Top stories on TN:
Democrats are trying -- unsuccessfully so far -- to make headway in getting the president's transportation spending package passed. (Link)
A corgi dressed as a NYC bus won a Halloween dog costume contest. (Link)
(photo by Mirsasha via Flickr)
New York Times editorial: we hope Cuomo's appointments to the Port Authority and the MTA mean "the governor is ready to get in the game" -- and that he'll return the administrators' calls.
New York Daily News editorial: MTA head Joe Lhota has to figure out how to stop Albany from raiding transit money and hold the line on fare hikes.
The Bay Area's two dozen transit system face a $25 billion shortfall over the next 25 years. (San Francisco Examiner)
The proposed route for California's high-speed rail will "destroy churches, schools, private homes, shelters for low-income people, animal processing plants, warehouses, banks, medical offices, auto parts stores, factories, farm fields, mobile home parks, apartment buildings and much else as it cuts through the richest agricultural belt in the nation and through some of the most depressed cities in California." (Los Angeles Times)
A NY MTA board member from Staten Island says it's unfair his borough is the only one that has to pay a toll to get off the island, says he wants to toll 12 NYC river crossings. (Staten Island Advance)
Alaskan Way viaduct demolition: it's happening. (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Also in Seattle: one out of every four roads is in serious disrepair, which critics say is the result of the city's "fix the worst first" policy. (Seattle Times)
San Diego's $214 billion transportation plan pleases neither transit advocates nor drivers. (North County Times)
Parking is in short supply at Metro-North station lots in Connecticut, where the wait list for a parking sticker can stretch past six years. (Wall Street Journal)
Passenger assaults on NYC bus drivers are up 20%. (New York Daily News)
Why were car paint colors so great in the 1960s and 1970s--and why are they so boring now? (Slate)