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TN MOVING STORIES: Payroll Tax Compromise Would Force Obama To Make Pipeline Decision; Saab Files for Bankruptcy

Monday, December 19, 2011

Top stories on TN:
Even in Austere Era, Mitt Romney Promises To Fund Roads, Bridges, and Rail (link)
Texas Transpo Officials Hope Light-Hearted Campaign Will Help Curb DWI Fatality Stats (link)
NY vs. Chicago: Whose Bike Share Is Biggest? (link)
Delta's Big New York Expansion (link)
Daytona Beach Researchers Are Transforming Air Travel (link)

CalTrain in San Francisco (photo by Todd Lappin via Flickr)

The Senate passed a two-month extension of the payroll tax holiday with language that would force Obama to make a decision on the Keystone pipeline. (Politico, Bloomberg)

Saab Automobile filed for bankruptcy, giving up a desperate struggle to stay in business after previous owner General Motors Co. blocked takeover attempts by Chinese investors. (AP via NPR)

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo is drawing up what some consider a “take it or leave it” compromise on a plan to let livery cabs pick up street hails. (New York Daily News)

Top three Google searches for the New York metropolitan area: (3) Hopstop (2) NJ Transit (1) MTA. (Huffington Post)

Pictorial: how public transit celebrates the holidays -- from Chicago's Holiday Train to San Francisco's candy cane-like streetcars. (Atlantic Cities)

Troy's City Council will vote on whether to approve a new transit center tonight. (Detroit Free Press)

A Defense appropriations bill comes with a parking cap, forcing the Army to reevaluate the traffic impact as it transfers workers to the DC region's Mark Center. (Washington Post)

On January 1, tolls on the New Jersey Turnpike and the Garden State Parkway will increase 53% and 50%, respectively. (The Star-Ledger)

New York State picked a pair of consultants to figure out how to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge. (Times Union)

 

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Taxi Advocates Plead Their Case To New York's Governor

Thursday, December 15, 2011

(photo by Kathleen Horan/WNYC)

(Kathleen Horan -- New York, WNYC) Taxi industry insiders attended a meeting in Albany on Wednesday in a last bid attempt to resolve issues surrounding the Bloomberg administration’s outer borough taxi bill. The two-hour discussion was convened and chaired by Governor Andrew Cuomo himself -- who will spend still more time on the issue on Thursday.

Following Wednesday's summit, Cuomo said “even though government comes with the best of intentions, to redesign a system, there can be unanticipated consequences.” He said one of the main sticking points in the plan to allow livery cars to accept street hails is wheelchair accessibility — and if anyone would purchase accessible permits since the vehicles are more expensive.

"The industry says that nobody is going to buy those permits because it’s not economically feasible. They can’t afford to buy the cars given the revenue. That's a big hole in the current plan," Cuomo explained.

He added another key issue to be worked out is how the plan would be enforced.

The governor has until next week to veto or sign before the bill before it expires. If he does sign, it’ll likely to be contingent on significant changes to the bill happening through a chapter amendment.

Taxi and Limousine Commissioner David Yassky called the meeting a "very productive discussion." Yassky said the city will keep working to try and hash out an agreement.

If it becomes law, the plan would green-light the sale of about 2000 yellow medallions, adding about $1 billion dollars in revenue to the city's budget.

Speaking Thursday on an Albany radio station, Cuomo said that he's spending time more time on the issue this week. "There's no 'quick' on the taxi bill. It's a very complicated matter." He added that "the devil is in the details, and this is designing a new taxi and livery system for the city of New York."

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Taxi Stakeholders Plead Their Case To The Governor

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

WNYC

Taxi industry insiders attended a meeting in Albany on Wednesday in a last bid attempt to resolve issues surrounding the Bloomberg administration’s outer borough taxi bill. The 2-hour discussion was convened and chaired by Governor Andrew Cuomo himself.

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