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1.201J / 11.545J / ESD.210J Transportation Systems FALL 2006 ASSIGNMENT 5 : Expanding the Panama Canal Date assigned: November 3, 2006 Date due: Friday, November 17, 2006 Value: 6 points You should work on this assignment in groups of two. We would prefer you find different partners than you had on A3 and A4, but won’t mandate that. To set the stage, we quote from a New York Times article from October 23, 2006 titled “Panamanians Vote Overwhelmingly to Expand Canal” “Panamanians on Sunday overwhelmingly endorsed the plan to modernize the country’s aging canal, won over by government arguments that the $5.25b project would generate jobs and keep the canal relevant for future generations” “The overhaul to begin next year will double the canal’s capacity by adding a third set of locks that are 40% longer and 60% wider than the current ones constructed by the United States in 1914. The canal these days is congested and too small to handle the world’s largest container vessels and tankers.” Since being constructed in 1914, the Panama Canal has proven to be a vital link in the
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This note was uploaded on 12/04/2011 for the course ESD 1.210j taught by Professor Mosheben-akiva during the Fall '08 term at MIT.

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