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Action Needed to Reduce Traffic Congestion’s Impact on Drivers, Businesses and Local Economies

America’s traffic congestion recession is over. Just as the U.S. economy has regained nearly all of the 9 million jobs lost during the downturn, a new report

produced by INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) shows that traffic congestion has returned to pre-recession levels.

According to the 2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard, travel delays due to traffic congestion caused drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel and kept travelers stuck in their cars for nearly 7 billion extra hours – 42 hours per rush-hour commuter. The total nationwide price tag: $160 billion, or $960 per commuter.

Washington, D.C. tops the list of gridlock-plagued cities, with 82 hours of delay per commuter, followed by Los Angeles (80 hours), San Francisco (78 hours), New York (74 hours), and San Jose (67 hours).

The problem has become so bad in major urban areas that drivers have to plan more than twice as much travel time as they would need to arrive on time in light traffic just to account for the effects of irregular delays such as bad weather, collisions, and construction zones. For example, drivers on America’s Top 10 worst roads waste on average 84 hours or 3.5 days a year on average in gridlock – twice the national average. Of these roads, six are in Los Angeles, two are in New York and the remaining two are in Chicago. Nine other cities have roads ranked among the 50 worst.

Scorecard findings also illustrate how traffic congestion isn’t just a big-city issue. Cities of all sizes are experiencing the challenges seen before the start of the recession – increased traffic congestion resulting from growing urban populations and lower fuel prices are outpacing the nation’s ability to build infrastructure. Of America’s Top 10 Worst Traffic cities, 7 of them experienced population growth outpacing the national average of 0.7 percent last year, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, Houston and Riverside, CA. Additionally, some of the worst traffic cities also experienced some of the largest decreases in fuel prices (-4.1 percent nationally) including Riverside, Houston, Los Angeles, San Jose, Boston and Chicago. The result, the average travel delay per commuter nationwide is more than twice what it was in 1982. For cities of less than 500,000 people, the problem is four times worse than in 1982.

“Our growing traffic problem is too massive for any one entity to handle – state and local agencies can’t do it alone,” says Tim Lomax, a report co-author and Regents Fellow at TTI. “Businesses can give their employees more flexibility in where, when and how they work, individual workers can adjust their commuting patterns, and we can have better thinking when it comes to long-term land use planning. This problem calls for a classic ‘all-hands-on-deck’ approach.”

Recent data from the U.S. Department of Transportation shows that Americans have driven more than 3 trillion miles in the last 12 months. That’s a new record, surpassing the 2007 peak just before the global financial crisis. Report authors say the U.S. needs more roadway and transit investment to meet the demands of population growth and economic expansion, but added capacity alone can’t solve congestion problems. Solutions must involve a mix of strategies, combining new construction, better operations, and more transportation options as well as flexible work schedules.

“Connectedness, big data and automation will have an immense impact over the next decade on how we travel and how governments efficiently manage the flow of people and commerce across our transportation networks,” says Jim Bak, one of the report’s authors and a director at INRIX. “This report is a great example of how data and analytics are evolving to provide transportation agencies with the insight needed to not only make our existing transportation systems work smarter but more quickly pinpoint where investment can have a lasting impact.”

The report predicts urban roadway congestion will continue to get worse without more assertive approaches on the project, program, and policy fronts. By 2020, with a continued good economy:

  • Annual delay per commuter will grow from 42 hours to 47 hours.
  • Total delay nationwide will grow from 6.9 billion hours to 8.3 billion hours.
  • The total cost of congestion will jump from $160 billion to $192 billion.

Findings in the Urban Mobility Scorecard are drawn from traffic speed data collected by INRIX on 1.3 million miles of urban streets and highways, along with highway performance data from the Federal Highway Administration. The vast amount of information, INRIX and TTI say, makes it possible to examine problems in greater detail than before, and to identify the effect of solutions at specific locations.

About INRIX

INRIX is one of the fastest growing big data technology companies in the world. The company leverages big data analytics to reduce the individual, economic and environmental toll of traffic congestion. Through cutting-edge data intelligence and predictive traffic technologies, INRIX helps leading automakers, fleets, governments and news organizations make it easier for drivers to navigate their world. Our vision is simple – to solve traffic, empower drivers, inform planning and enhance commerce.

