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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web

Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 08:00 AM

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Nine rookie conductors were fired by New York's Metropolitan Transit Authority after they were caught cheating on a safety exam. (NY Daily News)

Meet the Curbee, a new hand- and footrest for Chicago cyclists waiting at red lights. (CityLab)

Federal investigators will not reopen their investigation into what caused TWA Flight 800 to crash off Long Island, en route to Paris. A group pressed the National Transportation Safety Board to consider whether a "detonation or high-velocity explosion" could have sparked the crash, but the agency declined. (USA Today)

A German cyclist got an apology from police, after they fined him for riding with just one hand on his handlebars. The man has one arm, and has adapted his bike to have one foot-triggered brake. (The Independent)

Last year, Chrysler promised to install trailer hitches to protect vulnerable rear-mounted fuel tanks. Federal regulators want to know why the company hasn't started repairs. (Detroit Free Press)

The driver who struck and killed a woman in Greenpoint, Brooklyn in April had his conviction reduced from depraved indifference murder to second degree manslaughter. Judges on the Court of Appeals said his evasive driving showed he was trying to avoid crashing into people or cars. Two judges dissented, writing that "Swerving in and out of traffic, including the maneuvers preceding the fatal impact, merely demonstrates defendant's desire to avoid apprehension, not to avoid pedestrians." (Village Voice)

Once, hobos rode the rails with only their wits, a railyard schedule and a map. Now, freight hopping is smart-phone enabled. (Marketplace)

Space explorers, Mars may be within reach yet. NASA inked a $2.8 billion deal with Boeing to develop a key component of the Space Launch System rocket, which aims to open "the way to a rendezvous with a near-Earth asteroid by 2025 and journeys to Mars and its moons in the 2030s." In the meantime, NASA successfully launched a satellite to monitor carbon dioxide in the atmosphere. (NBC News, Huffington Post)

Women cyclists concerned about flashing people when riding in a skirt can, apparently, solve that problem with a penny and a rubber band. Or they can not care. (Slate)

Penny In Yo Pants from Johanna Holtan on Vimeo.

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Chuck Gomez from Washington, DC & New York City

Please, check out our latest video on the beauties of inter-city passenger rail service here in the United States: http://youtu.be/niBkHj4Okx0.

Please, share this link with all of your friends and family!

Thank you, so much!

Sincerely,
Chuck Gomez
charles.gomez@amtrak.com

Jul. 05 2014 02:21 PM

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