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TN MOVING STORIES: Labor Deal for Tappan Zee Bridge; Transpo Bill Clock Ticking, Metro to Use Older Rail Cars on New Silver Line

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - 08:32 AM

Top stories on TN:
Bicyclist Faces Six-Year Sentence in SF Pedestrian Death (link)
Photo Essay: Montana & ND Oil Boom Leads to Acute Housing Shortage (link)
Survey: Capital Bike Share Saved 5 Million Driving Miles (link)

The Tappan Zee Bridge (photo by Joseph A. via Flickr)

Congressional leaders need to make a decision by about Wednesday on whether to continue to try to pass a comprehensive transportation bill, or whether seek another temporary extension.  (AP via Washington Post)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo struck a deal with unions on the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge that guarantees no strikes and allows for a four-day workweek and 10-hour days; Cuomo says it will save $452 million in construction costs. (Bloomberg)

The administration of Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has suddenly decided to revamp the way it handles transportation funding, sending Northern Virginia cities and counties into a last-minute and potentially expensive scramble. (GGW)

Random political fact of the day, courtesy of @azipaybarah: New York State Senator Adriano Espaillat "refuses to get an EZ Pass." (New York Times)

Orange County (CA) commuters are getting more space to park their cars so they can hop on trains or buses -- hopefully reducing the county's freeway congestion. (KPCC)

Metro plans to rely on its existing rail fleet when the planned Silver Line opens because of delays with the production of new rail cars and a new facility designed to test them. (Examiner)

More quiet cars are coming to Long Island Rail Road trains. (NY1)

Every single one of the cycling deaths in Ontario between 2006 and 2010 was preventable, according to a report from the office of the chief coroner. Another finding: only 27% of the killed cyclists were wearing helmets. (CBC)

A Washington State town rescinded its helmet laws because its police force was diverted by combating a crime wave. "And an inability to enforce a law on the books... posed a liability risk that could bankrupt the community with one swipe from a punitive-minded jury." (New York Times)

A new Houston-Istanbul direct flight is expected to lower travel times -- and boost Houston’s trade and investment ties with Turkey. (KUHF)

The Port Authority turned down the Staten Island Advance's Freedom of Information request for a copy of a study which examines the impact of toll increases on the New York Container Terminal. Local congressman "Michael Grimm this month declared "all-out war" on the P.A., demanding immediate release of the study and threatening to block a federal effort to raise the Bayonne Bridge by 2014."

A professional cricketer was killed in the London Underground after being struck by a train. (BBC)

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency unveiled its new logo, a four-color design of curved parallel lines that is supposed to help rebrand the agency as it moves into its second century. The tag line: “Moving Forward Together.” (San Francisco Chronicle; h/t Transit Wire)

New SFMTA logo

 

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