Posted by Scott Reeve

12/7/17 9:00 AM

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Mini-High Platforms and the ADA

Composite Advantage recently supplied FRP rail platform panels for the rehabilitation of two mini-high accessibility platforms at the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) West Natick station. Projects like these, especially those with new applications for FRP, are a great chance for us to learn more about a customer’s operations. These mini-high platforms are no exception.

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Topics: FRP Rail Platforms, West Natick, ADA

Posted by Scott Reeve

11/29/17 5:06 PM

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Sneak Peek: Long-lasting FRP Along the Rails

FRP platforms and ramps were recently installed at the West Natick rail station in the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority (MBTA) system. The FRP panels replaced severely deteriorated concrete panels on the mini-high platforms that provide accessibility into the trains. Exposure to ice, water and deicing chemicals reduced life cycles for some concrete platforms to only 15 years. MBTA turned to FRP for a platform that could provide nearly a century of use with minimal maintenance.

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Topics: FRP Rail Platforms

Posted by Scott Reeve

11/21/17 10:00 AM

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Giving Thanks

As the year comes to a close, we're giving thanks. We're thankful for so much, but we'll list a few specific examples:

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Topics: Composite Advantage, Giving Thanks

Posted by Scott Reeve

11/15/17 12:00 AM

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An Engineer Turned Entrepreneur

Interested in entrepreneurship? And civil engineering? You're in luck - the civil engineering profession offers many opportunities for owning your own business. In fact, civil engineers own more businesses than any other type of engineer! I gave a presentation on this topic earlier this month for the University of Notre Dame Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences. Here's the synopsis.

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Topics: Composite Advantage, entrepreneurship

Posted by Nicholas Slagter

11/8/17 3:00 PM

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Recap: OTEC 2017

Now that the Ohio Transportation Engineering Conference (OTEC) 2017 is wrapped up and in the books, we can reflect on the most interesting parts of the conference and the current state of FRP infrastructure products in the transportation world. 

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Topics: OTEC, FRP Rail Platforms

Posted by Scott Reeve

11/2/17 2:26 PM

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The Future of Passenger Rail

Our last blog focused on the 2018 President's Budget and its impact on the Federal Transit Administration. Let's take a look at what this may mean for passenger rail funding - and some creative projects/technologies.

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Topics: passenger rail, light rail

Posted by Scott Reeve

10/26/17 4:39 PM

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FTA and the 2018 President's Budget

 

There’s good news and bad news ahead for the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) when it comes to how 2018 budget dollars will be divvied up. Since more than 10.2 billion trips were taken on U.S. public transit last year, Americans should be paying attention.

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Topics: rail, public transit, funding

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