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Can We Ever Be Safe From Terrorism on Mass Transit?

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The main thing keeping us safe from terrorist attacks on mass transit systems is lack of terrorist effort. That's the conclusion of a sobering review of government data by USA Today.

The newspaper writes:


FTA Awards Transit Funding; Second Avenue Subway & LIRR Big Winners

Second Avenue Subway (NYC MTA)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The Federal Transit Administration awarded a round of grants today for transit projects currently underway -- see details from the FTA's press release below.

FTA Announces $182.4 Million in ...

Boxing Day Blizzard Takes on Transportation Systems

Plows and Salt Spreaders in New York City. (Submitted by WNYC listener.)

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) From the Carolinas up to Maine, severe winter weather shut down airports, slowed roads and stalled transit systems Sunday night and Monday morning.

All New ...

TN Moving Stories: Snowtorious Storm Smacks Northeast, and Cycling on a Roll in DC

Abandoned taxi, NYC (Alex Goldmark)

Blizzard slows down travel in the Northeast (WNYC): in New York City, airports and rail shuts down, but other transit gamely presses on (NY1) --with the

NYC Subway Video from 1949 -- Happy Holidays

Here's a video from 1949 of the NYC subway. Enjoy the vintage ride.

Happy Holidays from the Transportation Nation crew.

TN Moving Stories: Build Your Own Bamboo Bike, and Combatting Beijing Traffic

Fast rail, slow build out: "Only 20 miles of track on the 284-mile Amtrak route between Chicago and St. Louis will be upgraded to handle 110-mph trains by 2012, state officials said Thursday." (Chicago Tribune)

Want to build your own bamboo bike? You can, in Brooklyn. Video below! ...

Seeing Roads As Rails—A Clever Cartographic Experiment

Detail of Interstates as Subways Diagram, by Cameron Booth

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) Transportation geeks with empty walls (and graphic design fans with wanderlust) have ...

Heading Out of Town? Check Out the Traffic

Holland Tunnel traffic on Varick Street (photo by Alex Goldmark)

We reported yesterday on the coming holiday travel—and traffic—surge. From our window out of WNYC it looks like it's already underway as of ...

Shake-Up Continues In Washington Metro's Leadership

Marcell Solomon will no longer serve on Metro's board of directors. The board has been facing a series of changes to its membership. (Courtesy of: WMATA, photo by Larry Levine)(Washington, DC -- David Schultz, WAMU) ...

Weinshall, Steisel: DOT Brooklyn Bike Lane Data is Wrong

We missed this yesterday, but since we've published DOT's data, we thought we should bring you this letter to the editor of the NY Times, in response to an editorial about how cyclists should be ...

100,000 Caddies Recalled

(Detroit -- Jerome Vaughn, WDET) General Motors is recalling nearly 100,000 Cadillacs for a possible problem with the airbag system.

The recall affects the Cadillac CTS from the 2005 through 2007 model years.

The automaker says the sensor that detects ...

DC Streetcar...or National Monument View? Reason #4,080 Why D.C. Is Not Like Any Other City

A prototype of D.C.'s new streetcar

(Washington D.C. - David Schultz, WAMU) So let's say you're a city. You want to build a big public works project, like a school or a fire house - or ...

TN Moving Stories: 100th Countdown Clock in NYC Subways, India's Railways Prioritize Onions, and Spain Now Leads Europe in HSR

A countdown clock on the 110th Street 1 train platform (Kate Hinds)

NYC's subways have their 100th countdown clock -- exceeding the MTA's original goal to get 75 stations online by the end of the ...

MTA Squabbling + Poor Management = Years of Delays and Nearly $2 Billion Over Budget on Mega-Projects

(New York -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) The Inspector General of the New York area Metropolitan Transportation Authority slammed the agency in a report for ignoring procedures it had set up to keep mega-projects on budget and ...

FAA, NORAD Plan for Santa's Flight

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Santa is cleared for take off and he'll be tracked by NORAD, too (see video above).

In the federal government's yearly foray into fantastical Christmas ...

Holiday Getaway Day: T-Minus 48 Hours

Holland Tunnel traffic on Varick Street (photo by Kate Hinds)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) If you're taking to the road this holiday season, you'll have a lot of company. The American Automobile Association says that over 92 million ...

TN Moving Stories: How Ethanol Affects Food Prices, Honda Takes to the Air, and Colorado City To Link Schools with Bike Lanes

NPR reports on how US ethanol subsidies affect food prices. "When the price of gas goes up, it raises the demand for ethanol — and that means consumers will feel it in two places: at the gas pump and on the dinner table."

The Federal Transit Administration

NY Subways Replacing Poetry With Service Update Ads

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The Metropolitan Transportation Administration for the New York City area is removing poetry from the subway ad spaces.

The MTA is replacing Train of Thought (seen ...

New Jersey Gets More Time to Come Up With $271 Million

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The Federal Transit Administration has told New Jersey it has two extra weeks to come up with the $271 million it owes on the ARC Tunnel project.

Earlier this week, the FTA sent a

TN Moving Stories: Ireland Wants More Bikes, US Airlines Report Profits, and Ethanol Gets Taxpayer Boost--What Do Taxpayers Get?

Does ethanol deserve a multi-billion dollar tax credit? (NPR) And: a new EPA rule from the fall allowed for more ethanol to be mixed in with gasoline, but now automakers are suing, stating that the new blends aren't safe for cars. (Marketplace)

The New ...