us how to do our work better. And especially when that work is big, massively expensive, part of our daily lives and paid for by tax dollars. For example, an old bridge that ...

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The fuel tax heist: Robbing Peter Highway to pay Paul Non-Highway

John Latta - Apr 04, 2013

The fuel tax heist: Robbing Peter Highway to pay Paul Non-Highway

Here comes another one. A state politician – this time it’s Oregon Democratic Representative Jules Bailey – who sees money raised by fuel taxes as a sort of cookie jar he can raid to buy stuff he likes. But the jar the ...

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