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Caltrain Riders Fight for Their Commute

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) It’s been said that transportation planning in San Francisco is a contact sport. People around here have very, very strong opinions about their transit, and they’re not shy about sharing them. A ...

TN Moving Stories: Can NY's Subways Handle The Rain, and Seattle Launches RapidRide -- While Cutting Other Service

New York's subways brace for heavy rain. The Wall Street Journal points out that "the last heavy rainfall event of this magnitude in August 2007 caused epic flooding throughout the subway system." Gizmodo adds: "we depend on just 700 fragile water pumps to keep the tunnels ...

Feds Forcing New York to Change Font on 250,000 Street Signs

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(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) The Federal Highway Administration is telling New York to replace a quarter of a million street signs to conform to national standards. It all comes down ...

Real vs. perceived travel time: your trip is shorter than you think it is

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) A huge inspiration for new transportation projects – and the Bay Area has a lot of big ones in the works right now – is efficiency. How much more efficient is ...

Expert: New York City Zoning Regs Won't Really Encourage People to Give Up Private Cars for Car Sharing

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) (Updated) New York yesterday changed its zoning regulations to clarify that yes, car-share cars can park in private garages. But Dr. Rachel Weinberger, a parking expert at the University of Pennsylvania, says, ...

Election Report: Transit Advocate Coasting in Colorado

(Golden, CO -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Here in the Western suburbs of Denver, where the suburbs meet the Rocky foothills, libertarianism reigns. Jefferson County is a classic swing county, one that has voted for both George ...

TN Moving Stories: MTA's "Stealth" Fare Hike, and World Traffic Deaths Falling in Developed Nations

World traffic deaths falling in developed nations--like in Denmark, which, in 2009, posted the lowest number of traffic fatalities since 1932. (Detroit News)

Transportation leaders gather in DC to trade ideas on how to bring big projects to fruition. (WAMU)

The MTA says that eliminating discounts ...

NY Creates More (Potential) Parking for Car Share

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) A number of communities around the country, including Palo Alto, CA and Hoboken, NJ, have created special on-street parking for car shares, often by auctioning off the spots. New York City isn't ...

Non Profit Challenges Conventional Wisdom on Worst and Best Commutes

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) For 25 years, the Texas Transportation Institute's Urban Mobility Report has been the gold standard in traffic congestion rankings. It now has some competition from a group that has released its ...

Amtrak's 220mph Vision for the Future

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Amtrak released a plan for high speed rail travel along the North East corridor Tuesday. It's an aspirational vision designed to show Congress (and travelers) what's possible.

TN Moving Stories: Daley Pines for High Speed Airport Rail Link, Villaraigosa wants better federal transit financing, and roll-bar rebate rolling out in Vermont

LA Mayor Villaraigosa testifies before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, asks feds to create a "national program of innovative financing tools" for major transit projects (Los Angeles Times). At same hearing, committee chair Barbara Boxer questions the need for President Obama's proposed infrastructure Bank ...

Parallel Universe Parking

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) - I did a double take in downtown Indianapolis. Was that grass where there once was concrete? It was! And what a difference it made.

The transformation of car lanes into people-friendly park space has become a familiar sight in pedestrian-driven New ...

Study Saying Text Bans Don't Reduce Crashes Provokes LaHood Ire

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) A week after Ray LaHood’s national Distracted Driving Summit, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's Highway Loss Data Institute has released a study that says not only do ...

Amtrak's 30-Year, $117 Billion, Northeast Corridor Vision

It would take 30 years and $117 billion, but Amtrak today unveiled an "initial look" at a high-speed rail system linking Boston to Washington DC. More to come on this later, but you can read the report here ...

NY Third Party Candidate Charles Barron Opposes Congestion Charging

Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Sorry for the confusion, folks. It turns out that even though NYC City Councilmember Charles Barron invited George Hiakalis to speak at his rally yesterday, and that Hiakalis supports a plan ...

NY Third Party Candidate, Now Running on Transit Platform, Opposed Congestion Charging

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) (Updated) Hat tip to Streetsblog for pointing out that Freedom Party candidate for Governor, Charles Barron, who is now running on a congestion pricing free transit platform, voted ...

TN Moving Stories: More finger pointing in Hudson River Rail Tunnel, Google Invests in "A Bike Lane With A View," and MTA Deficit Plan "Risky"

The Department of Transportation wants airlines to refund baggage fees in the event of lost or delayed luggage. Unsurprisingly, there's opposition from an airline trade group, which says defining a timely delivery is "subjective." (Marketplace)

The Hudson River rail tunnel saga continues: Senator Lautenberg says that Governor Christie ...

Where Did I Put That $1.5 Billion? Oh! There It Is...

(Washington, DC -- David Schultz, WAMU) It may sound hard to believe, but the state of Virginia just found $1.5 billion in transportation funding it didn't know it had.

The money appeared after an audit ...

NYC Subway's 6-Foot Futuristic Intercoms

They won’t be able to sell you a MetroCard, but New York's next generation of subway intercom will be able to replace some of the functions of the 450-odd station agents that were recently laid off due to budget ...

NY Third Party Candidate for Governor's Platform: Free Mass Transit

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) New York's Governor's race has been roiled this year. Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the erstwhile shoo-in, is getting criticism from his own party (and the New York Times) for not campaigning hard ...