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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 ...

TN Moving Stories: Tampa's Transit Tax and Virginia's Diminishing Road $$, thanks to Gulf Spill

Voters in Denver and Charlotte -- even Republican ones -- have liked transit taxes. Will they in Tampa? Swing county referendum provides key test. (Tampa Bay Online)

Midwestern Drivers are best (Omaha World-Herald), New Yorkers are worst (WNYC)

More transit cuts coming for East Bay (SF ...

Where's my bus? Boston has an answer...

At any given time, at any bus stop in any major city in America, you'll find riders leaning into the street, looking towards the horizon, straining to see if their bus is coming. If you talk to riders, like librarian Carolyn MacIntosh, in Boston, they'll tell you, "If you want ...

DC Metro Votes in Major Hikes

(David Shultz, WAMU) Metro board adopts major fare hike - 15 percent for rail, 20 percent for buses. Also adopts new "peak-of-the-peak" fare structure - a 20 cent surcharge on rail during the busiest 90 minutes of rush hour. Also adopts a larger than expected increase in para-transit fares.

Will Minneapolis St Paul Light Rail Slow Fire Trucks?

(John Keefe, WNYC)

MPR Photo/Tom Weber

A new light rail line is in the works to connect Minneapolis to St. Paul, raising both hopes and concerns in neighborhoods along the way.

Today, a group of journalists visiting ...

LaHood to Brian Lehrer: We Haven't Endorsed the Transit Bill

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation)

(This post has been updated) U.S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood tells WNYC's Brian Lehrer the administration has not endorsed is not endorsing Senator Christopher Dodd's Emergency Transit Aid Bill. " In the interview, LaHood did not say whether he or the administration might ...

DC Bus, Metro fares to go up?

(David Schultz, WAMU) The Board of Directors of Metro, Washington D.C.'s transit system, was scheduled to vote on a package of historically large fare increases and services cuts late last month.

They did not.

Instead they delayed for two weeks a vote on the package, which was meant to close ...

TN Moving Stories: "Perfect Storm" of Highway Delays in Georgia, and Canadian Coup in Michigan?

Highway repair problems in Forsyth County create "perfect storm" of delays; residents form PAC called "Get 141 Done." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Has the Michigan state house been taken over by Canadians? Opponents of a new Detroit-Canada bridge say YES. Legislation approving bridge's construction clears house, moves on to state ...

NYC MTA Overtime up after Layoffs

(Matthew Schuerman, WNYC) The MTA has been paying more overtime since it laid off 260 station agents earlier this month.

The MTA originally wanted to lay off 475 agents because of budget pressures but settled for 260 after a judge blocked the authority's plan to close some station booths open.

...

DC Streetcar Restored!

Rare news this transit cutting season. After an outcry, $48 million in funding will keep the DC streetcar alive. Details here

DC Streetcar Dead, Victim of Budget Woes

Photo: DDOT

Takeaway Correspondent Todd Zwillich writes from Washington: "The DC City Council Budget Battle is killing streetcar program, at least for now." DCist has more details.

TN Moving Stories: Dallas Transit's $3 billion hole and don't park in the handicapped space!

What happens when three Alabama municipalities agree on a road expansion project, obtain federal money...and then one wants to back out? The $500,000 question: who reimburses the feds? (The Anniston Star)

Welcome to the World Series of excuses: St. Petersburg cracks down on people who abuse handicapped parking ...

What Will Andrew Cuomo Do on Transportation? He's Not Telling.

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation). Like moth to a flame, I'm drawn to read every page when a candidate releases a 252-page briefing book. So when Andrew Cuomo sent out his "The New NY Agenda: A Plan for Action" on Sunday night, I was excited. Really.

I wouldn't be ...

Senate Introduces Emergency Transit Aid bill

Would divide up $2 billion to stressed systems facing cuts and layoffs. Streetsblog has the story.

Blood on the Tracks: Could the Cal Train Die?

Photo: Caltrain

(KALW, Nathaneal Johnson)

It’s hard to imagine that the Caltrain, the commuter train that runs through the heart of Silicon Valley, could actually die. But the whistles that echo past Cisco Systems, Sun Microsystems, Yahoo, Google ...

TN Moving Stories

Modern streetcars are long-term vision for Broward County travel (Sun Sentinel)--but will it be a hard sell in an area where residents are "car crazed?"

Indiana officials lure Chinese automakers to town to try to boost local auto parts manufacturers--and to continue Indy's bid to become an electric ...

Ford Investing $135 million in Hybrids

Ford announces today it's putting $135 million into design and technology for a new line of hybrids out in 2012.

From the release: " Ford Motor Company – moving to create a center of excellence in Michigan for vehicle electrification – today announced it is investing $135 million to ...