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TN MOVING STORIES: Chicago Transit Strikes Deal with Groupon, Cuomo's Fracking Plan, Transpo Bill Negotiations Hit Snag

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 08:40 AM

Top stories on TN:
Apple Draws Protest For Dropping Transit Directions in New Software (link)
As in the 1800s, Bikes and Trains Could Boom Together in Florida (link)
NY Mayor: Removing Sheridan Expressway Would Cause Too Much Traffic (link)
Virginia County Still on the Fence about Funding Silver Line to Dulles (link)
Montana Locality: No Studies That Will Slow Coal Train (link)
Expert: LA Public Transit Will Surpass NY (link)

Chicago L (photo by clarkmaxwell via flickr)

Chicago's transit authority and Groupon have struck a deal: the discount deal-maker bought 250,000 3-day CTA passes for about $2 million, and will offer them to online members for $9 instead of standard $14. (Chicago Tribune)

The conciliatory tone has disappeared from Democrat Senator Barbara Boxer's statements about the ongoing transportation bill negotiations. (Washington Post). Meanwhile, there are recriminations aplenty about why talks aren't proceeding smoothly (The Hill).

A 21-year-old texting driver who killed a delivery man in Brooklyn will face only five years probation, 100 hours of community service, and a year-long driver's license suspension. (Find Law via Reuters)

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s administration is pursuing a plan to limit fracking to portions of several struggling New York counties along the border with Pennsylvania -- and to permit it only in communities that express support for the technology. (New York Times)

The Massachusetts House approved a bailout bill for the cash-strapped MBTA; a key provision would transfer $49 million to the T from a state fund made up of automobile inspection fees paid by motorists. (AP via Boston Herald)

Meanwhile: a new report warns that by the end of the decade, Boston’s subways could grow so packed that trains would roll past waiting commuters, unable to accommodate more riders. (Boston Globe)

New Jersey Democrats are balking at Gov. Chris Christie’s plan to borrow an additional $260 million for transportation projects in the upcoming fiscal year. (NJ.com Statehouse Bureau)

As airlines debate about whether to introduce ultra-long-distance, non-stop flights -- London to Auckland, anyone? -- the decision will be based on airline economics and what passengers can bear. Want to sit in economy class for 20 hours straight? Didn't think so. (Global Mail)

Washington's popular U Street NW corridor is about to become a construction zone as the city begins improvements to the streetscape. (WAMU)

New York's City Council passed a law that would fine and revoke the licenses of taxi and livery car drivers if they are convicted of committing a sex trafficking crime. (WNYC)

Vancouver is moving forward with a bike share plan, but some local bike store owners aren't happy. (CTV)

When the spiraling 1,070-foot skyscraper and surrounding Transbay Transit Center rise above San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, there is another thing expected to ascend as well — the property values of surrounding commercial and residential buildings. (San Francisco Examiner)

Plans for a new trans-Hudson tunnel share many characteristics with ARC -- including the same concerns over funding. (Star Ledger)

Does this video show a NYC subway conductor sleeping on the job? The MTA is investigating. (NBC)

Myanmar's Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi warned foreign investors off of Myanmar's oil and gas alliance with China because she says the deal lacks transparency. (Reuters)

Arizona's Department of Transportation crowdsources haiku to warn drivers of summer dust storm dangers. Sample: You're not a Jedi / This is not Tatooine, Luke / Pull over now, man. (New York Daily News)

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