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TN Moving Stories: Bike Commuting on Rise, NJ Road Work Suspended Again, and Update on ARC

Christie expected to pull the plug on ARC (WNYC) (Marketplace). Meanwhile, NJ transportation officials suspended about 100 early-stage road and rail projects yesterday. (AP via ABC news)

The number of people commuting by bike is on the rise. Slowly -- but steadily. (

Lautenberg's Last-Minute Pitch: Port Authority Should Pay for Cost Overruns on ARC

NJ US Senator Frank Lautenberg is making a last-minute pitch: he wants the Port Authority to guarantee to pay for any cost overruns on the ARC tunnel, thereby taking NJ off the hook. It's a bit of a Hail Mary -- and complex, because Governor Chris Christie controls half the ...

Detroit loses in Federal Transit Sweepstakes; SF, LA, Atlanta Win

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation, and Quinn Klinefelter, WDET, Detroit ) While many of the usual suspects got a piece of yesterday’s Federal Transit Administration’s $776 million “State of Good Repair" program, there was one notable absence ...

ARC Funding: What's at Stake

(New York -- Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) New Jersey never put up much of its own money towards the ARC Tunnel. And yet Governor Chris Christie seems poised to cancel the project because of money concerns.

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Christie: I've made no decision

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)

Thanks to Chicago Public Radio's Sarah Smith, we caught up with Gov. Christie in Chicago. He said:

Governor Christie at a Chicago political event. He said:

I have not made any decision I have not been given the information yet by my executive director of ...

Sources familiar with ARC tunnel: It's dead

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Three sources familiar with the $8.7 billion tunnel under the Hudson river from NJ, say, barring an unexpected, last-minute change of heart from Governor Chris Christie, the ARC transit tunnel under the Hudson river is dead. The sources say Christie will likely announce this week that ...

MTA Chief: $104 Monthly Metro Card Is a Go

It’s (nearly) official: MTA chairman Jay Walder said this morning that monthly Metro cards will go up a whopping 17 percent in January, from $89 to $104. WNYC has the story.

As Trans-Hudson Transit Tunnel Teeters on the Brink, Mayor Bloomberg Says City Can't Help

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) -- Supporters of the federal government's largest transit new start are steeling themselves for an announcement that could come this week that NJ Governor Chris Christie will not fund a transit tunnel ...

Driving On Unkempt Streets May Be Costing Houstonians More Than They Think

(Wendy Siegle, KUHF News Houston) Driving along Broadway in southeast Houston can be tense. Potholes, uneven pavement, and jarring dips in the road lie in ambush on every block. Whether your car will be able to dodge all the ...

TN Moving Stories: Female Crash Test Dummies and $776 million for bus upgrades

The Federal Transit Administration will give communities $776 million to upgrade bus service and buy fuel efficient buses (Wall Street Journal). Read Ray LaHood's blog entry about the grants here.

A new report says that the US's failing transportation infrastructure imperils our ...

NY Mayor Bloomberg: "Enh" on Privatizing Parking Meters.

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Matt D. wrote on Friday about Indianopolis's flirtation with privatizing its on-street parking. Turns out former Indy Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, now the Deputy Mayor of NYC, is eying it too, as first reported in the New York Post. But his boss, Mayor Michael ...

NJ Transportation Commissioner: Transit Money Could Go to Roads if Tunnel is Halted

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC)

(This post has been updated.) A number of transit advocates suspect New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wants to use money allocated for a commuter train tunnel under the Hudson River and apply it ...

Deal reached on NJ Roads Funding

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) Thousands of New Jersey construction workers are expected to go back to work tomorrow after the legislature broke an impasse with Governor Christie.

The Joint Budget Oversight Committee voted 4 to 1 in favor of ...

TN Moving Stories: Road Work Grinds to A Halt in NJ, and A Look at the MTA's Most Delayed Trains

In NJ, work on $1.7 billion of state Department of Transportation projects halts today as Gov. Christie and state Democrats clash over funding (WNYC). An emergency meeting between Governor Christie and NJ Democratic lawmakers is scheduled for 10am today.

AT&T, T-Mobile to strike deal bringing cell ...

Fighting for a spot

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) - On Tuesday we posted about the Indianapolis manifestation of Park(ing) Day, wherein a prime loading zone on Meridian Street was turned to lawn as a demonstration of the importance of urban green space.

The residents of Indianapolis are a little sensitive about their parking ...

A Reminder: Don't Die In A Flash Flood

(Washington, DC -- David Schultz, WAMU) Hurricane season is well underway, and that means a mega-rain storm can strike the East Coast or the Gulf Coast at any time. Just this week, D.C. and New York City were hammered ...

Report: Chronic Underinvestment In Texas Roads Will Cost Big In The Future

(Wendy Siegle, KUHF News Houston) Times are tough for America’s roads. States are facing budget shortfalls of more than $127 billion for 2010-2011, leaving transportation agencies with limited funding for maintenance and improvement projects. It seems streets will remain ...

NJ Smart Growth Groups Hit Back on"Myths" about Trans-Hudson Tunnel

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) In a sign of how tense things are getting in New Jersey as planners and transportation groups await the outcome of Governor Christie's 30-day review of ARC tunnel spending, the planning group ...

Obama's New Diesel Standards

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) New diesel fuel economy standards are expected to be finalized within a week and some in the diesel industry are taking the occasion to remind us ...

New York U.S. Senator Schumer Touts Transit in New Ad

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) It's not often you see U.S. Senators touting aid to transit in television ads. Creating jobs? Yes. Helping constituents? Sure. Indeed, many U.S. Senators aren't particular fans of mass transit -- if ...