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Ray LaHood On Being Called A"Hipster"...His Video, Second Episode

Thursday, June 02, 2011

In his second installment of "On the Go" -- a video question-and-answer session -- US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in full Your-Uncle-From-Peoria discovers youtube mode.

He went to little Jackie's baseball game, had Aunt Paula's delicious ribs on Memorial Day, and stayed out late waving glow sticks with little Brittney and Paul, Jr. No, just kidding.

He awarded $2 billion in high-speed rail grants, kicked off the "click it or ticket" seatbelt campaign, unveiled new fuel economy labels, and delivered two commencement addresses.

"I even got called a hipster by the Huffington Post," he said, "(and) I didn't know what that meant."

By the way, he really is from Peoria.

You can watch the video below, or go here.

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Chrysler Back in the Big Three, No Dulles Metrorail Agreement Yet, & Summer at the Jersey Shore Brings Out the Bike Thieves

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The Sky Express Bus Company, involved in a fatal crash this weekend, had the worst record in the country for driver fatigue and falsifying driving records. Listen to the discussion from The Takeaway, below:

A Ray LaHood-mediated meeting yielded no agreement about where to locate the Dulles Metrorail station. (WAMU)

Chrysler is back in the Big Three. (WBEZ)

But: US auto sales slipped in May as supply dropped. (BusinessWeek)

Ah, summer at the Jersey shore: surf, sand, and bike thieves. (Asbury Park Press)

(Bikes On Transit/Flickr)

Atlanta adds -- and deletes -- items on its transportation wish list. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Chicago will end free transit rides for senior citizens on September 1. (Chicago Tribune)

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Falcon Chicks Born on NYC Bridges

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

There's traffic of a different sort atop three New York City bridges these days.

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority sent out a birth announcement of sorts to report that there are now nine baby peregrine falcons atop three MTA-operated bridges.

Two females, named Rose and Sunset, hatched atop the 693-foot Brooklyn tower at the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge:

Rose and Sunset in their nest atop the Verrazano Narrows Bridge (photo by Patrick Cashin/MTA)

Three males, named Locust, Edgewater and Bayside, were born 360-feet atop the Bronx tower at the Throgs Neck Bridge:

Locust (with open beak), Edgewater and Bayside, named for communities near the Throgs Neck (photo by Carlton Cyrus/MTA)

And Floyd, Rocky, Marine and Breezy were born inside a World War II gun turret 215-feet up on the Rockaway (Queens) tower of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge:

Two of the four new Marine Parkway chicks with nervous mama falcon in background (photo by Chris Nadareski/DEP)

The chicks were born in early May.

According to the New York State Department of Environment Conservation, peregrine falcons were nearly wiped out in the 1960s because of pesticide use. They remain on the state's endangered species list.  The birds have been nesting on New York City bridges since 1983, and the city's Department of Environmental Protection estimates that there are 16 pairs of peregrine falcons living here. City falcons are banded so they can be monitored by federal wildlife officials.

“It doesn’t cost the Authority anything to have the falcons nest here,” said Throgs Neck Maintenance Superintendent Carlton Cyrus. “We just give them some peace and quiet and during nesting season make sure that our contractors and maintenance workers don’t disturb them. This allows the chicks to hatch and gives them a greater opportunity for survival.”

To learn more about peregrine falcons, check out the NYS DEC's peregrine website -- as well as their live falcon webcams.

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TN Moving Stories: Capital Bikeshare May Expand to VA, & NJ's ARC Tunnel Bill 225K A Month In Interest Alone

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

DC's Capital Bikeshare may expand to Alexandria. (WAMU)

Downtown Miami may be getting a pedestrian-friendly redesign. (Wall Street Journal)

Ray LaHood  blogs about the new VW plant in Tennessee, and intriguingly incorporates (but doesn't explain) a photo with a mini Darth Vader. (Fast Lane)

(photo from Fast Lane/US DOT)

Plus: the transpo secretary tries one more time today to broker an agreement about the Dulles Metrorail link. (Washington Post)

Former Chicago Mayor Richard Daley has landed a job with the firm that helped negotiate Chicago's parking meter deal. (NBC Chicago)

