Metro areas in Colorado, California and Florida saw the greatest increases in construction employment in the 12 months ending in August, and jobs were added in 61% of 358 metro areas, the fewest in three years, according to AGC. The lackluster increase was partially due to the limited size of the available construction workforce.
Suffolk Construction is expanding its headquarters in Boston's Roxbury neighborhood and held a virtual groundbreaking ceremony to launch the project. Executives projected a hologram of the expansion and talked about the important role construction technology, including virtual and augmented reality, will play in the company.
Public transit in the US is aging, and some transit agencies have delayed maintenance due to lack of funds. The train crash Thursday in Hoboken, N.J., highlights the need to invest in rail infrastructure along with positive train control technology that could prevent some types of crashes, according to this article.
Lord & Taylor is working with Xcel Brands to accelerate its supply chain and reduce the need for markdowns, a necessity as the department store competes with fast-fashion retailers. Buyers from Lord & Taylor work directly with designers from the factories that make their products, saving time and costs by cutting out the middlemen.
US Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said the concept of smart cities could be the most influential transportation development since the creation of the interstate highway system six decades ago. "The reason why we think about and talk about smart cities is because we recognize that we don't have infinite resources, and we want to be smart about how we use those resources," he said.
Lyft drivers will have the opportunity to buy, lease or rent the new electric Chevrolet Bolts by the end of the year. General Motors, which makes the cars, has a $500 million investment in Lyft.
The first four-seat aircraft powered solely by a hydrogen fuel cell has taken to the air. The HY4, developed mainly by Germany's DLR Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics, is seen as a forerunner for small regional aircraft that fly under non-polluting power with hydrogen generated by electrolysis using renewable energy.
A multi-modal transportation management plan has been developed for the Interstate 76 corridor in Pennsylvania. Part of the plan calls for the installation of an Active Traffic Management system on the interstate to reduce congestion and increase safety.
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