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Sleeping Air Traffic Controller Sparks Debate: Cost vs Safety

Air Traffic Control Tower at DCA (Image: (cc) by Flickr user dbking)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Two airplanes landed without the aid of air traffic control shortly after midnight Wednesday because the lone controller in the tower at ...

Rail Supporters Holding Their Breath in Florida

(Orlando, FL -- Mark Simpson, WMFE) The dream of improving rail transit in Florida isn’t dead… completely. High speed rail desires dissipated after weeks of dancing back and forth between HSR supporters - including US Senator Bill ...

TN Moving Stories: Japan Trying to Get A Handle on Infrastructure Damage, LA Passes Sweeping Bus Service Cuts, and Boston Band Powers Concerts with Bikes

Nearly two weeks after the earthquake and tsunami struck Japan, engineers still do not know the full extent of damage to roads, bridges, rail lines and other infrastructure. (NY Times)

Meanwhile, Toyota is warning factories and dealers in North America that ...

As Massive Bus Cuts Loom, Long Islanders Get Emotional At Hearing

Long Island Bus (photo from mta.info)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) An emotional NYC MTA hearing went well into the night last night in Hempstead. The transit authority is considering cutting service for some 16,000

Deputy Mayor: We're "Foursquare Behind" Transportation Commissioner Sadik-Khan

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Speaking on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show today, deputy mayor Howard Wolfson gave New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration's most full-throated endorsement in recent months of the city's policy of expanding bike lanes and ...

DC's Metro Tables Contract Extension After Lobbying Reports

(Washington, DC -- David Schultz, WAMU) Metro is delaying the extension of a nearly $500 million contract after reports that the contractor may have hired one of Metro's former top executives to lobby on its behalf.

Disabled Metro Riders Face Fare Hike

Confusing Signs Removed After Cyclists Ticketed, Police Apologize via House Call

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The Central Park Conservancy, the nonprofit responsible for caring for New York's Central Park, is removing the confusing signs that led Police to ticket nine cyclists improperly for speeding Tuesday. What's more, the NYPD took the ...

Deputy Mayor on BL Show To Talk NYC Bike Lane Program

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Yesterday, it was attorney Jim Walden's turn; today, it's Howard Wolfson's. The New York City deputy mayor will be on WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show this morning at (about) 10:25am to talk about ...

TN Moving Stories: MTA May Halve LI Bus Service, LaHood Orders Air Traffic Controller Staffing Review, and Regional Bike Share Being Explored in Boston Area

Columbus Avenue bike lane being installed last year (photo by Kate Hinds)

NYC deputy mayor Howard Wolfson goes on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning at around 10:25 (give or take a few minuites) to ...

New Transportation Advocacy Group Forms In Houston

(Houston--Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) As Texas lawmakers struggle to trim the budget, transportation advocates are hoping the legislators keep their scissors away from the dwindling pot of transportation dollars. A new organization called the Transportation Advocacy Group - ...

Parks Are For People, Not Cars, Says City Councilwoman

Central Park (photo by Kate Hinds)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) A New York City Council member is pushing to ban cars from the loop drives in Central Park and Prospect Park.

Gale Brewer, who represents the ...

BlackBerry Will Remove Apps That Help Drunk Drivers Evade Police

This in from Senator Frank Lautenberg's Office:

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ), Harry Reid (D-NV), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), and Tom Udall (D-NM) announced that, in response to their request, Research In Motion (RIM), manufacturer of Blackberry smartphones, will remove from their online ...

Lawyer Suing City on Bike Lane Discusses Bike Lane Popularity, and Why He's Doing Case Pro-Bono

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Jim Walden, the lawyer representing groups who are suing New York City to remove a two-way bike lane that runs along Brooklyn's Prospect Park West, was on WNYC's Brian Lehrer show today (listen here or below) to discuss the lawsuit. Much of what he ...

Anti-PPW Bike Lane Attorney on BL Show Today; Tomorrow, The City Gets Its Chance

Prospect Park West Bike Lane (photo: Andrea Bernstein)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) If you follow two-wheeled news (and even if you don't), you probably know about the lawsuit ...

TN Moving Stories: Decline in Auto Manufacturing Costs Detroit 25% of its Population, and Where Does Manhattan's West Side Really End?

Detroit viewed through a window on the People Mover (Gehad83/Flickr)

The Takeaway looks at how the disaster in Japan is affecting car manufacturing in the US.

And here's how the decline in car manufacturing ...

Safety Problems Widespread on NY's Inter-City Buses

One of many discount buses that pick up passengers at the curb. (Photo by Naomi A. / Flckr Creative Commons)

(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) A review of federal data ...

American Society of Civil Engineers Gives New York Worst Grade Ever

State of DisrepairThe American Society of Civil Engineers gives New York its worst report card ever: 42 percent of bridges are structurally deficient, drinking water needs a $15 billion investment, and nearly half of major ...

Report: California's Bridges Crumbling -- and San Francisco's Are the Worst

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) A new report by transit advocacy group Transportation for America provides a sobering assessment of the condition of California's bridges: in short, not good.The report finds that one in eight bridges are structurally deficient in some way. In the Bay ...

DOT: Airline Passengers Rise in 2010, Not as High as Pre-Recession

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Airlines carried 2.1% more passengers in 2010 than the previous year, according to the US Department of Transportation's Bureau of Transportation Statistics, which released 2010 data today. But passenger totals still remained 3.2 percent below 2008's level of 812.3 million.

2010's top airline was Delta. Following ...

On The Grid -- For 200 Years

Manhattan in 1847 (via Wikimedia Commons)

On this morning's Brian Lehrer Show: Happy 200th anniversary, Manhattan street grid! Tune in around 11:40am to hear Joel Towers, executive dean of Parsons The New School for Design, talk ...