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Illegal Streets: Off the Map, Not Off the Grid

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) In his press conference yesterday, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg was asked a question about how long it would take the city to plow every street. His response generated some curiosity.

"I don't know that you ...

Mapping NYC's Unplowed Streets

As New York City continues to dig out of the big blizzard, many residents are crying foul, saying snow on their streets hasn't been cleared fast enough. This refrain has been especially common in the outer boroughs.

Hard data on cleared streets is hard to come by because the ...

NYC Subways Edge Closer to Normal; Not There Yet

#SubSnow: The scene at Cortelyou Rd (B, Q) as Track Workers &... on Twitpic

The scene at Cortelyou Rd (B, Q) as Track Workers & Maintainers dug out the ...

TN Moving Stories: NYC Snow Recovery Continues, Moscow Misspent $8 Billion in Transpo Money, and $5 a Gallon Gas - Coming in 2012?

A Bolt Bus boards on West 33rd Street, NY (Alex Goldmark)

New York City's transit system still hasn't fully recovered from the storm, with many bus routes not operating at all (New York Daily News). Things are ...

Tips for Biking in Winter

(Image Brian Hughes, Toronto Star)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) To all the brave cycling souls itching to get back out there on two wheels, Brian Hughes made this great graphic tips list of how to bike in winter. ...

TN Moving Stories: Aftermath of the Storm, "Reserving" Parking Spaces in Boston, and Does Urban Biking Have a Diversity Problem?

More on the storm's aftermath: mass transit in NYC will be limping along today. "As of late yesterday, every line that was operating had delays." (New York Daily News) Nationally, stranded travelers are still having great difficulty getting home. (AP)

Here's a good round up of ...

Tolls and Transit Fares Rising in NYC — A Primer

(New York -- Jim O'Grady) A fare increase will make almost every form of transit in the New York area more expensive starting Thursday. Subway and bus fares are going up, along with tolls on seven bridges and two ...

Can We Ever Be Safe From Terrorism on Mass Transit?

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The main thing keeping us safe from terrorist attacks on mass transit systems is lack of terrorist effort. That's the conclusion of a sobering review of government data by USA Today.

The newspaper writes:

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FTA Awards Transit Funding; Second Avenue Subway & LIRR Big Winners

Second Avenue Subway (NYC MTA)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The Federal Transit Administration awarded a round of grants today for transit projects currently underway -- see details from the FTA's press release below.

FTA Announces $182.4 Million in ...

Boxing Day Blizzard Takes on Transportation Systems

Plows and Salt Spreaders in New York City. (Submitted by WNYC listener.)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) From the Carolinas up to Maine, severe winter weather shut down airports, slowed roads and stalled transit systems Sunday night and Monday morning.

All New ...

TN Moving Stories: Snowtorious Storm Smacks Northeast, and Cycling on a Roll in DC

Abandoned taxi, NYC (Alex Goldmark)

Blizzard slows down travel in the Northeast (WNYC): in New York City, airports and rail shuts down, but other transit gamely presses on (NY1) --with the

NYC Subway Video from 1949 -- Happy Holidays

Here's a video from 1949 of the NYC subway. Enjoy the vintage ride.

Happy Holidays from the Transportation Nation crew.

TN Moving Stories: Build Your Own Bamboo Bike, and Combatting Beijing Traffic

Fast rail, slow build out: "Only 20 miles of track on the 284-mile Amtrak route between Chicago and St. Louis will be upgraded to handle 110-mph trains by 2012, state officials said Thursday." (Chicago Tribune)

Want to build your own bamboo bike? You can, in Brooklyn. Video below! ...

Seeing Roads As Rails—A Clever Cartographic Experiment

Detail of Interstates as Subways Diagram, by Cameron Booth


(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) Transportation geeks with empty walls (and graphic design fans with wanderlust) have ...

Heading Out of Town? Check Out the Traffic

Holland Tunnel traffic on Varick Street (photo by Alex Goldmark)

We reported yesterday on the coming holiday travel—and traffic—surge. From our window out of WNYC it looks like it's already underway as of ...

Shake-Up Continues In Washington Metro's Leadership

Marcell Solomon will no longer serve on Metro's board of directors. The board has been facing a series of changes to its membership. (Courtesy of: WMATA, photo by Larry Levine)(Washington, DC -- David Schultz, WAMU) ...

Weinshall, Steisel: DOT Brooklyn Bike Lane Data is Wrong

We missed this yesterday, but since we've published DOT's data, we thought we should bring you this letter to the editor of the NY Times, in response to an editorial about how cyclists should be ...

100,000 Caddies Recalled

(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET) General Motors is recalling nearly 100,000 Cadillacs for a possible problem with the airbag system.

The recall affects the Cadillac CTS from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

The automaker says the sensor that detects ...

DC Streetcar...or National Monument View? Reason #4,080 Why D.C. Is Not Like Any Other City

A prototype of D.C.'s new streetcar

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) So let's say you're a city. You want to build a big public works project, like a school or a fire house - or ...

TN Moving Stories: 100th Countdown Clock in NYC Subways, India's Railways Prioritize Onions, and Spain Now Leads Europe in HSR

A countdown clock on the 110th Street 1 train platform (Kate Hinds)

NYC's subways have their 100th countdown clock -- exceeding the MTA's original goal to get 75 stations online by the end of the ...