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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 ...

Hyundai Recalls 140,000 Vehicles For Possible Steering Problems

(Detroit - Jerome Vaughn, WDET) - Hyundai is recalling nearly 140,000 sedans because of steering wheel problems. The affected vehicles are from the 2011 model year, and the recall includes Hyundai Sonata sedans built between December ...

TN Moving Stories: Amnesty for MTA Scofflaws, Moving day for Masdar, and Traffic-Clogged cities team up

The New York City MTA, in an effort to encourage scofflaws to pay up, has declared October to be late-fee amnesty month for subway and bus riders who have received tickets (New York Post). Meanwhile, lawmakers give the MTA a "B" for its work on the Second Avenue ...

Transpo Experts Slams NYC Dollar Van Plan

Turns out Buz Paaswell doesn't much like dollar vans after all. In a NY Times Op-Ed, the City College of New York Professor and former interim President suggests, with co-author Elliot Sclar of Columbia Univeristy, that the private commuter vans, which started running along discontinued NYC bus routes this ...

Houston's Metro To Make Cutbacks In Light Of Reduced Budget

(Wendy Siegle, KUHF - Houston) The Metropolitan Transit Authority in Houston posted its 2011 budget online today. It will be presented to the board in a public hearing on Monday. The proposed budget shows a 31 ...

If Transportation is Such a Smart Investment, Where's the Money?

(Alex Goldmark, Transportation Nation) Put a few hundred infrastructure contractors in a room with politicians, planners and transit junkies and you're going to hear tons about grand plans like mega rehab projects, high speed rail, and ...

TN Moving Stories: Traffic Deaths Drop, DC Metro needs more whistleblowers, and 8 weird transpo devices

Decrease in traffic deaths nationwide, and Florida has the country's largest drop. But why? (Florida Times-Union)

California's budget stalemate has put $3.9 billion in transportation funding on hold. (San Jose Mercury News)

DC Metro safer than last year, but needs more whistleblowers. (Washington Post)

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Ouch: AC Transit to cut all but essential weekend service

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) They've been threatening to do it for months, and now it looks as though it will actually happen: last night, the board of East Bay bus service AC Transit voted to cut four ...

Brooklyn Bridge Under Wraps

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) WNYC went out on the Brooklyn Bridge last week to check on the progress of that structure's $508 million, four-year rehabilitation. The galvanized steel containment shields are going up, the off-white canvas is being hung, and the pedestrian/bike walkway has narrowed about a foot and ...

Aging Infrastructure Not Good For Business

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) The U.S. Chamber of Commerce released its first "Transportation Performance Indexes" today, which look at how the country's infrastructure is "serving the needs of the U.S. economy and business community."

The report looks at ...

Billings to Ban Distracted Driving

(Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio) Montana has no law banning cell phone use or texting while driving--but that will soon change in the state's largest city. An ordinance going into effect next month says if a Billings City ...

APTA: Public Transit up for the First Time Since Late 2008

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) 2008 was a watershed year for transit in the U.S. -- as gas prices approached $5 a gallon many Americans switched to transit for many trips. Cities like Charlotte, Denver, and Phoenix were adding ...

TN Moving Stories: NYC Taxi Drivers Accused Of Overcharge Scheme, and Virginia's DOT has millions in unspent funds

Dozens of New York City taxi drivers have been arrested on charges that they defrauded customers by doubling fares. (WNYC)

More than a year after Virginia implemented a statewide ban on texting while driving, local police officers say they're unlikely to write a ticket for a violation. (

California roads in rough shape – and the Bay Area’s are the worst

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) Have a bumpy ride to work this morning? You’re not alone. A new report by TRIP, a national transportation research group, finds that the country’s road infrastructure is in terrible shape – and ...

Union Square Pedestrian Plaza Unveiled Today

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Crossing the streets around New York City's Union Square got a little bit easier today, with the official completion of the redesign of the sidewalks and streets surrounding the area. The neighborhood, which hosts the city's flagship Greenmarket four days a week, sees tens ...

BoltBus, Other Discount Lines Trying to Poach Air Travelers

Inter-city bus travel has had a bad name for decades, associated with small seats, seedy stations and slow service. Some new companies are stepping in to re-brand busses in an effort to take on air and train travel in ...

TN Moving Stories: SF Wants to Move People, Not Cars; Freight vs. Passenger Rail; and It's Awfully Dark in Minnesota

San Francisco's Municipal Transportation Agency wants to "focus on moving people, not cars," says agency head. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Lights out, Minnesota: some towns are turning off streetlights to save money. (Minnesota Public Radio)

Freight railroad companies balk at sharing rails with high speed passenger trains. ...

Commercial Trucking Texting Loophole Closed

(Washington, DC — Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Commercial interstate truckers hauling cars or chickens are already banned from texting while behind the wheel. So you'd think it would be a no-brainer that rig drivers hauling gasoline or other flammable materials ...