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Kate Hinds

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TN Moving Stories: NJ Transit in the Hot Seat, the NYPD is Watching Straphangers, and Climate Week NYC

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

The NYPD is monitoring 500 subway cameras, 24/7. (WNYC)

Houston's Metro has been criticized for a lack of transparency.  So it's now streaming board meetings live. (KUHF)

The New York Times wrote an editorial that's critical of the Koch brothers efforts to overturn California's clean energy law on the November ballot.

NJ Transit officials are in the hot seat for bad service this summer. Just how bad? "We encountered a series of events that caused 1,400 delays," says the executive director. (Asbury Park Press)

Also in New Jersey: the money that had been allocated for the rail tunnel under the Hudson River may be used to shore up the Transportation Trust Fund. (Star Ledger)

It's like magic: with a wave of your hand, you can ride the San Francisco Muni for free. D'OH! (San Francisco Weekly)

New York's state Public Transportation Safety Board wants subway motormen to have an early warning system to reduce track deaths. (NY Daily News)

And just in time for the UN General Assembly: it's Climate Week NYC, a series of events focused on global warming.

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Capital Bikeshare Launches, But Who Will Be Sharing The Bikes?

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

(Washington, DC — David Schultz, WAMU) A new regional bike sharing program launches today. Riders can rent a bicycle for a few hours at several dozen stations in D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Marti Reinfeld is a big BikeShare fan. She can now easily make short trips within the city, instead of having to commute in all the way from home. "I can ride it in a skirt and heels - that's what I'm most excited about - so I don't have to change after work to ride my bike," she says.  Ed Neugent says - as he rides one of the red and yellow BikeShare bikes - he'll use the service to get to work meetings. "Sometimes our meetings are held in other buildings and a lot of times we can probably hop on a bike and go to the meeting if we can't get a vehicle to travel. Plus, it's a good form of exercise too," he says.

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TN Moving Stories: Nassau County and the MTA Play Chicken, and Biking over the Eastern Continental Divide

Monday, September 20, 2010

Are we finally ready to become pod people? Personal rapid transit systems, or P.R.T.s, are being piloted in London, jealously eyed by San Jose.  "Just get in the car, punch in a destination and the pod car travels directly there without stopping at other stations along the way." (New York Times)

Philadelphia's SEPTA wants to capture the energy made by braking subway cars. (Philadelphia Business Journal)

Alexandria considers add-on tax to fund transportation projects. (WAMU)

Second Avenue Sagas writes: "Yet again, a conflict between Nassau County and the MTA is boiling over, and officials on both sides of the table are digging in for a great game of chicken."

The Allegheny Trail Alliance wants "roll-on/roll-off" service for bikers who use Amtrak's Pittsburgh-to-DC line. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)  Alternatively, you could just bike the whole 300 miles.

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The Jonas Brothers Want Teens To Take the Pledge

Friday, September 17, 2010

The Jonas Brothers appear in a video urging young drivers to pledge to "X the TXT" -- an Allstate-funded campaign to stop texting while driving.   Sample comment on the Facebook page: i took the pledge even tho i cant legally drive yett!! ♥

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TN Moving Stories: Oil Boom Agony and Ecstasy, CA drivers still texting despite ban, and old NYC Subway Cars Walk the Plank

Friday, September 17, 2010

California drivers are still texting while behind the wheel. At approximately twice the rate they were texting before the state ban went into affect last year. (Los Angeles Times)  Meanwhile, a battle is shaping up over a ballot initiative that would suspend that state's stringent greenhouse gas emissions rules. (New York Times)

Oil boom in North Dakota drives up revenue -- and rents. (Minnesota Public Radio)

BART votes to approve the Oakland Airport Connector.  Again.  (SF Streetsblog)

Shareholders of United and Continental Airlines vote today on the proposed merger.  (Marketplace)

Where do old NYC subway cars go?  Hint: their passengers now include black sea bass and flounder. WNYC takes a look at a photo exhibit of their watery graves.

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Maryland Race Could Put Transit Projects On The Line

Thursday, September 16, 2010

(Washington, DC — Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Funding for some high-profile public transit projects could be on the line in Maryland's upcoming race for governor.

Now that former governor Bob Ehrlich has defeated Tea Party favorite Brian Murphy for the GOP nomination, battle lines may forming around transit projects in Baltimore and in the Maryland suburbs around Washington, DC.

