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House GOP Leader: Not "An Easy Answer" to "Just Spend More" on Transportation

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) House Majority Leader Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) pushed back directly Monday on the Obama Administration calls for increased transportation infrastructure funding.

In an extended exchange with reporters, Cantor said that throwing ...

DOT Contest: Design a Better Way for Cars to Talk With Each OTher

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The technology research arm of the Department of Transportation launched a competition to spur new ideas on how cars should talk to each other to increase safety, sustainability and congestion. The cars can also communicate with ...

From Aid to Trade in Afghanistan: How the U.S. Military is Helping Develop Rail

(Matt Dellinger - Transportation Nation) Winning hearts and minds in Afghanistan might involve building roads and rail. That's the idea behind the Silk Road Initiative, an effort that the American military is leading to improve infrastructure and stimulate trade in the region.

Colonel Ted Hodgson, who is on staff at ...

Houston METRO Slashes Fare to Airport, Hopes to Lure More People On-Board

(Houston - Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) If you need a ride to Bush Intercontinental from downtown Houston, consider this: For four dollars and fifty cents METRO will drive you there. The new price tag for the 45 minute ...

TN Moving Stories: Cuomo Talks MTA Payroll Tax, and Pregnancy May Have Its (Parking) Privileges

In Miami, a parking garage so beautiful, people get married there. What can THIS mean for the future of driving? And of public space? (NY Times)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has unkind words for the MTA payroll tax. "It is a very onerous tax. Not just in ...

Recognition of Iranian Mayor's Role in Sustainable Transport Becomes International Incident

Reuters is reporting that Tehran Mayor Mohammed-Baqer Qualibaf, a political rival of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has been denied Iranian government permission to attend an awards ceremony in Washington, DC honoring cities around the world that have ...

From Midtown to Harlem: NYC Taxi Trips in Color

Taxi Data WheelDetail from a data visualization of NYC taxi trips by Zoe Fraade-Blanar. Click for full image.

(New York City -- John Keefe, WNYC) -- Take me to Midtown!

That's what most New York City taxi riders were ...

Montana Considers Tactics To Deal With Refusals From DUI Suspects For Breath Tests

(Helena, MT – Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) – Montana lawmakers are considering a pair of bills to deal with the rising numbers of suspected drunk drivers refusing breath tests.

Montana has the highest number of drunk driving ...

Weak Economy Relieved Houston Congestion in '09; More Traffic Jams on the Horizon

(Houston -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Houston commuters were fortunate to spend less time sitting in traffic in 2009 than in 2008, according to a transportation study released by the Texas Transportation Institute ...

Report: Not All Transportation Projects Create Jobs Equally

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) . The Bipartisan Policy Center has a new report out by Berkeley Professor Martin Wachs and the former McCain-Palin 2008 policy guru, Douglas Holtz-Eakin. "Transportation infrastructure investments are not all equally effective at ...

House Republicans Zero in on High Speed Rail

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) High-speed rail projects could be among the first to go if conservative spending hawks get their way in the new 112th Congress.

Republicans are sharpening their budget shears, looking to make ...

More Parking Reduces Traffic: Orwellian Nonsense Or Necessary Evil?

This garage fills up every morning by 7 a.m., so local officials are building another one.

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) Earlier this week, we told you how some cities in Europe are trying to ...

West Virginian Is Highest-Ranking Democrat on Transportation Committee

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The ranking Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is Nick Rahall, a West Virginia, who according to the editor of our sister site, Itsafreecountry.org and former WV public radio reporter Anna Sale is ...

DOT Reaffirms "Rampage" Against Distracted Driving "Epidemic"

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood reaffirmed that distracted driving will remain front and center in the DOT's safety campaigns. At a press conference in Washington today, LaHood again referred to distracted driving as an "epidemic" ...

The Many Voices of BART

Communications specialist Berta Villalva is one of the voices behind BART announcements (photo by Casey Miner)

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) A few months back, the New York Times profiled Carolyn Hopkins, aka the subway announcement lady. ...

TN Moving Stories: Park Slope Residents To Air Feelings About Bikes Tonight, and Tulsa Transit To Do a Fast Forward

Support for making people register their bicycles hits Park Slope (Gothamist)--which is also where, tonight at 6:30 (Old Reformed Church - Carroll and 7th Avenue) the NYC DOT will present their preliminary Prospect Park West bike lane findings to Community Board 6. The Brooklyn ...

Montana Tackles Repeat DUI Offenders with 24/7 Sobriety Program

(Helena, MT – Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) – Montana lawmakers are considering several bills this week to crack down on drunk driving. Recently there have been high profile deaths, including two cases of drunk drivers killing Montana Highway Patrol officers.

Medical Marijuana Supporters Fear Montana Drugged Driving Law

(Helena, MT – Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) – Montana lawmakers are considering a bill that would revise the impaired driving law to add that any amount of a dangerous drug is a violation.

But supporters of medical marijuana worry ...

First Chevy Volt Rental Happened Today in NYC

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) A tiny milestone in the march towards an electric car market just crossed the Transportation Nation news desk. The very first rental of a ...

NYC Wants to Legalize Hailing Livery Cabs

(New York -- Brian Zumhagen, WNYC) New York City currently bans passengers from hailing livery cabs on the street. You can only flag down licensed yellow cabs. All other car services must be called by phone to ...