Kate Hinds

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Snapshot | Lighthouse Under the GWB

Monday, July 18, 2011

A little red lighthouse in the shadow of the George Washington Bridge on Saturday.


TN MOVING STORIES: Carmageddon Ends Early, Cuomo Mum On Taxi Bill, And How Las Vegas Transit Compares to Other Cities

Monday, July 18, 2011

One Angelenos' Carmageddon is another's bike rapture (Photo: (cc) Flickr user Waltarrrrr)


Los Angeles's weekend-long freeway closing finished early -- and is already being mourned by some Angelenos. "I wish they would do it every weekend,"said one. (Los Angeles Times)

DC Metro's escalators don't work well in the rain. And by "well" we mean "at all." (WAMU)

How Las Vegas's transit options compare to other similar cities. (Las Vegas Sun)

Panhandling arrests are up in the NYC subway. (New York Daily News)

Less than a year after Atlanta was awarded a $47 million federal grant to carve a 2.6-mile streetcar route through the heart of downtown, the check is now in the mail. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

NY Governor Andrew Cuomo is not saying whether he'll sign the NYC outer borough taxi legislation. (New York Times)

Airlines are trying to entice customers to spend more money on extras. (Marketplace)

New Mexico is building a spaceport for commercial space flights. (NPR)

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TN MOVING STORIES: Making DC More Ped-Friendly, Roil in the Mass DOT, and Faster Airport Screenings?

Friday, July 15, 2011

Yarn-bombed tricycle on Prince Street, Manhattan (Photo by Kate Hinds)

How to make the DC area more pedestrian-friendly: discuss. (Kojo Nnamdi Show/WAMU)

The TSA will pilot an expedited security screening program this fall (Atlanta Journal Constitution.)  Meanwhile, Donald Rumsfeld got the pat-down treatment at Chicago's O'Hare (MSNBC)

Another Massachusetts transportation secretary is quitting. "No other Cabinet position has had as much turnover," writes the Boston Globe.

TN's Matt Dellinger talked carmageddon on The Takeaway; listen to the conversation below!

Iowa Senator Tom Harkin wants an ADA-compliant Taxi of Tomorrow. (New York Daily News)

New York is adding surveillance cameras to 341 more buses. (NY1)

Streetsblog looks at emails about the Prospect Park West bike lane, says the only people referring to the lane as a "trial" were the lane's opponents, not the DOT or city officials.

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TN MOVING STORIES: Privatizing Amtrak Could Violate Constitution, First All-Electric Vehicle Car Share Will Debut in San Diego, and Airport Lounges for Everyone

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Amtrak's Acela train (photo by Kate Hinds)

Privatizing Amtrak could violate a clause in the Fifth Amendment. (The Hill)

Detroit's Mayor and the City Council are at odds over which agency will supervise the city's light rail project. (Detroit Free Press)

Airport lounges for everyone...who want to pay a small fee. (Wall Street Journal)

The country's first all-electric-vehicle car sharing program will debut in San Diego later this year. (San Diego Union-Tribune)

Toronto's city council voted to remove a bike lane. (Toronto Star)

The head of the New York City Council's transportation committee wants regular reviews of the city's Bike Master Plan. (NY1)

NYC's chief digital officer will be on today's Brian Lehrer Show to talk about the MTA's transit app development contest. (WNYC)

Today is Railroad Day on Capitol Hill -- rail lobbyists unite! (Progressive Railroading)

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LAST CHANCE: Got Questions for Ray LaHood, TN Readers?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DOT secretary Ray LaHood (photo courtesy of US DOT)

TONIGHT'S THE DEADLINE: US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood does a monthly Q&A video series called "On the Go" -- and for his July episode, he's inviting questions from Transportation Nation readers. To ask him a question, you can:

  • Post questions on the Secretary's Facebook page
  • Tweet using the #q4ray hashtag
  • Leave a comment on the Secretary’s blog, or
  • Leave a comment on this page
  • Please post/tweet your questions until 11:59pm, Wednesday, July 13. He will choose three or four to respond to and tape his answers later in the month. And let him know that we sent you - write 'TN' at the end of your question.  We'll post his video when it's available.




