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Obama: 80 Percent of Americans Should Have Access to High Speed Rail By 2036

(Washington, DC -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) In his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is calling for what aids are calling "an upfront investment" in 2011 so that by 2036, eighty percent ...

President: We Have To Do Better on Infrastructure

Excerpt from the President's State of the Union address: "The third step in winning the future is rebuilding America. To attract new businesses to our shores, we need the fastest, most reliable ways to move people, goods, ...

Obama: One Million Electric Vehicles by 2015

From the speech: "At the California Institute of Technology, they’re developing a way to turn sunlight and water into fuel for our cars. At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, they’re using supercomputers to get a lot more power out ...

President: Six Year Transportation Plan to be Outlined in Budget

From a White House Fact Sheet: "The President’s Budget will outline a comprehensive, six-year plan to leverage our resources to repair crumbling roads, bridges, and transit. It will feature up-front investments that will both help generate hundreds of ...

Down to the Wire on Whether NJ Will Pay $271 Million for Cancelling ARC Tunnel

(New York - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) The clock is ticking on a proposed deal between the feds and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie over his decision in October to cancel the ARC rail tunnel under the Hudson because of projected cost overruns.

Christie has until the end of today to ...

Check TN Tonight For State of the Union Coverage

We'll be posting and tweeting. Alex, Kate & I will tell you what's what, on the SOTU and transportation, with reports from Todd Zwillich, who'll be in the chamber. Join us here, at 9 EST.

Federal Rail Administrator Szabo: Loss of Wisconsin Won't Slow Midwest High Speed Rail

The Federal Rail Administrator, Joe Szabo, is telling the TRB conference the loss of Wisconsin won't really affect the Midwest high speed rail network.

Szabo "This is a state driven program -- it's up to the states to ...

More hints on what the State of the Union will say about Transportation

(Washington, DC -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) What's in tonight's speech? No one is saying for sure, but Deputy Secretary of Transportation John Porcari just told an audience of transportation professionals in Washington: "You can bet the President ...

Hiking Up Fees In Texas Could Help Congestion Problems, But Not Solve Them

(Houston - Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) David Dewhurst, the lieutenant governor of Texas, told the Dallas Morning News that he’ll encourage lawmakers to seek out more money for highway construction.

He said he won’t support a tax ...

TN Moving Stories: Madison To Get Bike Share Program, Distracted Walking Under Fire, and NYC To Renovate Dozens of Subway Stations

Perfect transit moment in DC, not too far from the Transportation Research Bureau conference: Metro, bikes, buses, pedestrians, cars (Kate Hinds)

Lawmakers in New York and Arkansas are considering restrictions on using cell phones and music players such ...

Guangzhou Wins ITDP Sustainable Transit Award

(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

[UPDATED] (Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The 2011 Sustainable Transport Award goes to Guangzhou, China in large part for a successful and highly popular bus rapid transit system that integrates with bike lanes, bike ...

Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy: Infrastructure to be "one of the themes" of State of the Union

(Washington, DC -- Andrea Bernstein) Assistant Undersecretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. DOT, Polly Trottenberg, is promising infrastructure will be "one of the themes" of President Obama's State of the Union address tomorrow night. She told an assembled crowd of transportation researchers at the Sustainable Transport Award ...

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 ...