Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.
TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web
Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - 07:48 AM
TOP STORIES ON TN:
Cuomo Says He Has No Control Over Possible LIRR Strike (link)
Old Railcars Slow Down Metro Progress (link)
Hundreds of Thousands of Jobs at Stake over Infrastructure Funding (link)
New Jersey Governor Christie's administration pressured the Port Authority into hiring a law firm with strong ties to the governor and giving it millions of dollars in legal work, according to sources for The Record. In other words, the Port is a patronage trough.
Remember NJ Transit's Super Bowl snafu? Turns out the agency spent $1.2 million on a consultant to predict game-day ridership. Meanwhile, "a report on the agency's handling of Super Bowl transportation is now three months overdue." (Record via McClatchy)
So the TSA wants travelers at overseas airports to turn on electronics. But there are some holes in that plan. Like: what if your battery's dead? "It's easy to predict the ways that the War on Broken Electronics will screw stuff up. Holidays and battery-discharge go together like peanut butter and chocolate." (Boing Boing)
Google is cataloging street art images — such as the one used to illustrate this very story. (Sideshow/Studio 360)
A baby was abandoned on the NYC subway. (NYDN)
Uber lowered its prices in NYC — making it less expensive than a yellow taxi. Game ON. (NYT)
Truck drivers at Los Angeles-area ports are on strike. (Think Progress)
The horrific congestion on Dhaka's roads demonstrates that traffic is "one of the central developmental challenges of the coming decades." (Vox)
Rioting Palestinians are destroying Jerusalem's light rail line, which "has long been a unifying source of transportation used by Jews and Arabs alike on a daily basis." (Jerusalem Post)
Behold: a candidates for the world's fastest human-powered vehicle, which looks a lot like an egg. (Bloomberg BusinessWeek)
For the first time in a decade, Mexico is expected to become the top Latin American automobile producer. (Marketplace)
BREAKING: a block of ice melted in a hot, locked car in Denver. Read along as HuffPo's sarcasm meter veers into the red zone.
Tweet of the day, from NYC's former DOT commissioner:
Lamenting inaction on the Highway Trust Fund? Download the I’m Stuck app and upload your outrage to Congress http://t.co/6CVpXIDrWZ— Janette Sadik-Khan (@JSadikKhan) July 8, 2014