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TN MOVING STORIES: Colorado Town Fights Beltway, Troy Transit Center's 2nd Chance, Headphone-Wearing Pedestrian Catastrophes On the Rise

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 08:59 AM

Top stories on TN:
NJ Governor Christie’s State of the State: No Transpo Talk, But He Worked In A Driving Metaphor (Link)
MTA, Unions May Be Talking for A While (Link)
Bike Share to the Alamo, Santa Claus Bike/Ped Trail, and Other Transit $$ (Link)
NY Gov. Cuomo Budget: MTA Not Gutted, $$ For Amtrak, Infrastructure Fund (Link)
$77 Million in Transpo Grants To Universities (Link)

Walking while wearing headphones (photo by Ian Muir via Flickr)

The number of headphone-wearing pedestrians seriously injured or killed near roadways and railways has tripled in six years. (Bloomberg News via Albany Times-Union)

NJ Gov. Chris Christie put the brakes on legislation that would have required teenage drivers to clock an additional six months of practice time before getting a license, while forcing their parents to take an orientation course about their new, young drivers.  (NJ.com)

Nigeria's government backed down on fuel price increases and reimposed fuel subsidies. (Christian Science Monitor)

Meanwhile, Chevron says an oil rig is still burning off the Nigerian coast. (Washington Post)

Still no contract, but talks continue between New York's MTA and the transit workers union. (WNYC)

The city of Golden, Colorado, is fighting a beltway. (New York Times)

Troy's transit center got a second chance, when members of the Troy City Council voted last night to approve a scaled-down version of the controversial project they blocked last month. (Detroit Free Press)

One reporter rode all 139 bus routes in Chicago's transit system. (WBEZ)

California bullet train promoters predict it will cost $171 billion to build new airports and roads if the trains aren't completed. But experts say that figure is greatly exaggerated. (Los Angeles Times)

Former mayor of Atlanta: mass transit brings freedom. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

The twin ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are the busiest in the nation. They also have some of the dirtiest air, thanks to thousands of cargo trucks that pass through each day. (NPR)

The head of New York MTA's capital construction is on a charm offensive. (TXCHNOLOGIST)

The average age of a car in the U.S. hit an all-time high of 10.8 years in 2011. (Marketplace)

An opossum rode the D train in Brooklyn. (New York Times)

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