NJ is racking up $225,000 a month in interest alone on its ARC tunnel bill as it battles the federal government over repayment. (NJ.com)

Meanwhile, NJ Governor Christie took a state police helicopter to his son's baseball game. (NJ.com)

Will transit-oriented development finally come to New Carrollton, Maryland? (New York Times)

High-speed rail-rejecting Florida governor Rick Scott is becoming "wildly unpopular." (Politico)

The Bay Citizen has updated their bike accident tracker, which now has five years of data. (Bay Citizen)
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TN's "Back of the Bus" Documentary: Live Event at WNYC's Greene Space

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

From L to R: Andrea Bernstein, Majora Carter, Adolfo Carrion, Gabe Klein, and Robert Bullard at WNYC's Greene Space (photo by Aaron Epstein)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation)   We know what the problem is --but what are they going to do?  That was the question posed to the Chicago DOT Commissioner, Gabe Klein, the NY-NJ HUD Administrator, Adolfo Carrion, and Judith Enck, the NY-NJ EPA Administrator who came to speak (or in Enck's case, to be a member of the audience) at Transportation Nation's forum at WNYC's Greene Space to discuss our documentary "Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race, and Inequality."

(You can listen to the highlights here). Or: for the whole wide-ranging discussion, go here. It's well worth it.)

There, were, as you can imagine, caveats about the current, frugal fiscal environment, and cut backs in transit, generally.  But the panelists all seem motivated to take the issues discussed in the form back to their offices, circulate them among their staff, and make some real change.

TN  Andrea Bernstein moderated the discussion. Panelists were:

  • Robert Bullard -- professor of sociology and director of the Environmental Justice Resource Center at Clark Atlanta University
  • Adolfo Carrion -- HUD's NY and NJ Regional Administrator and former president of National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
  • Majora Carter -- president of MCG Consulting and founder of Sustainable South Bronx; host of Peabody Award-winning radio series "The Promised Land"
  • Gabe Klein -- commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation, former head of the District Department of Transportation, and former VP at Zipcar.
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Sales of Small Cars Boosting US Auto Industry, Boston's Transit Is Booming, Melbourne's Bike Share Is Not

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Watching "Manhattanhenge" on East 42nd Street (photo by Kate Hinds)

Sales of small, fuel-efficient cars are revitalizing the American auto industry. (New York Times)

Meanwhile, Democrats try to use that industry's recovery as political leverage. (Wall Street Journal)

Is the Sacramento Kings' new arena putting a long-planned downtown transit center at risk? (Sacramento Bee)

A NY Times editorial lambastes NJ Governor Christie for withdrawing the state from a greenhouse gas emission reduction program. (Previous TN/WNYC coverage can be found here and here.)

Development is following New England's future high-speed rail line. (AP via NECN)

Ridership on Boston's transit system climbed last month to its highest number since September 2008. (Boston Globe)

A mostly empty bus system in Central Indiana seems to indicate that until the state is prepared to invest in mass transit that will offer residents a viable alternative to their cars, even some of the most avid transit supporters will stay away. (Indianapolis Star)

Theories abound as to why Melbourne's year-old bike share program is underperforming -- maybe it's due to bad weather, the roads, or the relatively few (50) stations. (Sydney Morning Herald)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

--Panasonic moved to Newark to be near transit (link)

-- car-free Central Park not happening anytime soon (link)

-- a survey of pedestrians seeks to quantify why walkers walk (link)

-- a profile of the MTA board member engaged to Sir Paul McCartney (link)

-- NYC subway ridership is up (link)

-- DC tries to get a handle on excessively wordy Metro station names (link)

-- higher gas prices didn't deter Californians or Floridians from leaving town on Memorial Day

-- TN's Alex Goldmark talked about mapping bike ticketing on the BL Show (link)

-- why did NJ Governor Christie exit the 10-state cap-and-trade program? (link)

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Look | New Yorkers Watch Manhattanhenge

Monday, May 30, 2011

PHOTOS. Take a peek at the twice annual phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge where the sun sets in perfect alignment with the Manhattan street grid. Named after Stonehenge in England, the city's version comes every May 30 and July 12. On Monday, New Yorkers observed the sunset at 8:17 p.m.

