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TN MOVING STORIES: House Legislation Floats Federal Ban on Cell Phones While Driving, and NJ Transit and Amtrak Suspend Service 3X This Week

Friday, June 24, 2011

(photo by Kate Hinds)


A NY Congresswoman introduced legislation that aims to institute a federal ban on cell phone use while driving. (Detroit Free Press)

This week, power problems forced NJ Transit and Amtrak to suspend service three times on three consecutive days. (Star-Ledger)

The Chicago area's Regional Transit Authority says it may have to start cutting service next month if the state doesn't pay it the $400 million it owes. (Chicago Tribune)

On the Brian Lehrer Show today, a correspondent from NPR's "Planet Money" will explain the impact of President Obama's decision to release 30 million barrels of oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. (WNYC)

Are lower sales the auto industry's 'new normal'?  "So why does it matter if you sell 17 million cars, rather than 12 million? Jobs." (NPR)

New York's MTA says it's on track for a December 2013 opening of the #7 subway extension. (NY1)

Richard Florida writes that commuting to work by bike makes you healthier and happier. (The Atlantic)

Tesla is ceasing production of the Roadster. (Fast Company)

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The Takeaway

Obama Administration Releases 30 Million Barrels of Oil from US Reserve

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Obama administration is is releasing 30 million barrels of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroluem Reserve as part of a broader international effort to increase the amount of oil—to 60 million barrels—into the world market over the next month, in the hopes of replacing some of the oil production lost due to the conflict in Libya and reducing energy prices for businesses and consumers. 


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Southern Sudan's Fragile Future Depends on Oil Negotiations

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Only July 9, southern Sudan will secede from Northern Sudan, in compliance with the South's vote for independence in January. Oil accounts for nearly all of southern Sudan's income, but Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has threatened to shut pipelines carrying southern Sudan's oil, if the two sides of the northeastern African country cannot reach an agreement on oil by the July separation.

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TN MOVING STORIES: Feds Investigate Possible Oil Market Manipulation -- Taxi Driver Group Supports Outer Borough Plan -- Chinese Build Kenyan "Superhighway"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Federal Trade Commission has launched a probe into whether companies, refineries, and/or traders have manipulated crude oil markets. (Wall Street Journal)

A group representing thousands of New York City taxi drivers threw its support behind legislation that would allow livery cabs to pick up street hails  -- despite its intention to attend a protest of the plan Monday. (WNYC)

Chinese companies are building a 'superhighway' -- a road that's 16 lanes across in some places -- in Kenya. (NPR)

Highway in Kenya (photo by PercyGermany/Flickr)

Can biofuels making flying clean and cheap? (Good)

Rhode Island's transit agency head says he has to cut bus service 10% because of an expected budget deficit. (Boston Globe)

The United Arab Emirates decided to build the world's most sustainable city...then the financial crisis hit. Whither the Masdar pod-cars? (Marketplace)

Paris to New York in 90 minutes? Paris to Tokyo in three hours? That's the promise of an experimental jet unveiled at the Paris Air Show. (NPR)

The Takeaway follows up on Saudi women agitating for their right to drive.

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Montana Flooding And Lawsuit Delays Megaload Transport

Thursday, June 16, 2011

(Billings, MT – YPR) – Flooding in central Montana is delaying the transport of refinery equipment bound for Billings while a lawsuit by a Missoula-based group is holding up another megaload bound for the oil tar sand fields in Alberta, Canada.

Megaloads are giant rigs hauling, in most cases, equipment for oil refineries.   They've been described as heavier than the Statue of Liberty, nearly as long as a football field, wider than the roads that they’re actually traveling on, and three stories high.

Montana Department of Transportation Director Jim Lynch updated legislators on the Revenue and Transportation Interim Committee on the progress of the litigation over the Imperial Oil-ExxonMobil Kearle Module Transport Plan through the state.

“The matter has been briefed fully by both sides,” he says. “Now we’re waiting for the court’s decision.”

