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Navigate and search the real world … online or off

“Roughly 60 percent of the world is without Internet today, and even where online access is available, it can still be spotty. That means that quick and easy access to information is still not possible for a majority of the population. This is a huge problem, especially as people attempt to navigate and explore the world around them, so Google Maps is taking steps to help people across the globe find directions and get where they’re going, even when they don’t have an Internet connection.

Now you can download an area of the world to your phone, and the next time you find there’s no connectivity—whether it’s a country road or an underground parking garage—Google Maps will continue to work seamlessly. Whereas before you could simply view an area of the map offline, now you can get turn-by-turn driving directions, search for specific destinations, and find useful information about places, like hours of operation, contact information or ratings.”–From the Google Official blog.

Aviation Consumer Protection

“The Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings, including its Aviation Consumer Protection Division, monitors compliance with and investigates violations of the Department of Transportation’s (Department) aviation economic, consumer protection, and civil rights requirements. The Office also provides legal review and support on aviation economic licensing matters.”–From the website.  The link to where you can file an aviation complaint is found here, as our the monthly Air Travel Consumer Reports, and more.


Infrastructure — Helpful Sites

American Society of Civil Engineers 2013 Infrastructure Report Card on United States Infrastructure.

Urban Land Institute and Ernst & Young:  2013 Infrastructure, Global Priorities, Globa Insights.  Includes information on U. S. infrastructure plus information on the infrastructure of countries from around the world.

10 Pieces of U. S. Infrastructure We Must Fix Now, from Popular Mechanics

Council on Foreign Relations:  Encouraging U. S. Infrastructure Investment, Policy Innovation Memorandum no. 17 (Can be downloaded from the site).

InfrastructureUSA : Advocating to Restore America’s Infranstructure.

Air Travel Consumer Report

“The Air Travel Consumer Report is a monthly product of the Department of Transportation’s Office of Aviation Enforcement and Proceedings (OAEP). The report is designed to assist consumers with information on the quality of services provided by the airlines. “–From the Report.

Green Vehicle Guide

“Use this guide to choose the cleanest and most fuel-efficient vehicle that meets your needs. Low emissions and good fuel economy are both important for the environment. “–from the website.  From the EPA.

Calculate Fuel Costs & Compare Savings

This site lets you calcuate fuel cost for different time periods, and also lets you calculate using separate highway and city mpg figuures.

Crash Data

From the Tennessee Department of Safety and Homeland Security, there are extensive statistics on traffic fatalities and crashes in Tennessee here.

Immigrant Ships Transcribers Guild

Some passenger manifest information from immigrant ships is found here.

The basic function of the website is to help you find the lowest price of gas in your neighborhood.”–From the website.

Map History/History of Cartography

“Old maps, early maps— non-current maps in general—are the subject of this site. Whether you are an academic, , collector, teacher, parent or surfer – WELCOME! Use this site to find the worthwhile free information about old maps, both on the web and in the real world. The site’s 120 ‘pages’ offer comment and guidance, and over 6,000 annotated links selected for relevance and quality.”–from the website.  Using the Index may be the easiest way to find maps you are looking  for.

Lowest Gas Prices

“Our gas price locator can help you find the cheapest gas prices in your area.”–From the website.  From Motor Trend.  Pick you state, then your county, and then your municipality.

Alternative Fuels —

Information here about alternative fuels such as ethanol, natural gas, propane and others.   Links to information about tax incentives, alternative fueling station locations are and more are found here.

The Ford Motor Company offers thousands of photographs related to its long history in business here on this website.  The images are available to license.

The Southern Gateway : Crossing the River, Connecting America

“The Southern Gateway is more than a bridge. The term refers to an overall plan for improving cross-river travel for people and freight, and for better connections through Memphis to the tri-state region (TN, AR and MS) and the nation at large.”–From the website.

Disaster in the Gulf

“BP oil spill-related press releases, statements and reports are collected here in a single convenient webpage.”–From the website.