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TN MOVING STORIES: Rig Runs Aground in Alaska, Avis Buying Zipcar, Twin Cities BRT Line in the Works

Wednesday, January 02, 2013 - 08:53 AM

Top stories on TN:
NY MTA Tepidly Explores Platform Barriers After Subway Track Deaths … Again (link)
YEAR IN REVIEW Washington, D.C: Silver Lines, Express Lanes, Gentrification, and Scandal (link)
Bank Robber Tries To Use Metro As Getaway Vehicle (link)
Carmakers Bet on Green Future (link)

Chicago's Lake Shore Drive (photo by Jason Mrachina via flickr)

An oil drilling rig holding more than 150,000 gallons of diesel, lubricating oil and hydraulic fluid has run aground near Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. (NPR)

Twin Cities planners are working on the cities' first BRT line. (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

Complaints about cab drivers are on the rise in San Francisco. (Bay Citizen)

The number of pedestrians killed on Irish roads last year fell by 40 percent, contributing to the record low in traffic deaths. (Independent)

A popular D.C. real-time bus tracking application went offline last month because of an apparent contractual issue. (Washington Examiner)

Former MTA chair Joe Lhota's "presence in the (mayoral) campaign immediately raises the level of competence in the candidate pool." (Observer)

In the retail gas industry, it's location, location, location. The practice known as "zone pricing" can lead to wild price fluctuations, even in the same city. (Los Angeles Times)

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China is building a rail link through Southeast Asia, but is it a good deal for Laos? "The price tag of the $7 billion, 260-mile rail project, which Laos will borrow from China, is nearly equal to the tiny $8 billion in annual economic activity in Laos, which lacks even a rudimentary railroad and whose rutted road system is largely a leftover from the French colonial era" (New York Times)

The number of new vehicles sold in the U.S. in 2013 is expected to exceed 15 million. (Wall Street Journal)

Avis is buying Zipcar for $500 million. (NBC)

Why can't pickups park on Chicago's Lake Shore Drive? The answer to "WBEZ’s latest trivial pursuit question.”(Curious City)

San Rafael (CA) is implementing a $10,000 program that will pay nearly 370 employees to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by getting to work any way other than driving in a car alone. (Marin Independent Journal)

Amtrak's San Joaquin line, the Valley's only passenger train service, posted record ridership in 2012, attracting more than 1.1 million passengers last year. (Fresno Bee)

A New Orleans bridge will have a dedicated tow truck during rush hour to speed removal of disabled cars. (WVUE)

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