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    Car-Free Central Park, NYC Bike Share, and Weekend Subway Ridership: Your Urban Transit Roundup

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    Andrea Bernstein and Brian Lehrer in the WNYC studio, apparently all Hipstamatic print'd out

    A car-free Central Park is not a new idea, but it's been gathering momentum in recent months. TN's Andrea Bernstein talks to WNYC's Brian Lehrer about a host of city transit issues: cars in parks, urban transit policy in other countries, New York''s upcoming bike share program, the boom in weekend subway ridership -- and takes calls from listeners.  Is David from Queens  right -- does Mayor Michael Bloomberg have a "War on Cars"?  Listen to the conversation below!

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    TN MOVING STORIES: Amtrak Projects Record Year, Seattle Residents Protest Transit Cuts, and a Look At the New Fulton Transit Center

    Wednesday, July 13, 2011

    An open skylight at the Fulton Transit Center (Photo by Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

    Amtrak projects that it will top 30 million passengers for the first time this year, setting a ridership record for the national passenger rail service. (The Hill)

    WNYC took a sneak peek at the construction going on at the Fulton Transit Center and got some fantastic pictures.

    Fairfax County (VA) might be on board with the Dulles Metrorail compromise plan floated by DOT head Ray LaHood. (WAMU)

    If you're planning on bidding on naming rights for a Boston T stop, tomorrow's your deadline. (WBUR)

    A whole lot of riders showed up in Seattle to protest transit cuts. (Seattle Times)

    The DOT will be testing how drivers react to "connected vehicles"--cars with technology that allows them to communicate with each other, as well as infrastructure nearby. (FastLane)

    The Washington Post wrote an editorial on the politics surrounding the displacement of DC's transportation committee chair. "(Residents) should worry about lost momentum on transportation issues and the message that sends to the city’s regional Metro partners."

    TN's Andrea Bernstein talks NYC transit on today's Brian Lehrer Show. (WNYC)

    One car-free resident of Los Angeles is not getting worked up about carmageddon. (Marketplace)

    How to get a count of the number of women using New York City's bike lanes? Stand there with a clicker.  (New York Times)

    Manhattan's Community Board 7 hosted a discussion about Central Park's shared bike paths, but didn't take an official position. (DNA Info)

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    Janette Sadik-Khan Subpoenaed in Brooklyn Bike Lane Suit

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Sign on Brooklyn's Prospect Park West bike lane (Kate Hinds)

    Opponents suing New York City over a bike lane on Brooklyn's Prospect Park West have made good on their threat to issue subpoenas, and they want a host of city officials - including New York City Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Brooklyn City Council member Brad Lander -- to appear in court.

    Jim Walden, the attorney representing Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes/Seniors for Safety, sent out an email on Monday that read: "The City is trying to avoid litigation on a technicality, which is based on a lie. After having told the public and various elected officials the bike lane was a trial project, the City now makes the incredible claim the lane was permanent all along, and that our suit was filed too late. The City is desperately trying to avoid litigating the merits of our suit because it cannot justify its misuse of data and failure to conduct a proper safety study."

    The New York City Law Department confirmed the  today that the DOT commissioner had been subpoenaed, along with four other people at the agency: Jon Orcutt, Christopher Hrones, Ryan Russo, and Josh Benson.

    The city's attorney, Mark Muschenheim, said in a statement that "an evidentiary hearing is not warranted in this type of case. We will move to quash the subpoena, and are confident that our motion will be granted. Moreover, the documents filed with the court provide ample information for a decision to be made on the lawsuit's merits, and we believe that after a review of this record the court will support the City's actions."

    The statement went on to say there's a chance the judge in the case, Justice Bert Bunyan, will forbid testimony.

    Walden had previously sought a delay in court proceedings so he could receive and review documents from additional Freedom of Information Law requests. The justice in the case denied Walden's request. The next date in the court case is July 20.




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    Bloomberg on Car-Free Central Park: Banning Cars Wouldn't Make Much of a Difference

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Mayor Michael Bloomberg (photo by Spencer T. Tucker)

    Legislation banning cars from Central Park's loop drives has not exactly won full-throated support from the Bloomberg Administration since being introduced earlier this year. While a number of local community boards have endorsed the idea of a pilot ban this summer, an article in today's New York Times said City Hall was resisting the idea, as Transportation Nation previously reported.  And at a press conference today, the mayor was asked about it. Here's a transcript of the exchange:

    Reporter: about banning cars in Central Park for the summer - (inaudible -- the agency) said there are no immediate plans. Can you comment?

