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TN MOVING STORIES: President's Infrastructure-Heavy Budget, Impromptu Whitney Houston Subway Tribute

Monday, February 13, 2012

Top stories on TN:
Former Governor David Paterson: Port Authority Problems No Secret (Link)
New York Republicans May Defect on Transportation Bill (Link)
Undaunted by Redistricting, John Mica Declares He’s Staying Put (Link)
Watch Out Lovers: 7th Avenue Subway Line Shuts Down Overnights Week of February 13th (Link)
Photos: Take BART to Rural California (Link)

Metrolink train (photo by LAWad via Flickr)

President Obama's 2013 budget includes hundreds of billions of dollars in spending on infrastructure. (Wall Street Journal, Marketplace)

Two bills proposing federal safety standards for subways and light rail systems will go before the House and Senate this week. (Washington Post)

Meanwhile, Metrolink -- Southern California's commuter rail system --  is forging ahead with the most sophisticated collision avoidance system in the country... (Los Angeles Times)

...despite efforts in Congress to relax requirements to install the crash-avoidance technology nationwide. (Los Angeles Times editorial)

New York Daily News editorial: The Port Authority audit "blamed a bureaucracy that everyone loves to hate while turning a blind eye to the truth that the governors of New York and New Jersey were in control through the debacle."

Officials wary about mounting costs plan to scale back the first segment of work for New York's future Moynihan Station. (Wall Street Journal)

The warmer-than-average winter is extending ferry service in Lake Superior, but depriving locals of a favorite seasonal ice road. (Duluth News Tribune)

Impromptu Whitney Houston tribute on the #2 subway: a group of riders sang "I Will Always Love You." (Gothamist)

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TN MOVING STORIES: Public Transit Tax Benefit Cut, New Trucking Rules, & NYC's Taxi of Tomorrow Threatened by Livery Bill Of Today

Friday, December 23, 2011

Top stories on TN:
FAA Clears Santa’s Flight Path (Link)
DC Dangles Cash to Fight Congestion (Link)
Just How Good Are the TSA’s Body Scanners? (Link)
Tips for Infrequent Flyers: Leave the Olives at Home, and Junior’s Shoes On (Link)
Despite a Year of High-Profile Crashes, Inter City Bus Use Soars (Link)

(photo by Kate Hinds)

Commute by public transit? Your tax benefit is being reduced. Drive? You're getting a parking benefit increase. (Chicago Tribune)

Volkswagen's will limit employees' access to work email in an attempt to give them a break during non-work hours. (Marketplace)

An oil spill near the coast of Nigeria is likely the worst to hit those waters in a decade. (AP via NPR)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's requirement that NYC's entire taxi and livery fleet eventually become wheelchair-accessible is a stinging rejection of the mayor's non-accessible Taxi of Tomorrow. (Crain's New York Business)

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said he won't back a proposal to prohibit drivers from talking on cellphones -- giving a boost to car makers and mobile-phone companies that stand to lose if regulators impose a ban. (Wall Street Journal; subscription)

President Barack Obama’s administration maintained an 11-hour limit on truck drivers’ hours today, scaling back a proposal to give them more rest... (Bloomberg)

...But some rules for drivers have changed. Learn more about the new regulations in Politico MT.

Can Amtrak afford to leave Penn Station for its new home in Moynihan Station? (Atlantic Cities)

Take a peek inside lower Manhattan's Fulton Transit Center, which is scheduled to open in 2014. (DNAInfo)

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Penn Station, Past, Present and Future

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

TN's Andrea Bernstein is moderating a panel Wednesday night (April 27th) at 6pm on Penn Station. The discussion will cover the station's stories past...

Penn Station, circa 1962 (Cervin Robinson; public domain via Wikimedia Commons)

...and its future:

A rendering of the future Moynihan Station

It will be at the NYC Transit Museum -- a treasure in its own right. Doors open at 5:30 pm. The program is free and open to the public; more info below.

From the Transit Museum's website:

Registration is recommended for these programs, call 718-694-1794.

Wednesday, April 27 6 p.m.
Andrea Bernstein -- Director of Transportation Nation and award-winning WNYC journalist heading up coverage of transportation, urban planning, and sustainability -- will moderate a discussion with acclaimed authors Jill Jonnes (Conquering Gotham), Lorraine Diehl (The Late, Great Pennsylvania Station), and Senior Planner Juliette Michaelson of the Regional Plan Association. The panel will consider the themes of the Museum’s current exhibition, The Once and Future Pennsylvania Station, addressing its inception, evolution, and the future Moynihan Station.

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Senator Schumer Blasts Christie on ARC

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

(Photo by: Jim O'Grady) U.S. Sen Charles Schumer talks NY region transpo infrastructure while taking a shot at NJ Gov Christie for canceling the ARC Tunnel.

New York U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling NJ Governor Chris Christie's decision to cancel the ARC tunnel a "terrible, terrible decision...By not completing the ARC tunnel, we are sacrificing the region's growth for the exigencies of the moment."

Schumer's remarks came at a Crain's New York Business breakfast forum, a venue politicians often choose to make pithy remarks about regional policy.  Schumer has so far been restrained in his public comments on ARC -- expressing disappointment with Gov. Christie's decision, but not taking him on directly.

But today Schumer went all out.  Governor Christie's proposal to use $1.8 billion of ARC money for other projects, he said, "compounds one mistake with another."

And Schumer pooh-poohed Mayor Bloomberg's plan to extend the number 7 line to Secaucus. "Let's be honest - this is Mayor Bloomberg taking lemons and trying to make a little lemonade."

We'll have more on this story later today.  You can read his prepared remarks here or below.

Schumer Crain's 1.18.11

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TN Moving Stories: Moynihan Station Breaks Ground, ARC Rally Today, and Are Electric Car Subsidies A Good Idea?

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Moynihan Station breaks ground; will expand Penn Station and become the railhead for Amtrak and New Jersey Transit. (WNYC)

There's an ARC tunnel rally today in North Bergen (WNYC).  Meanwhile: "I don't want to hear about the jobs it will createIf I don't have the money for the payroll, it will not create the jobs," Governor Christie said yesterday. "This is not a difficult decision for me." (Star Ledger)

The BBC is reporting that because of the strikes against oil refineries, 1,500 French gas stations are either dry or about to run out of gas.

Politicians who railed against the stimulus passionately sought its funding, especially when it came to transportation projects. (Washington Post)

An FAA-funded study says that flight delays cost passengers $16.7 billion in 2007. (AP via NPR)

Marketplace asks: are electric car subsidies a good idea?

Porsche plans a hybrid in every model line and plans to have an electric sports car hit the market in three to four years. (AutoWeek)

And just in time for Halloween: the Detroit Free Press has a primer on how to remove candy stains from car upholstery.

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Moynihan Station is On Track

Monday, October 18, 2010

Public officials took sledge hammers to a ceremonial brick wall in front of the Farley Post Office Monday afternoon. The groundbreaking is for the first phase of Moynihan Station, which will be constructed under the post office steps facing Eighth Avenue.

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