Before Lynch spoke, Missoula-based All Against the Haul issued a press release saying the MDOT’s environmental analysis was inadequate. The group says its report  still doubt Montana’s roads and bridges can handle the size and weight of these loads.

Imperial seeks to bring over 200 loads at night over 300 miles of Montana road.

When questioned about the group’s report by Missoula legislators, Lynch says, “I don’t know.”

“I don’t know if I can answer that because I don’t know what report. I don’t know what engineer,” he says. “So I can’t say if I’ve seen it or not seen it. I’ve seen a lot of material that we received through the environmental process.”

Lynch told the interim legislative committee many of the questions lawmakers were asking about are in the current documents used to generate the permit to haul the megaloads through Montana.

All Against the Haul Campaign Coordinator Zack Porter says a more thorough Environmental Impact Statement should be conducted. He adds federal highway officials are now concerned about these loads and have contacted state officials.

“There was a memo just sent recently by Michael Onder, Team Leader of the Truck Size and Weight division of the federal Highway Administration in Washington, D-C,” he says. “The memo was sent to Director Lynch and MDOT regarding the concerns brought up by the representatives and senators here today who asked the questions just a moment ago.”

Porter says their study found shortcomings in MDOT’s ability to study the impact these loads will have on bridges.

Motor Carriers of Montana Executive Vice President Barry “Spook” Stang says the only community protesting these loads is Missoula. He says that’s unfortunate.

“These people (All Against the Haul) are here to obstruct it,” he says. “They’ve already held up this project a year and a half. By the end of this summer it will be two years. All they’re doing is adding cost to your fuel prices every time you buy fuel.”

But State Representative Sue Malek of Missoula wonders about the recent flooding from heavy rains that caused several rivers and streams to jump their banks. The damage washed out some roads and bridges and compromised some road beds.  Communities are bracing for additional flooding as record snowpack begins melting in the mountains.

Lynch says MDOT continues to monitor and analyze roads. Earlier in his presentation, Lynch told lawmakers to date Montana has spent about $2 million on repairs and is anticipating spending tens of millions of dollars just to fix state infrastructure damaged by flooding.

Lynch adds large loads are moving through Montana.

One that is delayed, however, is transport of the last set of Coker Drum equipment bound for the ConocoPhillips Refinery in Billings.

ConcoPhillips Spokesman Rich Johnson in Houston says the loads are parked near Townsend.

“Due to all the rain and flooding conditions that have happened in the region over the last several weeks the shipments have been parked in the area since the end of May,” he says. “We’re not able to resume travel until the road conditions improve.”

He says MDOT will notify the company when travel can resume. The state approved route is through areas where flooding has caused hills to slide, roads to buckle, and sinkholes.

Johnson says the company would like the equipment to arrive at its refinery, but that it won’t be installed until the next maintenance cycle scheduled next winter.


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TN MOVING STORIES: SF Muni Head Is Out, DC Metro Makes Progress, And Commuter Race: Ferry Vs. Bike Vs. Subway

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Muni bus in San Francisco, California (Photo by BrokenSphere)

The head of San Francisco's Municipal Transit Agency is leaving. (San Francisco Chronicle)

DC's Metro has made some progress, say federal lawmakers. (WAMU)

While the US debates about whether to buy Canadian crude oil, that country already has another buyer: China. (Marketplace)

The former vice chair of General Motors says the US auto industry was suffering long before the economic downturn; listen to the conversation on The Takeaway below.

China's fast trains are going to run slower. (New York Times)

The Guardian takes up the thorny issue of whether bicycling in a skirt is hazardous.

The Brussels subway sound system has become the latest front in the linguistic fight between Dutch speakers and Francophones that has kept Belgium without a government for more than a year. (AP)

Gothamist takes the new East River Ferry out for a spin, and tests that commute against the subway and biking. Guess who wins?

