Friday, May 04, 2012
The annual city budget tug-of-war has begun. While the City Council, which must approve the budget, is happy that the mayor will use $466 million from the CityTime scandal to hire 2,570 more teachers, forces are amassing to restore millions of city dollars that have provided after-school and child care services.
Wednesday, June 29, 2011
By Ilya Marritz
The city is taking control of a scandal-plagued payroll project away from outside consultants.
Monday, June 20, 2011
Nearly all of the $600 million the city paid for the automated payroll project CityTime was directly or indirectly tainted, authorities now estimate.
TN Moving Stories: Metro-North Gets Earful from CT Commuters; Home Buyers Moving Closer to Transit, and Florida Pols Try to Save That State's HSR
Friday, February 18, 2011
By Kate Hinds
NY's MTA scrapped plans to hire the main technology company working on the city's scandal-plagued CityTime project. (NY Daily News)
Metro-North got an earful from Connecticut commuters about this winter's service woes. "We need a reliable commuting system. This is not just an inconvenience, it's affecting our economy," said one. (Hartford Courant)
Princeton University and local officials meet to try to resolve issues over the university's $300 million arts and transit neighborhood. (Star-Ledger)
Florida politicians try to save that state's high-speed rail project. (Marketplace)
Toronto Mayor Rob Ford “can’t get into details” on his ambitious plan to privately fund $5-billion worth of subway, but he says residents should feel confident they’re getting the transit they voted for. (The Globe and Mail)
Good posts a beautiful film about cycling in Copenhagen.
Top Transportation Nation stories we're following: Florida politicians met with RayLaHood to try to make an end run around Governor Scott's decision to refuse federal money for high-speed rail. California tells feds: if they don't want the HSR money, we'll take it. Delta got hit with a $2 million fine for violating disability rules. And rural residents are losing access to intercity transportation.
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TN Moving Stories: How Ethanol Affects Food Prices, Honda Takes to the Air, and Colorado City To Link Schools with Bike Lanes
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
By Kate Hinds
NPR reports on how US ethanol subsidies affect food prices. "When the price of gas goes up, it raises the demand for ethanol — and that means consumers will feel it in two places: at the gas pump and on the dinner table."
The Federal Transit Administration awarded $25.7 million in grants to help communities analyze and expand their transit systems. One of the winners was Washington DC, which won $1 million for a feasibility study looking at running streetcars along DC's K Street. (WAMU)
Next American City asks: can a new streetcar save Atlanta's MARTA?
From four wheels to two wings: Honda just made its first flight in a FAA-conforming jet, paving the way for Honda Aircraft to sell planes in the American market. (AutoNews)
The Aurora (Colorado) City Council moved forward with a plan to implement bike lanes that will connect nine area schools. (Aurora Sentinel)
The New York State comptroller rejected a $118 million transit contract with Science Applications International Corp., saying the company's role in the CityTime contracting scandal remains unclear. (Wall Street Journal)
The New York Daily News wrote an editorial taking the MTA to task for "replacing subway literature with self-congratulatory ads." Reminder: write your own literary service announcement and post it to the WNYC website!
Saturday, December 18, 2010
The head of the office that oversees New York City's troubled CityTime payroll system has been shown the door. Joel Bondy, executive director of the city's Office of Payroll Administration, was suspended without pay on Wednesday, according to Mayor Michael Bloomberg's office.
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
Four consultants have been accused of defrauding New York City of $80 million by steering contracts to shell companies that they controlled. The wife and mother of one of the consultants were also charged. The defendents were charged with conspiracy in Manhattan Federal Court on Wednesday, but haven't entered pleas.