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NYC Pols Take on Rental Car Fees Based on Residence

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Residents in some parts of New York City pay an additional fee--as much as $55 a day--to rent a car in the tri-state area because of their home address. The fee, charged by Dollar/Thrifty Rental Car, ...

Ford Announces Launch Cities For Focus Electric--And Houston Makes the Cut

Ford Focus Electric (CC) by Flickr user Kevin Krejci

(Houston -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF News) Houston will be one of 19 U.S. cities to debut Ford’s first all-electric vehicle (EV) next year. The automaker ...

The Taxi of Tomorrow

NYC Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky was on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning to talk about the Taxi of Tomorrow. Listen below--and visit the segment's comments page to weigh ...

TN Moving Stories: More on the Number 7's Trans-Hudson Ambitions; DC Unveils First Public Car Charging Station, and Virgin Wants in on U.S. High-Speed Rail

ARC tunnel, we just can't quit you: The New York Times takes a look at the mayor's plan to run the number 7 train under the Hudson River to New Jersey. And while Mayor Bloomberg didn't shed many tears when the ARC died...when it comes extending his beloved ...

Minn. Commuter Rail Celebrates 1st Birthday, Not Meeting Ridership Targets

Image: (CC) by Flickr user Mulad.

(Tim Nelson, MPR) Minnesota's first commuter rail line marked its first anniversary Tuesday morning.

This year, nearly 600,000 people have stepped aboard the line's trains for the half-dozen ...

Son of ARC: Mayor Bloomberg Wants to Extend Subway Across Hudson

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie killled the ARC tunnel twice, but it still won't die.

Now New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to build a transit tunnel under the Hudson, extending the number 7 subway train -- a new line under construction -- to New ...

Fourth Graders Educate New Yorkers About City Speed Limit

Janette Sadik-Khan, James Vacca, and PS 261 students

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Are you smarter than a fourth grader? If you don't know what New York's speed limit is, the answer is probably "no."

As part ...

Minn. Lawmaker Defends Earmarks, Vows to Save Light Rail Funds

(St. Paul -- Elizabeth Dunbar, Minnesota Public Radio) While Republicans are set to formalize a non-binding pledge banning earmarks, not every legislator thinks it's good policy. U.S. Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN), defended congressional earmarks today, saying ...

NY Governor-Elect Cuomo Announces Transportation Transition Team

Heavy on builders, light on planners (with the exception of NYU's Mitchell Moss). Represented are members of the airplane, truck, and long distance bus industries. Missing: advocates for biking, walking, and mass transit, unless you count real estate executive Peter Kalikow, the former MTA chief. From the press release:

Committee ...

SERIES: BRT (as in Bus Rapid Transit)

BRT in Colombia (photo by Gabriel Mendoza Ardila)

Folks, these aren't new, but a reader requested the WNYC series on BRT from 2009. And if you're interested in transit models from around the world, the stories still hold.

1st and 2nd Avenue Bike Lanes: Not in 2010. In 2011?

NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and NYC Council Member James Vacca measure car speeds on Atlantic Avenue, Brooklyn, with P.S. 261 fourth graders (Kate Hinds)

UPDATED WITH NEW COMMENTS FROM JANETTE SADIK-KHAN (Kate Hinds, ...

Houston Chronicle: Loss of Red Light Revenue Creates Sea of Red Ink

The surprise rejection of red light cameras in Houston won't help the city's budget problems anyway, the Houston Chronicle reports:

The city's decision to turn off its red-light cameras on Monday after voters rejected the ...

Local Planners Squashed in IN; Interstate Gets Approval

Before a room of concerned citizens, Indiana Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Samuel Sarvis explains to the Bloomington-Monroe County MPO what the state intends to do if they refuse to ...

TN Moving Stories: LA Looks At Congestion Pricing, a Streetcar Named Red Hook, and Is NY Closer to ARC $?

Is New York "well-positioned" to snag some federal ARC funds? Senator Gillibrand spoke to Ray LaHood Monday -- and she thinks signs point to yes. (Wall Street Journal)

The Los Angeles MTA is considering bringing some form of congestion pricing to the city. (Los ...

McConnell Earmark Ban Support Could Mean Even Less for Transpo

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) State and local transportation planners may have had an uneasy sleep last night after hearing that the Senate's top-ranking Republican is backing a ban on earmark ...

After Election, Houston's Red Light Cameras Go Dark

By Derek Jensen (Tysto)

(Houston - Pat Hernandez, KUHF News) Houston's red light cameras are now officially switched off, but the controversy surrounding the traffic enforcement measure is far from over. The city has filed a federal lawsuit ...

Governor-Elect Cuomo Says Bridges Need Attention, Isn't Saying How He'll find the $$

(Tarrytown, New York -- Richard Yeh, WNYC) New York Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo toured the aging Tappan Zee Bridge with local transportation officials Monday, but offered no details on how to pay for an overhaul or possible replacement of the ...

Americans' Car Buying Is Buoying All Retail Sales

Commerce department figures released today show that retail sales didn't have such a bad month in October. Total sales were up six percent from the same period a year ago -- but auto sales were ...

New York City Picks Finalists for Taxis of Tomorrow -- You Can Vote!

Here's one-- there are three other "Taxi of Tomorrow Finalists: Click here for the others --

From the Press Release: Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and Taxi and Limousine Commissioner/Chairman David S. Yassky today unveiled the ...

NY Governor Slaps His Counterpart on ARC Tunnel, Sort Of

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) New York's outgoing Governor, David Paterson has been a Saturday Night Live-joke pretty much since he ascended to the post when Eliot Spitzer had a bit of, um, scandal. Even before ...