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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.

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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)

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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 ...

Bay Area Transit Planners Try to Reconnect With Underserved Communities

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The BART system map. A recent expansion lost federal funding because it failed to serve local communities.

(San Francisco - Nathanael Johnson, KALW News) -- Earlier this year, the Federal Transit Administration determined ...

New York’s Subway Tunnels: Not Ready for the Briefcase Bomb?

(New York - Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) -- In the wake of a well-publicized double-stabbing in a Greenwich Village subway station last month, many hands were wrung about the woeful lack of security cameras in subways.

Turns out that New York's attempts to install security devices in subways have been fraught ...

Denver is first with major bike-share

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Bike share users register online, and pick up and return bikes at any of 40 stations around Denver (photo: Andrea Bernstein)

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Boston, Minneapolis, and Denver all have been planning ...

Bloomberg gives himself a "57" on PlaNYC

In 2007, New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg created not a few waves by unveiling PlanNYC, a 127-point plan to cut New York's carbon footprint by 30 percent by 2030. The signature initiative -- which drew almost all the heat -- was a congestion pricing plan to charge drivers entering ...

Marta X'ed Out

The Atlanta Journal Constitution has some nice photos of the protest today -- sanctioned by Atlanta's transit system, MARTA -- putting big red "X"s on buses and train cars to visually represent cuts the system faces later this year.

NYC residents save $19B a year from driving less: report

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(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Just in time for Earth Week, New York City is releasing a slew of reports showing how well-off it is because of Mayor Michael Bloomberg's green initiatives. Today's report comes by way of CEOs ...