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Does The Spoke and Hub Transit System Still Work?

Transit systems in New York, Chicago, and many other cities were designed a hundred years ago to get people in and out of downtowns, where most of the employment was. A new report from the Center ...

Billings-bound Megaload Waiting For Weather To Clear

(Helena, MT-Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) – Winter weather has delayed the megaloads being trucked from the Port of Lewiston, Idaho to a refinery in Billings, Montana.

Megaloads are giant trucks that have been described as “heavier than the Statue ...

No Deal: Florida High Speed Rail Lost in Space

Florida Governor Rick Scott at the Port of Jacksonville in January 2011. Scott has said he supports investments in ports and highways. But not high speed rail. (Flickr image by ...

TN Moving Stories: WTC Transit Hub Costs Bloom, NY Goes After Cabbies Who Refuse Outer Boro Fares, and Another Toyota Recall

The cost of the transit center at the new World Trade Center site has ballooned to $3.4 billion -- a figure once deemed "simply unacceptable" by the Port Authority. (New York Times)

An Illinois congressman who voted to eliminate funding for an Amtrak line sounds like he hopes ...

Florida Governor's Decision Disappoints -- and Enrages

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) He's made no official announcement, but Florida Governor Rick Scott's decision not to hand over authority for high speed rail to another entity, thereby killing the project, is drawing a loud response. (And of this writing, ...

BREAKING: Florida High Speed Rail, like ARC Tunnel, Dead Again

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) UPDATED WITH US DOT COMMENTS: Republican Florida Governor Rick Scott is sticking to his decision to kill the Tampa to Orlando high speed rail.

Scott's decision is a major setback to President Obama's goal, put forward in his state of the union, to link eighty percent ...

Mayor-Elect Rahm Emanuel Seen As Pro-Bike, Pro-Transit

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Chicago -- America's third largest city -- is getting a cyclist Mayor. And one who's interested in transit funding, large-scale bike-share, car-share, and the nitty gritty of bike lane design. (And one who has ...

TN Moving Stories: Maryland's Transpo Woes, GM Reports Profits, and TED Takes On Transportation

Although Virginia gets a lot of attention for its transportation woes, Maryland may be in a worse position. (Washington Post)

General Motors says it earned $4.7 billion last year -- the most in a decade -- and turned its first profit since 2004. (NY Times)

Google ...

NRDC List: Top 15 Metro Regions for Public Transportation

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) New York, Chicago, Boston all made the cut. Los Angeles, not so much. The Natural Resources Defense Council released their top 15 "Smart Cities" for transportation Wednesday.

The study compares metro regions according to ...

Funding For Some Bicycle, Transit, And Pedestrian-Oriented Projects in Houston May Be Stalled

(Houston - Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Transportation policy makers may vote this Friday on a proposal that would stall money for bike and other alternative transit projects in greater ...

Florida High-Speed Rail: Talks Ongoing, Gov. Remains Unconvinced

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) With two days left to broker an agreement on high-speed rail in Florida, talks are ongoing -- but Governor Rick Scott remains unconvinced.

The parties -- among them Senator Bill Nelson, the U.S. Department of Transportation, ...

TN Moving Stories: Oil Prices Up -- As Are Airline Prices, NJ Transit Riders Exhale, and Florida Still Without Top Transpo Official

A California Democrat introduced a bill that would fire the current members of the board governing California's high-speed rail project and replace them with experts who don't have a financial stake in the undertaking. (Oakland Tribune)

Oahu's $5.5 billion, 21-station rail project has officially broken ground. (

NJ Governor Christie's 2012 Budget: Is That A Transpo Increase We See?

Governor Christie delivers his budget address in Trenton, New Jersey

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) New Jersey Governor Christie released his 2012 budget today. And while nearly every agency took a hit, transportation spending will see an increase ...

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 ...