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Tunnel Vision Complete As Manhattan Bedrock Crumbles

(New York, NY - Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) I was there. At about 4:15 p.m. Eastern time, a giant boring machine drilled through the last of Manhattan bedrock ...

Pelosi Defends Solar-Powered Ferry As Stimulus

(Washington, DC -- Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is defending a transportation project in her home district, saying it would help spur the renewable energy industry in the U.S.

Pelosi put the $500,000 earmark in ...

Commuter Vans Authorized to Run on Discontinued Bus Routes

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) UPDATED New York City's Taxi and Limousine Commission has licensed five commuter van operators to pick up riders along bus routes that were discontinued June 27th, when New York's transit system made its most extensive service cuts since the days depicted in the movie "Taxi ...

Obama in Michigan: EV Battery Costs to Drop 70 percent

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Speaking at a ribbon cutting for an electric vehicle battery plant in Holland, MI, today, President Barack Obama said a major barriers to entry for EV consumers -- battery costs -- are ...

TN Moving Stories: Double Decker Trains in NJ, and the High Line is inspiring other cities

President Obama travels to Michigan today for the groundbreaking of a plant that will make batteries for electric cars (NPR). But don't apply for a job there just yet -- it should take about 18 months before it begins hiring. Which is faster than the impact ...

Airlines Face Pressure to Disclose Fees

(Washington, DC - Todd Zwillich) Do you know exactly how much an airplane ticket is costing you?

The answer for millions of travelers is, ‘probably not,’ ...

What happens when you teardown an urban highway?

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) There's a proposal in New York to tear down the Sheridan Expressway in the Bronx, and another to get rid of the southern tip of FDR drive. The idea of ripping down ...

New York Gets Its First Public EV Charging Station

(WNYC, New York) Own an electric car? Thinking about buying one? Until now, you've been, um, running on empty if you're stuck in New York City with a low battery.

But starting today, California ...

You can Learn a Lot from a Dummy in a Museum

Vince and Larry, who tirelessly promoted seat belt use in the '80s and '90s will now live forever, as part of the Smithsonian National Museum of American ...

A Bridge Floats Down the Hudson

flickr user: Pro-Zak (by-nc)

(New York, NY - Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) A 350-foot bridge floated into New York harbor under the cover of night this morning. It’s the replacement span for the Willis Avenue ...

TN Moving Stories: NYC MTA fares up, FL motorcycle deaths down, and a bridge floats up a river

New York's MTA is planning to cut back on its bulk discount metro cards, which is especially bad news for passengers who buy monthly passes (WNYC). Meanwhile, above ground, the replacement span for the Willis Avenue Bridge is floating into New York Harbor and will be ...

Some Detroit Truckers say Financial Pressures Push them to Neighborhood Streets

(WDET, Detroit) Detroit's public radio station wraps up its series on trucks in residential neighborhoods talking to some truckers who say they can't afford NOT to stray from established routes. Also in the series: ...

Transportation Spending is Target of Waste Watchdogs

(Washington, DC - Todd Zwillich, Transportation Nation) The enemies of pork barrel spending are taking aim at the latest transportation funding bill. That’s despite the fact that earmarks in the bill are lower than ever.

Spending watchdog

TN Moving Stories: Unpaving paradise, ice cream trucks come to one CT town, and should Chicago embrace congestion pricing?

Will they unpave paradise and put up a park? Plans to remove the Bronx's Sheridan Expressway gain momentum. (New York Times)

American Airlines wants to coordinate its trans-Atlantic flights with two European carriers. The plan has been approved by U.S. regulators; Europeans are mulling it over. (

St. Paul is Next on High-Tech Bus Bandwagon

More federal money helps get "transit signal priority" and countdown clocks for bus riders. The former lets drivers running late on their route make a red light change or holds a green light longer, thanks to $1.2 million ...

Audio Diary of a Distracted Driver

(Houston, Texas - Melissa Galvez, KUHF) Houstonians live in a largely-lawless world when it comes to using a phone and driving. The federal push and coverage of distracted driving's dangers has yet to change the mind ...

TN Moving Stories

Rusty signs and heedless drivers at 50 of Chicago's most dangerous rail crossings. (Chicago Tribune)

Texas gubernatorial candidates asked to lay out transportation plans. (Dallas Morning News)

Legally blind blogger working to improve pedestrian safety around DC (Wash Post).

NY Times drives ...

California High Speed Rail Authority opts to ignore ridership problems

(Nathanael Johnson, KALW, San Francisco) The California High Speed Rail Authority met Thursday to review the findings of an analysis on ridership projections for the $40 billion Los Angeles-San Francisco high speed rail. But despite serious questions about whether ridership and revenues will meet goals, the members of the authority ...

A Life Refining, Mining and Drilling into the Earth

Refineries, open-pit mines, and mining camps can seem like remote locations. Unless they are your father's photographic obsessions. Over at the WNYC culture page, writer Carolina Miranda muses on her engineer father's five decades of ...

Spotting a BlackBerry from 20 feet Away: Notes on Texting Ban Enforcement

(Houston, TX - Melissa Galvez, KUHF News Lab) For most drivers in Texas, it is legal to both talk on a cell phone and text while driving — except in school zones and certain cities. There ...