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SERIES: Is Bus Rapid Transit The Solution to Transit's Fiscal Woes?

The HealthLine rapid transit bus in Cleveland.

Demand for public transportation is rising, but transit authorities across the nation are facing budget cuts. Many cities are testing rapid transit buses, which are hundreds of millions of dollars cheaper than rail lines. Reporter Dan ...

CEO of Houston's Metro: Gaining the People's Trust is Our Biggest Challenge

(Houston -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF) With Houston well on its way to becoming the third largest city in the nation, providing sufficient public transportation should be a top priority, says Metro president ...

Facebook Support for High Speed Rail in NY has Ray LaHood Wondering

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) In his latest blog post, Ray LaHood talks about an "explosion of notes from people urging Department of Transportation support for high-speed rail in New York State."

Ever since governor-elect

Public Transit, Personal Economy

(T. Rivkin/Flickr)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Each month, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) releases a monthly transit savings report, in which it calculates the cost savings that residents in 20 different cities (with the highest transit ...

Bad Week for Clipper Card

(San Francisco – Casey Miner, KALW News) Clipper, the Bay Area's new one-size-fits-all transit card, is having, um, kind of a bad week: The San Francisco Examiner points out that a chip in the card ...

SERIES: Houston Mayor Wants to Prod residents into EV's AND Cars that Talk

(Houston -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF) Houston is best known as the capital of Big Oil. But Mayor Annise Parker says alternative energy is on the way: She tells us: "We're a sprawling city that's built around the ...

Stargazing at Grand Central Terminal

New Yorker Hatmane Gacevic looking at the new lights at Grand Central Terminal (Stephen Nessen/WNYC)

The iconic constellations on the roof of Grand Central Terminal are shining again after new LED lights were installed yesterday. Read the story--and ...

TN Moving Stories: A Birds-Eye View of the Marathon, LaHood Threatens to Pull WI Stimulus $, and FTA To NJ: Where's Our $271 Million?

Ray LaHood's "congratulatory" phone call to Wisconsin's governor-elect, Scott Walker, involved threatening to yank $810 million in stimulus money if Mr. Walker doesn't soften his opposition to a high-speed rail line between Milwaukee and Madison (Wall Street Journal). Don't worry, Wisconsin--Illinois will take that federal money ...

Wisconsin Governor Doyle Explains Why He's Shut Down Rail Project He Supports

Last week Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle, an adamant rail supporter, suddenly stopped all work on his state's high speed rail projects. He did it because Governor-elect Scott Walker has said he plans to kill the $800+ million dollar project citing cost concerns.

Here's Governor Doyle's explanation for ...

SERIES: The Future of Transportation

Image: Amtrak

We’re changing how we move, and that’s changing how we live and work. Transportation Nation partner, Marketplace, is exploring the Future of Transportation this week. We'll collect the stories in this post ...

NJ Governor's Office on Amtrak Talks: ARC Still Dead

This just issued by Governor Chris Christie's office on talk of Amtrak reviving ARC:

"To repeat yet again, the ARC Tunnel project is over. While no new conversations have taken place between Amtrak and NJ Transit, the Governor previously tasked both DOT Commissioner James Simpson and NJ Transit Executive Director ...

Bloomberg Takes City Sustainability Program Global

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Rides the Subway in Hong Kong

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Climate change legislation -- "cap and trade" as Republicans called it on the campaign trail -- took ...

TN Moving Stories: John Mica's Phone Is Ringing Off the Hook, The Rise of the Roundabout, and How To Survive a Plane Crash

A newly popular John Mica, who may head the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is already fielding calls from Ray LaHood and Joe Biden. (St. Augustine Record)

Amtrak officials are looking at resuscitating the ARC tunnel. (AP via WSJ)

Less trains, more buses: Indianapolis's new transit ...

When Public Transit Kills, Who To Sue?

(Washington, DC — David Schultz, WAMU) You can sue your boss, you can sue your spouse, you can sue your best friend - you can even sue yourself!

But you can't sue the government.

Photo ...

NY Gov-Elect Wants HSR Money Other New Govs are Giving Up

In one of his first acts as Governor-Elect, Andrew Cuomo says wants high speed rail money other governors are giving up. As a candidate, Cuomo's transportation plans were only given in outline, but if he follows through on aggressively pursuing federal funding for transportation projects, things could get interesting -- ...

Wisconsin Halts Construction of High Speed Rail Project after Anti-Rail Candidate Wins Office

Rendering of Milwaukee's proposed intermodal station.

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Contractors in Wisconsin received a one line email telling them to stop work on high-speed rail construction. This came after rail-opponent, Republican Scott Walker ...

TN Moving Stories: Election Outcome Stops HSR Work in Wisconsin, Top Int'l Transit Systems, and What Cuomo's Plan Now?

Outgoing Wisconsin governor halts work on its high-speed rail line "temporarily" after rail opponent Scott Walker's victory in the governor's race (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Walker repeated his vow this week that he would kill the project.

On today's Brian Lehrer Show, Congressman

Color-Code Your Ride -- Badge System for NYC Car Services to Cut Down on Illegal Taxis

Livery decal (courtesy of the NYC Taxi and Limousine Commission)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) It doesn't have the same worrisome connotations as the Department of Homeland Security's threat advisory system, but the New York City ...

Average Fuel Spending Drops, but We Still Use a Lot of It

(Washington, D.C. -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Drivers across the country spent a lower percentage of their income on gasoline in 2009 than in 2008, according to an analysis out ...

Sweeping Changes to Alternate Side Parking in NYC?

(Flickr; Jon Sobel)

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) A New York City council member wants to legitimize a de-facto parking practice that has been going on for decades: ending alternate side parking restrictions as soon as a street is ...