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Energy Debate Stalls in Washington, and Houston Agrees

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(Houston, Texas - Melissa Galvez, KUHF News) Esmeralda Gomez sits in Brochstein Pavillion, a model of wide windows, ...

California’s Planning Problem: Errors, Bias and Lying (Pt. 2)

(San Francisco, Califorina - Nathanael Johnson, KALW News) California's high-speed rail plan is filled with projections: The growth that the train system will bring will create 450,000 jobs. The route, from Sacramento to San Diego, will ...

New York Congressman Weiner: Skeptical Climate Change Will Pass this Congress

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Brooklyn and Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner says he doubts climate change legislation will be passed in this Congress. His remarks on the Brian Lehrer show come on the heels of Senator Harry Reid's announcement that the U.S. Senate won't take up legislation that would put ...

Is D.C. a Telecommuting Mecca?

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) Numbers don't lie, but statistics often do. Take this one, for example: Around 10 percent of federal employees across the country telecommute at least once a week, according to a survey ...

Billions in Profit: the New Detroit

This morning, Ford reported a $2.6 billion profit. It's the highest gain in six years for the American automaker. Sales are up. Some companies ...

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Rise in inflation measure blamed on congestion charge for cars in Singapore (Bloomberg)

Oil field that could match Gulf of Mexico in output sits; blame transportation problems and politics. (NY Times)

FAA routinely allowed Northwest to avoid penalties, fines for not voluntarily disclosing failures (

Bay Area Airport Connector Approved, Despite Concerns

(Oakland, California - Casey Miner, KALW News) After a marathon hearing today at which more than 20 people spoke, the BART board gave its final approval to the Oakland Airport Connector project, pending a guarantee of ...

California's Planning Problem: Bad Math (Pt. 1)

(San Francisco, Califorina - Nathanael Johnson, KALW News) For years, it seemed clear that freeways designed for automobiles were the cheapest way to move people from here to there. But, in recent years, politicians and planners ...

Senate Energy Reform Gets Even Smaller

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The slimmed-down energy bill we've been forecasting for the Senate floor next week will be even slimmer than expected.

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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 ...