Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
TN MOVING STORIES: Ray LaHood Wants to Get Silver Line Back on Track, Why Youth Are Driving Less, and NYC to Tire Boot Parking Violators
Friday, April 20, 2012 - 09:02 AM
Top stories on TN:
Report: Drivers to Save Almost $70 Billion by 2025 from Fuel-Efficient Cars (link)
BREAKING: NYC Taxi Commission Approves Plan for Outer Borough Street Hails (link)
Trans-Hudson Tunnel Awarded Another $20 Million — If Congress Okays It (link)
Virginia Budget Passes Without Silver Line Funding (link)
From a Star-Ledger editorial on Wednesday's Senate committee hearing, in which a Port Authority executive went after Senator Frank Lautenberg for using a free EZPass: "If taking offered benefits is a crime, then (Port Authority executive Bill) Baroni is a felon and the governor is his high-flying accomplice."
Just how rare was Wednesday's hearing brawl? “It’s highly unusual...like an unassisted triple play, you never go to the ballpark expecting to see one.” (North Jersey.com) Note: you can listen to some fiery audio from the hearing here.
So why are young Americans driving less? The Takeaway talks to one -- as well as the co-author of a new study on youth driving habits.
Janette Sadik-Khan talks about the urban density -- and the Keystone XL pipeline -- on MSNBC. Two JSK quotes: "If you really want to save the planet, you should move to New York City." And: "It's an economic development strategy to be investing in mass transit."
New York City will soon be putting tire boots on any car whose owner has accumulated $350 or more of unpaid tickets. (New York Daily News)
Web commenters helped identify a part from a hit-and-run -- and now Virginia police have a suspect. (Jalopnik)
Grand Rapids wants to re-brand a former auto factory, "but they know there’s limited cache to trying to peddle a former GM plant." (Changing Gears)
Are GPS systems in Irish taxis inadvertently changing traffic signals? (Irish Times)
Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa briefly walked out of a transportation committee meeting after another elected official used the term “gang rape” in a reference to a transit sales tax championed by the mayor. (Los Angeles Times)
Art bike! See photos of spirograph-like Sharpie artwork created by a stationary bike. (PSFK)