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TN MOVING STORIES: NJ Suspends Red Light Traffic Cameras, NAFTA Superhighway $$ Running Out, Happy 'Dump the Pump' Day

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - 08:45 AM

Top stories on TN:
It’s A Heatwave But Don’t Expect Cooling On NYC Subway Platforms (link)
SF Bicyclist Pleads Not Guilty in Pedestrian Death (link)
State Money Will Widen, Improve One Of Houston’s Most Crowded Freeways (link)
Boston T Exec: I Was Surprised Apple Dropped Transit Directions (link)
40% of Traffic in Williston is Semi-Truck (link)

A 2009 image from one of Newark's "Project Red Light" traffic cameras (photo by City of Newark via flickr)

Gov. Jerry Brown backed away from a fight with environmentalists and abandoned a plan to exempt the $68 billion California bullet train project from environmental laws. (California Watch via Sacramento Bee)

New Jersey has suspended its red-light camera program over questions about the accuracy of the devices; the state DOT says 63 of the 85 red-light cameras in New Jersey — including all 19 in Newark — have not been tested to ensure yellow lights were timed in accordance with the statute that created the pilot program. (Star-Ledger)

And: legislation permitting NYC to use speed cameras looks unlikely to clear the state Assembly. (Streetsblog)

One way to combat speeding, according to a new study: incentivize driving the speed limit. (NPR)

Money to construct the so-called NAFTA Superhighway -- a road that passes through eight states between Canada and Mexico -- is running out. (WFIU via NPR)

Port Authority police have stopped ticketing motorists in New Jersey who pick up pedestrians before crossing the George Washington Bridge into New York City. (AP via Wall Street Journal)

If New York's bike share program is a success, it could spark "a brand-new industry in the U.S.," according to Alta's Alison Cohen. (Fast Company)

New York's MTA may install video cameras on buses to record drivers behind the wheel — but the union vowed to fight such a move. (NY Daily News)

For the first time in his long-running dispute with Houston Metro, Rep. John Culberson (R-Houston) has managed to insert language into a $51.6 billion spending package that could block federal funding to expand the light rail system along Richmond and Post Oak. (Houston Chronicle)

Opinion: stuffy dress codes at federal offices in DC hamper healthy urban commuting choices. "How is anyone supposed to ride a bike to work in a tailored skirt or a starched dress shirt?" (GGW)

Legislators are expected to vote today on a $20.2 billion budget that restores funding for Charlotte’s $1 billion Lynx Blue Line extension to University City. (Charlotte Observer)

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell continue to battle over who represents Virginia on the MWAA board -- the body that oversees area airports and the multibillion-dollar Silver Line Metrorail project. (Washington Post)

The Virginia Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to send state funds directly to cities and counties, rather than through the Northern Virginia Transportation Commission, a change that local governments had fought. (Washington Post)

Police in Italy discovered 2 million Chinese-made counterfeit train tickets stashed in 28 cardboard boxes at the back of a container meant to be carrying office furniture and postcards. (ABC News)

Happy 7th annual Dump the Pump Day! (APTA)

(image courtesy of the American Public Transport Association)

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