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Former National Safety Board Chief Rips Bus Industry

(New York, NY -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) When three inter-city buses crashed in the northeast last month, killing 17 people and injuring dozens of others, public officials and many in the booming industry itself said the time had ...

$38.5 M to NJ Bridge Upgrade Needed for High-Speed Rail

(New York -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) New Jersey Senators Frank Lautenberg and Robert Menendez just sent out a press release announcing federal funds to replace a balky rail bridge that commonly causes delays for Amtrak and New Jersey ...

Old Plans, Current Debate: Would A Second Beltway Work Today?

Beltway

This map from the early 1960s shows all the highways planned for construction by the end of the century. Some were actually built. Others, like the second Beltway, weren't.

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) The idea of a second Beltway -- ...

Texas Goes After HSR $ for Dallas-Houston Line

(Houston--Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) is hoping to snag a portion of Florida’s unwanted high-speed rail money. TxDOT, which submitted its application to the Federal Railroad Administration this week, is hoping ...

NY State Parking Placard Reform: A Closer Look

(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) Many state employees still get "free parking" cards.

When New York State Inspector General Ellen Biben announced yesterday that the state's police parking placard policy was so slipshod it "invited ...

On Central Park Traffic Lights, NY Cycling Club Begs To Differ

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) We reported yesterday that the NYC DOT is denying it's making special arrangements for cyclists in Central Park, who've been subject to a heavy blitz of traffic tickets lately for running red ...

TN Moving Stories: EV Sales Boost US Economy, NJ Highways "Deficient," and Amtrak Sets Ridership Record

Chevy Volt (Photo: GM)

Are sales of electric vehicles behind the growth in the US economy? (The Takeaway)

Toyota and Nissan restart production (Marketplace).

The nuclear disaster in ...

Gov Cuomo's Office Announces Tightened Rules on Parking Placards

(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) Governor Cuomo's Director of State Operations Howard Glaser said that from now on the state will use a new method to distribute parking placards to its employees. The old way, ...

Caltrain Isn't Slashing Service – Yet

The Popular Palo Alto California Avenue Station Would See No Weekend Trains if Plan Is Approved (Photo: Caltrain)

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) Caltrain’s Joint Powers Board voted Thursday to ...

Central Park Cycling Ticket Blitz: The Lights Are Changing

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Here's what the NYC DOT says about rumors of a change to the traffic signals in Central Park:

"The current light synchronization for 25 mph is not a new timing plan. DOT adjusted the timing for ...

DOT Gives NY State $3.3 Million for High-Speed Rail

This just in from the U.S. Department of Transportation.

The DOT is giving New York $3.3 million to add capacity and track along a two mile stretch in what NY and the DOT hope will eventually become part of a statewide high-speed rail network. This is a barely more than ...

How Much High Speed Rail will $2.4 Billion Buy?

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) It should be more fun to give away billions of dollars for rail. One of the happiest things a politician gets to do, after all, is fork over cash for transportation projects. All those gold shovels, ...

As Planners Decide to Put Station Underground, Intense Political Machinations Over Dulles Airport Train Station

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) The construction of a subway line out to Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia is one of the largest public works projects in the country, with a price tag of around $6 ...

Renewable Power Comes To Texas Electric Car Owners

Richey Cook with his EV home charger

(Houston--Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Austin-based power company Green Mountain Energy unveiled Texas's first pollution-free electricity package today for owners of electric vehicles (EVs), and ...

TN Moving Stories: Gas Prices A Political Problem for Obama, and Saab Stops Production--For Now

President Barack Obama inspects an AT&T all-electric vehicle on display during a tour of the UPS facility in Landover, Md., April 1, 2011. (Office White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Rising gas prices present a problem for President Obama's ...

New Motorcoach Safety Bill Introduced in Congress

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) In the wake of a string of deadly bus accidents, a Senate hearing, and chilling preliminary findings from the NTSB, Congressman Bill Shuster (R-Penn.) has introduced a motorcoach safety bill, Wednesday. It's not the only one ...

Full Text of Cuomo's Remarks on Parking Placard Abuse

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) When we

BREAKING: Cuomo Says He'll Rein in Placard Abuse

When we reported on this last week, the Governor was, essentially, mum. But now he says he'll act to contain abuse of parking placards by government officials.

From the Associated Press:

Gov. Andrew Cuomo says he expects to overhaul the use of placards that some politicians have used on ...

Senator Diaz Introduced License Plate Bill That He Would Benefit From

New York State Senator Ruben Diaz (D-32)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) At yesterday's New York State Senate Transportation Committee meeting, nine pieces of legislation were on the agenda. Three of those bills were sponsored by ...

Union Leader: On Transit, First Two Years of Obama No Different from Bush

ATU President Larry Hanley (far left) and US DOT Deputy Secretary John Porcari (far right) address the TEN annual meeting (photo courtesy of TEN)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) On the day that President Obama formally kicked off his reelection ...