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What Lies Beneath: Pavement Edition

Carl Monismith, Director of the UC Pavement Research Center, and Jim Signore, the center's Assistant Director. Photo by Casey Miner.

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) If you’re driving right now, or riding a bus, trolley, taxicab ...

NYC Defends Controversial PPW Bike Lane with Data

Image: PPW Bike Lane. (NYC DOT)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) In Brooklyn, New York one bike lane in particular is serving as a flash point for debate between ...

Drive Less? Pay Less

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) Have a car, but don't drive it that often? Starting in February, that means you could pay less for your car insurance in California. Insurance Commissioner Steve Poizner announced that ...

Smile For London Uses Underground Art to Cheer Up Rush Hour

Image: Westminster Tube Sign, (c) Transport for London 2005

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Video artists in London are making videos to cheer up commuters. The public art project Smile For London is collecting short films ...

Slow Down App Stops Speeding with Distorted Music

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Here's an app for those of you who know you drive too fast when your favorite song comes on.

OVK Slowdown is an iPhone ...

Slowest Bus in NYC Goes Slower than a Child Can Walk

(New York, NY -- Jim O'Grady) The M42 bus is the winner of the 9th Annual Pokey Award, given to the slowest bus in New York City. The Schleppie Award for the city’s least reliable bus goes to ...

Survey: Three Quarters favor Brooklyn Bike Lane

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)

Read the full survey here.

The two-way protected bike lane along Brooklyn's Prospect Park West has drawn controversy since before it was built. The lane was heavily favored by the local ...

TN Moving Stories: DC Metro Has Bicycle Ambitions, NJ Transit Delays Increase, and Ford To Recycle Blue Jeans

The DC Metro wants to triple the percentage of riders who arrive by bicycle by 2020 and quintuple it by 2030. (Greater Greater Washington) Meanwhile, WAMU explains how Metro's track circuits work--and what happens when they don't.

Does California's largest high-speed rail project suffer from the ...

A Bridge to ... London?! Historical Map with Grand Rail Plans

(St. Paul, Minnesota -- Dan Olson, MPR News) Who says people out here in Flyoverland don't dream big transportation dreams? Remember the contemporary kerfuffle over the bridge to nowhere? Well, here's a circa 1871 vision for a bridge to ...

First Fare Hikes, Now NJ Transit Users Will Pay More to Park

Over there, an empty spot. Image by Flickr user JGNY

(New York -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) New Jersey Transit is preparing to charge more money for parking spots. The cash-strapped agency says its ...

A Plan for Reliable Transportation For Poor Montanans

(Billings, MT – Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) – The provider of public health services for Montana’s largest community is moving most of its services to one campus. A lack of reliable transportation has hindered access to some programs ...

New Transit Lines Open Today in Dallas, Rhode Island

[UPDATED 12/7/2010 explaining Rhode Island service addition more accurately]

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation). Two new transit lines launched today. Dallas Area Rapid Transit opened its electric light rail Green Line. And ...

VA Governor McDonnell Makes Good On Promise To Accelerate Highway Spending

Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell

(Washington, D.C. -- David Schultz, WAMU) We told you earlier about Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell's discovery of $1.5 billion dollars in unspent transportation funding. McDonnell, a Republican, found the money through ...

Do Bad Past Debt Decisions Make Voters Weary of Transit Investments?

Wonder why voters seem to be coming down against big transit projects like the ARC? Over at "It's a Free Country," our colleague Bob Hennelly tallies up what local governments have spent on big projects ...

TN Moving Stories: All Aboard The European Road Train, A Possible Stay of Execution for LI Bus, and Santa Rides Chicago's L Train

The Washington Post's Dr. Gridlock ponders: is the federal transit benefit good transportation policy?

Port Authority looks to recommit ARC money, dusts off repair wish list. (Wall Street Journal)

"Road Trains" --known as the European Union’s Safe Road Trains for the Environment (or EU SARTRE--you can't ...

Jim Oberstar, Exit Interview after 17 Terms with House Transportation Committee

Rep. James Oberstar (Dem-Minn.) is about to leave the House after serving 17 terms representing the 8th Congressional District of Minnesota. He's spent 15 years as the senior Democrat on the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, with two terms as chairman. Oberstar has presided over or participated in some ...

Tennessee Cracker Barrel Restaurants to Become EV Charging Stations

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) 24 Cracker Barrel restaurants in Tennessee will get electric vehicle charging stations, the company said in a press release.

Gas2.org reports that 12 locations will get Blink DC Charging Stations—capable ...

City Council Vote On Streetcar Could Signal New Era In D.C. Transportation

A prototype of D.C.'s new streetcar

(Washington, D.C. -- David Schultz, WAMU) The D.C. City Council, convening in a lame duck session next week, will cast a crucial vote on funding for an urban street car project.

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TN Moving Stories: Transportation Funding Woes Dog States, and Looking Ahead to Looking Back: Will Rear View Cameras Become Status Quo?

Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell wants to redirect $45 million in federal funds to stave off huge Port Authority service cuts, but says it's a short-term fix. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

NJ Spotlight writes about "New Jersey's troubled transportation outlook" and says that "a proposed subway to Secaucus and ...

NJ Transit to Hire Biggest DC Lobbying and Law Firm to fight FTA

Gov. Chris Christie

(New York, NY -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC)

Here come the lawyers.

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie has hired a law firm to challenge a $271 million tab the federal government says ...