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Look | New Yorkers Watch Manhattanhenge

Monday, May 30, 2011

PHOTOS. Take a peek at the twice annual phenomenon known as Manhattanhenge where the sun sets in perfect alignment with the Manhattan street grid. Named after Stonehenge in England, the city's version comes every May 30 and July 12. On Monday, New Yorkers observed the sunset at 8:17 p.m.

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Car-Free Central Park Won't Happen Until September, If Then

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Central Park's Great Lawn (photo by Kate Hinds)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Neither New York City Mayor Michael Blooomberg nor City Council Speaker Christine Quinn is getting behind legislation banning cars from Central Park's loop drives -- even on a trial basis.

City Council member Gale Brewer's bill has four co-sponsors. But no hearing has been scheduled, and both the Mayor's office and Speaker Quinn said this week they had no official position on the measure.   The speaker generally controls the council agenda (and most of the votes in the heavily Democratic body), and legislation with her support tends to pass overwhelmingly.

A report on the Central Park Conservancy's website says the presence of cars is one of the most common complaints.

Last week Brewer sent a letter to the mayor asking for a six-week trial closure this summer.  But the Mayor says he won't discuss the matter until there's a hearing, and a spokesman for City Council Transportation Chair James Vacca says there's no room in the schedule for a hearing until September, at the earliest.

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Pedestrian Survey Wants To Get A Leg Up on Walking Data

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Pedestrians perambulating (photo by Kate Hinds)

(Kate Hinds - Transportation Nation) Hey, I'm walking here!

But where? And for how long? And why? That's exactly what a new survey wants to know.

Milczarski, who's a professor of urban planning at Hunter College in New York, is researching a book on pedestrians that he's planning to co-author with colleague Peter Tuckel, a Hunter College sociology professor. "It's all about behavior, attitudes, and motivation of people who walk," he said. So the pair needed data.

The nonprofit America Walks, is co-sponsoring the survey -- which has received about 5,400 responses to date.  It be up on the America Walks website until June 3rd. You can find it here.

We'll keep you up to date on the findings.

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TN Moving Stories: DC Metro to Shorten Station Names, and House GOP Wants To Privatize the Northeast Corridor

Friday, May 27, 2011

Cars heading toward the Holland Tunnel yesterday (photo by Kate Hinds)

Listeners have been texting the price of gas at the pump to The Takeaway. Today, TN's Andrea Bernstein discusses those findings.  (The Takeaway)

While exiting cap and trade program, NJ Governor Chris Christie pivots on Climate Change (WNYC's Empire Blog)

High gas prices won't be affecting holiday travel. (Marketplace)

House Republicans want to takeaway the Northeast Corridor from Amtrak, giving private investors the task of building and operating high-speed rail service between Washington and Boston. (Washington Post)

There may be less car owners in Manhattan, but real estate developers are betting that the wealthy will pay extra for in-house parking. (New York Times)

DC's Metro will be shortening station names. Names like U Street/African American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo or New York Avenue/Florida Avenue/Gallaudet University. (WAMU)

The Los Angeles Times debates the location of future subway stations -- and one participant protests his community's exclusion. "It is inconceivable to many of us who live, work and worship in South Los Angeles that the Crenshaw/LAX line would bypass the heart of the community."

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- DC's Metro unveils new LED signs...look familiar, NYkers? (link)

-- the new NY MTA website is easier to use -- unless you're mobile (link)

-- Christie pulls plug on NJ's greenhouse gas initiative (link)

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Cleveland's Fast Buses Earn Praise -- But Still Only Win the Bronze

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Cleveland's BRT, the HealthLine (photo by tracktwentynine via Flickr)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) A new study ranking America's top five bus rapid transit systems (BRT) gave Cleveland top marks -- but there's a lot of room for improvement.

That's according to the Institute for Transportation & Development Policy (ITDP), a non-governmental agency that plans transit systems for cities worldwide.

New York, which has "select bus service" in the Bronx and Manhattan, didn't even make the list. New York's SBS buses have some features of BRT, including off-board payment and designated lanes, but are missing others, including special BRT "stations" and lanes that are physically segregated from car lanes.

