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Wednesday, February 02, 2011 - 09:54 AM

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo's budget cuts transit by $100 million. (WNYC)

Right now is a good time to be in the road salt business. (WBUR)

Rock salt in Chelsea, MA (David Boeri/WBUR)

Year-round ferry service will begin on the East River this June. "The service is an attempt by the Bloomberg administration and the City Council to create a robust and viable mass transit alternative for a growing waterfront population that has struggled with clogged subway lines and bus routes that have been truncated or eliminated altogether." (New York Times)

Toyota's sales jumped 17% last month. Pretty good -- but not as good as Ford. (CNBC)

A new report says that President Obama's goal of putting 1 million plug-in electric cars on the road within four years is unlikely, because automakers aren't planning to make enough cars due to uncertain consumer demand. (Washington Post)

...And this is illustrated by Jalopnik, which says that Chevy sold 312 Volts last month. And 28,172 Silverado pickups.

Chicago's Metra commuter line gets a new director. (Chicago Tribune)

Transportation Nation director Andrea Bernstein will be on today's Brian Lehrer Show (WNYC). Topic? "The Interstate of the Union."

San Francisco has cut school buses by 50 percent while increasing transit fares; one Bay Area politician wants to help students out by making the system free to students for the rest of the school year. (Bay Citizen)

And you shall know them by their bikes: Good says that the graphic Bikes of San Francisco "makes (a) compelling case for the bike as the marker of neighborhood identity, and does so with uncanny accuracy."

Top Transportation Nation stories we're following:  Real-time bus information finally comes...to one line in Brooklyn.  House Republicans want to dump the federal urban transit program "New Starts," which could imperil a number of projects -- including Houston's light rail expansion.  Red light cameras save lives--and engender controversy.  And: as reported above, Governor Cuomo's budget hits NY's mass transit with another $100 million cut.

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barrybenepe

During Brian Leherer's last response on High Speed Rail, he let a respondent get away with saying that it should be built privately. Brian should then have asked "Why not have highways be built privately if there is such a demand from drivers?' The reason that there is such a demand for car use is because the drivers are so heavily subsidized by federal, state and municipal taxes. Let them pay their way and rail will win over handily. This issue needs far more intelligent informed discussion than I have heard thus far on WNYC. For example, when discussing high speed rail, speed is not the only issue. Will new dedicated rights-of-ways be required or can existing track beds be shared with local passenger and freight rail? Would existing track beds need to have their curves banked and flattened.? Will high speed utilize existing center city stations or be moved out to the suburbs like airports to the disadvantage of urban residents and further adding to sprawl? Thanks.

Feb. 02 2011 12:18 PM

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