Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
TN Moving Stories: Amtrak No Longer Interested in ARC Tunnel, and Metro-North Now Nation's Busiest Commuter Rail Line
Friday, November 12, 2010 - 09:36 AM
Amtrak breaks off talks with NJ Transit, says it's done talking about reviving the ARC tunnel. "We are no longer interested in this project," a spokesperson for the national rail agency said. "There were exploratory talks going on with NJ Transit. The talks have stopped. … That was commuter rail, and we are interested in intercity rail projects." (The Record)
NJ Gov Christie says his wife didn't like the ARC tunnel either. (The Record via NY Post)
Minneapolis's Northstar light rail line, which opened a year ago, is carrying 5% less passengers than anticipated. Reasons? Maybe the economy...and low gas prices. Plans for an extension have been shelved. (St. Cloud Times)
General Electric is buying 25,000 electric cars--including 12,000 Chevy Volts. (Smart Planet)
The Florida Times-Union writes: "No one seems to know what Gov.-elect Rick Scott hopes to accomplish when it comes to roads and passenger rail."
Maine's highway fund is facing a potential shortfall of $720 million in the next two-year budget cycle. Interesting: "The highway budget is funded for the most part by motor fuel taxes, which have grown static due to increasingly efficient vehicles." (Business Week)
The MTA is telling about half of Staten Island's Access-A-Ride customers to take a bus instead. (Staten Island Live)
America has a new busiest commuter rail line: In September, ridership on Metro-North surpassed the Long Island Rail Road's for the first time ever. (WSJ)
There's a booming resale market for the little three-wheeled vehicles most urban police departments use to look for parking violations. Plus, it's just fun driving around terrifying people who think you're going to ticket them. (WSJ)