The other four cities with the best scores in the U.S. are Eugene (Oregon), Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Las Vegas.

The ITDP's scoring criteria awards more points to systems with off-vehicle fare collection, frequent service, physically separated lanes, lanes that use the center of the road, and platform-level boarding. The systems also earns points for integrating with other transit modes like subways and bike sharing stations.

According to the report, Bogota, Colombia, and Guangzhou, China are the only cities that earn a "gold" level ranking. All five American cities received bronze ratings.

"One problem in the United States is that no one really understands what BRT is," said Dani Simons, a spokesperson for the ITDP, who added that getting consistent a definition is important.

"We’re proposing a scoring system," she said, "along the lines of green building LEED standard." She said that a ranking system would not only help people understand bus rapid transit -- but spur cities to compete for the top ranked system.

The report also listed three BRT systems in the planning stages -- Chicago, San Francisco, and Montgomery County, Maryland -- that it says are worth watching.

You can read the ITDP's full report here or see it below.
ITDP Report

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TN Moving Stories: Feds Tell California It Can't Change Bullet Train Route, and NY Pol Wants Delivery Bike License Plates

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The DOT told California that it can't postpone the deadline to start construction of that state's $43 billion bullet train project --  or make changes to the route. (Los Angeles Times)

NYC's bus ridership is down, subway ridership is up; MTA says traffic congestion may be partially to blame. (Wall Street Journal)

Any officer suspected of ticket-fixing in the Bronx is being asked about it on the stand -- whether it's on a related case or not. (New York Times)

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a hearing today on how to boost rail service in the Northeast Corridor through private investment. (The Hill)

Jalopnik reports that one Austin resident found a baby owl perched on his bicycle tire.

Here's a good excuse for being late to work (photo by Adam Norwood via Jalopnik)

A New York City Councilman wants delivery bikes to have license plates. (NY Daily News)

KPCC chronicles efforts to make Beverly Hills bicycle-friendly.

Good writes that Texas is spending $4.4 billion to widen a 28-mile highway at the same time it's preparing to lay off 100,000 teachers.

Vancouver says it's on track to reach its goal of 45% of all trips into town being made by bike, foot or transit by 2020. (Vancouver Sun)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- thinking about taking your bike on a NY-area commuter rail this holiday weekend? Think again. (link)

-- as gas prices go up, so does ride sharing and transit use (link). And car sales go down (link).

-- the feds unveiled new fuel economy stickers (link)

-- the NY MTA's new website highlights transit apps (link)

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Government Unveils New Fuel Economy Labels

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

The New Fuel Economy Label is different for Gas, Electric and Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) This just in from the Department of Transportation.  TN has reported in the past on the quest for a new label, and it looks like the government has finally settled on one. The Department of Energy has posted an interactive image that let's you see the new label, which is different for electric, plug-in hybrid, and gas vehicles.

More analysis later; the press release from the DOT is below.

Keep scrolling to the bottom of the release for bullet points on what the new label offers.

[UPDATED] Below the release we've added a critical response from the Institute for Policy Integrity calling for letter grade labels.

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EPA, DOT Unveil the Next Generation of Fuel Economy Labels
New information underscores increased efficiency, fuel savings achieved under the Obama Administration’s historic national car rule

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today are unveiling new fuel economy labels that will help consumers take advantage of the increased efficiency standards achieved under the Obama Administration that will save families money at the pump starting this year. The new labels, which are the most dramatic overhaul to fuel economy labels since the program began more than 30 years ago, will provide more comprehensive fuel efficiency information, including estimated annual fuel costs, savings, as well as information on each vehicle’s environmental impact. The new labels underscore the benefits of the historic, bipartisan passenger car and truck fuel economy rule adopted under this administration by the EPA and DOT in 2010.

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TN Moving Stories: NYC's MetroCard Error Rate Is 20%, and Federal Way's Mayor Asks: Where is the Transportation Equity?

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Boston cabbies, resistant to accepting credit cards because of a processing fee, might be placated by taxi payment smartphone apps. (WBUR)

The New York Daily News reports that the odds of having to swipe a MetroCard more than once to get through the turnstile are one in five.

