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Commercial Trucking Texting Loophole Closed

(Washington, DC — Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Commercial interstate truckers hauling cars or chickens are already banned from texting while behind the wheel. So you'd think it would be a no-brainer that rig drivers hauling gasoline or other flammable materials ...

The New Frontier of Highway Safety: Distracted Driving

(Washington, DC -- David Schultz, WAMU) In the 70s and 80s, highway safety advocates waged fierce public awareness campaings to convince drivers that not wearing a seat belt is dangerous. In the 80s and 90s, their cause shifted to ...

Is High Speed Rail Part of the Midwest's Economic Solution?

(Detroit -- Noah Ovshinsky, WDET) Supporters of mass transit are touting a new study that looks at the economic impact of high-speed rail in the Midwest. According to the Public Interest Research Group In Michigan (

The Road to the World Series DOES Run Through New York City

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Beginning today, one of the three shuttle trains running between Grand Central Station and Times Square has what the MTA says is a subway first: an advertiser-sponsored video campaign. The ten-inch screens ...

NYC To Expand Broadway Ped Plazas Tomorrow

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) New York City's streetscape shifts again tomorrow, with Broadway north of Union Square getting pedestrian plazas and bike lanes, the NYC DOT announces today.

Public Transportation as Urban Development: A Mississippi Case Study

(Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio) As the then-Republican Mayor of Meridian, Mississippi, John Robert Smith watched as the city’s $1 million expenditure for the multi-modal Union Station blossomed into a $135 million public-private investment in the historic ...

Distracted Driving Is Bad. Distracted Office Working--That's Called Multitasking.

Today the Department of Transportation kicks off its second Distracted Driving Summit. Members of the Transportation Nation team are there and will be posting later on today.

But in the meantime: there's no need ...

The Best Commute Ever

(San Francisco–Casey Miner, KALW News) A little after five o'clock, and you might find yourself on your way back home after a long day at work. How would you describe your commute? A drag? Hilly, boring, sweaty, tedious? Those are a few of the words people in our newsroom used ...

TN Moving Stories: NJ Transit in the Hot Seat, the NYPD is Watching Straphangers, and Climate Week NYC

The NYPD is monitoring 500 subway cameras, 24/7. (WNYC)

Houston's Metro has been criticized for a lack of transparency. So it's now streaming board meetings live. (KUHF)

The New York Times wrote an editorial that's critical of the Koch brothers efforts to overturn California's ...

Capital Bikeshare Launches, But Who Will Be Sharing The Bikes?

(Washington, DC — David Schultz, WAMU) A new regional bike sharing program launches today. Riders can rent a bicycle for a few hours at several dozen stations in D.C. and Northern Virginia.

Marti Reinfeld is a ...

Election report: Give us Transportation, Just Don't Make Us Pay for It

(Wilkes-Barre, PA -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)How’s President Obama’s plan to spend $50 billion on infrastructure selling?Judging by my interaction with musician Debbie Horoschock in Luzerne County, PA last week, not too well.

“It ...

Christie Casts Further Doubt on Transit Tunnel

(WNYC News) One week into a 30-day review a new transit tunnel connecting New Jersey to Manhattan, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie says he's not confident that the project will come in under the budget of ...

LaHood: Distracted Driving Caused 5500 deaths in 2009

Writing in the Orlando Sentinal, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood writes that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports at least 5500 deaths and 450,000 injuries in 2009 from calling or texting while driving. At least, because many local police departments still don't record this information when taking accident ...

TN Moving Stories: Nassau County and the MTA Play Chicken, and Biking over the Eastern Continental Divide

Are we finally ready to become pod people? Personal rapid transit systems, or P.R.T.s, are being piloted in London, jealously eyed by San Jose. "Just get in the car, punch in a destination and the pod car travels directly there without stopping at other stations along the way." (

Private Commuter Vans Come to Discontinued Bus Routes

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Five bus routes that were cut last June will get private commuter vans beginning Monday. Three of the routes (the B71, B23, and B39) are in Brooklyn and two Q74 and Q79) ...

The Jonas Brothers Want Teens To Take the Pledge

The Jonas Brothers appear in a video urging young drivers to pledge to "X the TXT" -- an Allstate-funded campaign to stop texting while driving. Sample comment ...

Tornado-ed Car

(Park Slope, Brooklyn -- Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)

Move Over, Electric Cars

Eric Schultz for Transportation Nation

(Washington, DC - Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The world's premier ultra-efficient vehicle has a gas engine.

It's the Edison ...

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 ...