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TN Moving Stories: Senate Nixes Offshore Drilling Expansion; LaHood Says HSR Is On Track -- but WaPo Says Not So in California

Thursday, May 19, 2011 - 09:09 AM

Oil Rigs near Huntington Beach (Aaron Logan)

The Senate rejected Republican-backed legislation intended to speed up and expand offshore oil and gas drilling. (The Hill)

One card to rule them all: Clipper card users can now refill their cards at BART ticket vending machines. (San Jose Mercury News)

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said plans for high-speed rail systems were moving ahead and that he was confident of their long-term prospects. (Wall Street Journal)

Counterpoint: a Washington Post editorial says that California's high-speed rail is going off the rails.

Pennsylvania's environmental regulator has told natural gas drillers not to dump waste into rivers used for drinking water. (Marketplace)

Internal Affairs will be monitoring NYC's traffic courts for evidence of ticket fixing by police. (New York Times)

Wealthy Chinese are stealthily -- and illegally -- flying helicopters. (NY Times)

Chennai (India) eyes bus rapid transit. (The Hindu)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- The Takeaway wants to know: how are higher gas prices affecting you? (link)

-- Florida lawmakers take on gas price gouging (link)

-- DDOT makes Terry Bellamy official (link)

-- proceedings start in Brooklyn bike lane lawsuit (link)

-- a new report says transit only works if it takes you to work (link)

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