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New NY State Transpo Commissioner Draws Cheers, Groans

Photo: State of Connecticut

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The appointment by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday of Joan McDonald to be his new transportation commissioner is drawing mixed reaction from those familiar with ...

Cool Quiz from Gothamist: Where is this?

Mystery transit photo, via Gothamist.

Cool news quiz from Gothamist: Where is this? I'm going to guess Flatbush Avenue and Fifth Avenue, in Park Slope, because there was an El there. But honestly, I've ...

GM Expands Truck Recall

(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET) General Motors is expanding a recall of sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks because of a faulty part could cause the rear axle to lock up.

The recall includes a dozen different models from 2011, including the Cadillac Escalade SUV as well as the Chevrolet ...

TN Moving Stories: MTA Defends Performance During Blizzard, and Disconnect Over Transit Btw. Candidates and Voters in Chicago Mayoral Race

MTA officials went before the New York City Council to defend their handling of the recent blizzard. Speaker Quinn: "It really left me not feeling any greater level of confidence that the MTA can handle the next storm." (Wall Street Journal)

The Chicago Tribune says that ...

New GOP Party Chief Not a High Speed Rail Fan

Reince Priebus, Newly Elected RNC Chairman (Getty Images)

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The new head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, is no fan of high speed rail. Priebus, who's been serving as Chair of the ...

Wanted: More Conversation on the Subway

Urbanist, Alex Marshall has a proposition for New York City Transit: add a conversation car to subway trains. In his gentle modest proposal published in the Daily News, Marshall waxes nostalgic for a day before iPods and kindles ...

Study: Biking Infrastructure Creates More Jobs Than Auto-Based Road Projects

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) This study comes to us via Ray LaHood, the U.S. Transportation Secretary. It's brief -- but by giving it the imprimatur of his blog, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is forcing us to pay attention.

Cuomo Appoints Joan McDonald as NY State DOT Commish

This just in from New York Governor's office. We'll have reporting on this later, but for now here is the full text of the press release:

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments and Nominations

ALBANY, NY (01/14/2011)(readMedia)-- Governor Andrew M. ...

TN Moving Stories: Florida Gov Lifts Freeze on Transpo Contracts; DC Metro Considering Selling Station Names, and LaHood Tells Bike/Ped Advocates That Now Is Th

Top Transportation Nation stories that we're following: NYC MTA raids show evidence of ongoing faked subway signal inspections. DC's Metro is eliminating phone booths, and New Jersey Transit's website was briefly derailed when they failed to renew their domain name. And in other news:

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Bay Area Transpo: New Years Resolutions

Photo from the Facebook group, "Make BART Trains Run 24 Hours”

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) We've got a new weekly segment on the show looking at what's going on with transportation around the Bay. Have a ...

NYC MTA Raids Show Evidence of Ongoing Faked Inspections

(New York, NY -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) A pair of raids at MTA locker rooms in the past week have turned up evidence that subway workers are continuing the widespread practice of faking signal inspections.

Criminal charges may be next.

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Sorry Superman, Can't Change Here: D.C. Metro To Eliminate Phone Booths

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) D.C.'s Metro announced this morning it will eliminate almost all of the 1,074 pay phones in its train stations.

The reason why shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has ever seen ...

Bill Seeks To Close Loophole in Montana Traffic Law On Hit and Run Accidents

(Helena, Montana--Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio) Montana lawmakers are considering a bill aimed at closing a loophole a state law involving traffic accidents where the alleged perpetrator flees the scene.

Senate Bill 68 would clarify that ...

NJ Transit's Website Briefly Derailed

(robotbrainz/Flickr)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Transportation Nation received a tip this morning from a reader:

Is it possible that NJ Transit did not renew their domain name for the website? http://www.njtransit.com/ Sure looks that way...

TN Moving Stories: The Auto Industry Looks Into the Future; NJ Transit Studies Light Rail Over Bayonne Bridge, and Will BART Operate 24 Hours A Day?

BART station (Jason Schlachet/Flickr)

New Jersey Transit is considering a future expansion of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail over the Bayonne Bridge into Staten Island; a Port Authority spokesman said it's far too early to say whether it's ...

State vs County: Who Will Build Giant Ring Road Around Houston?

Grand Parkway Segment E

(Houston, TX -- Pat Hernandez and Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) A state-county debate over who will build a ring road around Houston is picking up steam and heading toward resolution ...

Bloomberg: GPS Devices Will Be Installed on All Plows

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Saying his pilot project installing GPS devices -- essentially low-cost walkie talkies-- on snowplows was a success, NYC Mayor Bloomberg says all plows will get them.

From today's Mayoral snow debrief: "One of the ...

More Than Getting from Here to There: Author Tony Hiss on the Passenger Experience

Many planners, architects, and urbanists keep a copy of The Experience of Place, Tony Hiss's classic meditation on how we react to our surroundings, close at hand. Transportation planners and designers may find themselves equally enthralled by Hiss' latest, In Motion: The Experience of Travel, which ...

NYC Doesn't Grind to a Halt in Storm

New Jersey Transit riders disembarking at Penn Station during Northeast Snowpocalypse 2.

(New York - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) Joyce and Bob Fliegel decided last night that the snowstorm would not keep ...

Changing The Way We Look at Left Turns

Superstreet (photo courtesy of Dr. Joe Hummer, NCSU)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) What kind of traffic design "results in significantly faster travel times, and leads to a drastic reduction in automobile collisions and injuries?"

According to a new study ...