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Transportation - US

The mission of this working group is to focus on discussions about transportation.

Members

Kathy Gilbeaux Maeryn Obley mdmcdonald

Email address for group

transportation-us@m.resiliencesystem.org

Maps - Pipelines - Trains that Carry Crude Oil

This map shows the incidents pipeline operators have reported to the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, known as PHMSA, since 2010.
(Click on the link below, and scroll down)
http://insideenergy.org/2016/11/18/protesters-say-pipelines-are-dangerous-are-they/

The PHMSA makes searchable information about where pipelines are in the U.S., broken down by county, available at its website.
(Click on the link below)
https://pvnpms.phmsa.dot.gov/PublicViewer/

National Pipeline Mapping System
https://www.npms.phmsa.dot.gov

U.S. Department of Transportation - Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration - Incident Statistics
http://www.phmsa.dot.gov/hazmat/library/data-stats/incidents

ProPublica - Crude Connections: Where Do Trains Carry Crude Oil?
http://projects.propublica.org/graphics/oil-trains

 

 

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Worldwide Travel Alert | U. S. Department of State

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.

travel.state.gov - November 23, 2015

Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both official and private interests.  This Travel Alert expires on February 24, 2016.

Authorities believe the likelihood of terror attacks will continue as members of ISIL/Da’esh return from Syria and Iraq.  Additionally, there is a continuing threat from unaffiliated persons planning attacks inspired by major terrorist organizations but conducted on an individual basis.  Extremists have targeted large sporting events, theatres, open markets, and aviation services.  In the past year, there have been multiple attacks in France, Nigeria, Denmark, Turkey, and Mali.  ISIL/Da’esh has claimed responsibility for the bombing of a Russian airliner in Egypt. 

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Feds to end Ebola screening for air travelers from Liberia

USA TODAY by Bart Jansen                           Sept. 19, 2015

WASHINGTON – Federal authorities will end mandatory Ebola screening Monday for travelers from Liberia to five U.S. airports, but will continue to scrutinize travelers from Sierra Leone and Guinea, federal officials announced Friday.

The Department of Homeland Security's Customs and Border Protection had provided extra screening for more than 30,000 travelers during the past year, after an outbreak of the often fatal disease in West Africa.....

Customs and Border Protection and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention agreed to remove Liberia from the list of countries subject to enhanced visa and port-of-entry screening, effective Monday....

The U.S. will maintain extra screening for travelers from Sierra Leone and Guinea, which still see a handful of new cases each week, and for people who traveled through those countries during the previous three weeks.

Read complete story.
http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/09/18/ebola-travel-airport-screening-liberia-sierra-leone-guinea-customs-border-protection/72398942/

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Government Predicts 10 Oil-Hauling Train Derailments a Year, $4 Billion in Damages

      

This Feb. 17, 2015 file photo, shows a train derailment that sent a tanker with crude oil into the Kanawha River near Mount Carbon, W.Va. As investigators in West Virginia and Ontario pick through the wreckage from the latest pair of oil train derailments to result in massive fires, U.S. transportation officials predict many more catastrophic wrecks involving flammable fuels in coming years absent new regulations. (AP Photo/Chris Tilley,File)

nola.com - AP - by Matthew Brown and Josh Funk - February 23, 2015

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.

The projection comes from a previously unreported analysis by the Department of Transportation that reviewed the risks of moving vast quantities of both fuels across the nation and through major cities. The study completed last July took on new relevance this week after a train loaded with crude derailed in West Virginia, sparked a spectacular fire and forced the evacuation of hundreds of families.

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CDC Issues Ebola No-Fly Letters

CDC confirms some possible Ebola contacts will not be permitted to travel by air

wfaa.com - by Lauren Zakalik - October 23, 2014

A source at the Centers for Disease Control and Preparedness confirmed to News 8 Wednesday night that letters have been sent out telling certain people being monitored for Ebola contact that they cannot travel by air.

CDC No-Fly Letter

News 8 was the first to report the possibility of this "no-fly" list a week ago.

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Ebola Study Projects Spread of Virus on Overseas Flights

A study projects up to three Ebola-infected people could be on overseas flights each month from the three most-affected African countries. WSJ's Gautam Naik reports. Photo: Getty

CLICK HERE - The Lancet - Assessment of the potential for international dissemination of Ebola virus via commercial air travel during the 2014 west African outbreak

wsj.com - by Gautam Naik - Oct. 20, 2014

Up to three Ebola-infected people could embark on overseas flights every month from the three most-affected African countries, according to a new study that projected travel patterns based on infection rates and recent flight schedules.

The findings, published Monday in the journal Lancet, suggest that Ebola cases could be spread overseas by unwitting travelers from the worst-hit countries—Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

The World Health Organization has estimated that, by early December, there could be as many as 10,000 new cases a week in west Africa.

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CDC - Quarantine Station Contact List, Map, and Fact Sheets

      

cdc.gov - http://www.cdc.gov/quarantine/quarantinestationcontactlistfull.html

Twenty U.S. Quarantine Stations, located at ports of entry and land border crossings, use these public health practices as part of a comprehensive Quarantine System that serves to limit the introduction of infectious diseases into the United States and to prevent their spread.

(CLICK HERE FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION)

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Quarantine Stations Set Up at US Airports

      

At LAX and other U.S. airports, CDC quarantine officers are on alert, looking for infected passengers.

abc7.com - by Robert Holguin - August 1, 2014

At Los Angeles International Airport and other U.S. airports, CDC quarantine officers are on alert, looking for infected passengers. . .

. . . The CDC operates quarantine stations at airports across the U.S., including at Los Angeles International Airport, to respond to reports of illness or death.

Officers are trained to spot symptoms of Ebola, and anyone who departs from a flight from an affected country and appears to have symptoms would be tested. If they test positive, they would be rushed to a hospital and quarantined.

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Superpedestrian, Inc. - The Copenhagen Wheel

superpedestrian.com

Superpedestrian, Inc is a venture-backed company operating out of Cambridge, Massachusetts. Our diverse team is developing lightweight electric vehicles with integrated online platforms, finding new ways to connect people with their environment. Founded in late 2012 by Assaf Biderman, Associate Director at MIT's SENSEable City Lab, Superpedestrian seeks to provide new forms of human-powered mobility for cities. Ultimately, our vision is to offer an improved quality of living to everybody.

The Copenhagen Wheel was initially developed at MIT's SENSEable City Lab as a research project, sponsored by the Mayor of Copenhagen. It has won multiple design awards and been reviewed in over 1,000 media publications, including BBC, Wired and the New York Times - not to mention a glamourous acting debut during a whole season of TV series Weeds. Most importantly, Superpedestrian has been receiving daily requests for pre-orders - over 14,000 messages to date.

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Bicycle Share Fact Sheet

earth-policy.org - May 14, 2014

The prevalence of bicycles in a community is an indicator of our ability to provide affordable transportation, lower traffic congestion, reduce air pollution, increase mobility, and provide exercise to the world’s growing population. Bike-sharing programs are one way to get cycles to the masses.

In early 2014, some 600 cities in 52 countries host advanced bike-sharing programs, with a combined fleet of more than 570,000 bicycles.

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Bicycle Share Fact Sheet (1 page .PDF file)

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