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Who Was Plessy? What does Transportation Have to Do with Civil Rights?

Nancy Solomon and Andrea Bernstein discuss how Jim Crow laws started (hint: it had to do with a train), how the civil rights movement got underway in earnest (hint: it had to do with a bus) and where its all going (hint: it has to do with transit expansions).

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Love Can Happen Anywhere - Even on the NY Subway

Be mine. (Photo by Ed Yourdon / Flckr Creative Commons)

(New York -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) You’d think Cupid, being a Roman god, wouldn't hang out in the subway. But he ...

Rail, Transpo Projects Face GOP Ax in Spending Bill

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Transportation projects are set to take a massive, immediate hit under a spending bill headed for the floor of the House of Representatives this week.

Republicans are aiming to cut nearly ...

TN Moving Stories: Canadian Oil Keeps Midwest Gas Prices Lower Than The Coasts, Republican Budget To Hit NY's MTA, and Americans Like Transportation, They Just

A Rockefeller Foundation survey says Americans support road upkeep and transit systems -- but they don't want to pay for them. (Washington Post). (A storyline we've been following: check out these stories from September 20, 2010: "Election Report: Give Us Transportation, Just Don't Make Us Pay For ...

National Documentary on Transit and Civil Rights Airing This Weekend, Next Week

(Andrea Bernstein) If you've been wondering what that logo is to your right, it leads you to the website for "Back of the Bus," our national documentary on transit and civil rights (Go ahead, click!)

Here's a description, and at the bottom of the post, there are several local ...

French City Considers 18 mph Speed Limit

Strasbourg Downtown Square (Flickr user ChristinaT)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The city of Strasbourg in northeastern France has announced a plan to reduce vehicle speed limits throughout the city to 30 km per hour, or ...

Red Tape or a Green Vine? A New Lawsuit Against I-69

(Matt Dellinger - Transportation Nation) In Indiana, another battle has begun in the war over Interstate 69.

Wednesday, the Hoosier Environmental Council (HEC) and the Citizens for Appropriate Rural Roads (CARR) filed a complaint (

Mapquest Joins HopStop, Google, Offers Transit Directions

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Mapquest now includes transit directions for many U.S. cities. HopStop began the same service in New York in 2005. Google Maps also has a transit feature.

One tricky element of ...

NYC MTA Posts Bus Stop Numbers, Now You Can Text for Live Bus Information

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) If you've been wanting to try out the MTA's real time bus information pilot along the B63 line in Bay Ridge, Sunset Park, Park Slope, and downtown Brooklyn, so far as ...

TN Moving Stories: Worst January In 6 Years for NJ Transit, DC Metro Haunted By Bad Decisions, and Columbus Shelves Streetcar, Light Rail Plans

January snowstorms dealt NJ Transit’s its worst month for train delays in six years. "Trains were late six or more minutes 8.8 percent of the time last month, the worst showing since January 2005, when the number was 11.1 percent. Last year, only 4.1 percent of trains were tardy for ...

Sea Level Rise From Climate Change Could Turn New York Into Venice

Malcolm Bowman (photo by Jim O'Grady)

(New York, NY - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) Malcolm Bowman, an oceanography professor from Stony Brook University in Long Island, stood at the snow-covered edge of ...

Amtrak Sets Ridership Records

(photo by Steven Vance/Flickr)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Amtrak said today it had the best January ever. This follows 15 months of steady ridership increases. Officials say the rail service is being helped by the improving economy, ...

Pelosi: We Have A Trillion Dollar Infrastructure Deficit

Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi with San Francisco Mayor Lee, construction workers hired with Recovery Act funds, and their children on the site of the Tenderloin YMCA housing development ...

Airlines' On-Time Performance Holds Steady in 2010

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Airlines had essentially the same on-time performance in 2010 as they did in 2009 -- just shy of 80 percent, according to numbers released today by the DOT. See the DOT's full release below, ...

TN Moving Stories: Guerilla Urban Planner Plants R.I. Stop Signs, and Obama's Infrastructure Bank

The Obama administration's budget proposal (due out next week) will call for creation of a national infrastructure bank -- a system that could take some spending decisions out of Congress' hands, said Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner. (Wall Street Journal)

Should EV Owners Pay a Gas Tax Anyway?

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Washington State is looking to levy a special tax on eco-conscious car owners. Road maintenance is typically funded by a gas tax, both federal and local. So the prospect of a growing number of electric cars ...

City Streets Riddled With Potholes

(photo by Karly Domb Sadof)

(Brian Zumhagen, WNYC) It's a holey mess out there.

The unrelenting winter weather has taken a toll on New York City streets, leaving deep potholes throughout the five boroughs and in some ...

NJ Transit Gets in the Real Time Transit Info Game

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) UPDATED with NJ Transit comments: New Jersey transit has issued a $22 million contract to outfit some 1000 buses with hardware and software to convey real-time transit information.

The investment, according to an ...

Retired Military Leaders: Federal Transportation Policy Should Focus on Reducing Oil Consumption

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) UPDATED with DOT response

A group composed of business leaders and retired four-star generals released a report today that says "oil dependence represents a profound threat to American economic and national security."

Simply put, the main ...

Republicans Announce Proposed Spending Cuts; HSR and Amtrak Take Hits

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The Republicans released their list of spending cuts earlier today, proposing slashing funding to a wide swath of programs -- including transportation. Among the $74 billion worth of potential reductions: cutting Amtrak's budget by ...