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Montana, Leading the Nation on DUIs, Poised For Crackdown

(Helena, MT -- Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) -UPDATED Montana lawmakers are poised to crackdown on drunk drivers during the 2011 Montana Legislative session.

Per mile and per capita, Montana leads the nation in fatalities where alcohol ...

TN Moving Stories: LA's Westside Subway Gets Federal OK, JSK is Compared to Robin Hood, and New Version of OnStar Is Essentially Omnipotent

(photo by Dre Batista/Flickr)

Federal officials okay preliminary engineering on LA's Westside subway and light rail line. (Los Angeles Times)

Profiling the grid: Nashville utility planners use research and census data to try to determine ...

Saarinen's Ghost Haunts Dulles Metrorail Project

Dulles International Airport

(Washington, D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) Dulles International Airport in Northern Virginia is not just an airport; it's also, according to design and planning guru Roger K. Lewis, "one of America's greatest ...

Cuomo's State of the State: Zero Mentions of Transportation

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) If you read the prepared text of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's State of the State address (prepared remarks here), you'll find a mention of transportation -- roughly what we posted earlier: "Grants ...

House GOP Majority Passes New Rule: It Can Now "Reappropriate" Transportation Funds

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Despite protests from an unusually broad coalition of transportation groups -- from the highways lobby to the New York transit system, the GOP voted today to rescind a 1998 rule that prevented it from taking transportation funds supported by the highway bill for other purposes. That ...

NY's New Gov Says New Grants will Encourage Sustainable Transportation

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) -- We'll have more, but here's a bullet point from Cuomo's State of the State -- full text not out yet (you can hear the speech at WNYC)

A cleaner, greener environment: Governor ...

Au Revoir, Tom Robbins

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) One of the most generous reporters in journalism is leaving the Village Voice. When I wrote of Wayne Barrett's departure from the Village Voice yesterday -- I didn't know that

TN Moving Stories: the Vehicle Saturation Point, Are Transit Advocates in SF Too White, and is 2011 the Year of the Swagger Wagon?

The Takeaway asks: is 2011 the year of the minivan? Toyota hopes so, and is reimagining the Sienna as a "swagger wagon." The below ad captures a white nuclear middle-class family, in all its gangsta glory:

Detroit Automakers See Sales Gains In 2010

Detroit - Jerome Vaughn, WDET) Detroit’s automakers say their sales began to rebound in 2010.

Industry analysts say consumers who have been waiting for the national economy to improve felt confident enough to make vehicle purchases in ...

Shhh - I'm Commuting Ovah Here

(Jim O'Grady, WNYC)

No cell, no song

low talk

in peace we travel

arrive calm

New Jersey Transit train riders first came across this Zen-tastic bit of doggerel in September. It was printed on pale blue ...

Let's Go Ride the Light Rail, Baby

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Phoenix's Valley Metro has commissioned a series of earnest, unironic music videos in which local bands sing about the virtues of public transit. Designed to ...

NYC MTA Touts Toll Program on WNYC

(Jim O'Grady -- WNYC) The NYC Metropolitan Transportation Authority is spending $13,000 to support WNYC programming. The language of the so-called underwriting credit tells listeners:

"WNYC is supported by the MTA. This January the gates come off of ...

Goodbye, Wayne

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) There is no reporter I learned more from than Wayne Barrett.

He writes today:

"When I was asked in recent years to blog frequently, I wouldn't do it unless I had something new ...

TN Moving Stories: New Fees on Metro North/LIRR Trains, Houston Revives its Rail Building Program, and Skateboard Commuters Want Legitimacy

(LIRR ticket; photo by Michael Caruso/Flickr)

A raft of new fees on Metro North and the Long Island Rail Road can be even more costly to riders than the recent 8.8 percent rise in prices. (WNYC)

Unsnarling ...

TN Moving Stories: Rise in NYC's Transportation Costs Outpaces Inflation, American Airlines Breaches Protocol, and Did WI Gov Set Transit Back 20 Years?

(Michelle Thompson/Flickr)

NYC transportation costs rose 3.7% in last 12 months, outpacing inflation. (New York Times)

The New York Daily News has some suggestions for the MTA about how to handle blizzards. Step one: admit ...

Happy New Year, Here's Some Subversive Transit Art

Since we don't have any sweeping best of 2010 posts for you (we're not even one year old yet, cut us some slack) we'll end the year on a whimsical note. In the spirit of New York City's confusing crosswalk signal malfunction, here's a crosswalk sign ...

Twin Cities Planning Organization Saw 'Golden Age'

(St. Paul, Minn. -- Dan Olson, MPR) A powerful layer of Twin Cities government that many voters have never heard of has a new chair.

On Wednesday Minn. Governor-elect Mark Dayton appointed Susan Haigh to replace Peter Bell ...

New Yorkers Debate Over Increasing Number of Bike Lanes

(Photo by Gnarly, via Wikimedia Commons)

Bikes are environmentally friendly -- given they're powered by your own energy -- but it's tough for traditionally auto-based cities to transition into a more bike-based one. Andrea Bernstein reports on the current ...

TN Moving Stories: Beijing Opens 5 New Subway Lines, and Biking Through "Snirt"

Beijing opened five new subway lines this week; the 60 miles of new track extends from the city center to the suburbs (Reuters); video below.

In NYC, there's kvetching ...

Claim: MTA's Technical, Supervisory Failures Led to 600 Snowbound Buses

MTA bus stranded in blizzard

Stranded bus driver wants some help.

(New York -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) The MTA says it's investigating why 600 buses had to be abandoned during this week's blizzard, ...