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The New Times Square Unveiled

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The city has chosen local artist Molly Dilworth to paint the five pedestrian plazas at Times Square and Herald Square. Dilworth topped some 150 competitors to win $15,000 and the honor ...

Obama signs order to develop fuel standards for trucks.

The president starts the process for fuel standards for trucks.

From today's Rose Garden ceremony.

"And today, we’re going even further, proposing the development of a national standard for medium- and heavy-duty trucks, just as we did for cars and light trucks."

Bixi: Big Expansion of Washington DC's Bike Share System

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) -- "Bixi roulera de Washington a Washington" announces the website of the Montreal-based BIXI bike sharing company today.

Here's a partial (and somewhat loose) translation from the French: "The capital of the United States, ...

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NY Times: Ped Plazas Slow Buses. Ouch, two of NYC DOT's favorite constituent groups -- bus riders and pedestrians -- pitted against each other. True wonks can read the full report, which presents a somewhat muddier picture than the headline would indicate.

Good News/Bad News: Green car maker ...

Better Data for Transit, Low-Income Travelers

(Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) - The National Household Travel Survey is one of the world's most dazzling collections of data. From who telecommutes in America to whether the amount of crime along a bike route discourages commuters from riding to work, it's the most comprehensive information about long-distance ...

Sidewalks With a Slow Lane

Chad Rachman/N.Y.Post

Most days, New York's sidewalks hardly seem big enough for everyone on them. That's in part why the city is kicking cars off its streets, to create more walkable area. But there's still ...

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Judges Regularly Break Sentencing Law on Speeding Tickets (Chicago Tribune) Metro Chicago courts keep tickets off drivers' public records by incorrectly using supervision.

Atlantic City Jitneys Going Green (Press of Atlantic City) Atlantic City is converting their 190-vehicle fleet to shuttle buses that operate on compressed ...

LaHood: Tolls Can Pay for Transportation Bill

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 19) Speaking at a community meeting in New York City's Chinatown, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Wednesday that tolls ought to be considered as an option to pay for the federal transportation bill. That bill has been stalled in a congress laden with ...

The Secretary's Cause Knows No Bounds

(United Nations - Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) - Distracted driving is a top priority at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Which isn't saying much some days. Secretary Ray LaHood talks about it ...

Bike to Work, Then Bike at Work

(Billings, MT - Jackie Yamanaka, Yellowstone Public Radio) -- This is Bike to Work Week across America. There are refreshments, discounts at businesses, and benefits for bike commuters around the country. While commuters getting those perks ...

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Toyota pays $16.4 million over recall of sticking gas pedals (nyt)
Civil fine is the largest allowed, but car company avoids admitting fault. Hey, the proceeds go to the Treasury!

DOT to expand cellphone ban to all who work on commuter trains (kpcc)
Rail ...

POLITICO Profiles Soured and Stymied House Transportation Chief

This was supposed to be the year of the mighty Transportation Reauthorization in Congress, and Jim Oberstar (D-Minn.) was supposed to get his chance to write the six-year, $500 billion plan for the nation's transportation and infrastructure. But the signs are looking dimmer that something will get done. One of ...

Senate Bus Ads: Stop the Sag!

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 17) With all there is to worry about in Albany -- a months-late budget, closing parks, furloughing state workers, closing a $9 billion budget gap-- you can see why State Senators Eric Adams ...

Should Real Estate fund Transit?

Christopher B. Leinberger has an interesting history of how rail got funded in America in this month's Altantic. In the early twentieth century, he writes, every city with more than 5000 had a rail system:

""How did the country afford that extensive rail system? Real-estate developers, sometimes aided by electric ...

Portland, Austin ... Houston? How a Texas Suburb Works To Be Bike-Friendly

(The Woodlands, Texas -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF News Lab) -- Houston has long been an oil man's town and a booming city that loves its cars and parking lots. That's changing. Just to the north, in The Woodlands, ...

Napolitano drops the other shoe on transit security funding

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 17) Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security was not happy with the very public beating the agency took in the New York tabloids and from New York pols on transit security funding last week. Last week, after a Congressional Briefing, Senator Charles Schumer ...

Critical Mass's San Francisco Beginnings

(KALW, May 14) Ever wonder how the Friday Night cyclists' demonstrations became such a (controversial) tradition? KALW takes a look at the rides' roots in San Franciso.

A Global Look at Farebeating

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 14) In San Francisco, writes KALW's Nathaneal Johnson, paying the transit fare is sometimes seen as a voluntary act. But the transit system is losing $19 million a year -- and is stepping up enforcement. Johnson takes a ride with a MUNI "cop". Meanwhile, ...

Bike Share Gets to Big Sky Country

That's right: go to Billings, Montana and the bikes, helmets and locks are free to pedal around downtown during the day. It's a project run not by B-Cycle, or another company launching big city bike ...