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Texas-sized pothole is big enough to swallow a Lexus, and nearly did
FORT WORTH A giant sinkhole opened up on West Seventh Street Thursday, nearly swallowing a Lexus during a rainy morning rush hour. The monstrous collage of collapsed road pavement occurred at the intersection of West Seventh Street and Carroll Street, right next to the Velvet Taco and Montgomery Plaza. The sinkhole appeared to be about 10 feet in diameter, and several feet deep. Police were called to the area at 8:44 a.m., police spokesman Buddy Calzada said. No injuries were reported, but a Lexus had to be extracted from the giant hole and towed away, city workers said.
When the California “high speed” rail was approved, I was quite disappointed, as I know many others were too. How could it be that the home of Silicon Valley and JPL – doing incredible things like indexing all the world’s knowledge and putting rovers on Mars – would build a bullet train that is both one of the most expensive per mile and one of the slowest in the world? The train in question would be both slower, more expensive to operate (if unsubsidized) and less safe by two orders of magnitude than flying, so why would anyone use it?
East Coast Loop Tunnel Construction
It’s not much now, just a parking lot with a discarded gin bottle and an old exterminator receipt. But the slice of pavement near the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives in the District could be the gritty precursor to a tunnel network that could propel pods filled with people and speeding platforms topped with Teslas and Toyotas between the nation’s capital and New York in 29 minutes. Or it could be just be a parking lot littered with dashed transportation dreams.
Boring Company - Los Angeles Dugout Loop
To solve the problem of soul-destroying traffic, roads must go 3D, which means either flying cars or tunnels. However, flying cars have issues with weather, noise, and generally increase anxiety levels of those below them. Currently, tunnels are really expensive to dig, with some projects costing as much as $1 billion per mile. In order to make a tunnel network feasible, tunneling costs must be reduced by a factor of more than 10.
Privatization of Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz International Airport
Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport in San Juan, Puerto Rico, was privatized in 2013 through the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airport Privatization Pilot Program (APPP). The partners involved were the public airport owner, Puerto Rico Ports Authority, the Puerto Rico P3 Authority, and Aerostar—a 50-50 venture between Highstar Capital, an infrastructure investor, and Grupo Aeroportuario del Sureste SAB de DV, which operates nine airports in Mexico. The process took four years to complete and resulted in a 40-year lease under the Aerostar name.
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