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TN MOVING STORIES: U.K. Considers Semi-Privatization of Roads, Gas Prices Challenge Rural Transit Systems, U.S. Automakers Eye India

Monday, March 19, 2012 - 08:01 AM

Top stories on TN:
Airlines Can be Deadly for Pets: 35 Died in 2011 (Link)
Two New Bike Share Stations Open on National Mall (Link)
Maryland Governor Gets An Earful on Gas Tax (Link)
High Speed Rail Funds Aiding Local Transit in CA (Link)

A highway in England (photo by BjornFranTjorn via flickr)

Because the House probably won't move on transportation legislation before a March 31 deadline, transportation watchers are expecting a short-term funding extension. (The Hill)

British prime minister David Cameron wants to semi-privatize that country's roads. (BBC, Guardian)

A rival bike share firm is trying to put the brakes on Alta's contract to launch Chicago's bike share program by claiming the path was greased for the Oregon company where transportation commissioner Gabe Klein once worked.  (Chicago Sun-Times)

High levels of silica, a carcinogen, were found at the Second Avenue Subway construction site during a federal safety inspection last November. (New York Post)

As cars are kept longer, 200,000 is the new 100,000. (New York Times)

U.S. automakers are hungrily eyeing India as a growth opportunity. (Washington Post)

A transportation company responsible for installing defective parts on Chicago's subway cars is the leading candidate to build BART’s $3.4 billion fleet of new train cars. (The Bay Citizen)

Residents love a recently installed pedestrian plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens; local business owners, not so much. (New York Times)

The high cost of gas is challenging for rural transportation systems in Vermont. (VPR)

Atlanta's transit system (MARTA) "has long served as the unfortunate battleground on which unrelated conflicts — urban vs. suburban and rural, Democratic vs. Republican, black vs. white, rich vs. poor, traditional vs. modern — have been fought out." (Atlanta Journal-Constitution blog post)

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