Whether through an in-car or smartphone navigation application, a local newscast or our INRIX Traffic app, our up-to-the-minute traffic information and other driver services help millions of drivers save time, fuel and frustration. INRIX delivers traffic and driving-related insight, as well as sophisticated analytical tools and services across six industries covering nearly five million miles (7.9 million km) of road in 41 countries. For more information visit us at INRIX.com or download our INRIX XD Traffic App for iOS and Android.

About the Texas A&M Transportation Institute

The Texas A&M Transportation Institute is the largest university-affiliated transportation research agency in the U.S. and a member of the Texas A&M University System. Since 1950, the Institute has been dedicated to saving lives, time, and resources by addressing problems related to all modes of transportation. See more information about the study at mobility.tamu.edu.

 

http://mobility.tamu.edu/ums/

Redesigned Terex/Genie RL-4 Light Tower

RL4-1Terex recently introduced its newly-redesigned RL™-4 light tower. Already known for its reliable and cost-effective performance across jobsites varying from building and highway construction to oil field applications and sporting events, the newly-redesigned Terex® RL-4 light tower has significant improvements that make it an even stronger performer.

The redesigned light tower was introduced the company’s Rock Hill, SC facility where the unit is actually produced along with other Terex/Genie product. The facility was acquired in 2002 when Terex acquired Genie. The Rock Hill facility is comprised of two locations, one 110,000 sq ft and the other 115,000 sq ft. the trailer-mounted Z-Booms and portable light towers are produce here other products, — rough terrain telehandlers, scissors lifts, booms and the Genie Runabout with jib – are assembled, received and readied for distribution, and inspected here. Currently Terex has 190 people on staff at the two Rock Hill locations.

“Our RL-4 redesign focused on providing greater efficiency and improved performance for our light tower customers,” said Karen Stash, Senior Director, Global Marketing and Product management, Terex Aerial Work Platforms (AWP). “By pairing the vertical mast and larger 45 gallon fuel tank with the ability to get 17 units on a trailer, customers will see the benefits from day one.” RL4-3

Marie Engstrom, associate product manager, Terex aerial work platforms covered the changes and innovations by giving a hands-on/walk around explanation of the unit’s innovations and changes . The Terex RL-4 light tower is 23.4 ft (7.13 m) in height with a width of 59 in (150 cm), and a stowed length of 85 in (215 cm). It has a dry weight of 1,461 lbs (663 kg) and has four metal halide 1,000 W lamps. High-density polyethylene covers eliminate corrosion and dents, and vertical mast with an internal mast brake offers 359-degree non-continuous tower rotation and a retractable mast cable.

The light tower’s new vertical mast dramatically cuts set up time by using only one winch for quick operation. Being able to stow the mast on top of the unit instead of hanging over the end reduces the potential that the unit will be damaged in transit. The light tower also offers a smaller footprint which lets you haul up to 17 units on a 48 ft trailer instead of the 10 units you were limited to with the previous model, resulting in significant cost savings. Engstrom,. “This allows the Terex RL-4 light tower to be RL4-2loaded on a truck sideways, across the truck, instead of down the truck’s length.”

Previously, the Terex RL-4 light tower had a 30-gallon tank and provided approximately 60-hours of run time. The new RL-4 light tower has a 45-gallon tank and an efficient engine which extends the run time to as long as 90 hours. The RL-4 light tower also has an optional autostart feature which uses a photocell or timer to turn on the unit automatically and run when you need it without having to manually start it. “By increasing the run time by up to 50 percent, the unit can provide light up to seven nights on one tank of fuel. That’s a tremendous efficiency,” said Engstrom.

The new Terex RL-4 has a Kohler® KDW1003 3-cylinder diesel, liquid-cooled engine with a 6.0kW power configuration. “This engine is considered to be one of the most popular workhorses in the industry and now it’s part of the Terex solution,” said Engstrom. Kohler has worked to make this engine quieter with less vibration. Terex and Kohler worked together to provide the RL-4 with a larger oil pan so it can go about 500 hours between oil changes. Combine the Terex service team with over 2,000 Kohler RL4-4parts and service locations worldwide and service to reduce downtime is never far away.

