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Obama: Infrastructure, Transportation Equals Jobs

(Marketplace) We mark this holiday by noting that there are millions of people in this country who wish they were laboring. We have the highest unemployment rate for a Labor Day in almost 30 years. Labor Day 1982 ...

Care to Watch Them Suffer in Traffic?

Travelers sit in traffic on Interstate 90 in Chicago Friday, as they hit the road for the start of the Labor Day weekend. AAA auto club projected a nearly 10 percent increase in the number of Americans traveling this ...

Moving Stories: Obama has $50B road, rail plan; Traffic better on road to Beijing; whither Broadway

Obama unveils $50 billion road, rail plan today in Milwaukee (Politico)

Upbeat Chinese news agency reports massive traffic jam eased (Xinhua)

How would you re-design a crosswalk? (Good)

Virginia facing fallout from DMV computer crash, which affected records for 40,000 (WAMU News)


Houston, We Have a Problem: 4,507,059 Hours of Traffic

flickr: kalebdf

(Houston, TX - Wendy Siegle, KUHF NewsLab) Frankly, driving around Houston can be a nightmare. Resistance to mass ...

Moving Stories: Passenger in Miami airport scare has record; best bike city, new trucker demand

Miami airport terminals evacuated for seven hours, over suspicious luggage of scientist. He's been busted for strange items before. (Miami Herald)

Drivers wanted! Rise in freight drives trucker demand (

New Ideas for the Troubled Path to Oakland Airport

(San Francisco—Casey Miner, KALW News) If you had to get the Oakland Airport, and fast, would you rather ride a train or take a bus?

What ...

Moving Stories: GM wants 'range anxiety,' CA debates CO2 laws, Texas' worst traffic

GM seeking to trademark "range anxiety." But will they build electric vehicles to beat it? (NY Times)

Greenhouse gas laws are part of debate for Boxer's Senate seat in California (KPCC)

Texas puts out list of its most-congested roads. I-45 in Houston, you're tops! (

August Sales Lower for U.S. Automakers

(Detroit, MI - Jerome Vaughn, WDET) U-S automakers posted lower sales figures for August. Last summer’s “Cash for Clunkers” program is partially to blame.

Industry analysts say concerns about the nation’s economy kept consumers out of ...

Can I Interest You in a Car, Congressman?

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) Car dealerships, as downtown businesses go, aren't great neighbors. They bring grease-stained service centers, and large, open ...

Life Inside China's 60-Mile, 11-Day Traffic Jam

Traffic jam in Beijing (Flickr: johnmcga)

(The Takeaway) For nearly two weeks, ...

Moving Stories: Car sales up 60 percent in China; can Wall Street fund transportation? Oil trucks as Idaho's enemy

Auto sales soar 60 percent in China this August, up across rest of Asia, too (Reuters)

Federal rulemaking to ban text messaging for commercial drivers clears another hurdle (Landline)

Can Wall Street fund a new transportation bill? You bet, says Majority Whip Jim Clyburn. Wants 0.25 ...

US DOT Issues Standards for High-Speed Rail Design

We're chasing information on this. But the spec is here, hosted by American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO). Off the bat, it flags two important developments: 1) The chance that some foreign train manufacturers may be excluded, for now, from the CA and FL high-speed ...

Should Transit be Free? Oui, Say French Metro Riders

(Marketplace) A single ticket on the Paris Metro costs 1.70 euros -- about $2.15 at today's rate of exchange. Not bad as fares go for a major world-class city. But for some Metro riders in Paris, ...

How Would You Design an EPA Label?

(Houston, TX - Wendy Siegle, KUHF NewsLab) If you’re at the dealership and itching to purchase a new car but wish there was an easy way to tell what its environmental impact would ...

Moving Stories: Glenn Beck backers on the bus; Clunkers, but no cash; What is "high-speed" rail?

Is the way supporters got to Glenn Beck rally hypocritical? ("Politics and World News" blog)

No cash for clunkers: Fewer discounts, incentives for car buyers this fall (AP)

Rendell, not content to boss around PA legislators, says Congress should pass Surface Transportation Bill before midterms (

Used Cars Worth 10% More Than They Used to Be

(Marketplace) Consumers have been waiting for the economy to turnaround before purchasing a new car. But with the future still uncertain, many are opting ...

First Steps for Obama's DOT, Seen Through a Bush Administration Lens

President George W. Bush speaks with US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters in the Oval Office of the White House on September 27, 2007.(JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

President George W. Bush speaks with US Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters in the ...

What's Saving the Lives of Texas Drivers?

(Houston, TX - Wendy Siegle, KUHF) The nightly news here focuses on mangled cars, strewn across Texas freeways. The reports tallying the number of daily highway fatalities feel incessant. So you might think deadly traffic accidents across Texas ...

Moving Stories

Portland streetcar success has fueled interest elsewhere (USA Today)

Union members face potential buyer of GM plant set to be closed in Indiana (Indianapolis Star)

Baltimore Gas & Electric to create smart grid (and 250 jobs) (WAMU News)

Texas celebrates decision said to increase ...

Ford Recalls 463,000 Minivans in U.S.

(Detroit, MI - Jerome Vaughn, WDET) Ford is recalling more than half a million Windstar minivans for possible axle problems. The action affects vehicles in cold weather states.

The recall affects Ford Windstar minivans from the ...