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Editorial Library Category: Mining Topics: Mining, Transportation Title: Mining and Transportation Author: newsLINK Staff Synopsis: If you are like most people, you think about what you want or need to do, and you don’t necessarily give a lot of thought to the broad net of resources that you might use along the way. Editorial: Mining and Transportation 4064 South Highland Drive, Millcreek, Utah 84124 │ │ (v) 801.676.9722 │ (tf) 855.747.4003 │ (f) 801.742.5803 Editorial Library | © The newsLINK Group LLC 1 If you are like most people, you think about what you want or need to do, and you don’t necessarily give a lot of thought to the broad net of resources that you might use along the way. If you need to go to the grocery store, for example, chances are good you grab your keys, wallet, and shopping list, and then head out the door. The same thing is true of riding your bike around the neighborhood, or booking a flight for a business trip. If you decide to fly somewhere, you are a lot more occupied with how much it will cost, how long it will take, and what you need to know to get through airport security than you are about the plane that will take you where you need to go. At most, you may consider which airlines let you pick your seat, how much luggage you can take without paying for extra bags, and the amount of leg room you are likely to get. People in the U.S. like to move around frequently. The days of living an entire life in one geographical place have been over for generations now; most people move multiple times throughout their childhoods, then again periodically during the following decades as they gain an education, work, and then retire. Exactly how many people move every year? According to one online source, the number is more than 40 million, or 14.19 percent annually. The people who are most likely to move are between the ages of 18 and 34. We travel short distances (or not so short distances) between work and home; we travel to shop or to get goods to their markets; we travel to visit family, to see someplace new, or to celebrate milestones in our own lives and the lives of people we care about. The U.S. Census Bureau keeps track of some of these numbers; for example, there is an online report showing the top 20 cities when population is adjusted to reflect the impact of commuting. For sheer numbers, the place to look at is New York City. It had a daytime population that was 8,336,697 in July 2012. In the business center of Manhattan, the daytime population increases 87 percent, to 1,336,808. Other cities see substantial increases as well: Atlanta: 62.4 percent Tampa: 47.5 percent Pittsburgh: 41.3 percent Boston: 41.1 percent Commuting has become such a fact of life that there is even a term for people who travel long distances in order to get to work: they’re called mega commuters. According to Melanie A. Rapino and Alison K. Fields, both of whom work for the U.S. Census Bureau and have a Ph.D., some people are traveling more than ever for work. People who commute to Washington, D.C. and home again have some of the longest commuting times in the country, which is unsurprising when you consider its role as the capital. There are even commuting definitions to define what many people are living: Extreme commuting is when you have to travel 90 minutes or more to get to work. Long-distance commuting is when you have to drive 50 miles or more. If you have to travel for 90 or more minutes, and you go more than 50 miles to work, that is called mega commuting. People especially like to travel when there is a holiday and they can have an extra day or so for a quick vacation. According to Scott Burgess of AOL autos, almost 35 million people traveled 50 miles or more during the Memorial Day weekend in 2012. But what kind of resources does it take to create the kind of transportation network we currently use in the U.S.? How many cars are there? What about the buses, planes, and trains of mass transit, in all its varieties? How about the shipping industry? What about recreational boating? You know these are going to be big numbers; after all, according to the U.S. and World Population Clock on May 31, 2013, there were almost 316 million people in the U.S.: One person is born every eight seconds. One person dies every 12 seconds.