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TN MOVING STORIES: Federal Audit Slams DC Airports Authority, Atlanta Opens New International Terminal Today

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 08:21 AM

Top stories on TN:
Optimism on Transpo Conference, Sweating the Easy Stuff (link)
Maryland Metro Stop Gets System’s First Bike & Ride (link)
Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About NYC’s Bike Share Program (link)
Report: 70 Percent of Offshore Oilfields Unused (link)
Former PA Gov Rendell: Best Transpo Bill Would “Do No Harm” (link)

Dulles Airport (photo courtesy of Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority)

A federal audit of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority  -- which operates Dulles and Reagan National Airports and is building the Metrorail Silver Line --  found faults in agency's policies and practices on financial disclosures, contracting, travel and transparency. Example: board members spent $238 on two bottles of wine and $9,200 on one plane ticket to Prague. And awarded $6 million worth of contracts without board approval. (Washington Post)

But: US DOT head Ray LaHood says he has confidence in the new MWAA leadership. (The Hill)

Now that Toronto Mayor Rob Ford's transit agenda has been repudiated, "he has been freed to turn the rest of his term into an extended campaign about...an inanely simplistic choice: subways versus streetcars." (Toronto Life)

San Francisco's transit agency has given the green light to bus rapid transit on Van Ness Avenue. (San Francisco Examiner)

Felix Salmon: I've taken another look at the numbers, and I still think NYC's bike share is really expensive. (Reuters)

Atlanta's airport is opening its new international terminal today -- six years behind schedule and twice the price cited in preliminary plans. (Marketplace)

The city of Moscow plans to spend over a trillion rubles (some $33 billion) by 2020, adding 90 more miles and 67 more stations to its city subway system. (RIA Novosti)

A plane carrying France's new president, François Hollande, was struck by lightning en route to Germany. (Christian Science Monitor)

Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway now owns 10,000,000 shares of General Motors stock. (Bloomberg)

Meanwhile, GM stopped buying ads on Facebook. (Wall Street Journal)

After decades of urban evolution, the world’s major subway systems appear to be converging on an ideal form.  (Wired)

London aims to open its new cable car across the Thames in time for the summer Olympics. (video at BBC)

Training wheels don't work. What does? Balance bikes. So "skip the training wheels and get rid of the pedals instead." (Slate)

Why do terrorists go for planes when there are easier targets? (NPR)

Delaware's House passed a bill that would penalize drivers going below the speed limit in the left lane of a Delaware highway. (News Journal)

Cheaper gas prices aren't enough to get many more Americans on the road this summer. (AP)

The mild winter means states like West Virginia are sitting on a surplus of road salt -- and now have to figure out how to store it until next winter. (Daily Mail)

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