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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 ...

TX Lieutenant Gov: State DOT Needs to Fix Relationships -- and Roads

(Houston — Wendy Siegle, KUHF) Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst was in Houston today to discuss the state of Texas transportation. He says the Texas Department of Transportation needs to make some serious changes if it wants to tackle ...

TN Moving Stories: Time is Money on one California Highway, and DC Metro's Show and Tell

Virginia residents get their first look at the plans to build a new Metro line out to Dulles Airport. (WAMU) Meanwhile, Metro shows off how it plans to spend some of its $202 million in federal stimulus dollars: 48 new hybrid buses and expanding transit services for the ...

NYC To Begin Hearings on Fare Hikes

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Seems like New Yorkers have hardly gotten over the jolt of dozens of bus line cuts, service reductions, and more crowded and dirtier trains, but here it is already. Tonight the NYC ...

Houston Voters Back Red Light Cameras

Red light cameras have emerged as a hot button issue this election season. The cameras -- posted at intersections and designed to enforce traffic laws -- perfectly embody this election season's tensions. Proponents say they encourage ...

NJ Sierra Club Thrilled Over Hudson Tunnel Moratorium

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) This just in from the Sierra Club on the ARC Tunnel:

Stopping a Runaway Train

The Sierra Club is pleased that New Jersey Transit’s Access to the Region’s Core project (ARC) has ...

New Tarmac Delay Rule May Be Working As Planned

(Washington, DC -- David Schultz, WAMU) Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation shows a new rule designed to prevent airlines from delaying their passengers on airport tarmacs may be working.

Only three flights ...

Why Was the Trans-Hudson River Tunnel Halted?

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) When the Newark Star Ledger reported yesterday that NJ Transit would be suspending activity on the so-called ARC tunnel (which stands for "access to the region's core") under the ...

Moving Stories: Roads Deadlier than AIDS; 100 Tons of Diesel in the Nile; "stylish, female bikers"

More children killed on roads in poorest nations than by AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria (Guardian)

100 tons of diesel spill into Nile as barge sinks (CNN)

First hot lanes to open on I-680 in Bay Area (SF Chronicle)

"Stylish, female riders leading the charge" ...

Montreal: City of the Future?

Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) I was in Montreal recently, on a family vacation. Upon arriving, I was immediately overwhelmed -- by the number of bikers. Everyone, it seemed, was riding -- families with children, young people, ...

Houston to Get Bike Share

(Houston -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF) The City of Houston will launch a bike share program "early next year" city Sustainability Director Laura Spanjian tells KUHF. The city was awarded $423,000 by the federal EPA to reduce ...