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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 ...

The Near Death of Reagan National Airport After 9/11

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) This week on WAMU, we aired a story about the closure of Reagan National Airport after the 9/11 attacks.

Some background: all U.S. airports shut down the day of the attacks. ...

Redskins in First Place, For Once

Fans of the Washington Redskins already know they're stuck with one of the worst teams in the NFL. But the worst traffic? Afraid so, at least according to a report out by TomTom, a portable GPS and car ...

Moving Stories: Pilots get more rest; NYPD quotas caught on tape; Metro a Texas campaign issue

FAA will propose new rules on how long pilots can fly without rest (Dallas Morning News)

Secret tape has NYPD pressing parking ticket quotas (NY Times)

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FTA: Houston's Metro Broke Federal Laws

(Houston, TX – Wendy Siegle - KUHF) It’s been four months since the Federal Transit Administration launched its investigation into METRO's procurement practices. The results of the inquiry are in, and it doesn’t look good for the Houston transit agency. FTA officials say METRO violated both federal purchasing laws and ...

The second stimulus, I-69, and the battle for local control

(Matt Dellinger, Transportation Nation) Along with the proposal to jump-start a six-year transportation authorization with $50 Billion in funding, President Obama on Monday also suggested changes in the way such federal dollars are spent. ...

Moving Stories: Highway deaths lowest since 1950; liquor sales = roads in VA?

Highway deaths fall to lowest level since 1950. Economy (and less traffic) may have played a role. (AP)

LaHood again pushing for U.S.-built trains on visit to Seattle (Seattle Times)

California agency approves $20 million in state funds for embattled BART link to Oakland Airport (

Obama Plan Could Help Dems. But Not the Way You Think.

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Did President Obama do his party a political favor by proposing $50 billion in new transportation infrastructure spending to a budget-weary nation right before the November midterms? Was his labor day infrastructure ...

Label Debate: Letters vs. Numbers

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Another start to another school year, another debate about grading systems. So it's a good time for Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood to unveil proposed changes to fuel economy labels.

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So, you're going to a party and you're going to have a few beers....

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The NYC DOT wants you to designate a driver by calling him, or presumably her... um "You The Man." The city "You the Man" app will allow drunk New Yorkers to ...

Democrats Surprised by Obama Transportation Plan

(Crossposted from Transportation Nation)

Presidents Barack Obama’s proposal for $50 billion in new spending on highway and railroad infrastructure, delivered in Milwaukee on Monday, has players on Capitol Hill ...

Moving Stories: Obama's plans may have to wait; transit strikes boost bike-sharing; Virginia DMV changes rules for immigrants

Obama transportation plan likely to have to wait (Washington Post)

NTSB again asking for seats, restraints for airline passengers under two (AP)

Tube services resume in London ...

Democrats Say Obama Transpo Plan a Surprise

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Presidents Barack Obama's proposal Monday for $50 billion in new spending on highway and railroad infrastructure has players on Capitol Hill scratching their heads while at the same time predicting the money ...

Bike to the Theater

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) How should you get to Broadway? Drive? Cab? Train? In New York City, Transportation Alternatives wants you to bike, and to make it easier, they'll be setting up a "bike valet" on ...

Moving Stories: European Transit Unions Strike, and All Aboard the Quiet Car

Is this the first of the UK's "austerity strikes?" London Underground workers begin a series of 24-hour strikes. (Marketplace). Meanwhile, across the channel, French transit employees are also striking. (NPR)

Shhhh: NJ Transit launches "quiet car" pilot program. Put down the cell phones, commuters. (

$50 Billion More for Infrastructure? Just the Facts (The White House version)

Office of the Press Secretary

For Immediate Release

September 6, 2010

President Obama to Announce Plan to Renew and Expand America’s Roads, Railways and Runways

Infrastructure investments one key way to continue recovery and keep our economy growing


WASHINGTON – ...