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Who Regulates Chinatown Buses?

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) A second fatal bus crash in as many days has sparked renewed calls for increased regulation and safety oversight on so-called Chinatown buses. There just isn't that much oversight to begin with now.

The ...

TN Moving Stories: Auto Factories Idle in Japan, FTA's Bus Safety Formula May Be Rewritten As America Gets Heavier, and Dems Form Caucus on HSR

The crisis in Japan is affecting that country's auto production, as plants owned by Toyota, Honda and Nissan remain closed (Detroit Free Press). Grist writes that it appears bicycling is up in Japan, as public transit is affected and energy conservation measures are in effect.

The ...

NYC Transpo Department's New 34th Street Design Wins Business, Local Plaudits

How a new design would divide up parking, buses and vehicular traffic on parts of 34th Street (Graphic by NYC Dept of Transportation)

(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) Last night ...

NY Bus Crash: World Wide Travel Safety Record Not So Bad

Click to enlarge. (Data: Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The bus company at the center of the New York crash that ...

Report: $5 a Gallon Gas Would Mean 1.5 Billion More Transit Trips

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) At $4 a gallon, transit systems would see almost 700 more passenger trips. At $5 a gallon -- nearly 1.5 billion. That's the conclusion of a report out this morning by the American Public ...

TN Moving Stories: NY's $14m Fare Beaters, and NJ's Legal Bills to Fight ARC Tunnel Repayment Mounting

A blind man in California uses echolocation to ride a bike. (NPR)

The NY Times Week in Review takes a look at anti-bike lane sentiment, and offers an interesting theory about bike lane acceptance and normative behavior: Yeah, mini-van drivers are unhappy, Elisabeth Rosenthal writes, "But of ...

Bike Lane Economic Debate Rages

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The economic blogs are aflame with a debate prompted by a John Cassidy item in the New Yorker on why he thinks bike lanes are "a classic case of regulatory capture by a ...

Tony Kushner: "Homosexual," "Socialism" on Sides of Minneapolis Buses

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Over at our sister site, WNYC Culture, I've posted an interview I did with award-winning playwright Tony Kushner on his plays, old and new, and how they reflect back on American politics.

It's the third interview I've done with Kushner since 1995, and this time ...

Tour Bus Crash Kills 14 in New York [UPDATED]

(New York -- Alex Goldmark, with AP) Officials say 14 people have died in a tour bus accident in the Bronx, New York.

A New York Fire Department spokesman said a tour bus overturned on the New England Thruway near ...

U.S. to Make Florida High Speed Rail $$ Available Through Competitive Bidding

This just in from the US DOT:

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Makes $2.4 Billion Available for High-Speed Rail Projects Across America

WASHINGTON U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood today announced that he is making available approximately $2.4 billion, through a competitive process, to states eager to develop ...

Was it Worth It? The Saga of San Francisco’s Central Subway

Winner of the Art Contest for the Central Subway Chinatown Station

(San Francisco -- Casey Miner, KALW News) When it's all done, San Francisco's Central Subway will add four stops to the light rail line that ...

Bike Lane Meeting Gets Hot

(Brooklyn, New York -- Kaomi Goetz, WNYC) It got heated at last night’s Community Board Six hearing on proposed changes to a bike lane along Prospect Park – literally.

But it was due to an overheated ...

TN Moving Stories: Now FLDOT Says HSR Would Have Been Profitable In Its First Year, But Ray LaHood Says "There's a Line Outside My Door" Waiting For The Rejecte

The Florida Department of Transportation released a study showing the now-dead high-speed rail line connecting Tampa to Orlando would have had a $10.2 million operating surplus in 2015, its first year of operation. (Miami Herald)

Meanwhile, DOT head Ray LaHood says "there's a line outside my door of ...

NYS DOT Commissioner: I'm Tired of Challenging Economic Times

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) In her first public event in New York City since being confirmed as state Department of Transportation Commissioner, Joan McDonald spoke about maintaining the state’s aging infrastructure during a tough economy.

“I don’t know about all of you,” she told the audience at the ...

Megaloads Travel Through Montana City

A megaload waits on a snowy road (photo by Jackie Yamanaka)

(Helena, MT – Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) – ConocoPhillips successfully transported its two huge megaloads of refinery equipment through the city of Missoula early this morning.

Hundreds ...

TN Moving Stories: Ray LaHood Goes to Capitol Hill, Reversing DC Metro's Decline Will Take Years, and More British Coverage of NYC Bike Lanes

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood will be up on Capitol Hill again today to field questions from lawmakers on President Obama's proposed $556 billion in new transportation spending in his 2012 budget. (The Hill)

Marketplace looks at the economic impact of high-speed rail.

The head of DC's ...

Texas Lawmakers Consider Statewide Distracted Driving Bills

(Houston - Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Texans used to juggling phone calls and emails during their drive to work may have to come up with another way to multitask soon. Several states have passed laws making it illegal ...

California's High-Speed Rail: Census Shows the 'Train To Nowhere' May Actually Be The Train to the Boom Towns

(San Francisco -- Casey Miner, KALW News) The new census numbers mean big changes for California politics. Huge population growth in the Central Valley, compared to relatively anemic growth in the coastal cities of Los Angeles and San Francisco, seems likely to shift a good deal of ...

NYC Mayor Goes After Cabbies Who Refuse Outer Borough Fares

(New York -- Stephen Nessen, WNYC) The city is further cracking down on taxis that refuse to drive outside of Manhattan with a proposal for steeper fines and possibly revoking the license of repeat offenders. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg on Wednesday said such "geographic discrimination" is ...

Senators Meet With LaHood, Ask for $$ for Northeast Corridor High Speed Rail

A congressional delegation today met with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, asking him to redirect to the Northeast Corridor the money Florida Governor Rick Scott rejected for high speed rail. The U.S. DOT will only say it will ...