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Former President Clinton Gushes about BRT, Sustainable Transit

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation). His former Vice President, Al Gore, is known for going on about the environment, but I'm straining to remember when I ever heard Gore go on about transit. I can't ever remember hearing the current President, Barack Obama, (even as a candidate) talk about mass transit ...

Peer-review finding: California high speed rail projections unreliable

(Nathanael Johnson, KALW)

For months, watchdog groups and critics of the California high speed rail project have claimed that a study of projected ridership on the proposed super-train was wildly incorrect. The High Speed Rail Authority has acknowledged that one of its numbers was off by an order of magnitude, ...

Highways get a $3.7 billion boost in House bill

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation, Washington, DC) National transportation programs get a $3.7 billion dollar boost over last year in the House’s latest appropriation bill funding the Department of Transportation.

The increase includes new money for highway repairs and improvements, which have been in limbo with Congress unable to reach agreement ...

Virginia Loses Round in Transit Power Play; Metro Funding Deadline Met

(David Shultz, WAMU) DC Metro will meet its funding deadline this evening. Metro needed to finalize a funding agreement between DC, Maryland. and Viginia. by the end of the day or it would default on a billion dollar contract for new rail cars. Thelma Drake, the director of Virginia's Department ...

June Car Sales Up From a Year Ago, Down from Last Month

(Charlie Herman, WNYC) Auto sales increased solidly in June from a year ago when the economy was mired in a deep recession, but fell from the previous month as worries about the economy led to car buyers to put the brakes on purchasing a new car.

Transit Safety Bill Clears U.S. Senate Panel

(Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation, Washington, DC) Transit systems across the country would have to abide by a common set of safety standards under a bill that cleared a Senate panel this week.

The bill forces ...

Showdown over DC Metro Funding

(David Schultz, WAMU) The Administration of Virginia Governor Robert F. McDonnell has threatened to withhold funding from Metro's budget if they don't get more authority over the transit agency's operations. This is a big problem for Metro, because it just signed a multi-billion dollar contract with Kawasaki to purchase new, ...

On the Road with David Foster Wallace

Writers love road trips. From Homer to Kerouac, travel is work and grist for their mill. It was the same for David Foster Wallace, who chronicled everything from the ugliness ...

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State bans on texting and driving start today in Michigan, Georgia and Kentucky.

Ford stock hits seven-month low, as company funds pension, pays off $4B debt. (Free Press)

Commuter-airline that serves United, US Airways faces $2.5 million penalty for maintenance lapses. (

Cuomo: Car Dealer Employees Boosted Theives

(Azi Paybarah, WNYC) As if Toyota needs more bad publicity.

A ring of car thieves who stole vehicles from the tri-state area and shipped them to Senegal was able to get into ...

Subways Yield Safer Kids, in Review of Child Fatalities

Kids are better off riding the subway than driving. A report by New York's health department shows that children are about half as likely to die as a result of injury in New York City as ...

TN Moving Stories: VA Legislators to Experience the "Orange Crush," Tesla's IPO is Electric, and is Detroit a Bicyclist's Paradise?

Tesla's IPO takes off; the company is the first American automotive manufacturer to go public since Ford. It's electric! (New York Times)

Paris mayor wants to close or slow some expressways on the Seine. (New York Times)

Ice cream trucks grow up: gourmet purveyors are on ...

Kerry Spokeswoman: No decision on Transportation Carbon Caps Yet

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Senator John Kerry's spokeswoman, Whitney Smith, emails the following in response to our query about including transportation emissions caps in the new senate energy and climate bill:

"Majority Leader Reid will bring a final comprehensive energy and climate package to the floor this July, ...

Politico: Dems Agree to Scaled-Back Energy and Climate Bill

Politico is reporting that Democrats have agreed "to scale back their ambitious plans to cap greenhouse gases across multiple sectors of the economy," but says President Obama is holding firm on setting a "price for greenhouse gases." In a Q&A with reporters, Senator John Kerry (D-Mass) didn't specify whether ...

Senators to White House with Energy Agenda Unclear

(Washington, DC - Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) Nearly a quarter of the United States Senate is expected at the White House this morning to meet with ...

TN Moving Stories: The Guardian asks: How can you reconsider driving when transit is slashed? Also, Berlin's subways are much, much cooler than ours

Guilty plea expected in JFK Airport bomb plot case (New York Times).

The Guardian asks: If the BP oil spill causes Americans to reconsider driving, how will they do that when many states are slashing public transportation? (The Guardian)

Shuttering two subway lines wasn't enough: New ...

Prince Harry Causes GrId-lock at Governors Island Dock

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Governors Island lies in New York harbor a short ferry ride from Brooklyn and Manhattan, within spitting distance of the Statue of Liberty. It's one of the jewels in the crown of ...

MTA Cuts Get Lost in Translation

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) Tens of thousands of New Yorkers faced longer and more inconvenient commutes this morning as a result of the MTA’s bus and service cuts. They were most poignantly felt, however, by immigrants who had no idea that the changes were coming because they don’t speak or read ...

What Can a Park and Ride Do For You?

The proposed Park-and-Ride site, near Manvel, Texas

(Houston, TX - Wendy Siegle, KUHF News Lab) Houston's traffic has been ranked sixth-worse in the nation this year. So residents getting a park & ride, say in ...