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American Rescue Plan Act provides billions for transit, rail, airports, and water

Signed into law on March 11, the American Rescue Plan Act focuses on relieving the economic harm associated with the coronavirus pandemic, but it also includes significant funding for infrastructure.

Understanding the catastrophic 2003 Chinese subway line failure

A new paper for the Journal of Performance of Constructed Facilities reviewed the causes behind the first breach failure of a cross passage being mined by an artificial ground-freezing method.

Mass transit, aviation, water and wastewater receive early attention in Congress

As President Joe Biden’s cabinet begins to take shape, Congress takes steps to address early infrastructure priorities of the new administration.

Slideshow: ‘Train Station in the Forest’ nears completion in China

The project includes three elements: a large underground transit hub, expansive plazas and parkland amenities, and a faithful reconstruction of the site’s historical train station.

Testing bridge structure vibration using a similarity model

Bridge structures, which account for a large proportion of high-speed railways and urban rail transits, produce vibration that radiate low-frequency structural noise. This low-frequency noise can affect people’s physical and mental health, as well as affect ancient buildings along the line; the manufacture of precision instruments and equipment; and the use of high-precision laboratories. The authors of new paper in the Journal of Aerospace Engineering,...

Arizona train derailment and fire damage historical bridge

A Union Pacific Railroad cargo train crossing a historical bridge in Tempe, Arizona, derailed and caught fire on July 29, causing a portion of the north–south bridge to collapse, sending several railcars toppling off the bridge and onto the ground below.

Southern California rail project shores up coastal bluff

A critical phase of an effort to stabilize a coastal bluff beneath a critical rail line in in Southern California is scheduled to be completed by year's end.

West Vancouver Freight Access Project Named as OCEA Honor Award Recipient

The West Vancouver Freight Access project helped solve three problems at once in the Port of Vancouver. The project made it possible that unit train capabilities can remain competitive with other West Coast ports; rail access to the Port is granted by eliminating the at-grade crossing of two tracks; and overall rail operations within the port are strengthened. The West Vancouver Freight Access Project, in Vancouver,...

Celebrating the Civil Engineering Project That Transformed the Country

The Transcontinental Railroad, one of the great infrastructure triumphs in U.S. history, turns 150 years old May 10. The ASCE History and Heritage Committee is celebrating with the Golden Spike 150th Anniversary history symposia, May 5-6, in Sacramento, CA. Among the speakers is renowned civil engineering historian and ASCE Distinguished Member Raymond Paul Giroux, whose previous lectures highlighted such landmark projects as the Golden Gate Bridge,...

Prasad Tabbed as Fellow

Avinash Prasad, P.E., R.L.S., F.ASCE, an engineer and land surveyor with more than 25 years of professional experience in civil engineering and management, has been named a Fellow by the ASCE Board of Direction. Prasad is currently a Ph.D. candidate at New York University. His ongoing doctorate major is in bridge asset management. The main topic of research is development and evaluation of a risk...