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Christie Vs. Schumer on ARC - Round 4

(New York - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) First, U.S. Senator Schumer took the podium at a business breakfast this morning and slammed New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for killing the $9 billion ARC rail tunnel under the Hudson River.

Easy for you to say, retorted a spokesman for Governor ...

Interview: John Mica says Transpo Bill Needs "Alternate Means of Financing"

Official Government Photo of John Mica

Transportation Nation's Todd Zwillich spoke with Republican John Mica, Chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, about rumors of raiding the Highway Trust Fund, stretching infrastructure money farther, and why the new ...

Schumer vs. Christie -- Round 3 in ARC Tunnel Bout

(New York, NY -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) If words were wrestling holds, Senator Schumer just slipped Governor Christie's suplex and countered with a double-knee facebreaker. Or at least their spokesmen did.

This morning, Schumer told local leaders at a breakfast that Christie made a "terrible, terrible decision" in October by ...

Bill Seeks To Prosecute Young Impaired Drivers For Vehicular Homicide

(Helena, MT-Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio) – Montana legislators are considering a bill that would allow teenagers charged with vehicular homicide while driving under the influence to be prosecuted as an adult.

House Bill 18 ...

NJ Governor Christie Hits Back at Schumer on ARC Tunnel

(New York - Jim O'Grady, WNYC) Governor Christie's spokesman Michael Drewniak isn't pulling his punches over New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer's

Republicans Say Highway Trust Fund Won't Be Raided

[UPDATED: With added quotes.]

(Washington, D.C. -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Republicans in the House of Representatives say they've been reassured by their newly-empowered leadership about the future of the Highway Trust Fund.

Democrats have been spending first weeks ...

Senator Schumer Blasts Christie on ARC

(Photo by: Jim O'Grady) U.S. Sen Charles Schumer talks NY region transpo infrastructure while taking a shot at NJ Gov Christie for canceling the ARC ...

TN Moving Stories: NYC's Transit Police Scooters, Airlines Set to Report Robust Profits, and Seats Available for 2013 Ride to International Space Station

Transit police scooters in Union Square subway station (Kate Hinds)

The New York Daily News says that "law enforcement in the subways has taken a cartoonish turn with transit police increasingly tooling around on three-wheeled standup scooters."

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New NY State Transpo Commissioner Draws Cheers, Groans

Photo: State of Connecticut

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The appointment by NY Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday of Joan McDonald to be his new transportation commissioner is drawing mixed reaction from those familiar with ...

Cool Quiz from Gothamist: Where is this?

Mystery transit photo, via Gothamist.

Cool news quiz from Gothamist: Where is this? I'm going to guess Flatbush Avenue and Fifth Avenue, in Park Slope, because there was an El there. But honestly, I've ...

GM Expands Truck Recall

(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET) General Motors is expanding a recall of sport utility vehicles and pickup trucks because of a faulty part could cause the rear axle to lock up.

The recall includes a dozen different models from 2011, including the Cadillac Escalade SUV as well as the Chevrolet ...

TN Moving Stories: MTA Defends Performance During Blizzard, and Disconnect Over Transit Btw. Candidates and Voters in Chicago Mayoral Race

MTA officials went before the New York City Council to defend their handling of the recent blizzard. Speaker Quinn: "It really left me not feeling any greater level of confidence that the MTA can handle the next storm." (Wall Street Journal)

The Chicago Tribune says that ...

New GOP Party Chief Not a High Speed Rail Fan

Reince Priebus, Newly Elected RNC Chairman (Getty Images)

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The new head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus, is no fan of high speed rail. Priebus, who's been serving as Chair of the ...

Wanted: More Conversation on the Subway

Urbanist, Alex Marshall has a proposition for New York City Transit: add a conversation car to subway trains. In his gentle modest proposal published in the Daily News, Marshall waxes nostalgic for a day before iPods and kindles ...

Study: Biking Infrastructure Creates More Jobs Than Auto-Based Road Projects

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) This study comes to us via Ray LaHood, the U.S. Transportation Secretary. It's brief -- but by giving it the imprimatur of his blog, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is forcing us to pay attention.

Cuomo Appoints Joan McDonald as NY State DOT Commish

This just in from New York Governor's office. We'll have reporting on this later, but for now here is the full text of the press release:

Governor Cuomo Announces Appointments and Nominations

ALBANY, NY (01/14/2011)(readMedia)-- Governor Andrew M. ...

TN Moving Stories: Florida Gov Lifts Freeze on Transpo Contracts; DC Metro Considering Selling Station Names, and LaHood Tells Bike/Ped Advocates That Now Is Th

Top Transportation Nation stories that we're following: NYC MTA raids show evidence of ongoing faked subway signal inspections. DC's Metro is eliminating phone booths, and New Jersey Transit's website was briefly derailed when they failed to renew their domain name. And in other news:

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Bay Area Transpo: New Years Resolutions

Photo from the Facebook group, "Make BART Trains Run 24 Hours”

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) We've got a new weekly segment on the show looking at what's going on with transportation around the Bay. Have a ...

NYC MTA Raids Show Evidence of Ongoing Faked Inspections

(New York, NY -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) A pair of raids at MTA locker rooms in the past week have turned up evidence that subway workers are continuing the widespread practice of faking signal inspections.

Criminal charges may be next.

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Sorry Superman, Can't Change Here: D.C. Metro To Eliminate Phone Booths

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) D.C.'s Metro announced this morning it will eliminate almost all of the 1,074 pay phones in its train stations.

The reason why shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has ever seen ...