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The Best Commute Ever

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) A little after five o'clock, and you might find yourself on your way back home after a long day at work. How would you describe your commute? A drag? Hilly, boring, sweaty, tedious? Those are a few of the words people in our newsroom used ...

TN Moving Stories: NJ Transit in the Hot Seat, the NYPD is Watching Straphangers, and Climate Week NYC

The NYPD is monitoring 500 subway cameras, 24/7. (WNYC)

Houston's Metro has been criticized for a lack of transparency. So it's now streaming board meetings live. (KUHF)

The New York Times wrote an editorial that's critical of the Koch brothers efforts to overturn California's ...

Capital Bikeshare Launches, But Who Will Be Sharing The Bikes?

(Washington, DC — David Schultz, WAMU) A new regional bike sharing program launches today. Riders can rent a bicycle for a few hours at several dozen stations in D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Marti Reinfeld is a ...

Election report: Give us Transportation, Just Don't Make Us Pay for It

(Wilkes-Barre, PA -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)How’s President Obama’s plan to spend $50 billion on infrastructure selling?Judging by my interaction with musician Debbie Horoschock in Luzerne County, PA last week, not too well.

“It ...

Christie Casts Further Doubt on Transit Tunnel

(WNYC News) One week into a 30-day review a new transit tunnel connecting New Jersey to Manhattan, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he's not confident that the project will come in under the budget of ...

LaHood: Distracted Driving Caused 5500 deaths in 2009

Writing in the Orlando Sentinal, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood writes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports at least 5500 deaths and 450,000 injuries in 2009 from calling or texting while driving. At least, because many local police departments still don't record this information when taking accident ...

TN Moving Stories: Nassau County and the MTA Play Chicken, and Biking over the Eastern Continental Divide

Are we finally ready to become pod people? Personal rapid transit systems, or P.R.T.s, are being piloted in London, jealously eyed by San Jose. "Just get in the car, punch in a destination and the pod car travels directly there without stopping at other stations along the way." (

Private Commuter Vans Come to Discontinued Bus Routes

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Five bus routes that were cut last June will get private commuter vans beginning Monday. Three of the routes (the B71, B23, and B39) are in Brooklyn and two Q74 and Q79) ...

The Jonas Brothers Want Teens To Take the Pledge

The Jonas Brothers appear in a video urging young drivers to pledge to "X the TXT" -- an Allstate-funded campaign to stop texting while driving. Sample comment ...

Tornado-ed Car

(Park Slope, Brooklyn -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)

Move Over, Electric Cars

Eric Schultz for Transportation Nation

(Washington, DC - Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The world's premier ultra-efficient vehicle has a gas engine.

It's the Edison ...

TN Moving Stories: Oil Boom Agony and Ecstasy, CA drivers still texting despite ban, and old NYC Subway Cars Walk the Plank

California drivers are still texting while behind the wheel. At approximately twice the rate they were texting before the state ban went into affect last year. (Los Angeles Times) Meanwhile, a battle is shaping up over a ballot initiative that would suspend that state's stringent greenhouse gas emissions ...

Maryland Race Could Put Transit Projects On The Line

(Washington, DC — Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Funding for some high-profile public transit projects could be on the line in Maryland's upcoming race for governor.

Now that former governor Bob Ehrlich has defeated Tea Party favorite Brian Murphy for the GOP nomination, battle lines may forming around transit projects in ...

TN Moving Stories: Taking on Railroad Pricing, Colorado Highways Tip Into the "poor" column, and X Prize Marks the Fuel-Efficient Spot

Do railroads have too much pricing power over farmers? Some say yes, and the head of the federal Surface Transportation Board says he's considering new rules governing freight rail pricing. (Wall Street Journal)

A penny for your thoughts: most Fulton County mayors say they support a ...

Federal Funds Tied to Distracted Driving Laws

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Lawmakers in Washington are moving to withhold federal highway funds to states that don't crack down on distracted driving.

A new bill introduced today would dock 25% of annual federal aid ...

Christie Owns His Role in Halting Giant Transit Tunnel; Planners Dismayed.

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) "People who use New Jersey Transit have to pay for New Jersey Transit." That's what Governor Chris Christie told the Star-Ledger Editorial Board last spring. NJ Transit fares hadn't been raised ...

Shallow Waters Tarred With Deepwater Brush

(Houston — Wendy Siegle, KUHF) There may be a moratorium on deepwater drilling, but that doesn't mean the Gulf of Mexico's shallow waters are immune from stricter regulation. More stringent rules mean the federal government is now taking longer to grant permits to operate in the shallow waters, and drillers ...

Michigan's (Bridge) Commitment Issues

(Detroit - Noah Ovshinsky, WDET) - The proposed second bridge crossing between Detroit and Windsor has been in limbo in recent months. The legislation that essentially authorizes the project--commonly called the DRIC (Detroit River International Crossing)--is stalled in the state senate. Critics say the bridge is unneeded and too expensive. ...

DC Metro Gets a Good Rap, Musically-Speaking

(Washington, DC - Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Chronic delays, elevator outages, comically dysfunctional escalators. So many things give Washington DC's Metro system a bad rap. So much so, apparently, that Metro's ...

TN Moving Stories: Bike-Themed Restaurants, On-The-Go EV Charging, and Trans-Hudson Tunnel Update

Who halted the Trans-Hudson tunnel? NJ Governor Christie owns up, says: "If I can't pay for it, then we'll have to consider other options." (Newark Star-Ledger)

Cash for Clunkers...a clunker? Two economists say that the spending program failed to achieve the desired economic boost. (Freakonomics/New York ...