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From Peoria to Washington, and Back Again: LaHood Listens To Rural America's Transportation Needs

(Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) - Before becoming the nation's Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood lived his entire life in Western Illinois. He was born in Peoria, went to college there, taught school there, and eventually became the Congressman for the state's 18th District.

As U.S. Transportation Secretary Secretary, ...

MPR: Minneapolis Bus Ridership Up, Still Tiny

(Dan Olson, Minnesota Public Radio) Bus ridership is higher than at any point since right after World War II in the Twin Cities But car commuting still dwarfs transit. More here.

Bike Lanes Scaled Back on First and Second Avenues -- at Least for Now

Rendering Courtesy of NYC DOT

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) In announcing construction will get underway shortly on the First and Second Avenue Select Bus Service lanes, the city is acknowledging publicly that bike lanes, once ...

TN Moving Stories: Will Republicans Debate Energy? Swearing at BP, Do-It-Yourself Potholes

Will Republicans start the bipartisan dealing on energy reform? Early hints. (The Takeaway)

WSJ editorial writers take on "the artist formerly known as the climate bill." Fear one-sided, by any means necessary effort. (WSJ)

MTV Movie Awards feature host's gesture-filled shot at BP. (Huffington ...

Analyst: SUV Sales Growth "Absolute Proof" of Short Attention Spans

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) SUV sales are up, as we reported below. Preliminary data shows some of the fastest car sale growth in May of 2010 over a year ago, May 2009, was in the light truck division. Toyota reported a drop in May sales in its car ...

NYC MTA relocates falcon chicks

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) As deep service cuts approach, the NYC MTA continues its charm offensive this week. First smart cards, then an announcement of eco-friendly solar-powered subway train washing facilities.

Now they're ...

NY City: Women Bridge Painters who Couldn't Get Work Not Entitled to $$

(Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) From 1996 to 2001, the New York City Department of Transportation employed about 40 bridge painters; none were female. In 2007, the United States District Attorney filed a discrimination lawsuit against the city, stating that "the DOT has never hired, extended an offer to hire, or ...

Preliminary Data: SUV Sales Inching Back Up

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) For a long time, light truck sales, including SUV's, were about half the retail vehicle market share. In May of 2008, as gas approached $5.00 a gallon in some markets, sales plummeted to 43 percent. But now, according to figures provided to WNYC by Autodata Corporation, ...

TN Moving Stories: a Hot July Senate Energy Debate? CA high-speed rail chief speaks, 3,000 will move for NY tunnel

Harry Reid says Senate will take up an energy bill in July. (Fire Dog Lake)

Ugly air delays down. Hawaiian, Alaska and US Airways top on-time ratings as airlines try to get ahead of new federal penalties. (USA Today)

3,000 people get letters telling them

Caltrain Closes in on Cuts, Fare Hikes

Caltrain, the commuter rail line linking San Francisco and San Jose, is now officially in a fiscal emergency. It has a budget gap that amounts to more than a third of its $100 million annual operations. The unanimous declaration ...

How much of the work on the Brooklyn Bridge will go to minorities and women?

(Kate Hinds, WNYC) Earlier this week we wrote about Brooklyn Bridge contractor Skanska and how, at one point in the bidding process, their bid did not meet the city’s 14% disadvantaged business enterprise goal. The city expressed concern—but wound up awarding them the contract anyway.

Yesterday we got to ask ...

Painting Gets Underway on Brooklyn's Prospect Park West Bike Lane

DOT workers say it will be a month until work is complete. Here are some photo's from this morning. (And here's the Marty Markowitz interview from earlier this spring.)

Cars were moved away from the lane next to ...

TN Moving Stories: Radar guns vs. eyeballs, bicycle-powered chargers, and continually trying to count Brooklyn Bridge jobs

VP Biden visits Brooklyn Bridge rehab, touts job creation--but good luck putting a number to it. (WNYC)

Ridership on CalTrain, the San Francisco-area's commuter rail, is at an all-time high. So it must be a good time for a budget cut, right? (The Takeaway)

Get ready ...

Brooklyn Bridge Rehab Creates Jobs, But You'll Never Know How Many

Vice President Joe Biden is gifted the Brooklyn Bridge (Kate Hinds/WNYC)

(Kate Hinds, WNYC) Wednesday's official groundbreaking of the Brooklyn Bridge rehab brought out some big political names--Vice President Joe Biden, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Congressman Jerrold Nadler. ...

Prospect Park Bike Lane Gets Underway

Prospect Park West bike lane

Flyers advise Brooklynites how to park with new bike lanes going in now (photo: Andrea ...

TN MOVING STORIES: ZipCar IPO, Motor City by Bike and Riding the Bus with a Broken Foot

Is car sharing so hot that it can park an IPO on frigid Wall Street? Hello $75 million bucks. (The Takeaway)

SF Bay Area Congresswoman: foundering Caltrain commuter rail too important to lose. So give it the SF-San Jose high-speed rail stimulus money? (SF Chronicle Op-Ed)

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The $508 million Brooklyn Bridge Project is going to generate jobs. Whose?

(Andrea Bernstein and Kate Hinds, Transportation Nation) Vice President Biden comes to New York Wednesday to tout the success of the stimulus program. He'll stand on the Brooklyn Bridge, a $508 million project using $30 million in stimulus funds, to tout an investment that "is creating jobs, generating local economic ...

New York City to Give Smart Cards a Try

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) The New York region's three transit agencies launched a "smartcard" pilot today, saying it would cut down on their operating costs and make commuting more convenient for riders.

If it works, the technology could lead to ...

Biden to Visit Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Vice President Joe Biden hosts a presser at the Brooklyn Bridge tomorrow. The Bridge is receiving some $30 million in stimulus funding toward a 4-year renovation. WNYC has been chronicling the project here.

From the press release:

"New ...

TN Moving Stories: Wichita's $6.2 billion transportation dream, and how to raise a NJ bridge 65 feet

From MasterCard to MetroCard: NYC's MTA begins piloting new payment system today. (WNYC)

Meanwhile, an average of 236 MetroCard machines are being vandalized daily. (AM New York)

What did BP know --and when did they know it? Documents show that the company reported problems with the ...