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TN MOVING STORIES: Port Authority Toll Hike Can Stay, For Now; SF To Test Drive Electric Bike Share, and Megabus Too Heavy for NYC?

Tuesday, February 07, 2012 - 09:00 AM

Top stories on TN: The Senate gave final approval to a four-year authorization of the Federal Aviation Administration. The world may be falling apart, but at least you'll be safe in your car: that was the theme of ads during the Super Bowl. And: a group of New York officials painted a doomsday scenario if a Republican plan to slash transit funding comes to pass.

Megabus (photo by Anz-i via flickr)

A federal judge denied a request to roll back a toll hike by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey -- while also refusing to dismiss a lawsuit against the agency. (Star-Ledger)

Meanwhile: New York politicians -- like their colleagues across the Hudson -- want to pass legislation that aims to rein in the Port Authority. (Staten Island Advance)

More unhappiness with recent transportation legislation comes from New York Congressman Nadler, who writes an opinion piece calling the GOP bill "a dagger aimed at the hearts of urban and suburban areas across the country." (The Hill)

Megabus' fleet of double-decker buses exceed the legal weight limit for NYC streets, according to a New York State police study. (DNA Info)

Was Clint Eastwood's "it's halftime in America" Chrysler ad pro-Obama? (Slate, Wall Street Journal)

Hills? No problem! San Francisco will test drive an electric bike share program. (New York Times)

Why does it take decades to build a subway system in the U.S.? Seven reasons, from Salon.

Italy has imposed emergency measures on businesses to conserve gas supplies as freezing weather continues to grip the country and much of Europe. (BBC)

A strike by French aviation workers is now in its second day. (CNN International)

Airline passengers are getting creative about how to save on baggage fees. (New York Times)

Illinois' governor signed a law that allows Chicago to use automatic speed enforcement cameras to monitor drivers around the city's parks and schools. (WBEZ)

To keep people from riding on the roofs of trains, Indonesia will swat them with "brooms drenched in putrid goop." (AP)

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