A noteworthy feature, which is standard on all models, is that they are equipped with universal telematics connections. According to Engstrom, all currently available telematics systems will work on the new light-towers.

The Terex RL-4 light tower is now in production and available worldwide. To view a video of the Terex RL-4 light tower, please visit http://www.genielift.com/RL4

Meet DEWALT’s New 20V MAX* Brushless High Torque Impact Wrench

Three new impact wrenches are ideal for automotive, heavy equipment, and utility install/repair work

DCF899P2_A3When we think about battery-powered tools we don’t have a problem accepting drills, hammer drills, some hand-held saws but “kinda” hesitate when we think about impact wrenches. Personally I always thought that the only way to go with an impact wrench was pneumatic. I do have an electric powered impact wrench but it doesn’t get used too often.

DEWALT recently introduces three new 20V MAX* Brushless High Torque Impact Wrenches. The impact wrenches are available in 1/2 Inch (DCF899) hog ring or detent pin anvils, 3/4 Inch (DCF898) hog ring with retention pin hole anvil and a 7/16 Inch (DCF897) quick release chuck specifically designed for utility applications.

These high-torque impact wrenches feature efficient, brushless motors and with the 5Ah 20V MAX* XR lithium ion battery pack they deliver the power, speed, and extreme runtime required by the professional. The 1/2 Inch (DCF899) hog ring or detent pin anvil impact wrench delivers 700 ft-lbs of max torque and 1200 ft-lbs of max breakaway torque.

DCF899P2

DCF899P2

The DCF 899, with its brushless motor delivers power. I had to remove lug nuts on a vehicle that has been sitting for a long time and dreaded the task. It seemed like the perfect opportunity to “test drive” the new DeWalt tool. I was sure I was going to have to resort to using my old extension bar on a lug wrench, break a few knuckles and bless the project with some choice verbiage to get the job done.

The impact wrench fells good when you pick it up. The good-sized grip is designed to fit your hand putting the trigger finger in the right spot for easy on and off. It’s balanced; not clumsy to hold. You don’t have to fight the weight or strain to keep it in the ready-to-use position. Actually it felt like it had been custom made for me – not.

The first surprise came when I squeezed the trigger and the brushless motor “purred” quietly while quickly twisting off the first lug nut, and the second and the third and the fourth and the fifth repeating this exercise three more times and then, and then reversing the process and putting the 20 lug nuts back on each wheel – no drag, no sag no lag.

DCF898P2I reached a conclusion; I wasn’t going to run this wrench down. There was more than enough battery power to see me through the day. I’m sure that some jobs would challenge the battery but not many. Needless to say, the DCF 899 has become my impact wrench of choice; no more electric impact wrench with its cumbersome cord; no more pneumatic impact wrench with its bothersome hose.

With 3 speeds for application-specific control these impact wrenches offer the convenience of cordless technology and save time by eliminating cords and hoses of electric and pneumatic impact wrenches. At 8.9 inches long and just 7lbs each, the impact wrenches get into tight spaces easily and are comfortable to use over extended periods of time on the worksite. These impact wrenches feature LED work lights and provide the durability to stand up to jobsite environments.

Whether it’s automotive, farm, or heavy machinery repair, concrete fastening, road or bridge crews, or elevator and iron workers – on the job, power and portability allow for productivity. The DCF899, DCF897, and DCF898 20V MAX* Brushless High Torque Impact Wrenches are designed for professionals and built Guaranteed Tough® by DEWALT.

Catalog # Description
DCF899P2 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrench Kit w. Detent Anvil (5.0Ah)
DCF899P1 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrench Kit w. Detent Anvil (Single 5.0Ah Pack)
DCF899B 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrench w. Detent Anvil (Bare)**
DCF899HP2 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrench Kit w. Hog Ring Anvil (5.0Ah)
DCF899HB 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrench w. Hog Ring Anvil (Bare)**
DCF898P2 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 7/16″ Impact Wrench Kit w. QR Chuck (5.0Ah)
DCF898B 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 7/16″ Impact Wrench w. QR Chuck (Bare)**
DCF897P2 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 3/4″ Impact Wrench Kit w. Hog Ring with Retention Pin Anvil (5.0Ah)
DCF897B 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 3/4″ Impact Wrench w. Hog Ring with Retention Pin Anvil (Bare)**

 

*Maximum initial battery voltage (measured without a workload) is 20 volts. Nominal voltage is 18.

