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The Furner Problem: How Globalized Capital Complicates Privatization

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) – This week, in an online excerpt from his new book Griftopia, Rolling Stone muckraker Matt Taibbi offers a startling revelation: “There are now highways, airports, parking garages, toll roads—almost everything you can think of that isn’t nailed down and some things that are—for sale, ...

Feds Finally Release Their ARC Tunnel Estimates

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) When NJ Governor Chris Christie put the ARC Tunnel on hold last month, he alone made public his cost estimates -- overruns could go as high as $5 billion dollars. Federal officials said they hadn't completed their analysis, but disputed that Christie's numbers were accurate. Just ...

ARC's Second D-Day Arrives... Late?

(New York -- Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie was expected to make his final decision on the Access to the Region's Core train tunnel under the Hudson River today, but it's increasingly unclear ...

In Maryland Governor's Race, Purple Reigns

(Washington, DC — David Schultz, WAMU) Some cities use letters or numbers to name their train lines; here in D.C., we use colors. Depending on where you're going, you take the Red Line, Blue Line, Green Line, Orange ...

Agriculture Secretary: We'll Boost Ethanol for Transpo Fuel

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The Obama Administration is getting ready to boost the use of ethanol in transportation fuel.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Thursday a new round of payments to ...

TN Moving Stories: Car Accidents Biggest Threat to Americans Abroad, ARC Decision May Be Delayed, and the Evils of the Subway Door Stander

Biggest threat to Americans abroad isn't terrorism -- it's "a lethal cocktail of killer roads, unsafe vehicles, dangerous driving and disoriented travelers." (USA Today)

Will Governor Christie hand down his ARC tunnel decision today--or think some more over the weekend? (AP via Star Ledger)

French president ...

Breaking: ARC Tunnel Cost $4 Billion Lower Than Thought

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The AP is reporting federal estimates for the ARC transit tunnel are considerably lower than those cited by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie when ...

Houston Metro: Light Rail Projects Stalled

(Houston, TX — Wendy Siegle, KUHF) Houstonians anxious for Metro to finish its light rail project are going to have to stick it out a while longer. Metro’s President and CEO George Greanias announced today that, due to budget ...

You Live In NYC. Do You Know What The Speed Limit Is?

(Kate Hinds, WNYC/Transportation Nation) “Many New Yorkers do not even know what the speed limit is,” said New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. Speaking today at the intersection where Broadway, Amsterdam Avenue and West 71st Street meet in ...

NY Candidate Cuomo: Congestion Pricing "Moot"

(New York -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Democratic gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo has been a bit of a cipher when it comes to transportation and transit. He's bemoaned MTA inefficiencies, called into question an employer-tax imposed ...

NYC DOT Says Brooklyn Bike Lane Dramatically Reduces Speeding, Sidewalk Bicycling

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) On a day with competing rallies about the controversial bike lane that the city installed on Prospect Park West in the Park Slope neighborhood of Brooklyn, the city's Department of Transportation released some data that it ...

NJ Dems: Governor Christie Pulled Transit Tunnel Numbers "Out of Thin Air"

(New York -- Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) A top New Jersey Democrats says he's combed through the hundreds of pages that led Governor Chris Christie to dump the ARC train tunnel under the Hudson River and found ...

Pro-Transit Groups say Cuomo Proposal to Abolish MTA "Empty Rhetoric"

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) You might think pro-transit groups would be allies with New York Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo (he's not the guy who wants to "take a baseball bat" to Albany). But Transportation Alternatives and the left-leaning Drum Major Institute have released a 5-step plan for stabilizing ...

ARC Transit Tunnel Deadline Approaches ...Again; Christie Says There's No "Money Tree"

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Tomorrow is the second manufactured deadline for life or death of an $8.7 billion rail tunnel from New Jersey to New York, but there's little that's happened in the last two weeks to suggest NJ Governor Chris Christie, a fiscal conservative whose star in on the ...

TN Moving Stories: Toyota Recall, Dueling Bike Rallies in Brooklyn, and Swedes Invent Invisible Bike Helmet

Toyota recalls 1.5 million vehicles worldwide for brake and fuel problems. (New York Times)

Midterm elections may reroute high speed rail projects. (Marketplace)

Tough week for transportation in DC: The Virginia Department of Historic Resources is objecting to a change in the planned Metrorail line ...

TIGER Grants: DOT and HUD Get Together

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) As we reported earlier today, the United States Department of Transportation released the full list of transportation investment grants (known as TIGER II)--a pool of money totaling $600 million for 75 separate ...

Proposed Billings Bypass Divides Montanans

(Billings, Montana - Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio) I-90 in Billings, Montana is part of the Camino-Real International Trade Corridor-- a well-traveled NAFTA route that truckers use to move goods through Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

But: ...

TIGER II Grants Officially Announced

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The U.S. Department of Transportation announced the winners of their $600 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant competition today. According to the DOT's press release: "Roughly 29 percent of TIGER II money goes ...

TN Moving Stories: ARC Supporters Fan Out Across NJ; Critical Mass Bicyclists Win Suit; and You Say You Want a Rail-Volution?

ARC tunnel supporters fanned out across the state yesterday to rally, get signatures, pass out fliers. Can the tunnel be saved? Governor Christie's response: "I don't know. I’ll wait to see what they tell me on Friday about the money. It’s all about the money." (Star Ledger)

"Critical ...

Construction Workers Rally to Save ARC Tunnel

(North Bergen, NJ -- Scott Gurian, WNYC) Supporters of a new commuter rail tunnel under the Hudson River rallied Tuesday in North Bergen, New Jersey, to save the project, saying it represents thousands of construction jobs for ...