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Driving On Unkempt Streets May Be Costing Houstonians More Than They Think

(Wendy Siegle, KUHF News Houston) Driving along Broadway in southeast Houston can be tense. Potholes, uneven pavement, and jarring dips in the road lie in ambush on every block. Whether your car will be able to dodge all the ...

TN Moving Stories: Female Crash Test Dummies and $776 million for bus upgrades

The Federal Transit Administration will give communities $776 million to upgrade bus service and buy fuel efficient buses (Wall Street Journal). Read Ray LaHood's blog entry about the grants here.

A new report says that the US's failing transportation infrastructure imperils our ...

NY Mayor Bloomberg: "Enh" on Privatizing Parking Meters.

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Matt D. wrote on Friday about Indianopolis's flirtation with privatizing its on-street parking. Turns out former Indy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, now the Deputy Mayor of NYC, is eying it too, as first reported in the New York Post. But his boss, Mayor Michael ...

NJ Transportation Commissioner: Transit Money Could Go to Roads if Tunnel is Halted

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC)

(This post has been updated.) A number of transit advocates suspect New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to use money allocated for a commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River and apply it ...

Deal reached on NJ Roads Funding

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) Thousands of New Jersey construction workers are expected to go back to work tomorrow after the legislature broke an impasse with Governor Christie.

The Joint Budget Oversight Committee voted 4 to 1 in favor of ...

TN Moving Stories: Road Work Grinds to A Halt in NJ, and A Look at the MTA's Most Delayed Trains

In NJ, work on $1.7 billion of state Department of Transportation projects halts today as Gov. Christie and state Democrats clash over funding (WNYC). An emergency meeting between Governor Christie and NJ Democratic lawmakers is scheduled for 10am today.

AT&T, T-Mobile to strike deal bringing cell ...

Fighting for a spot

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) - On Tuesday we posted about the Indianapolis manifestation of Park(ing) Day, wherein a prime loading zone on Meridian Street was turned to lawn as a demonstration of the importance of urban green space.

The residents of Indianapolis are a little sensitive about their parking ...

A Reminder: Don't Die In A Flash Flood

(Washington, DC -- David Schultz, WAMU) Hurricane season is well underway, and that means a mega-rain storm can strike the East Coast or the Gulf Coast at any time. Just this week, D.C. and New York City were hammered ...

Report: Chronic Underinvestment In Texas Roads Will Cost Big In The Future

(Wendy Siegle, KUHF News Houston) Times are tough for America’s roads. States are facing budget shortfalls of more than $127 billion for 2010-2011, leaving transportation agencies with limited funding for maintenance and improvement projects. It seems streets will remain ...

NJ Smart Growth Groups Hit Back on"Myths" about Trans-Hudson Tunnel

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) In a sign of how tense things are getting in New Jersey as planners and transportation groups await the outcome of Governor Christie's 30-day review of ARC tunnel spending, the planning group ...

Obama's New Diesel Standards

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) New diesel fuel economy standards are expected to be finalized within a week and some in the diesel industry are taking the occasion to remind us ...

New York U.S. Senator Schumer Touts Transit in New Ad

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) It's not often you see U.S. Senators touting aid to transit in television ads. Creating jobs? Yes. Helping constituents? Sure. Indeed, many U.S. Senators aren't particular fans of mass transit -- if ...

Caltrain Riders Fight for Their Commute

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) It’s been said that transportation planning in San Francisco is a contact sport. People around here have very, very strong opinions about their transit, and they’re not shy about sharing them. A ...

TN Moving Stories: Can NY's Subways Handle The Rain, and Seattle Launches RapidRide -- While Cutting Other Service

New York's subways brace for heavy rain. The Wall Street Journal points out that "the last heavy rainfall event of this magnitude in August 2007 caused epic flooding throughout the subway system." Gizmodo adds: "we depend on just 700 fragile water pumps to keep the tunnels ...

Feds Forcing New York to Change Font on 250,000 Street Signs

Image by Flickr user Video4net

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The Federal Highway Administration is telling New York to replace a quarter of a million street signs to conform to national standards. It all comes down ...

Real vs. perceived travel time: your trip is shorter than you think it is

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) A huge inspiration for new transportation projects – and the Bay Area has a lot of big ones in the works right now – is efficiency. How much more efficient is ...

Expert: New York City Zoning Regs Won't Really Encourage People to Give Up Private Cars for Car Sharing

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) (Updated) New York yesterday changed its zoning regulations to clarify that yes, car-share cars can park in private garages. But Dr. Rachel Weinberger, a parking expert at the University of Pennsylvania, says, ...

Election Report: Transit Advocate Coasting in Colorado

(Golden, CO -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Here in the Western suburbs of Denver, where the suburbs meet the Rocky foothills, libertarianism reigns. Jefferson County is a classic swing county, one that has voted for both George ...

TN Moving Stories: MTA's "Stealth" Fare Hike, and World Traffic Deaths Falling in Developed Nations

World traffic deaths falling in developed nations--like in Denmark, which, in 2009, posted the lowest number of traffic fatalities since 1932. (Detroit News)

Transportation leaders gather in DC to trade ideas on how to bring big projects to fruition. (WAMU)

The MTA says that eliminating discounts ...

NY Creates More (Potential) Parking for Car Share

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) A number of communities around the country, including Palo Alto, CA and Hoboken, NJ, have created special on-street parking for car shares, often by auctioning off the spots. New York City isn't ...