Posted by Scott Reeve

10/19/17 2:29 PM

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EXPOnential Learning

Last week in Atlanta, I attended the triennial American Public Transportation Association (APTA) EXPO. The event was great for anyone interested in learning about public transportation. From rubber seals to rail cars ready for delivery, any and everything associated with mass transit trains and buses was on display. The giant locomotive engines and the working bus wash stations set up at the EXPO were a surprise for a new attendee like myself. But why did the Composite Advantage team trek to Atlanta to see buses? 

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Topics: public transit, APTA, FRP Rail Platforms

Posted by Scott Reeve

10/12/17 12:30 PM

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Tower Bridge: First in Cantilever

Located just west of Downtown Sacramento is a bridge with a long history and a coat of bright yellow paint. The Tower Bridge is a central span lift bridge that carries around 12,000 cars daily. It started its life as part of U.S. Route 40, which underwent significant changes in the 1960s. As part of these changes, Route 40's terminus was moved from California to Utah; as a result, Tower Bridge is now the centerpiece of what's now known as California State Route 275, running through West Sacramento. Let's take a closer look at what makes this bridge special.

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Topics: cantilever sidewalks, Tower Bridge

Posted by Scott Reeve

10/4/17 7:49 PM

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Our Nation's Waterways by the Numbers

A new research report from Global Market Insights forecasts the global barge transportation market will reach a shipment volume of 12 billion tons valued at $170 billion by 2024. Barge capacity is expected to drive this growth. One barge can carry 1500 tons at once, outweighing the load capacity of railcars or trucks. At their current capacity, it would take 58 semi-truck trailers to move a load equal to that of one barge. An uptick in demand for petrochemical shipments and crude oil is expected to boost the market, but dry cargo will make up the bulk of the cargo. Dry products will include municipal wastes, recyclable materials, farm products, coal, ore, steel and lumber. Let's take a closer look.

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Topics: Wicket gates, river transportation

Posted by Scott Reeve

9/27/17 10:18 AM

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On the Move with the Cleveland RTA

Ohio has only one city that boasts a rail-based transit system. The RTA Rapid Transit in Cleveland, known locally as The Rapid, sets an example for other cities to follow. In fact, in 2007 the American Public Transportation Association named the RTA "best public transit system in North America." Let's look at the history of this northern Ohio institution.

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Topics: rail, Cleveland RTA, The Rapid

Posted by Scott Reeve

9/21/17 12:37 PM

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Amtrak Isn't Slowing Down


In the United States, many major metropolitan areas have regional rail systems. However, none of these compare to one nationwide system.This rail system spans 46 states and three Canadian provinces with around 21,300 miles of track. It serves over 30 million passengers annually, delivering them to over 500 destinations. The system is none other than - Amtrak. 

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Topics: Amtrak, rail

Posted by Scott Reeve

9/13/17 4:42 PM

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Nerves of Steel? The World’s Longest Suspension Bridge Tests Hikers

In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1958 psychological thriller Vertigo, actor James Stewart plays former police detective John "Scottie" Ferguson. Following an incident in the line of duty, Ferguson is forced to retire when he finds he has developed acrophobia (an extreme fear of heights) and vertigo (a false sense of rotational movement). 

Visitors to southern Switzerland now have the chance to test their nerves and discover whether or not they too suffer from a fear of heights - if they have the mettle to walk the world’s longest pedestrian suspension bridge.

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Topics: pedestrian bridges

Posted by Brendon Embry

9/6/17 4:26 PM

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History Lessons While Inspecting An FRP Rail Platform

Approximately 30 miles from Downtown Chicago is a station that serves thousands of local passengers on the Chicago METRA. Located on the Rock Island District Line, the New Lenox Station may have only been part of the METRA line since 1984, but its history reaches farther back.

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Topics: Rail Platforms, Chicago METRA

Posted by Brendon Embry

8/30/17 1:00 PM

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Bridges Need Summer Checkups Too

For many families, summer checkups and sports physicals are part of the back-to-school routine. Therefore, August was an appropriate month for us to perform checkups on our products around the Dayton area, including pedestrian bridge decks and trail bridges. Here's what we found.

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Topics: pedestrian bridges, trail bridges, pedestrian bridge decks

Posted by Scott Reeve

8/24/17 9:11 AM

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A Camel By Any Other Name

For most of us, the word “camel,” brings to mind a large-lipped, humped-back ungulate. A camel has one hump (dromedary) or two humps (Bactrian), which store fat that can be metabolized into food and water. Their ability to adapt to a harsh environment and carry up to 500 lbs. earned the animals the tag “ships of the desert.”

The nomenclature also made it into the air when the World War I British single-seat biplane fighter aircraft was deemed the Sopwith Camel. The Sopwith Camel was introduced to the Western Front in 1917 and was later immortalized by the Peanuts character Snoopy, who fought imaginary battles aboard the doghouse he nicknamed the Sopwith Camel.

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Topics: submarine camels, aircraft carrier camels

Posted by Brendon Embry

8/15/17 2:14 PM

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The Biggest Dam Bridge

In Little Rock, Arkansas, the Pulaski County Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge crosses the Arkansas River and is the centerpiece of the Big Dam Bridge Pedestrian and Bicycle Trail. At 4,226 feet, it's the longest pedestrian bridge in North America open only to pedestrian and bicycle traffic. We thought it worth a mention in our trail bridge blog series. 

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Topics: trail bridges