Transportation

11:22am

Thu March 13, 2014
Politics

Distracted Driving Bill Falls In House Committee

While texting behind the wheel remains illegal in Colorado, a bill looking to ban taliking on a phone without a hands free device failed in committee at the capitol.
Jim Legans, Jr Flickr - Creative Commons

A bill to ban talking on cell phones while driving failed in the House Transportation Committee Wednesday with two Democrats joining Republicans in defeating the measure.

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8:15am

Thu March 13, 2014
Transportation

Railroad West: Southwest Chief Faces Possible Colorado Derailment

Originally published on Thu March 27, 2014 7:37 am

The Southwest Chief roughly 20 minutes east of Trinidad, Colorado. The Sangre de Cristo Range looms in the distance in this photo from July 2011.

Amtrak’s Southwest Chief is a long distance passenger train that travels daily from Chicago to Los Angeles.  Some riders travel the full route, others use it as their primary transportation between shorter distances.  The train follows the historic Santa Fe Trail, one of the oldest commerce routes in the American West.  Along the way, it passes through Southern Colorado—Lamar, LaJunta, and Trinidad—and then into Raton in Northern New Mexico.  But the rails are aging, and the Southwest Chief could be diverted, bypassing Colorado and Northern New Mexico entirely.

 

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5:44am

Thu March 13, 2014
World

Hitching A Ride On The World's Biggest Cargo Ship

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 8:17 am

NPR's Jackie Northam on the Maersk McKinney Moller, a new container megaship that can carry about double what many other big cargo ships can carry. It's 20 stories high and four football fields long.
Jackie Northam NPR

I started my journey at the famed Gdansk Shipyard, home of Poland's solidarity movement in the 1980s. It was nearly midnight when I arrived and saw for the first time the Maersk McKinney Moller, the world's largest container ship.

I simply wasn't prepared for just how massive it is. The whole ship really can't be taken in, even standing at a distance, so I gave my neck a good stretch by scanning this behemoth end to end, and up and down.

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5:32am

Wed March 12, 2014
Globalization

After A Downturn, Global Shipping Bets Big On Everything

Originally published on Thu March 13, 2014 9:22 am

A container ship docked at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey. No one on the pier knows for sure what exactly the containers carry — anything from frozen chicken to computers.
Jonathan Blakley NPR

On a cold, blustery day at Port Elizabeth in New Jersey, one of several massive cranes whirs along a rail high above the pier, picks up a heavy container from a ship's deck and loads it on a waiting truck back on land. The truck drives away, another arrives, and the whole process starts again.

It's a scene played out every day along America's coasts as massive container ships from across the globe pull into deep-water seaports, waiting to be unloaded. The ships are enormous — some 10 stories high and several football fields long.

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6:50am

Fri February 28, 2014
Transportation

Take A Construction Tour Of RTD's Rail Line To DIA

The distinctive peaks of the Jeppesen Terminal rise behind the construction underway on the new hotel and train station at Denver International Airport.
Jim Hill KUNC

Scheduled to open in 2016, construction continues on the 22.8 mile East Commuter Rail Line that will soon whisk riders from Denver’s Union Station to Denver International Airport. In some sections tracks are down, stations are taking shape, and power lines are hung.

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