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TN MOVING STORIES: House To Revamp Transpo Bill, Twin Cities Renames Transit System, Social Media Helps Airline Passengers Choose Seatmates

Friday, February 24, 2012 - 09:05 AM

Top stories on TN:
In the tech sector, bikes are the new cars. (Link)
Reports: House GOP considers reversal on transit funding. (Link)
A Brooklyn, New York subway station house that was shuttered some four decades ago is open again. (Link)
About a quarter of employees who work in New York area airports make wages that are below the poverty line. (Link)
Seemingly enjoying the fact that neither Rick Santorum nor Mitt Romney supported the bailout of the auto industry, the Obama campaign is out with an ad rubbing it in. (Link)

KLM's "Meet and Seat" program (image courtesy of KLM)

The House will revamp its transportation bill -- and is killing its controversial transit funding provision. (Politico)

...and Democrats are crowing. (The Hill)

The Twin Cities transit system will now be known as "Metro," and the light rail system is being color-coded. Bonus: new logo! (Minnesota Public Radio)

President Obama on high gas prices: “Anybody who tells you we can drill our way out of this problem doesn’t know what they’re talking about, or just isn’t telling you the truth." (New York Times)

Meanwhile, in France, gas has hit $8 a gallon, and prices could go higher. (NPR)

The projected budget deficits for the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency operations are shrinking. (San Francisco Chronicle)

Denver's rapid transit to the northwest suburbs might actually come in the form of a bus system rather than a rail line as initially promised to voters nearly eight years ago. (Denver Post)

Social seating: Dutch airline KLM is testing a program it calls Meet and Seat, allowing ticket-holders to upload details from their Facebook or LinkedIn profiles and use the data to choose seatmates. (New York Times)

Los Angeles's Metro is locking gates in an effort to curb fare evasion. (Los Angeles Times)

Driverless trains will come to Australia's mining industry by 2014. Next up: driverless trucks. (PSFK)

In Toronto, light rail plans are full speed ahead, regardless of politics. (The Star)

 

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Comments [1]

Brenda

I don't scare easily, but ZOWEE!! Just when I thought air travel couldn't get any worse. I'm sure I am not alone in preferring the randomness of seatmates than the potential stalky-ness of this program. How bizarre to develop a program based on the harebrained theory that people want to be forced to socialize with their Linkedin connections. I natter more here: http://heresheisboys.com/2012/02/24/is-this-seat-taken/

Feb. 25 2012 08:31 AM

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