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Chinese Coal Demand Spurs Increase in Montana Rail Traffic

(Helena, MT -- Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) A Montana short-line railroad has gone from laying off workers to hiring them back and planning for further expansion as Chinese demand for coal pushes some American freight lines to capacity.

Jim ...

NY City Hall Weighs in on Bike Lanes

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) None of the following will be new to our readers. But it's interesting, in light of reporting that the New York City Mayor may not be backing Janette Sadik-Khan, that this memo comes ...

TN Moving Stories: NY Tour Bus Checkpoint Finds 100% of Buses in Violation, LA Wants To Slash Bus Service In Favor of Rail, and More On The Bike Lane Culture Wa

Senator Charles Schumer in Chinatown (photo by Arun Venugopal/WNYC)

A vehicle checkpoint in NY found that 14 out of 14 tour buses stopped had safety problems, leading NY Senator Charles Schumer to call for auditing the drivers' licenses of ...

Queens Tunneling Starts on East Side Access Project

(Queens, New York -- Alva French, WNYC) The MTA christened two new tunnel boring machines to kick off the Queens tunneling phase of the East Side Access Project. The East ...

Senator Bill Nelson: Last Hope for Florida High Speed Rail Dashed

This in from Democratic Florida U.S. Senator Bill Nelson:

FLORIDA’S LAST REMAINING HOPE FOR $2.4 BILLION AND 24,000 HIGH-SPEED RAIL JOBS DASHED

"WASHINGTON, D.C. – Amtrak has just informed U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson it would very much like ...

How to Ride a Bike -- TV Edition

A bike waits for its casting call (photo by Kate Hinds)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Walking out my door this morning, I saw that a scene from the NBC show "30 Rock" was filming on ...

Poll: By 54 to 39 Percent, New Yorkers Say Bike Lanes "A Good Thing"

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) A new Quinnipiac poll out today says, by a 54 to 39 percent margin, New Yorkers say bike lanes are "a good thing" because they are "greener and healthier." Those who didn't like ...

Who Will Win? Houston's Roads or Bike Lanes?

(Houston--Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Houston-area transportation policy makers have $80 million federal dollars to distribute at their discretion. At the monthly meeting of Transportation Policy Council (TPC) advisers went around the table giving input on how the ...

Virginia County May Withdraw Funding From Dulles Metrorail

While construction of Phase I of the Silver Line is already underway, Phase II is having trouble getting off the ground. (Photo by David Schultz)

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU) Cost estimates continue to rise for the second ...

Central Park Becomes Center Stage for NYC Bike Crackdown

Cyclists running a red light in Central Park. (Alex Goldmark)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Cyclist Derrick Lewis used to train every day in Central Park. On a cold February morning he had just put new brakes on his bike. ...

TN Moving Stories: DC Metro Crime Up, Big Dig Tunnel Light Down, and New York's Bike Share Program Makes Progress

One-quarter of those arrested on the DC Metro are younger than 20, and the transit agency has hit a five-year high in the number of rapes, robberies and assaults. (WAMU)

Criticism continued over news that state transportation officials did not immediately reveal that a light fixture fell inside ...

Can I Put My Bag on a Subway Seat, Instead of Sitting?

The offending bag, with a Blackberry next to it for scale

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Two months ago, I injured my back, making it hard for me to sit. So I stand on the subway train -- but ...

A Man, A Plan, a Canal—Miami

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) At noon today, Florida Governor Rick Scott is scheduled to take a helicopter tour of the Panama Canal expansion, to see firsthand the third set of locks that will allow bigger ships to pass from the Pacific Ocean into the Caribbean and, Scott hopes, on into ...

TN Moving Stories: Feds to Investigate LA's MTA Over Civil Rights Complaints, Downtown Brooklyn Wants Its Own Bike Share, and TSA Vs. Congress Over Body Scanner

Spurred by complaints about cuts in local bus service, federal officials said they would investigate whether the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority had discriminated against minority and low-income transit riders. (Los Angeles Times)

The TSA initially refused to send officials to a Congressional hearing on body scanners, ...

Pothole-Filling Truck Video is YouTube Sub-Sensation


(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority has taken to You Tube--land of lip-syncing teens and musical cats--to tell New Yorkers it's filling potholes ...

De-Sprawling Houston

Galina Tachieva & Tom Low

(Houston - Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Ever since post-war communities like Levittown and the advent of cheap gasoline, the suburban model has been one built around the automobile. But that ...

Megaloads Travel Through Montana's Capital City

(Helena, MT – Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) – Early Wednesday morning, the big rigs hauling equipment to a Billings, Montana oil refinery crossed through the second major city on its route.

A big rig makes its way through ...

TN Moving Stories: Japanese Automakers Scale Back US Production, Miami Beach Begins Bike Share, and Chinatown Bus Riders Undeterred

Chinatown bus (Sam Lewis/WNYC)

Many travelers have remained undeterred from taking Chinatown buses in the wake of two deadly crashes this week involving smaller bus lines. (WNYC)

Some Japanese automakers are scaling back US production as ...

NE Corridor Officially Designated a HSR Corridor; Pols Begin to Organize

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The US Department of Transportation has officially designated the Northeast Corridor the "eleventh and final" high-speed rail corridor. (You can read the DOT's letter here: 110314 NEC Corridor Letter)

The designation means that Amtrak can ...