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TN MOVING STORIES: Christie Wants To Fund NJ Transpo Program With Loans, California Governor Tries to Derail Future Bullet Train Lawsuits

Tuesday, June 05, 2012 - 08:59 AM

Top stories on TN:
Topping the Nation in Pedestrian Deaths, Orlando Launches Safety Campaign (link)
What Makes A Recreational Trail “Outstanding?” These Eight Get the Prize (link)
VIDEO: Atop NYC Bridges, Baby Falcons Thrive in Homes with Great Views (link)
DC Metro to Add More Rush Hour Trains, with Updated Map (link)
Vote On Pro-Labor Clause For Silver Line Scheduled For This Week (link)
BREAKING: Public Transportation Ridership Surged in First Quarter, Report Says (link)

New Jersey Turnpike exit (photo by Kate Hinds)

Nearly 80 percent of New Jersey’s transportation program will be paid for with borrowed money next year under proposed legislation that will help the Christie administration plug a revenue gap in the state budget. (The Record)

Contradicting statements from officials at the Port Authority controlled by him and New Jersey governor Chris Christie, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said recent toll hikes were directly linked to the cost of redevelopment at Ground Zero. (Capital NY)

The NTSB will release the results of an investigation into a deadly tour bus crash in the Bronx last year that killed 15 passengers. (AP via Wall Street Journal)

The federal government isn't entirely sold on Detroit's light rail project -- yet. (Detroit Free Press)

The 7 subway line extension to Manhattan's far West Side won’t carry passengers until mid-2014 — six months later than was widely expected — and the new station won’t be entirely finished until the end of 2015. (New York Post)

Sidewalks, bike lanes, and traffic calming measures are a few of the projects on Atlanta's to-do list if a one-percent sales tax passes next month. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

With legal challenges to the California bullet train mounting, Gov. Jerry Brown is circulating draft legislation that would modify the California Environmental Quality Act solely for the project -- and diminish the possibility opponents could stop the train with an environmental lawsuit. (Los Angeles Times)

A Washington Post columnist tries bike commuting, and makes two discoveries: (1) it's a lot harder when you're coming from the suburbs, and (2) "a cyclist is about as welcome on K Street as a federal subpoena." (Washington Post)

Short sharp shock: Chicago decides to close a part of the Red Line for five months, rather than suffer through several years of track construction. (Chicago Tribune)

Big Picture: bicycles around the world. A teeny tiny microbike? A bicycle made out of rakes? A Thai trike built to navigate floods? It's in there. (Boston Globe)

And more pictures: the best subway map tattoos. (Grist)

The space shuttle Enterprise experienced a fender bender while en route to temporary storage space in New Jersey. "The barge driver, possibly unused to hauling gigantic spaceships, rammed part of the Enterprise's wing into a dock." (Jalopnik)

The Atlas of Suburbanisms: a website that uncovers the surprising crossovers between suburbs and cities. (Atlantic Cities)

The transit of Venus is happening today (The Takeaway). "And while, according to NASA, there have been 53 transits since 2000 B.C., this is believed to be the first one with its own Twitter hashtag: #venustransit." (New York Times)

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