TN MOVING STORIES: Twin Cities Transit, #7 Extension Idea Returns, Massachusetts Pols Debate Transpo Funding

Wednesday, April 10, 2013 - 07:47 AM

Top stories on TN:
Does Classical Music at Train Stations Really Deter Crime? (link)
Pay-By-Phone Parking — And Real-Time Space Availability — Being Tested in the Bronx (link)
Ostriches, Brownies, and Childbirth: Memories of a Golden Gate Bridge Toll Taker (link)
Amtrak Ridership Continues to Set Records — Despite Sandy Damage (link)

When it comes to transit in the Twin Cities, Minneapolis has gotten most of the love. Now St. Paul is playing catch up. (Minnesota Public Radio)

It's baa-aack: a new report is extolling the benefits of extending the #7 subway from NYC to Secaucus. (Star-Ledger)

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick is ready to compromise on a transportation finance package -- but not if lawmakers won't consider more revenue. (AP via WBUR)

Study: air pollution from traffic may make children more susceptible to certain types of cancer. (Los Angeles Times) And: it can affect them in utero. (Time)

A transplant to Los Angeles offers up his take on the city's subway system. "While it does have far superior dedicated transit than most outsiders (or even insiders) expect, that right now only comes to, speaking with the greatest generosity, about half of what it needs." (KCET)

Curious City looks into the story behind the signs displaying the number of traffic deaths in Illinois. (WBEZ)

As the eastern U.S. prepares for the 17-year cicada swarm, a gentle reminder for drivers: "They will invariably fly into a car window at some point. They are big, and they are ugly, but wrecking your car because one just landed on the dashboard is a bad idea.” (Washington Post)

(Note: build your own cicada tracker! Learn how here.)

Word of the day: Microtrenching: a construction technique that keeps streets more or less intact. "What it actually does is move cable and fiber lines out of the street and into the narrow groove that runs between the lip of the sidewalk and the pavement itself." (WNYC; photos)

TN's Andrea Bernstein talks about New York City's bike share program on today's Brian Lehrer Show. (Link)

The things they carried: a 42-inch rattlesnake was found in a backpack at a Texas bus stop. (KCEN-TV)

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