    Mayor Bloomberg: Miss, I think you're just totally ill-informed. The roads where they're talking about we have banned cars for ninety percent of the time already. So we're really only talking about ten percent. We are doing studies, I've talked to the commissioner, yesterday I think it was, she's doing a study. Until we can really understand the traffic patterns and the effect it will have we're just not going to go and rush to do it. I understand why you don't want to have traffic in front of your house, or where you're bicycling, or where you're walking, but there are other people who need the roads to get where they're going to go, and you just can't willy-nilly say 'oh, let's just ban them without doing the real scientific research.' We have data in this day and age, particularly  because of taxis with GPS, to do some real studies. But in the end, we've already -- and we've done it a long time ago -- banned ninety percent of the cars from the roads that are in question. And so we're really talking about -- this is something, it's much of an issue that...it would not make that big a difference.  And we're not going to do it unless it turns out to be a good thing. I don't think anybody should question our Department of Transportation's or this administration's willingness to to try new things with cars, bicycles, pedestrians, we've tried to be very innovative, creative, and run risks. But every one of those things we did with real data. Sometimes the data can be misleading, in the end, and you go back. But the responsible thing is to do exactly what our transportation commissioner is doing.

    Question: some people say it's hypocritical for a mayor who calls himself "bike Mike" to not ban cars from all of Central Park.

    Mayor Bloomberg: By that argument we should ban cars from coming into the city totally. I don't think you can do that. Yes, I'm in favor of multiple ways to get around - bicycles are one of them, walking is one of them, taking mass transit is a very important one - and driving cars. What we really need to do is have a disincentive to bring your car into the city and enhance the monies available for improving mass transit. And if somebody could come up with a plan that could do that, like maybe charging people to come in the city and using the money to help the MTA - you have to go to Albany. Maybe they've heard that before.

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    Cuomo On Texting While Driving Bill: Sometimes You Need to Enforce Common Sense

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    Governor Andrew Cuomo (photo by Kate Hinds)

    New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law a bill that strengthens enforcement against drivers who use handheld devices behind the wheel.

    The new law makes using electronic devices while driving a primary traffic offense -- meaning that a driver doesn't need to be stopped for another offense in order to be ticketed.  As the governor put it: "If you are seen by a police officer with a device, a handheld device, any flavor, any electronic device, that is illegal."

    The penalty for violating the law will be three points and a $150 fine.

    The bill also increases the penalty for using cell phones from two to three points on a driver's license.

    Thirty-four states, as well as the District of Columbia and Guam already make texting while driving a primary violation.

    Speaking Tuesday at the Jacob Javits Convention Center with a backdrop of police cars, a highway sign, state troopers, and the family of a texting-while-driving victim, Cuomo said he knew the lure that electronics have, particularly for younger drivers.  He called texting while driving a relatively recent phenomenon - "my generation, we had two cans and a string connected, that was communication for us" -- but added that drivers need to understand how critical it is to pay attention while driving.

    He added: "It is common sense -- but sometimes you need law enforcement, and you need laws, to remind society of common sense and enforce common sense. And that's what today is all about."


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    TN MOVING STORIES: SEPTA Needs Billions to Reach State of Good Repair, NY Holds Transit Data App Contest, and Europe Eyes Flying Cars

    Tuesday, July 12, 2011

    With stations and bridges that date back more than 100 years, Philly's SEPTA needs $4.2 billion to reach a state of good repair. (Philadelphia Daily News)

    New York's MTA is releasing more data to app developers, with a competition as enticement. (AM NY)

    Will high-speed rail finally end Britain's north/south divide? (BBC)

    Elected officials on Manhattan's Upper West Side criticize the city for not swiftly fixing an intersection dubbed "the bowtie of death." (DNA Info)

    Metro North wants to turn some Westchester train stations into retail and dining spots. (Wall Street Journal)

    Why won't New York City test-drive car-free Central Park? (New York Times)

    The first batch of data is in from San Francisco's SFpark program that ties parking meter rates to demand. Bottom line: some meter rates will go down, some will stay the same, some will increase. (San Francisco Chronicle)

