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TN MOVING STORIES: DC's Red Light Cameras Make Millions, British Rail Riders Confused, Honda Fit Gets 118 MPG -- But At What Cost?

Thursday, June 07, 2012 - 08:55 AM

Top stories on TN:
Political Pressure Kills Labor Provision in Rail-to-Dulles Silver Line (link)
SF Bay Area Transportation Round-Up (link)
A Latina Journalist, a Former Clinton Official, and a Big Political Donor Join Port Authority Board (link)
New York State to Add Hundreds of EV Charging Stations (link)
Airport Authority Vote Clears Way for Dulles Rail Project to Move Forward (link)
The Enterprise, Boldly Going Up the Hudson (link)
NYC’s Livery Plan, And Billions in Budget Funding, Remain in Limbo (link)

The Honda Fit at the 2012 Rose Parade (image courtesy of Honda Fit's Facebook page)

US DOT head Ray LaHood told a Senate panel "we can't tell airlines what fees they can charge." (USA Today)

At 118 miles per gallon, the Honda Fit electric vehicle is the most fuel-efficient in the United States. But getting that mileage isn't cheap - and it isn't always good for the environment. (AP)

The Port Authority will pay former Homeland Security chief Michael Chertoff's consulting firm over $1.2 million to advise the agency on security. (AP via NJ.com)

The House passed a motion that instructs House conferees to the highway to accept language guaranteeing that each state receives more guaranteed highway money from the federal government. (The Hill)

New Balance will fund a new commuter rail stop at the site of the shoe company's proposed new headquarters outside of Boston. (Boston Globe)

Four in ten passengers on British trains are so confused by the ticket purchasing system that they overpay. (Telegraph)

In a move it says will reduce overtime costs, San Francisco's deficit-plagued Muni has quietly hired 88 part-time drivers to work full-time for the transit agency. (Bay Citizen)

The developers of the $4.9 billion Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn have delayed construction on a new Long Island Rail Road storage yard -- but both the MTA and Forest City Ratner say the company will meet its 2016 deadline. (Wall Street Journal)

DC's red light cameras reaped a record $55.1 million in 2011, and the city is likely to generate even more fees this year. (Washington Post)

Drivers want voice recognition commands, built-in navigation systems and automated crash notification. What they don't want: to tweet and use Facebook through vehicle operating systems. (Detroit Free Press)

New York Daily News editorial: rising pension and health care costs will entirely consume the MTA's scheduled fare hike.

Already two years behind schedule, the Korean company contracted to build the Boston’s new commuter rail cars promised Wednesday to tell the T within a month when the cars will finally be delivered. (WBUR)

Amsterdam -- in desperate need of more bike parking spaces -- looks to rooftops. (Wired)

Improv Everywhere staged a "car alarm symphony" in a giant parking lot on Staten Island. (YouTube video).

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