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GAO Report: A Quarter of Bridges "Deficient"

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) And that's an improvement. In a report released to Congress today, the GAO says "one in four bridges in the United States is either structurally deficient and in need of repair, ...

TN Moving Stories: Good transit will cost at least $78 billion, and why don't we learn from our infrastructure mistakes?

A new Federal Transit Administration study says that it would cost $77.7 billion to bring rail and transit systems into "a state of good repair." And then they would still need $14.4 billion for maintenance. Meanwhile, 80% of the nation's transit agencies are raising fares and cutting services. ...

NY Deputy Mayor: Congestion Pricing "Terrific"

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) When, in 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg first signed on to the idea of congestion pricing -- charging private motorists to drive in parts of Manhattan during peak periods -- ...

Where the H_ is My Bus? NYC Tries to Answer

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) In Boston, your Android phone can tell you, in San Francisco, you can check your wrist watch. Now New York, which has not been nearly as advanced in installing GPS-tracking devices on its buses, ...

Body Scanners Expand to California, New York

The dates are squishy, but reports today say full body scanners will soon be in LAX and JFK, two of the nation's largest airports. The technology ...

NYPD Officer Charged With Bike Hit-And-Run

Just a month after an NYPD police officer was convicted of lying about shoving a Critical Mass bike rider, the Department is in trouble over another incident with a ...

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U.S. DOT says study showing its tough new tarmac delays rule leads to more cancellations is "premature" (AP)

Rendell wants higher license and registration fee, three-cent hike in the gas tax to close PA's funding gap. Unhappy state GOP wants bonds. (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Green "engineers' dreams" ...

The New Math of Tarmac Delays

The Department of Transportation levied heavy fines against airlines that leave passengers waiting on the tarmac for more than three hours, which led to a decrease in long tarmac delays -- but increased flight cancellations. -- Marketplace

Wyoming Senator Says Rural Areas Disfavored in Transportation Bill

(Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio) Where you stand depends on where you sit. And so Republican Senator John Barrasso says he's concerned with the share urban projects will get in the next federal transportation ...

Strong Measures to Stop Drunk Driving

"When an alcoholic drinks, his head is full of lies, and those lies tell me that I’m okay, I’ll be able to keep the car between the lines or I won’t get caught this time," says Dan ...

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In Boulder, where bicycle commuting is 18 times the national average, biking "verges on a religion." (The Denver Post)

Could saving the US auto industry cost less than originally thought? A Detroit Free Press analysis says that taxpayers could recoup $74 billion of the $86 billion ...

Is public transit really cheaper?

(Secaucus, New Jersey - Matthew Schuerman, WNYC News) One common piece of advice you'll hear for cutting the household budget is to take public transit. Get out of your car and onto the bus. Or the subway. But ...

What Will Energy Reform Look Like?

(Washington, DC - Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) This is the week we’re supposed to see the climate change and energy bill Democrats hope to pass in ...

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Signal problems or sabotage among suspected causes for Indian train crash which killed 60 (Times of India)

Republican opposed to higher gas taxes, privatizing roads takes over powerful Texas transportation committee (Austin American Statesman)

Pay by phone parking? It's coming to DC (Wash Post)

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Will You Drink and Drive This Weekend?

In an average year, Americans report that they drive under the influence of alcohol as many 159 million times. Maybe more. By the CDC's count, one person dies every 45 minutes in a crash that involves ...

The Parking Meter, Born Today!

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) It's the 75th anniversary of the Parking Meter (video courtesy of the Oklahoma History Center above) invented in Oklahoma City by an entrepreneur who noticed that all ...

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GOP begins targeting roadside stimulus signs. Political tool for Dems, they say. (Chicago Tribune)

Feds say book still open on causes of "runaway" Toyotas‎. (ABC News)

Benefits of bus-only lanes are no secret in Beijing, China. (ClimateWire)

Boise Airport gets new full-body scanners. Security ...

Tunnel Vision Complete As Manhattan Bedrock Crumbles

(New York, NY - Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) I was there. At about 4:15 p.m. Eastern time, a giant boring machine drilled through the last of Manhattan bedrock ...

Pelosi Defends Solar-Powered Ferry As Stimulus

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is defending a transportation project in her home district, saying it would help spur the renewable energy industry in the U.S.

Pelosi put the $500,000 earmark in ...

Commuter Vans Authorized to Run on Discontinued Bus Routes

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) UPDATED New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission has licensed five commuter van operators to pick up riders along bus routes that were discontinued June 27th, when New York's transit system made its most extensive service cuts since the days depicted in the movie "Taxi ...