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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 ...

Back of the Bus Airing Soon in NM, DC, IL, SF, Dallas, Pittsburgh, El Paso

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Mica's Plan to Save Florida's High-Speed Rail Cuts Out Tampa -- And Possibly The Governor

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) With a week to save Florida's high-speed rail program, Florida congressman (and House Transportation Committee chair) John Mica is spending his President's Day weekend floating a plan that would shrink ...

Florida High Speed Rail Bidders Frustrated, Perplexed

A conceptual rendering of a Florida high-speed rail station (from presentation by the Florida Statewide Passenger Rail Commission)

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) When Governor Rick Scott (R) announced this week that he planned to return $2.4 ...

Do More Cyclists Mean Safer Streets?

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The latest data comes from Minneapolis ' League of Bicyclists. (hat tip: Streetsblog) which shows steadily fewer bike accidents as more cyclists hit the streets. In 1999 there were three hundred some-odd ...

DC Mayor Slams Predecessor On Transportation, Could Politics Be Involved?

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) A scathing report has just been released by the transition team of incoming D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray. The report is something of an indictment against the city's Department of Transportation, as led by Gray's mayoral predecessor, Adrian Fenty, and his young, charismatic transportation ...