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Report: State Transpo Systems are Broke AND Broken

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Shrinking funding sources, agencies working at cross purposes, poor decision-making: this could characterize a number of disciplines. But a new Brookings Institution report says that it's endemic in many state transportation systems.

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Controversy on the Texas Prairie: Road to Nowhere - or a Must for Houston's Future?

Will a highway cut through Texas' Katy Prairie?

(Houston - Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Houston is preparing to complete an 88-mile ring road this weekend -- as controversy continues to simmer around another, even larger ring ...

While We Were Nudging the MTA for Data...

Jeremy Soffin, the NYC MTA's chief communications officer, got married.

Congratulations Jeremy, and have a nice honeymoon!

And don't worry, TN readers, we'll keep asking questions. But maybe we'll give Jeremy a break -- Transportation Nation

Prospect Park Lane Bike Opponents Support Moratorium on All Bike Lanes

Cars driving on Prospect Park West on Friday around 5:30 pm. A row of parked cars is on the right, to the far right is the two-way bike lane.

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) ...

TN Moving Stories: Car Sales Jump, Houston Transit Takes $168 Million Hit, and CA HSR Advocates Get Ready for Hearings

New and used vehicle sales jumped 20% in 2010 -- making cars the only retail sector to see more than 5% growth. (NPR)

Indianapolis is installing solar-powered parking meters. (Indianapolis Star)

California high-speed rail supporters are turning out this week for transportation hearings headed by John ...

Back of the Bus Now on iTunes

Our Transportation Nation documentary, Back of the Bus, on transit and civil rights is now on iTunes! Hear Rosa Parks, archival tape of 1968 riots, national experts on transit and civil rights...and lots of riders! For instructions and to download from iTunes, click here.

TN Moving Stories: DOT Doesn't Like Mica HSR Plan, Israel Lowers Transit Fares, and Some Cities Get On Board With A "Crash Tax"

The Department of Transportation doesn't like Congressman Mica's plan to scale back Florida's high-speed rail. (Miami Herald)

A New York Times editorial accuses some federal fund-rejecting governors of trying to "keep up with the Christies."

Census data shows that Chicago's central core gained population over the ...

Back of the Bus Airing Soon in NM, DC, IL, SF, Dallas, Pittsburgh, El Paso

Airtimes in Washington, DC, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Dallas, El Paso, Pittsburgh, Central Illinois, Southern Missouri, Little Rock, San Francisco, Wyoming, Montana, Minnesota (or listen anytime by clicking here or on icon at right)

Mica's Plan to Save Florida's High-Speed Rail Cuts Out Tampa -- And Possibly The Governor

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) With a week to save Florida's high-speed rail program, Florida congressman (and House Transportation Committee chair) John Mica is spending his President's Day weekend floating a plan that would shrink ...

Florida High Speed Rail Bidders Frustrated, Perplexed

A conceptual rendering of a Florida high-speed rail station (from presentation by the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail Commission)

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) When Governor Rick Scott (R) announced this week that he planned to return $2.4 ...

Do More Cyclists Mean Safer Streets?

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The latest data comes from Minneapolis ' League of Bicyclists. (hat tip: Streetsblog) which shows steadily fewer bike accidents as more cyclists hit the streets. In 1999 there were three hundred some-odd ...

DC Mayor Slams Predecessor On Transportation, Could Politics Be Involved?

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) A scathing report has just been released by the transition team of incoming D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The report is something of an indictment against the city's Department of Transportation, as led by Gray's mayoral predecessor, Adrian Fenty, and his young, charismatic transportation ...

Back of the Bus Airs Today in Knoxville, Cleveland...

Want to know when to listen to "Back of the Bus" in your area? Here are some upcoming airdates in Ohio, San Francisco, Illinois, Washington, DC, Missouri, Montana, Wyoming, and Minnesota. (You can also listen anytime by clicking on the icon to your right, or here. The icon to ...

TN Moving Stories: Metro-North Gets Earful from CT Commuters; Home Buyers Moving Closer to Transit, and Florida Pols Try to Save That State's HSR

NY's MTA scrapped plans to hire the main technology company working on the city's scandal-plagued CityTime project. (NY Daily News)

Metro-North got an earful from Connecticut commuters about this winter's service woes. "We need a reliable commuting system. This is not just an inconvenience, it's affecting our economy," ...

High-Speed Rail: Florida Lawmakers Look for End Run Around Gov.

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Florida lawmakers are scrambling in Washington to keep $2.4 billion in high-speed rail money in their state after Gov. Rick Scott (R) yanked support for the funding yesterday.

A new plan hatched on Capitol Hill would transfer the federal funds to a third ...

California: Florida's HSR Loss Could Be Our Gain

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) If U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is unable to put together a deal to save Florida's high speed rail, California wants the $2.4. billion. And California is likely to get a bunch if it if the Florida deal falls through: it has the most ...

White House: High-Speed Rail Was Heavily Oversubscribed

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) In his second press conference as White House Press Secretary, Jay Carney fielded a number of questions about Bahrain, the economy -- and high-speed rail.

When asked about how Florida's rejection of high-speed rail money would ...

BREAKING LaHood: Give Us A Week on Florida High Speed Rail

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) After a meeting with Democratic Senator Bill Nelson of Florida and a group of Florida Congress members, the U.S. DOT wants a deal put together in a week in which a third party assumes all the financial risk of building a high speed rail line.

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Delta Fined for Violating Disability Rules

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The U.S. Department of Transportation said today that it fined Delta Air Lines $2 million for violating federal rules on passengers with disabilities.

This civil penalty is the largest penalty ever assessed against ...

U.S. Senator Nelson's Office: Florida Planning Organization Wants to Take Over High Speed Rail

From Florida Senator Bill Nelson's office:

"Officials now studying ways to help Florida, despite governor’s rejection of federal money for high-speed rail. Today:

"Ø A metropolitan planning organization in Tampa and a rail authority in South Florida have volunteered to step forward in place of the ...