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TN Moving Stories: Taking on Railroad Pricing, Colorado Highways Tip Into the "poor" column, and X Prize Marks the Fuel-Efficient Spot

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Do railroads have too much pricing power over farmers? Some say yes, and the head of the federal Surface Transportation Board says he's considering new rules governing freight rail pricing. (Wall Street Journal)

A penny for your thoughts: most Fulton County mayors say they support a one-cent sales tax to fund transportation. But since the referendum is two years away, let the legislative games begin! (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Streetsblog takes a look at three "transit villains" who went down in this week's New York primary. Meanwhile, the New York Times wonders if Eric Schneiderman's past as a public-interest lawyer suing the MTA will win him votes in November.

X Prize marks the fuel-efficient spot: three teams split $10 million prize to create fuel efficient cars. (NPR)  Hey, one of the winners is from Virginia!  (WAMU)

For the first time since state transportation officials began documenting road conditions, more than half of all Colorado's DOT-maintained highways are in poor condition. (Denver Post)

New Yorkers, get your lawn chairs and astroturf and prepare to reclaim some parking spaces: Park(ing) Day NYC is tomorrow. Click here to find a Park(ing) spot.

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Shallow Waters Tarred With Deepwater Brush

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

(Houston — Wendy Siegle, KUHF)   There may be a moratorium on deepwater drilling, but that doesn't mean the Gulf of Mexico's shallow waters are immune from stricter regulation. More stringent rules mean the federal government is now taking longer to grant permits to operate in the shallow waters, and drillers aren't pleased.

(Oil Rigs near Huntington Beach/Aaron Logan)

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Michigan's (Bridge) Commitment Issues

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

(Detroit - Noah Ovshinsky, WDET) -  The proposed second bridge crossing between Detroit and Windsor has been in limbo in recent months. The legislation that essentially authorizes the project--commonly called the DRIC (Detroit River International Crossing)--is stalled in the state senate. Critics say the bridge is unneeded and too expensive. But in Ontario, the project is moving full steam ahead--even though its U.S. partner has yet to commit.

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TN Moving Stories: Bike-Themed Restaurants, On-The-Go EV Charging, and Trans-Hudson Tunnel Update

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Who halted the Trans-Hudson tunnel?  NJ Governor Christie owns up, says: "If I can't pay for it, then we'll have to consider other options." (Newark Star-Ledger)

Cash for Clunkers...a clunker?  Two economists say that the spending program failed to achieve the desired economic boost.  (Freakonomics/New York Times)

The effect of the program on auto purchases was significantly more short-lived than previously suggested. We also find no evidence of an effect on employment, house prices, or household default rates in cities with higher exposure to the program.

One Wisconsin restaurateur hopes to start the "bike restaurant movement" in Madison.  Bike-themed Velo Bahn to open next year, replete with locally produced food...and indoor bike parking.  (Wisconsin State Journal)

Say your electric car runs out of juice while you're driving.  When you call roadside assistance, will they have a way to boost your battery?  One company has developed what it says is "on-the-go EV charging." (Fast Company)

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TX Lieutenant Gov: State DOT Needs to Fix Relationships -- and Roads

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

(Houston — Wendy Siegle, KUHF)  Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was in Houston today to discuss the state of Texas transportation. He says the Texas Department of Transportation needs to make some serious changes if it wants to tackle the state's congestion problems.  While Dewhurst gave some praise to the Texas Department of Transportation, he also had some harsh words for the agency.  “I’ve never seen a state agency in my seven and half years as Lieutenant Governor that has such poor public relations with the legislature, and most Texans.”

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TN Moving Stories: Time is Money on one California Highway, and DC Metro's Show and Tell

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Virginia residents get their first look at the plans to build a new Metro line out to Dulles Airport. (WAMU) Meanwhile, Metro shows off how it plans to spend some of its $202 million in federal stimulus dollars: 48 new hybrid buses and expanding transit services for the disabled. (Washington Post)

But maybe DC transit should talk to Boston: the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's new hybrid buses haven't quelled riders' discontent with overall service. (Boston Globe)

The New York City MTA held its first public hearing about the upcoming fare hikes. Perhaps unsurprisingly, attendees seem to skew towards being...unsupportive. (WNYC)

Crowdsourcing roadkill: one university in California is trying to gauge the impact of vehicles on wildlife. (New York Times)

Time is money, especially on I-680: starting next week, California begins piloting a program that would allow drivers to pay to drive in a traffic-free lane. (KALW)

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FTA: Houston's Metro Broke Federal Laws

Thursday, September 09, 2010

(Houston, TX – Wendy Siegle - KUHF)  It’s been four months since the Federal Transit Administration launched its investigation into METRO's procurement practices. The results of the inquiry are in, and it doesn’t look good for the Houston transit agency. FTA officials say METRO violated both federal purchasing laws and Buy America requirements when it handed over two light rail contracts to a Spanish rail car vendor. FTA Administrator Peter Rogoff called METRO’s purchasing process “alarming and disturbing” in letter he delivered in person to Houston Mayor Annise Parker and METRO officials.

