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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 ...

Energy Debate Stalls in Washington, and Houston Agrees

(Flickr user Hella (cc: by-nc-nd))

(Houston, Texas - Melissa Galvez, KUHF News) Esmeralda Gomez sits in Brochstein Pavillion, a model of wide windows, ...

California’s Planning Problem: Errors, Bias and Lying (Pt. 2)

(San Francisco, Califorina - Nathanael Johnson, KALW News) California's high-speed rail plan is filled with projections: The growth that the train system will bring will create 450,000 jobs. The route, from Sacramento to San Diego, will ...

New York Congressman Weiner: Skeptical Climate Change Will Pass this Congress

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Brooklyn and Queens Congressman Anthony Weiner says he doubts climate change legislation will be passed in this Congress. His remarks on the Brian Lehrer show come on the heels of Senator Harry Reid's announcement that the U.S. Senate won't take up legislation that would put ...

Is D.C. a Telecommuting Mecca?

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) Numbers don't lie, but statistics often do. Take this one, for example: Around 10 percent of federal employees across the country telecommute at least once a week, according to a survey ...

Billions in Profit: the New Detroit

This morning, Ford reported a $2.6 billion profit. It's the highest gain in six years for the American automaker. Sales are up. Some companies ...

TN Moving Stories

Rise in inflation measure blamed on congestion charge for cars in Singapore (Bloomberg)

Oil field that could match Gulf of Mexico in output sits; blame transportation problems and politics. (NY Times)

FAA routinely allowed Northwest to avoid penalties, fines for not voluntarily disclosing failures (

Bay Area Airport Connector Approved, Despite Concerns

(Oakland, California - Casey Miner, KALW News) After a marathon hearing today at which more than 20 people spoke, the BART board gave its final approval to the Oakland Airport Connector project, pending a guarantee of ...

California's Planning Problem: Bad Math (Pt. 1)

(San Francisco, Califorina - Nathanael Johnson, KALW News) For years, it seemed clear that freeways designed for automobiles were the cheapest way to move people from here to there. But, in recent years, politicians and planners ...

Senate Energy Reform Gets Even Smaller

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The slimmed-down energy bill we've been forecasting for the Senate floor next week will be even slimmer than expected.

The ...

GAO Report: A Quarter of Bridges "Deficient"

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) And that's an improvement. In a report released to Congress today, the GAO says "one in four bridges in the United States is either structurally deficient and in need of repair, ...

TN Moving Stories: Good transit will cost at least $78 billion, and why don't we learn from our infrastructure mistakes?

A new Federal Transit Administration study says that it would cost $77.7 billion to bring rail and transit systems into "a state of good repair." And then they would still need $14.4 billion for maintenance. Meanwhile, 80% of the nation's transit agencies are raising fares and cutting services. ...

NY Deputy Mayor: Congestion Pricing "Terrific"

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) When, in 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg first signed on to the idea of congestion pricing -- charging private motorists to drive in parts of Manhattan during peak periods -- ...