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Portland, Austin ... Houston? How a Texas Suburb Works To Be Bike-Friendly

(The Woodlands, Texas -- Wendy Siegle, KUHF News Lab) -- Houston has long been an oil man's town and a booming city that loves its cars and parking lots. That's changing. Just to the north, in The Woodlands, ...

Napolitano drops the other shoe on transit security funding

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 17) Apparently, the Department of Homeland Security was not happy with the very public beating the agency took in the New York tabloids and from New York pols on transit security funding last week. Last week, after a Congressional Briefing, Senator Charles Schumer ...

Critical Mass's San Francisco Beginnings

(KALW, May 14) Ever wonder how the Friday Night cyclists' demonstrations became such a (controversial) tradition? KALW takes a look at the rides' roots in San Franciso.

A Global Look at Farebeating

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 14) In San Francisco, writes KALW's Nathaneal Johnson, paying the transit fare is sometimes seen as a voluntary act. But the transit system is losing $19 million a year -- and is stepping up enforcement. Johnson takes a ride with a MUNI "cop". Meanwhile, ...

Bike Share Gets to Big Sky Country

That's right: go to Billings, Montana and the bikes, helmets and locks are free to pedal around downtown during the day. It's a project run not by B-Cycle, or another company launching big city bike ...

Yes, Pedestrians. Cross Any Which Way You'd Like To

7th and H Streets in Northwest D.C, where pedestrians can now cross in any way they please. (photo: David Schultz, WAMU News)

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) - Transportation pros in Washington ...

Brooklyn Bridge Project Closes Skate Park

(WNYC, Kate Hinds, May 13) The Brooklyn Banks (a red brick plaza under the ramps of the bridge on the Manhattan side) whose ramps, angled surfaces and staircases are catnip to skateboarders (and bikers, and practitioners of Parkour) ...

Transportation Security Cuts: The Facts

(New York, NY - Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) In a press release issued yesterday evening, Senator Charles Schumer lambasted the Administration for what he sees as cuts to New York's terrorism-fighting apparatus. "For the administration to announce these cuts two weeks after the attempted Times Square bombing shows they just ...

More Than a Bridge

Over the next four years, the Brooklyn Bridge will undergo more than $500 million worth of upgrades. It's a sign of how the City of New York, and the world loves the 127-year old span. And so WNYC is asking ...

Climate Bill has $6 Billion for Transportation, Inhofe Mocks Attendance at Roll-Out

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 11) Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joseph Lieberman (I-CT) rolled out a climate bill today, and advocates for and against are poring through its 900 some odd pages. Streetsblog has an account of what's in it, but basically, some of the revenue from carbon-offsets ...

Bloomberg Checks Out Cameras; Transit Advocates Want More

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 12) In New York, no one really obeys traffic laws. Cars roll right through red lights (it was yellow when I first saw it, honestly!), pedestrians step off the curb well before they have the green signal, and even the more law-abiding cyclists routinely go ...

South Africa Still Struggles to Bring Good Bus Service

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 11) In the movie Invictus, Francois Pienaar, the rugby star played by Matt Damon, gets a call from the President. Not the President of the rugby league, as his family first thinks, but the President ...

Dreaming of the Fastest Trains

Ray LaHood visiting Japan's high-speed rail

(Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) - Ever since President Obama announced billions in funding for high-speed rail projects in the U.S. early this year, the ...

In D.C., Transit Users Take a Larger Piece of the Commuting Pie

A rare, empty moment on the platform of DC's Metro (photo: David Schultz, WAMU News)

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) -- There are all sorts of interesting tidbits in the Brookings Institution's new ...

Renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge Begins

A four-year, $508 million renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge is underway. WNYC is watching -- and wants your help. To get involved, start here.

How Americans Decide to (Not) Use Transit

The nation has gone through dramatic demographic and economic change over the last 10 years, in what history may end up calling the "lost decade" because jobs and economic change didn't keep pace. That loss is coming home to roost now, says the Brookings Institution, which has turned ...

Don't use transit? Don't carpool? Why?

The Takeaway will be looking next week at commuting trends in the U.S. -- where transit use is up, where it's down, where it's a feeble pulse. They're looking for your stories -- tell them!

Head of Chicago's Commuter Rail Jumps in Front of Train, Dies: Sun-Times

Photo by Laurence via Flickr

Phil Pagano had been the Executive Director of Metra, Chicago's commuter rail since 1990. In the last few years, the service has been expanding, across the six counties around Chicago, with plans ...

Smart Technology Comes to Buses

(KUHF, Houston, Melissa Galvez, May 7) -- Intelligent Car Techies(and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Descended on Houston This Week to discuss car-to-car communication and other cars of the near and distant future. KUHF's Melissa Galvez takes a look at how better technology can ease congestion.

Dirty Train on the Tracks: NYC MTA to Cut 1000 more positions

Even as a judge has temporarily blocked the layoffs of 475 Station Agents (the hearing is now set for Monday), the MTA's CFO Bob Foran announces the agency is cutting 1000 more positions, mostly in subway clean up. Way dirtier trains are on the way -- subway cars will be ...