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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 ...

California Selects Controversial High-Speed Rail Route

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) The California High-Speed Rail Authority voted today to select a route from Madera to Corcoran as the first segment of the planned statewide system.

From the press release:

The California High-Speed Rail Authority ...

Rep. Oberstar Chairs Final Transpo Hearing after 46 Years of with Committee

(St. Paul, Minn. — Bob Kelleher, MPR) Rep. Jim Oberstar on Thursday chaired his last meeting of the House Transportation Committee that he's served in some capacity for 46 years.

Illinois Democratic Rep. Daniel Lipinski said he's drawing ...

New York City's 10,000 Designated Drivers

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The New York City Department of Transportation announced today that it will be handing out thousands of pre-paid debit cards this holiday season as part of its anti-drunk driving efforts.

You the Man -- ...

EPA Chief: Cleaner Cars One of Agency's Biggest Achievements in 40 Years

The nation's top environmental officer cites cleaner cars as one of the top achievements of the past 40 years. Transportation Nation partner WNYC interviewed Lisa Jackson, Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, about her tenure and her agency's ...

Christie Hires Big DC Lobbying/Law Firm to Argue Transit Tunnel case

From Governor Christie's Press Office (analysis coming):

Governor Chris Christie Approves Retention of Law Firm to Protect Taxpayers from Unreasonable FTA Demands

For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Trenton, NJ – Furthering his commitment to ...

Detroiters Wait To Hear Fate Of Proposed Bridge Project

Ambassador Bridge. Image: (CC) by Flickr user mcclouds

(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET) Detroiters and their counterparts in Windsor, Ontario, Canada are waiting for Michigan legislators to determine the fate of a proposed border crossing.

Legislation supporting ...

Survey: Texas Drivers Feeling Less Safe on the Roads, Want Ban on Cell Phones

(Houston -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Texans feel less safe on the roads than they did five years ago, according to a study released by the Texas Transportation Institute (TTI). Researchers asked drivers how they feel about traffic ...

November Auto Sales: Boy, 2010 Beats 2009

(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET) Remember the auto bailout? The closing of the dealerships? The miasma of doubt and fear surrounding the future of the American auto manufacturer?

That was then, this is now. ...

TN Moving Stories: LA to Slash Bus Lines, and Toronto Councilors Tell Mayor Ford: Not So Fast--WE Have Final Say on Transit City

Los Angeles' MTA will eliminate nine bus lines and reduce service on several others next week. (Daily Breeze, LAist)

Toronto's councilors to Mayor Ford: not so fast--we have final say on Transit City plan. (Globe and Mail)

Did Houston voters violate the constitution by ...

Toronto's New Mayor: "The War on the Car is Over"

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) On his first day in office, in one of his first official actions, Toronto's new mayor declared "The war on the car is over."

Toronto has ...

MTA "Terror-Proofing" Bridges and Tunnels

Manhattan Bridge, New York City. Image: (CC) by Flickr user barry.pousman

(New York — Jim O’Grady, WNYC) The MTA is coming to the end of a $250 million project to “terror-proof” seven bridges ...

Deficit Commission: Raise the Gas Tax. And Soon.

(Washington, D.C. -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The president's deficit commission is taking aim at the Highway Trust Fund in its quest to take a hatchet to federal spending and ...

Christie Hires Law Firm To Stop FTA From Collecting ARC Money

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) From the AP:

Governor Chris Christie plans to challenge the $271 million the federal government says New Jersey owes after canceling a rail tunnel.

Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak says the administration is completing plans to ...

TN Moving Stories: LaHood Harshes On Street Sign Overhaul, NJ Reacts to FTA Bill, and Will the Volt's Rising Tide Lift Michigan High Tech Industry?

NJ politicians react to FTA's demand that the state repay $271 million in canceled ARC funds. One report says that Gov. Christie has lawyered up and plans to file a lawsuit to fight the bill; another says that the state congressional delegation may try talking to ...

First Lawsuits Filed Against TSA Patdowns

A TSA Agent using a full body X-Ray scanner. Image: Getty Images

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) It's official, the lawsuits are coming! A Colorado attorney has filed suit against the TSA, asking a Federal judge to order ...

Rebuilt Roosevelt Island Tram Aloft

Riders looking noirish aboard the new Roosevelt Island Tram


(New York -- Jim O’Grady, WNYC) Hundreds of Roosevelt Island residents showed up this morning ...

A Third of Highway Deaths Involve Drugs--Yes, 33 Percent!

(Washington, D.C. -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) As many as a third of all U.S. traffic fatalities involve drug users.

That’s the conclusion of a new analysis out today from the White House Office of Drug Control Policy ...