TOP STORIES ON TN:
Top Christie Aide Is Out at Port Authority (link)
Majority of Bay Area Residents Support Transit Strike Ban (link)
Metro-North derailment news:
New York's MTA could have installed safety protections on Metro-North prior to this month's fatal crash -- but didn't. (NYT; accompanying editorial here.)
Barring a positive toxicology report, investigators say no crime was committed by the engineer. (DNA Info)
And two U.S. senators are calling federal rail safety inspections "woefully underfunded," saying that funding exists to inspect only one percent of rail infrastructure. (AP via WSJ)
The MTA's board committees will meet today for the first time since the crash. Watch here. And follow TN's Jim O'Grady, who will be live tweeting updates.
In other news...
Just when you thought things couldn't get weirder at the Port Authority, BOOM! It does. "The Port Authority official who ordered the mysterious lane closures at the George Washington Bridge...has also quietly purchased Internet domain addresses that use the name of the agency’s top executive and Barbara Buono, Christie’s Democratic adversary in his recent reelection campaign." (The Record)
NYC DOT head Janette Sadik-Khan will continue to work for Bloomberg after he leaves office. (NYT)
This week's This American Life goes behind the world of auto dealerships. Remember your ABCs: Always Be Closing. (ThisLife)
A 15-mile stretch of Houston's Grand Parkway is set to open. (KUHF)
The fare hike balancing act: as D.C.'s Metro ponders as 3% fare increase, the agency is unsure how riders will react. (WaPo)
Is public transit underfunded because the wealthy don't rely on it? Discuss. (Wired)
Survey says: the state with the worst drivers is....Louisiana. (USA Today)
Bike share is launching in Austin next weekend. (KVUE)
Bicycle helmets and the law: a case study in difficult epidemiology. (Boing Boing)
Does your holiday tree need an Amtrak ornament? It just might.