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Potential High Speed Rail Corridors Rated: Northeast Tops List

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) A new report compares almost 8,000 potential high-speed rail corridors to find the best routes for future investment. The study estimates potential ridership for each, and suggests predicted passenger demand should ...

TN Moving Stories: NJ Gets Another ARC Repayment Extension, and Will NYC's MTA Preemptively Shut Down Some Subways During Blizzards?

Public-private partnerships are winning converts for transportation projects. (Marketplace)

New Jersey now has until January 18th to repay the federal government $271 million for the ARC Tunnel. (Star-Ledger)

Day one of the North American International Auto Show, wrapped up by a Detroit ...

Ford Plans To Add 7,000 Jobs To Its U.S. Workforce

(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET) Ford Motor Company says it is adding 7,000 jobs to its workforce by the end of 2012. Ford President of the Americas Mark Fields made the announcement during the North American International Auto Show in ...

Jerry Brown Reveals Budget, And It's Ugly

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) Governor Jerry Brown announced his budget proposal this morning, and it's a doozy: $12.5 billion in cuts to everything from MediCal to local redevelopment agencies. The press release is below, and you ...

Volt Wins Car of the Year in Detroit, Electric Focus Debuts in Las Vegas

(Photo: GM)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The hybrid-electric Chevy Volt beat out its all-electric rival, the Nissan Leaf, and the other finalist the Hyundai Sonata to win 2011 ...

TN Moving Stories: NJ Transit's "Quiet Car" Program Spurs Not-So-Quiet Debate, and Has London "Misjudged Bike Demand?"

Bicyclists in Dubai (Danny McL/Flickr)

The Star-Ledger's editorial board is not loving New Jersey Governor Christie's transportation plan, which they describe as a short-sighted "money grab — all to protect his image on the gas tax."

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What do road builders think of the new Congress?

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) What do road builders think of the new Congress? Attendees of the sixth annual Texas Transportation Forum in Austin got an earful about that Wednesday from Brian Deery, the Senior Director of the Highway & Transportation Division of the Associated General Contractors of America.

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Faked Inspection Reports Put Straphangers in Danger, NYC Council Says

In November, the NYC MTA's Inspector General released a report showing that the vast majority of subway signal inspection reports were falsified. NYC transit chief Tom Prendergast says the agency still doesn't quite have a handle on the problem -- and the council says that's dangerous. WNYC has

NJ Transportation Plan Draws Fire; Some ARC Money Goes to Roads

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie's announcement yesterday that he was putting forward a "responsible transportation capital plan," drew a quick torrent of criticism from transit advocates already stung by huge

Everything Moving in NYC, More or Less

A NYC plow on the move in Northern Manhattan. Photo: John Keefe

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) It's snowing pretty hard now, but still, the streets seem fine, and the subways seem to be working about as ...

A "Toxic Tour" of Houston's East End

House next to animal feed manufacturer in Old Town Harrisburg

(Houston -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF) While Houston has a number of sightseeing tours, most of them focus on the city's attractive destinations. But there is one tour ...

TN Moving Stories: Boxer rends garments over House rules: Scott casts doubt on FL High Speed Rail; NY Subway Signal Fraud May Be Vast; But Hey, You Can Ride You

A downtown Manhattan parking meter--whose rates ARE rising (Kate Hinds)

New Florida Governor Rick Scott's Administration releases a report prepared by a Libertarian group that says Florida's High Speed Rail might be too costly. (WESH-TV, Orlando) ...

NYC Tries GPS to Track Snowplows

A NYC plow working after the post-Christmas blizzard. AZI PAYBARAH/WNYC

[UPDATED WITH CITY HALL RESPONSE.]

(John Keefe, Transportation Nation) As meteorologists forecast more snow for New York City, City Hall plans to track where ...

Why California Budget May Slam High Speed Rail

(San Francisco––Casey Miner, KALW News) It’s only been a few days since Jerry Brown retook the California Governor’s office, but all signs suggest that he’s planning to put the state on a serious fiscal ...

Go Ahead, Rebook that Flight

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) There are still piles of cruddy snow crowding out the streets and sidewalks in many parts of New York City, and now there's two to six more inches coming. But not to worry! Airlines ...

Montana, Leading the Nation on DUIs, Poised For Crackdown

(Helena, MT -- Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) -UPDATED Montana lawmakers are poised to crackdown on drunk drivers during the 2011 Montana Legislative session.

Per mile and per capita, Montana leads the nation in fatalities where alcohol ...

TN Moving Stories: LA's Westside Subway Gets Federal OK, JSK is Compared to Robin Hood, and New Version of OnStar Is Essentially Omnipotent

(photo by Dre Batista/Flickr)

Federal officials okay preliminary engineering on LA's Westside subway and light rail line. (Los Angeles Times)

Profiling the grid: Nashville utility planners use research and census data to try to determine ...

Saarinen's Ghost Haunts Dulles Metrorail Project

Dulles International Airport

(Washington, D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia is not just an airport; it's also, according to design and planning guru Roger K. Lewis, "one of America's greatest ...

Cuomo's State of the State: Zero Mentions of Transportation

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) If you read the prepared text of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address (prepared remarks here), you'll find a mention of transportation -- roughly what we posted earlier: "Grants ...

House GOP Majority Passes New Rule: It Can Now "Reappropriate" Transportation Funds

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Despite protests from an unusually broad coalition of transportation groups -- from the highways lobby to the New York transit system, the GOP voted today to rescind a 1998 rule that prevented it from taking transportation funds supported by the highway bill for other purposes. That ...