The Canal is Open, so Who Gets the Funding, and Who Gets the Freight?

May 03,2017 12:00PM
May 03,2017 1:00PM

Tang Center
E51-325

Container ports on the Southeast Coast of the United States are investing billions of dollars in a competition to handle the next generation of container ships. For all the ports, Far Eastern import cargo is the prize.  The ports are all competing for federal, state and local funds, with political clout sometimes more important than economic reality.Container ports on the Southeast Coast of the United States are investing billions of dollars in a competition to handle the next generation of container ships. For all the ports, Far Eastern import cargo is the prize. 

Climate Change and Transportation System Adaptation: State and Local Efforts (Because It Sure Isn’t at the Federal Level)

March 21,2017 12:00PM
March 21,2017 1:00PM

Twenty Chimneys
Building W20-306

This seminar will examine recent efforts at planning for potential climate change impacts on the nation’s transportation system.  The analysis frameworks for doing such planning will be discussed, as well as some of the political aspects of working in a “denial” environment.  Examples will be presented of adaptation planning around the United States, including a study being conducted for the Massachusetts DOT.  Research and studies on how climate change could affect transportation planning, engineering design and land use will be explored in the talk.  The presentation will end with some thoughts on the future of climate change and transportation adaptation planning in the Trump Era.