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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo Bill Conferees Meet Today, ACLU Wins Court Order Blocking NJ's New License Requirements

Tuesday, May 08, 2012 - 08:57 AM

Top stories on TN:
Citibank Is Sponsor of NYC Bike Share “Citibike” (link)
NYC DOT: Megabus Can Continue Curbside Pickup by Bus Terminal (link)
Date Set for First Commercial Spacecraft to Dock at International Space Station (link)
AUDIO: Confessions of Bike Abandoners (link)

The 1865 Staplehurst rail crash, which Charles Dickens survived (image via wikimedia commons)

Transportation bill conferees begin talks today. (Politico)

The ACLU has won a court order blocking New Jersey’s stricter new driver’s license requirements on "a technicality called democracy," according to an ACLU official. (The Star-Ledger, Asbury Park Press)

Engineers and scientists are raising questions about whether airplane seats, tested with crash dummies that reflect a 170-pound weight rule, are strong enough to protect increasingly heavy travelers. (New York Times)

The author of the new book Charles Dickens's Networks, Public Transport and the Novel says "Dickens was constantly analyzing the relationship between transportation and society." (Los Angeles Times)

Speaking of great expectations: Nevada issued the country's first self-driven vehicle license to Google. (BBC, Las Vegas Sun)

Political momentum in Jacksonville has swung towards transportation projects tied to its port. Road projects: not so much. (Florida Times-Union)

Amtrak conductors are using iPhones to scan tickets. (New York Times)

DC's Metro says "mechanical fatigue" caused rail parts to fall apart. Officials said the authority had planned to replace the parts in 2009 but never did the work because it did not have the money. (Washington Post)

A startup company called Uber has released an app that lets you get last-minute car service -- but in challenging some cities' cab service, it's running up against regulations. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Airlines are fighting an Federal Aviation Administration deadline for modifying fuel tanks meant to reduce the risk of explosion. (Wall Street Journal)

In a pilot program aimed at combating fraud, New York has modified some subway turnstiles to reject any MetroCard repeatedly being swiped in the same station. (New York Daily News)

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