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TN MOVING STORIES: Detroit's Light Rail Plan is Dead, a BRT Plan Emerges; Republicans Link Payroll Tax to Keystone Pipeline; Rio Relaunches Bike Share

Wednesday, December 14, 2011 - 09:00 AM

Top stories on TN:

The NTSB wants a federal ban on cell phones while driving. (Link)
Overcoming travel phobias: a success story. (Link)
Picture this: got a flat? Call the tow bike. (Link)

Bike share in Rio (photo by riopravoce via Flickr)

NTSB Chair Deborah A.P. Hersman tells the Takeaway the urge to tweet in a car is just too great (The Takeaway).

A controversial Republican version of the payroll tax -- now linked to the Keystone XL pipeline -- passed the House and heads to the Senate. (Washington Post)

California's governor announced $1 billion in budget cuts; free school bus transportation is among the programs slashed. (Los Angeles Times)

Plans for light rail in Detroit have been scrapped in favor of a system of high-speed city and suburban buses. (Detroit Free Press)

Rio de Janeiro relaunched its bike share program -- with better results. (Atlantic Cities)

The cost of canceling Toronto's planned Transit City light rail lines could exceed $65 million. (Globe and Mail)

New York's Court of Appeals rules that selling MetroCard swipes is not larceny; overturns 2009 conviction. (New York Times)

Indiana unveiled a ten-year, $1.3 billion transit overhaul. (Indianapolis Star)

New York Times editorial: Governor Cuomo, you don't need more meetings about the taxi legislation--just sign it.

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Comments [1]

Willie Green

If the GOP wants to build a pipeline, then they need to hop aboard Obama's high speed rail initiative.

The substance that they want to put through that pipeline isn't even really oil. It's not even pumped up out of the ground. It's thick, heavy, sandy gunk and rocky crud that they dig up out of vast open pit mines in the Canadian tar-sands. They can't even get that stuff to flow through the pipes without extensive treatment and processing.

It is a low-quality, low-yield "unconventional" resource that we've ignored for many decades for one reason: it is EXPENSIVE to produce. And it will NOT make America "energy independent."

I have nothing against exploiting this resource, if global supplies of the "cheap" traditional petroleum resources are drying up. However, if we are expected to buy and this expensive crud to fuel our vehicles, then we need fuel efficient regional passenger rail service to go along with it. Automotive and short-hop airline service simply won't be as affordable as what we've enjoyed for the last 45~55 years.

Dec. 14 2011 03:57 PM

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