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Houston's Escalating Traffic Woes: Study Says Commute is Third Worst in America

(Houston, TX -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF) Earlier this year we learned that Houston has five of the top ten most congested roads in Texas. Now, Houston’s been given the title of third worst place to commute in America.

Hertz Offers All-Electric Rental Cars

Nissan Leaf

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The fledgling electric vehicle market got a little boost yesterday, when Hertz Connect began renting all-electric cars.

The rental car giant is starting small, with just five Smart Electric Drives ...

Titan of D.C. Transit Abruptly Resigns

Chris Zimmerman

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) In news that has come as a shock to many—especially myself—Chris Zimmerman announced this morning that he will be stepping down from the Board of Directors of Washington ...

MTA's 2011 Budget Is In The Black--Just Barely

(New York -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) The New York City MTA passed a spending plan for 2011 that erases the $900 million deficit officials had projected earlier this year. But authority chairman Jay Walder warns the ...

TN Moving Stories: New Yorkers Face Long Commutes, More DC Residents Are Taking Public Transit, And How To Modernize Air Traffic Control

Census data, commuter edition: More DC residents are using abandoning their cars and taking public transit to work. "Only New Yorkers take the subway to work more than Washingtonians do." (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, four of New York City's five boroughs logged the nation's longest average commute times to ...

NJ Governor Mum About Feds' Offer to Cut $271 Million ARC Bill Nearly in Half

(New York -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) New Jersey could be off the hook for almost half the $271 million the federal government says it owes for scrapping a rail tunnel under the Hudson after work had been started.

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Feds to NJ: Okay, We'll Credit You $128 Million For ARC Tunnel

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The U.S. Transportation Department tells New Jersey it will be credited nearly half the $271 million it owes the federal government for a scrapped NY-NJ rail tunnel if it pays back all it owes.

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Officials Say Rescues Completed In Ontario Highway Emergency

(Detroit -- Pat Batcheller, WDET) Emergency officials in Ontario say they believe everyone who was stuck in deep snow on Highway 402 has been rescued. Blinding lake effect snow and strong winds off of Lake Huron have closed the highway between Sarnia and London, Ontario. The Blue Water ...

TN Moving Stories: NYC Cabbies Find It's Hard To Answer Nature's Call, and Obama Talks HSR

So many NYC cab drivers, so few bathrooms. "Out of 62 taxi relief stands in the city, only one that recently opened in lower Manhattan has onsite bathrooms drivers can use." But: J&R Music World to the rescue! (WNYC)

Plow cam! Montgomery County, Maryland, has a new ...

Despite Controversy, SF Supes Vote to Study Congestion Pricing

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) It's a controversial plan, but the city of San Francisco is pushing ahead anyway: this morning, the board of supervisors voted to continue studying several options for congestion pricing cordons in the northeast corner of the city. The options include a $3 toll to enter ...

Cars Gone: Vehicle Rapture or Minnesota Snow Reef?

Snowbank in snow city Minneapolis. Dan Olson, Minnesota Public Radio

(Minneapolis -- Dan Olson, Minnesota Public Radio) Where's the rest of the car? Buried under a nearby snowbank near this Interstate 35 and Washington Avenue intersection ...

U.S. Senate Voting on $230 Monthly Commuter Tax Benefit

(New York--Jim O'Grady, WNYC) The U.S. Senate is voting today on a tax cut compromise that includes a provision allowing transit riders to deduct up to $230 per month for the cost of their commute.

The move would be a big step toward extending a benefit that began last ...

The Country's Best And Worst Commutes -- From Your Wallet's POV

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(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) TheStreet and Bundle took a look at how much Americans in different cities spend commuting by car each year and ranked their findings.

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TN Moving Stories: Tax Cut Bill Has Mass Transit Tax Break, and Airline Bag Fees Reap Billions

Tucked into the tax cut bill is a provision that would allow thousands of transit riders to save hundreds of dollars a year on their commuting costs. And it could have a financial ripple effect. (Marketplace)

Airline bag fees brought in $4.3 billion this year. (USA ...

First Chevy Volt Ships to Dealers

Image: © GM Corp

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Chevrolet began shipping Volt electric vehicles to customers and dealerships Monday. The first of 160 cars expected to be shipped this week from the Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly ...

'Tis The Season ... To Crack Down on Drunk Driving

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The Department of Transportation kicked off the annual Holiday Drunk Driving Crackdown Monday. Specifically, Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood wants law enforcement to get tougher on drunk drivers who refuse to take ...

Subway Wallets: Transit Map as Fashion Accessory

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Here's a handy gift for subway riders, tourists planning a trip to New York, or transit cartography nuts. The Mighty Wallet is a nearly indestructible ...

TN Moving Stories: CT Transpo Overhaul Coming, London Gets A Hydrogen Bus, and New York's "Cagelike" Subway Turnstiles are Fare Eaters

Holiday time can mean bonus time...but not for San Francisco Muni operators. Management has "put the kibosh this year on year-end payouts from a special trust fund set up for the city's transit operators." (San Francisco Chronicle)

Connecticut governor-elect Dan Malloy intends to overhaul that state's Department of ...

Bicycles: Not Just for Transportation, But Adornment As Well

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) At today's Bust Magazine Craftacular, bike jewelry was all the rage. Have bikes replaced owls as the new crafts fair item?

D.I.Y. Doe Disposal?


Roadkill in 1954. Image: NOAA's Historic Coast & Geodetic Survey Collection

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) Here’s a sign of the times for you:

In an effort to cut costs, a county in central Michigan is