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Aren't You the Airport Guys? TSA in the Subway

(New York - Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) -- It's a strange sight, the bright blue uniforms of the agents who run the long lines and security machinery at airports, down in the crush of the New ...

What Should New York's Times Square Plazas look like?

Two months ago, despite loud opposition from cabbies and some motorists, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced the permanent closure of parts of Broadway to automobiles. The pedestrian plazas that were created as result are a blank slate ...

Take the IRT to the LGA? No way.

(WNYC, New York, Matthew Schuerman, April 29)

The headlines today in New York were all about far-off plans to redo LaGuardia Airport. The head of the Port Authority of New ...

DA says bike cop verdict shows no one "above the law"

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NYPD Bike Shover Found Guilty of Lying -- Cleared on Assault and Harassment

It's become a symbol of the conflict between bikers and everyone else -- the endlessly circulated YouTube Video of a police officer shoving a cyclist participating in a demonstration.

This just in, from the AP -- A former New York City police officer has been convicted of lying about ...

Light Rail, and All That Stands in the Way

(Houston, TX - Melissa Galvez, KUHF News Lab) -- If you don’t have a car in Houston, life can be very difficult. So you might think that communities would be clamoring to get the new light rail line through their neighborhood; but in fact, there’s been opposition across ...

What happens when a community decides to get bold on transit?

(St. Paul, Minnesota-- Laura Yuen, MPR News) MPR's four-part series on the travails of the Minneapolis-St. Paul light rail project has begun. It's a terrific, in-depth look at what happens when a community decides to re-organize its street space.

From the story --

And ...

The Last Ride Home for NHL's Subway Fan

Thirty-six year old Scott Walker has played all over the National Hockey League -- Vancouver, Nashville, Raleigh. This year, the journeyman arrived on the Washington Capitals. He hoped he'd get another appearance in the Stanley Cup playoffs, and he did. But his wife and kids stayed behind, and kept the ...

Jury Still Deliberating NYPD Shoving of Bike Rider

The jury deciding the fate of the New York police officer who shoved a biker has gone home after a second day of deliberations. Rookie officer Patrick Pogan faces seven counts for knocking cyclist Christopher Long to the street during a Critical Mass ride, and then lying about it in ...

Can You Plan Your Way Our of a Traffic Nightmare?

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU) -- Homeowners and developers, environmentalists and big businesses, motorists and pedestrians - everyone agrees. Something must be done about Tysons Corner, the massive office park in Northern Virginia's Fairfax County.

Tysons Corner is one of the largest business districts in the ...

Quietly Moseying Around Minnesota at 35 mph

Jay Sitter, the sales manager for The Electric Vehicle Store in St. Louis Park, sells the $19,000 Wheego Whip, a 35 mph speed vehicle for neighborhood commuting. (MPR Photo/Dan Olson)

(Minneapolis, MN - Dan Olson, MPR News) ...

NYC dips toe in water on bus lane enforcement

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, April 27) New York cops are notorious for freely handing out tickets, or so it seems to drivers, parkers, and the occasional cyclist. But one area where they've been seemingly timid is in ticketing bus lane violators. Last year, while reporting a story on the city's ...

NYPD: In some subway stations, it's the wild west.

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC, April 26)

New York's MTA is investigating "keygate" Transit officials say they will conduct "an immediate audit" of subway emergency gate keys, to try to keep them from being copied and sold. This comes after the Daily News ...

LaHood: Bring on the Bike Lanes

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, April 26) When he was appointed US DOT Commissioner, Ray LaHood was a bit of a cipher outside of Washington. What was known: he was a Republican Congressman from rural Illinois, a friend of White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, and a recreational biker. So ...

New Yorkers save by not driving. But they don't feel richer.

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, April 26) When it comes to saving money from not driving, New York wins big, and Houston loses big, or so says CEOs for Cities. But listen here to find out why not everyone in New York is running over to Macy's to spend that ...

Times Square Takes a Peek Downtown: Pedestrian Plaza to hit Union Square

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, April 26) We'll take our lumps.
On Friday, we ribbed the Times for waking up to the planned changes on 34th Street in Manhattan (home to Macy's, the Empire State Building, Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and beginning in 2010, an end-to-end, fully ...

LaHood's Fight Against Distractions Expands to the Cockpit

(Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation, April 26) The Secretary of Transportation mentions his fight against distracted driving once a day, it seems -- his tenure will certainly be marked by this effort against drivers and their cell phones. In a sign of how tough that fight is amidst our ...

Building the Case For Transit as a Civil Right

(Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation, April 26) We're following the changes in how public transit projects are planned and funded under the Obama Administration's DOT, which has made it quite clear that it wants to see new lines and routes serve wide groups of riders, especially those traditionally underserved. Nathanael Johnson ...

Times Square Wakes Up to 34th Street's Coming Closure

(New York - Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) The New York Times gives big play today to the proposed changes on 34th Street. The DOT plans have been around for a couple of years, but we caught up with Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan when she spoke at a conference ...