Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
TN Moving Stories: Montreal Bike Share In Debt; Amtrak to Senate: Gateway Tunnel "Critical" for Region
Wednesday, May 18, 2011 - 08:04 AM
Senate Democrats want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the oil industry is fixing gas prices. (Marketplace). Meanwhile, their proposal to strip oil companies of tax breaks failed in the Senate yesterday (New York Times).
Politico writes: "Republicans have a messaging problem on gas prices. More Americans actually believe in UFOs and ghosts than blame President Barack Obama for causing their pain at the pump."
Montreal's Bixi bike share program, losing money and in debt, needs financial backing from the city. (The Globe and Mail)
Auditions for NYC's "Music Under New York" program were held yesterday; WNYC stopped by to take pictures -- and audio -- of the would-be subway performers. Take a listen!
CNN Money profiles the president of Alta Bike Share, the company behind the bike share programs in Boston and DC.
Workers move closer to their jobs, take transit, buy less, as a result of gas prices: (New York Times)
Loudoun County officials are exploring what would happen if they withdrew funding for the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport. (Washington Post)
The Congressional Budget Office floated a mileage tax at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on “Financing 21st Century Infrastructure.” (The Hill)
Meanwhile, at the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing for the Federal Railroad Administration's budget request, Amtrak president Joseph Boardman said the Gateway Tunnel is "critical" to high-speed rail service. He added: "I think we're out of capacity in the Northeast Corridor...we have no place to put the New Jersey Transit trains that come into Penn Station." (Video below via Senator Lautenberg, YouTube)
The Freedom Rides turn 50 this year, and two original freedom riders talk will about that activism on today's Brian Lehrer Show. (WNYC)
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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:
-- high fuel prices squeeze Montana agencies (link)
-- DC wants to impose fees on intercity bus industry (link)
-- DC's mayor will announce new DDOT head today (link)