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Label Debate: Letters vs. Numbers

Wednesday, September 08, 2010

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Another start to another school year, another debate about grading systems. So it's a good time for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to unveil proposed changes to fuel economy labels.

The current label --which hasn't received a major overhaul for decades-- lists estimated miles per gallon for city and highway driving, the estimated annual fuel cost, and how the vehicle's fuel economy compares to other vehicles. What the government says it lacks is a way to take new technology into account. So the United States Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency have jointly announced plans to revamp the label, which would theoretically be displayed on new cars beginning in 2012.

The agencies have laid out two options, and they're taking public comment on them (click through to see labels)

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The 2010-11 School Year Kicks Off with Very Short Week for Students

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

City teachers went back to work Tuesday and spent their morning going over memos and setting up their classrooms. Students start Wednesday but then won't come back to school until the following Monday because of the Jewish holidays.

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Moving Stories: European Transit Unions Strike, and All Aboard the Quiet Car

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Is this the first of the UK's "austerity strikes?"  London Underground workers begin a series of 24-hour strikes.   (Marketplace).  Meanwhile, across the channel, French transit employees are also striking.  (NPR)

Shhhh:  NJ Transit launches "quiet car" pilot program.  Put down the cell phones, commuters.  (Star Ledger)

New York's construction industry likes the president's $50 billion infrastructure plan.  Republicans, not so much.  (WNYC)

The Federal Aviation Administration is mulling over the National Transportation Safety Board's request to require children under two years old to have their own seats.  (AP)

Camden Yards fans aren't riding the rails to get to the stadium -- which isn't helping Baltimore achieve its light rail passenger goals.   (WTOP)

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All the Buzz: Citizen Scientists Watch Bees on the High Line

Thursday, August 12, 2010

The Great Pollinator Project aims to get members of the public — “citizen scientists” in Great Pollinator parlance — to observe bees and report what they see and where they see it. The project then uses that data to determine how bees are affected by habitat and land use.

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TN Moving Stories: Drunken Boating on Decline in NJ; TWU to run dollar van service in Park Slope

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Seattle may create transportation taxing district (Seattle Times)

Transit Workers Union to run dollar-van service in Brooklyn (Wall Street Journal)

Early findings from government investigation into runaway Toyotas shows no electronic problems (AP)

Idaho's congressional delegation supports heavier trucks on interstates -- despite new study showing that trucks aren't shouldering their share of highway costs (Idaho Statesman)

T party: Boston's MBTA comes in under budget this fiscal year (Metro Boston)

Drunken boating makes steep decline in New Jersey; strict penalties and mandatory water-safety course credited with change (Press of Atlantic City)

Bus drivers in Korea demand safety measures; threaten boycott following explosion of  Seoul bus running on compressed natural gas (Korea Herald)

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TN Moving Stories: Fuzzy Dice not necessarily distracting, but anti-Mosque ads on city buses probably will be

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Mosque controversy coming soon to a bus near you: NYC's MTA approves ads opposing the construction of a mosque near Ground Zero (New York Times)

Portugal gives itself a clean energy makeover--but is it sustainable?  (New York Times)

CT State Supreme Court rules on vehicle ornaments, says police need a higher threshold when it comes to determining how distracting fuzzy dice are.   (Hartford Courant)

City Limits deconstructs the cause and effect of NYC's transit funding crisis.

Bergen County (NJ) police receive grant to target aggressive drivers (The Record)

Williamsburg "vigilante" says he's fed up with bikes parked everywhere, says "no bike is safe" and promises to continue gluing bike locks in his neighborhood. (Brooklyn Paper)

Massachusetts graphic designer imagines subway lines in places without public transportation. All aboard the Martha's Vineyard T!  (WBUR)

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Unpaving Paradise To Put Up A Park

Thursday, August 05, 2010

Transportation Nation's own Andrea Bernstein guest-hosted today's Brian Lehrer Show. One of the segments talked about plans to demolish the Sheridan Expressway, reconnect local streets, and use the expressway's land for open green space and affordable housing. The plan is controversial -- especially with WNYC's listeners. Can Steve, a truck driver from West Babylon who drives through the Bronx a couple of times a week, be won over? Listen below! (And keep your ears peeled for Steve, who calls in about 12 minutes in.)

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