DC's city budget might not be that bad for transit. (Greater Greater Washington)

NYC police are writing 48% more bike tickets this year than they did last year. (NY Post)

Nick Rahall (a Democrat on the House Transportation Committee) wants to see an increase in the gas tax. (The Hill)

The Washington State city of Federal Way is considering legal action after the transit agency reneged on a promise to build light rail there. From Federal Way's Mayor: "When you're the largest city in King County not to have rail at the end of the day, and yet your city was asked in the Growth Management Act to take the most residential growth of King County and fewer jobs, people are starting to say 'where is the equity?" (Seattle Post Intelligencer)

Richmond began removing asphalt from a parking lot that had paved over a burial ground for slaves and free blacks. (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Want to ride in a bike lane, but there isn't one available? Create one via projection. (Video below via FastCompany.) Note: the embedding of this video in no way means that TN endorses riding your bike on sidewalks or on subway staircases.

The backlash to the Brookings' study on the best and worst places for transit has begun. (Atlantic)

Lebanon needs an efficient transit system, not subsidies for cabbies and truck drivers, argues one man. (The Daily Star)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- in Florida, it's 'walk at your own risk.' (link)

-- just how dangerous is walking in your neighborhood? (link)

-- In honor of Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, a list of his 10 best infrastructure songs (link)

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Bob Dylan's 10 Best Infrastructure Songs

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

(photo by Jeremy Chan/flickr)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation)  Few things make a writer happier when two seemingly disparate -- yet favorite -- subjects collide, and Eric Jaffe over at the blog The Infrastructurist achieved that today.  In honor of Bob Dylan's 70th birthday, Jaffe has put together a list of what he says are the singer's 10 best songs about infrastructure. Highways, levees and trains, oh my!

Know the ground rules before you read. From Jaffe's article: "Only those songs with direct titular and lyrical links to infrastructure were considered. So a number like “On the Road Again,” though nominally related to traveling, failed to crack the threshold because the song has everything to do with a repulsive household the narrator wishes to flee, and nothing to do with the course of the fleeing; similarly, a tune like the incomparable “Mississippi,” despite strong thematic ties to movement, fell outside the lines as well."

Read the story here.

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TN Moving Stories: Reauthorization Heats Up, Christie's Transpo Plan Vexes NJ Dems, and Today is Chrysler's "Payoff Day"

Monday, May 23, 2011

A sign at an intersection in Queens, NY (photo by wallyg/Flickr)

As Congress takes up transportation reauthorization, advocates are pushing for more safety for cyclists and pedestrians -- particularly older ones. (NPR)

WNYC's Jim O'Grady will be on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning to talk about his reporting on the barely used -- yet city-subsidized -- Yankees parking garage. Tune in at (about) 10:05 am -- FM 93.9, AM 820, and streaming live on wnyc.org.

A Congressman Nadler opinion piece in Politico about infrastructure funding calls on the federal government to "reverse the decline of their mass-transit systems."

NJ Governor Christie's transportation plan -- which borrows over $4 billion for roads, rails and bridges -- is vexing state Democrats. (AP via The Star-Ledger)

The US Attorney's office has opened an investigation into whether the lack of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs in New York City amounts to a violation of parts of the Americans With Disabilities Act. (NY Times)

Today is "payoff day" for Chrysler, as the automaker will wire the billions in loans that it owes to the governments of the US and Canada. (Detroit Free Press)

'Black boxes' may soon be mandatory for automobiles. (Wired/Autopia)

The NYC DOT will start studying Chinatown's parking this summer. (DNA Info)

Which country has the highest -- and lowest -- gas prices in the world? A Marketplace quiz reveals some surprises.

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- a church on Long Island is giving away bicycles to undocumented immigrants (link)

-- the New York State Senate passed a bill that would require some trucks to have special safety mirrors (link)

-- Maryland's Purple Line faces safety challenges (link)

-- the census says people move for housing (link)

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TN Moving Stories: BRT On The Rise -- But Not Everyone's a Fan; Mica Wants Reauthorization Bill ASAP

Monday, May 23, 2011

Select Bus Service on Manhattan's East Side (photo by Kate Hinds)

Bus rapid transit systems are on the rise, but not everyone is a fan. (Wall Street Journal, Globe and Mail)

Amtrak is seeking private investors for its Northeast Corridor high-speed rail line. (The Hill)

California's high-speed rail authority is disputing bills from Caltrain that are worth more than $108,000. (San Francisco Examiner)

Rep. John Mica's opinion piece in today's Politico: "Congress must act now" on transportation reauthorization legislation.