    Carmageddon update: contractors working on this weekend's Los Angeles freeway project will be penalized $6,000 for every 10 minutes they are late. (Los Angeles Times)

    Flying car update: the European Union is investing $6 million to research the potential of Personal Aerial Vehicles (PAVs) for Europe’s most crowded cities. (SmartPlanet)


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    TN MOVING STORIES: More Roads Lead to More Traffic, Black Women Bike DC, and London's Bike Share, A Year Later

    Monday, July 11, 2011

    A recent study says that building more roads leads to ... more traffic. And more transit doesn't relieve traffic congestion.  (NPR)

    New York's subways attract almost as many riders on weekends as they do during the work week -- but fewer trains and planned maintenance lead to insanely crowded cars. (New York Times)

    The Republican's plan to privatize Amtrak and the Northeast Corridor could leave NJ Transit vulnerable to fare hikes. (Daily Record)

    WAMU looks at how the House's transportation budget would affect the DC region.

    The UAW wants to organize a foreign automaker, labor leader says union's future hinges upon it: "I don't think there's a long-term future for the UAW, I really don't." (Detroit Free Press)

    A look at London's bike share system, which is almost a year old. "The bikes make 20,000 journeys a day, but in a relentlessly predictable pattern, with huge spikes during the morning rush hour at the major rail stations and then again, in reverse, as commuters dash back to catch their evening trains." (The Guardian)

    Black women take their place in DC's bike lanes -- and encourage others to join them. (Washington Post)

    Residents, police and business owners want Bolt Bus booted from West 33rd Street. (DNA Info)

    The mayor of Birmingham wants to create a tourist transit system to transport visitors to downtown hotels and attractions like the zoo, Vulcan Park and the botanical gardens. (Birmingham News)

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    TN MOVING STORIES: Reaction to Republican Transpo Bill, Auto Towns Adding Jobs, and Chicago Will Have One Transit Card To Rule Them All

    Friday, July 08, 2011

    By 2015, the Chicago region's three transit agencies will have a universal transit card system. (Chicago Tribune)

    Atlanta whittled down its transportation wish-list -- but still has more cutting to do. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

    Where are the jobs in the US? In auto manufacturing towns. (Marketplace)

    More about the Republicans transportation bill in the Washington Post and the Los Angeles Times.

    The New York Post reacts strongly to the new bike lanes being constructed on Manhattan's East Side.

    Monthly parking in Manhattan is the most expensive in the country. (AP via WFUV)

    This morning at 11am, you can watch the final shuttle launch (weather permitting) -- and chat about it -- at WNYC.

    Check out this bike safety-lighting idea. (Greater Greater Washington)

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    GOP Proposes Six Year, $230 Billion Transportation Bill

    Thursday, July 07, 2011

    The much-awaited GOP transportation bill is finally out.  At $230 billion, it's far less than the $500 billion or so that transportation advocates once hoped for, and Democrats are already slamming it for "cutting over 600,000 jobs." The bill appears to retain the 80/20 highway-to-transit ratio of previous bills.  Our full story is here;  if you want to dig in yourself, you can click here for a pdf version of the House Republican's transportation reauthorization proposal.

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    TN MOVING STORIES: Dueling Transportation Bills Released in House, Senate; US and Mexico Reach Cross-Border Trucking Deal, and LA Girds for "Carmageddon"

    Wednesday, July 06, 2011

    Dueling transportation bills will be rolled out today in both the House and the Senate. (Wall Street Journal)

    The U.S. and Mexican governments reached an accord to resolve a 15-year cross-border trucking dispute. (The Takeaway)

    The Twin Cities' transit system is facing a fare increase -- and a round of cuts. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

    Metro Atlanta is in for a reality check today when the Atlanta Regional Commission chops the region's $22.9 billion wish list of transportation projects in half. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

    New York City won't test-drive a ban on cars in Central Park -- despite local community board support. (New York Daily News)

    Officials broke ground on what will be Los Angeles County's first freeway toll lanes, the idea being that drivers will be willing to pay significant sums to avoid rush-hour traffic.  (Los Angeles Times)

    Meanwhile, Los Angeles girds itself for the coming "carmageddon." (New York Times)

    Some major US companies are leaving the suburbs and relocating their headquarters in cities. (Marketplace)

    A flying car -- or "roadable aircraft," whichever you prefer -- has gotten regulatory clearance from the federal government. Watch the video below to see it in action -- folding wings and all. (Wall Street Journal)

    Crafters: knit your own bike basket.