**Bare tool (battery and charger sold separately).

For more information, visit www.dewalt.com

DCF 899 Product Features

  • Up to 700 ft-lbs of max torque and 1200 ft-lbs of max breakaway torque
  • Compact design of 8-13/16″ in length and weighs only 7.2 lbs
  • Multi-speed control for a variety of applications (0-400/ 1,200/ 1,900 RPM)
  • 1/2″ Anvil with detent pin (also available in hog ring)

LED light with 20 second delay for increased visibility

Specifications

No Load Speed 400/ 1200/ 1900rpm
Max Torque (ft-lbs) 700ft-lbs
Impacts/Min 2400ipm
Tool Length 8.81″
Tool Weight 7.2lbs

Warranty Information

This DEWALT® High Performance Industrial Tool comes with a warranty package that includes:

More information on the general DEWALT warranty

DCF899P2 Includes:

  • (1) DCF889 – 20v MAX* XR Brushless High Torque 1/2″ Impact Wrench with Detent Pin Anvil – Tool
  • (2) DCB205 – 5.0 Ah batteries

(1) Multi voltage charger

MICHELIN XTXL E4/L4 incorporates new technology for improved operational efficiency over predecessor

MICHELIN Earthmover has introduced a loader tire designed with improved casing protection, a reinforced casing ply and Michelin’s patented reinforced bead zone.

XTXL Pic 1The new MICHELIN XTXL® E4/L4 tire offers operators several key performance benefits:

  • 10 percent improved tire life(1)
  • 15 percent increase in load-carrying capacity
  • up to 20 percent more torque from the wheel to the ground through the rim interface compared to its predecessor, the MICHELIN® XLD D1 tire
  • up to 20 percent decrease in out-of-service tires is possible due to an enhanced puncture-resistant crown and 10 percent stronger sidewalls(1).

The MICHELIN XLD D1 tire is being replaced with the 26.5R25 XTXL E4/L4, 29.5R25 XTXL E4/L4 and 35/65R33 XTXL E4/L4.

“New generations of more powerful loader models are the new normal on many construction and quarry sites,” said Jamey Fish, director of earthmover marketing for Michelin North America. “This tire enables operators to maximize their operating time and face their productivity challenges head-on.  And longer tire life is better for the environment with fewer raw materials being used and fewer tires to be recycled.”

The XTXL E4/L4 is equipped with Michelin’s patented B2 technology, which reduces rim slip thanks to a new flat bead wire, which strengthens the clamping force on the wheel and increases its contact surface with the rim, compared to the previous-generation MICHELIN XLD D1 tire. The tire also benefits from more solid steel cables, increased metal mass, thicker sidewalls and a new steel belt offering increased protection against punctures in the tread area. It has a greater load capacity of nearly 36 tons for the 35/65R33 tire size, than the previous generation MICHELIN XLD D1, thanks to its cable-reinforced carcass.  The shoulder design helps the tire to cool more quickly, while the central zone and its large, beefy lugs are cut resistant to improve both damage resistance and traction capability. Wide grooves and channels provide traction and grip on graded and loose ground conditions.

(1) Compared with MICHELIN® XLD D1 tire

Bill Law has been appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Volvo Construction Equipment

Effective immediately, Bill Law has been appointed Senior Vice President, Corporate Communications at Volvo Construction Equipment. Bill brings over 20 years of experience in corporate communication roles both within the Volvo Group and outside the company.

Bill Law

Bill Law

As part of the senior executive management team, Bill will be responsible for leading the development, coordination and delivery of Volvo CE’s corporate communication strategy both internally and externally. Based at the company’s global headquarters in Brussels, Belgium he will replace Klas Magnusson who announced earlier this year that he will retire on 1st October after more than 17 years of service.

Bill, 47, is from Scotland, UK and holds a degree in Law. He originally joined Volvo in 1998, where he held a number of senior positions in Europe, Asia and the Americas. Most recently Bill was Director of Corporate Communications at global fashion retailer C&A.

Commenting on his appointment, Bill says: “I am very excited about this opportunity and look forward to driving our corporate communications at this important time for the business.”