San Francisco's cabbies want their fares in cash instead of credit cards (Bay Citizen via New York Times). Meanwhile, NYC livery cab owners are fighting the city's outer-borough medallion plan (WNYC).

New York City Deputy Mayor Howard Wolfson, a supporter of the city's bike lanes, gives a reporter a taste of his two-wheeled commute. (New York Times)

Maryland's governor signed a bill forbidding a French government-operated company from competing to run that state's commuter trains, because of the company's activities during the Holocaust. (Washington Post)

The NY Daily News blames Mayor Bloomberg for not doing enough for the city's transit.

Boston unveils three electric car charging stations today. (Boston Herald)

Riders at two Brooklyn F and G train stations have their stations back -- for now. (WNYC)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- the Yankees' parking garage is losing money, plus it displaced a public park (link)

-- cab sharing on tap for this year's US Open (link)

-- bike commuting in Houston? You betcha. (link)

-- carpooling in Houston? Yep, especially as gas prices fluctuate (link)

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TN Moving Stories: China Halts HSR Line, Atlanta's Suburbs May Finally Be Ready to Accept Mass Transit, and Happy Bike To Work Day

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bike to Work Day, 2010 (photo by greenperalta/Flickr)

Today is Bike to Work Day.

Atlanta's suburbs may finally be ready to embrace mass transit. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

China halted work on a high-speed rail line due to environmental concerns.  (Wall Street Journal)

The Guardian has an enormous amount of data about Britain's train stations. (The Guardian)

GM will increase Volt production, and plans to close a plant for a month to prepare. (AutoBlog)

Hear TN's Andrea Bernstein talk about how gasoline prices are affecting driving behavior on The Takeaway (and don't forget to participate in our survey on how gas prices affect YOU.)

Toronto's mayor is set to unveil his bike lane plan. (The Star)

New York City approved an increase in fines for cab drivers who break a wide range of rules — from being caught using a cell phone while driving to refusing to accept a credit card. (WNYC)

Food trucks -- so popular on the coasts -- are hitting legal roadblocks in the Midwest. (Changing Gears)

The DDOT won't be available to fill potholes after Saturday's 'Rapture.' (Fox News)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- The Yankees paved paradise and put up a parking lot -- with public money (link)

-- it's not gas prices you have to worry about in Montana, it's snow...even in May (link)

-- NYC's dollar van program, meant to replace cut bus lines, is a total bust (link)

-- SF wants to make its taxis more efficient (link)

-- public transportation: it's good for you (link)

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Public Transportation is Good For You: Study

Thursday, May 19, 2011

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) If New Yorkers took fuller advantage of the city's public transit system, bike lanes, and sidewalks, they'd be healthier. That's the message behind a report released today by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.

Health Benefits of Active Transportation in New York City states that "one in eight deaths annually among New Yorkers aged 30 and over could be prevented with more physical activity." While the report covers the personal health benefits of "active transportation" (defined as "self-propelled" methods like walking, bicycling, jogging, and in-line skating), it also underscores the importance of public transportation. Some highlights:

  • On average, people who walk or bike to work get more than an hour of active transportation time daily.
  • New Yorkers who walk or bike to work get more than 40 minutes more combined transportation and recreation physical activity per day than those who use a personal car or taxi.
  • New Yorkers who take public transportation for most of their commute get almost half an hour more daily combined transportation and recreation physical activity than those who use a personal car or taxi.

Thomas Farley, the commissioner of the city's Department of Health, said how you commute can make a big difference. "If you simply walk to work, run errands 20 to 30 minutes a day," he said, "you can reduce your diabetes risk by 30%, and reduce your risk of premature death by 20%."

You can read the report highlights here (pdf), or see the full report below.

Pr 009- 11 Active Transportation

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