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    Brooklyn Bike Lane Case: Judge Denies Request for Adjournment

    Wednesday, July 06, 2011

    Brooklyn's Prospect Park West bike lane (photo by Kate Hinds)

    The bike lane on Brooklyn's Prospect Park West will be back in court this month -- not September.

    According to a spokeswoman for the New York City Law Department, the judge hearing the case denied a request by Neighbors for Better Bike Lanes/Seniors for Safety to adjourn for another two months. NBBL's attorney, Jim Walden, had asked for more time to process additional Freedom of Information Law requests.

    Walden had no comment on the judge's decision. The next court date in the case is July 20.

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    Republicans to Introduce Transportation Reauthorization Bill Tomorrow

    Wednesday, July 06, 2011

    House Republicans will formally introduce their surface reauthorization bill Thursday.

    Transportation and Infrastructure Committee chair John Mica (R - Florida) is scheduled to unveil the bill at 11am. It's being broadcast live via webcast on the committee's web page.

    Democrat Barbara Boxer, who heads the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee, said today that the Republican plan would cost Americans hundreds of thousands of jobs.

    Earlier this year, President Obama proposed a six-year, $556 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill. No word yet on a dollar amount for the House bill, but some reports said Republicans will propose cutting funding for highways and transit by one-third.



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    White House Names New Director of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers

    Wednesday, July 06, 2011

    Jay Williams (photo courtesy of the City of Youngstown)

    The White House's efforts to rebuild the auto industry have a new leader.

    Jay Williams, the current mayor of Youngstown, Ohio -- an factory town near a General Motors assembly plant  -- will be the director of a revamped Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers.

    According to a press release, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis made the announcement today in Flint, Michigan. The auto recovery office is part of the US Department of Labor.

    In June 2009, President Obama created the White House Council on Automotive Communities and Workers and the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. The post of director had been vacant since the previous head left last year. Jay Williams takes the helm on August 8.

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    NYC DOT Begins Building New First and Second Avenue Bike Lanes North of 34th Street

    Wednesday, July 06, 2011


    Work began Tuesday on a pair of bike lanes on Manhattan's First and Second Avenues.

    According to a flyer distributed by the New York City Department of Transportation, a parking-protected bicycle path and left-turn lanes at intersections is being installed on First Avenue between East 34th and East 49th Streets. Further north to 57th Street, a shared bicycle lane is being marked. And on Second Avenue from 34th to 59th Streets, a shared lane is being marked.

    There are existing bike lanes on both avenues below 34th Street. (A pdf of the city's biking network is here.)

    According to the DOT, the project will take about two months. Right now crews are working on markings to create the new bike path and route on First Avenue. Work will then move to Second Avenue, though there will be times when work crews will be on both avenues simultaneously. Parking regulations have been updated at some locations and additional hours for commercial parking were created along the corridor.

    You can see the NYC DOT's flyer on the new bike lanes here.

    You can read more TN coverage about First and Second Avenue bike lanes here and here.

    TN readers: got any photos of the work in progress? Email them to us at transponation (at) gmail.com

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    TN MOVING STORIES: House Republicans to Present Transportation Bill, MBTA Considers Audio Ads, and Cincinnati Eyeing Battery-Powered Streetcars

    Wednesday, July 06, 2011

    House Republicans are expected to present a long-term transportation bill that will cut funding for highways and mass transit by almost one third. (Washington Post)

    A public-private partnership in Michigan, formed to upgrade a bridge between Detroit and Canada, has devolved into a lawsuit. (Marketplace)

    Detroit's Ambassador Bridge (Ryan Bayne/Flickr)

    Want to make a city more bike-friendly? Make its transit system bike friendly, too. (New York Times)

    Cincinnati may adopt a battery-powered streetcar system. (Cincinnati.com)

    The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is considering selling audio ads on transit that would be triggered by GPS technology. When the bus passes a particular business, an ad for that shop could play over the vehicle’s loudspeaker.(Boston Globe)

    The White House will announce today that the mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, will be appointed the new director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers. (Detroit Free Press)

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