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White House: The Auto Industry is Thriving. Give US Credit!

Graphic: White House

This in from the White House today. As the Takeaway reported last week, the auto industry, near death just a little over a year ago, is on the upswing. Now, ...

Senator Coburn Puts Federal Transit Safety Bill On Hold

(Washington, DC -- David Schultz, WAMU) As a journalist who spends most of his time trying to reach people on the phone, ...

This bus is not in service: The shrinking routes of East Bay buses

(Casey Miner, KALW) It's been a rough few months for public transit in the San Francisco Bay Area -- it seems like every few weeks there's news about fares going up or service going down. AC ...

Report: New Jerseyans to Gain $18B in Property Value from New Transit Tunnel

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation). A rash of studies (here and here, to list just two) in the last several years keep pointing to the same phenomenon: homes are worth more near transit.

Now ...

TN Moving Stories: vanishing car poolers, show me the T&I pork, and pilots to need more experience

If you toll it, they won't car pool: Bay Bridge traffic decreases after car pool toll goes into effect (San Francisco Examiner).

Bumpy ride in store for Pennsylvanians? As stimulus funds dwindle for the state's transportation projects, future spending on roads and bridges to ...

Times Square Pedestrian Plazas Almost Complete

Four fifths of the pedestrian plazas where automobiles used to travel down the Great White Way...are now painted in shades of blue - to reflect the NASA heat map of the area. Slide show ...

$6 Billion in Highway Money Not Spent...and Atlanta Wants It

With all the talk about wasteful earmarks, it might come as a surprise that some $6 billion has been left unspent -- disappeamarks, as it's called. PBS's Blueprint America reports that Atlanta residents say they could really use the money to make safer pedestrian crossings.

New York Gubertatorial Candidates on Transit Tax: One Against, One Would Put it on the Table

With all the news of the newNYC MTA fare hike proposals, it's hard to remember last year's effort to bail out the MTA. Richard Ravitch (now the Lt. Governor) had been commissioned by New York ...

Car Battery Incentives, BP Liability in New Senate Bill

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Senate Democrats have released a scaled-back energy bill that cracks down on BP and other oil drillers but avoids hoped-for debate over controlling carbon emissions across the economy.

The ...

TN Moving Stories: How would you like your fare hike served, and reaction to NTSB report on DC Metro crash

Reaction to the National Transportation Safety Board's report on last year's DC Metro crash. (Washington Post)

The New York City MTA is giving riders two choices: higher fares, or higher fares. (WNYC)

Massachusetts thaw: the Federal Transit Administration has lifted its freeze on funding for Springfield's ...

NTSB -- "The Only Question was When Metro Would Have Another Accident"

WASHINGTON (AP) - A breakdown of safety management throughout the D.C.-area transit system preceded the Metrorail crash last summer that killed nine people, a federal official said Tuesday.
Investigators have said since weeks after the crash that a signaling system's failure to detect a stopped train was the likely ...

Distracted, Again: LaHood Convenes Summit II

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) When it comes to stamping out distracted driving, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has already been to the mountaintop once. Now he's ready to go a second time.

The Department ...

NTSB Report Could Prompt Congressional Action, Transit Analyst Says

(David Shultz, WAMU), Today, after more than a year of investigation, the National Transportation Safety Board will release its final report on last year's Metro train crash on the red line.The report could be the ...

TN Moving Stories: NTSB to weigh in on Metro crash, and NY-area commuter rail -- not so on time after all

The National Transportation Safety Board's announcement on the June 2009 DC Metro crash will come today. And the implications might be national. (Washington Post)

New York City's commuter railroads say 96% of them are on time. Commuters -- and the New York Times -- beg to ...

No More "Fun" at the NYC MTA

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The one-day "fun passes" were there at the beginning. Instead of the single-fare ride of $1.50, the "fun cards" cost $4, and were available only in tourist locations. But an outcry ensued, ...

Bridge is Up the River, Bronx Span Floated into Place

Photo: Stephen Nessen

Bridge goes under a bridge. (Willis Avenue, under the Manhattan)

(Stephen Nessen, WNYC) To make everything less disruptive, the New York City DOT says, it had a new Willis Avenue Bridge built ...

John Hockenberry Decides to Come to the ADA Party

John Hockenberry interviews David Petraeus

"As a man who has spent well over half of his life in a wheelchair with a permanent ...

From Obama's "Planet in Peril" to Democrats in Peril: The Politics of Climate Change

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Now that carbon caps or any other direct curbs on greenhouse gases appear dead in the Senate, at least for now, it seems like a good time to ask: How did one ...

TN Moving Stories: How is a Tesla Like a DeLorean, and NJ's Free Roadside Assistance may soon be not so free

Will the Tesla become the DeLorean of electric cars? (New York Times)

Senator Schumer wants to make the mass transit tax break--which is due to expire at the end of the year--permanent. (WNYC)

Alabamans brace for the largest --and most expensive--road project in Birmingham-area history: the ...