Monday, August 26, 2013
By Michael Strong : The Detroit Bureau
Detroit - TheDetroitBureau.com —
In an era of trying to save drivers money by improving gas mileage or developing lower-cost vehicles, there is another tack: usage-based car insurance where drivers may see double digit savings.
TN MOVING STORIES: Mica's District Decision, Toronto's Transit Plans, GPS Units Talking to Insurance Companies
Friday, February 10, 2012
By Kate Hinds
Top stories on TN:
GOP House Works to Undo Reagan Legacy on Transportation (link)
Port Authority Pushes Back on Scathing Audit, But Acknowledges Need for Reform (link)
New York State Makes It Easier for Vets to Get Commercial Drivers Licenses (link)
Poll: Sixty Percent Think Stickers on Cars are Okay (link)
European Cities Allowing Bikes to Run Red Lights (link)
After Red Light Cameras Are Turned Off, Houston City Council Approves Big Settlement With Vendor (link)
Port Authority audit and the governors: reality check. "Little about this political bill of indictment seemed properly hinged to reality." (New York Times)
The Senate's transportation bill restores the commuter tax benefit. (The Hill)
An internal review finds no conflicts of interest but cites shortcomings in the State Department's environmental review of the Keystone XL oil pipeline project. (Los Angeles Times)
In the U.K., GPS units are communicating with car insurance companies to monitor driver behavior. (Marketplace)
A reclaimed Los Angeles bus yard begins life as urban wetland. (Los Angeles Times)
Toronto's city council voted for light rail over the mayor's subway transit plan... (National Post)
...but the mayor's not ready to give up just yet. (Toronto Star)
D.C. no longer requires parallel parking skills on its driving test. (Washington Examiner)
Congressman John Mica -- the head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee -- will announce what district he's running in today. (St. Augustine Record)
And: TN is #10 in a list of top 25 transportation twitter feeds. (UrbanLand)
TN Moving Stories: DART Shows Off Battery-Operated Streetcar, Bk Bike Lane Brouhaha Being Watched in UK, And Equality Comes With a Price
Wednesday, March 09, 2011
By Kate Hinds
Denver's FasTracks needs more money to complete its rail expansion, but the question of a tax increase has been put off until May. (Denver Post) (Meanwhile - if you want to learn more about Denver's transit expansion, listen to the TN documentary "Back of the Bus: Race, Mass Transit and Inequality")
Another step has been taken toward building a $778 million commuter-train line that would link nearly 20 suburban communities to downtown Chicago. (AP via Bloomberg Businessweek)
Apparently equality comes with a price: a European Union court ruled that insurance companies must charge men and women the same rates -- so now women drivers will pay as much as men do to insure their cars. (NPR)
Dallas Area Rapid Transit demonstrated a new energy-efficient streetcar that uses rechargeable batteries, not overhead wires. (Dallas Morning News)
The New York Observer weighs in on the bike lane brouhaha, which it terms "New York's last culture war." And the New Yorker's John Cassidy pens a defense of bike lane opponents. Which is then picked apart by Reuters' Felix Salmon.
Even the British paper the Guardian is writing about NYC's bike lanes. "How New York – the city that still has a uniquely low level of car ownership and use – manages its transport planning in the 21st century matters for the whole world: it is the template. If cycling is pushed back into the margins of that future, rather than promoted, along with efficient mass public transit and safe, pleasant pedestrianism, as a key part of that future, the consequences will be grave and grim."
A pregnant subway commuter tracks chivalry in New York -- with a positive outcome. Out of 108 subway rides, she was offered a seat 88 times. (WSJ via Second Avenue Sagas)
And, okay we bit. Here's the full Mad Men pro-high speed rail video, produced by the pro-high speed rail group, US PIRG.
Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: has the backlash to the bike lane backlash begun in NYC? And: Montana legislators mull penalties for multiple DUI's, but should the 3rd crime get offenders a felony charge...or the gallows? And: in DC, lawmakers want graduated driver's licenses for teens, and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood talks about transportation of the future at the National Bike Summit.
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