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The Takeaway

Nigerian Journalists Explore Environmental Destruction in 'Oil on Water'

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

All summer long we’re celebrating the season of relaxing and reading with our book club here at The Takeaway. Some of the novels we'll talk about this summer are escapist in a fantastical way. They’re easy to read and enjoy. Other books are escapist because they are deeply engrossing. They draw us in to a difficult story, making it impossible to look away from the problems the book brings to the surface. Today's book club pick does just that. It’s called "Oil On Water" by Helon Habila. "Oil On Water" tells the story of two journalists who are in pursuit of a scoop in the oil-rich, poverty-stricken Niger Delta.

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TN MOVING STORIES: Senate to Look At Rail Terror Threat -- LA May KO Traffic Cams -- Discord Within OPEC

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Los Angeles traffic camera (photo by stevelyon/Flickr)

After a surprising commission vote, Los Angeles's red light traffic cameras may be on the way out. (Los Angeles Times)

The Senate will hold a hearing on terror threats to rail next week. (The Hill)

Richard Florida writes about the financial benefits of living in a transit-friendly neighborhood. (The Atlantic)

The UK's top ten cycle theft hotspots are laid bare in The Guardian.

Boston's aging T trains need $100 million in work immediately in order to keep them running. (Boston Globe)

There's discord within OPEC as members fail to agree on raising oil production levels. (New York Times)

San Francisco OKs parking permits for nannies. (AP via Mercury News)

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Ray LaHood On Being Called A"Hipster"...His Video, Second Episode

Thursday, June 02, 2011

In his second installment of "On the Go" -- a video question-and-answer session -- US Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is in full Your-Uncle-From-Peoria discovers youtube mode.

He went to little Jackie's baseball game, had Aunt Paula's delicious ribs on Memorial Day, and stayed out late waving glow sticks with little Brittney and Paul, Jr. No, just kidding.

He awarded $2 billion in high-speed rail grants, kicked off the "click it or ticket" seatbelt campaign, unveiled new fuel economy labels, and delivered two commencement addresses.

"I even got called a hipster by the Huffington Post," he said, "(and) I didn't know what that meant."

By the way, he really is from Peoria.

You can watch the video below, or go here.

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The Takeaway

Pump Prices Drive Weekend Plans Off Course

Friday, May 27, 2011

As memorial day approaches, Americans are topping off their gas tanks and getting ready for a long weekend away from home. But with gas prices creeping up across the country, American travel patterns are beginning to shift accordingly. For just over a week now, The Takeaway has been asking listeners to text us the price at their local pump. We’ve collated the information on an interactive map. In this conversation we discuss some of our findings with Andrea Bernstein, Director of the Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for our flagship station WNYC.

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TN Moving Stories: DC Metro to Shorten Station Names, and House GOP Wants To Privatize the Northeast Corridor

Friday, May 27, 2011

Cars heading toward the Holland Tunnel yesterday (photo by Kate Hinds)

Listeners have been texting the price of gas at the pump to The Takeaway. Today, TN's Andrea Bernstein discusses those findings.  (The Takeaway)

While exiting cap and trade program, NJ Governor Chris Christie pivots on Climate Change (WNYC's Empire Blog)

High gas prices won't be affecting holiday travel. (Marketplace)

House Republicans want to takeaway the Northeast Corridor from Amtrak, giving private investors the task of building and operating high-speed rail service between Washington and Boston. (Washington Post)

There may be less car owners in Manhattan, but real estate developers are betting that the wealthy will pay extra for in-house parking. (New York Times)

DC's Metro will be shortening station names. Names like U Street/African American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo or New York Avenue/Florida Avenue/Gallaudet University. (WAMU)

The Los Angeles Times debates the location of future subway stations -- and one participant protests his community's exclusion. "It is inconceivable to many of us who live, work and worship in South Los Angeles that the Crenshaw/LAX line would bypass the heart of the community."

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- DC's Metro unveils new LED signs...look familiar, NYkers? (link)

-- the new NY MTA website is easier to use -- unless you're mobile (link)

-- Christie pulls plug on NJ's greenhouse gas initiative (link)

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TN Moving Stories: Reauthorization Heats Up, Christie's Transpo Plan Vexes NJ Dems, and Today is Chrysler's "Payoff Day"

Monday, May 23, 2011

A sign at an intersection in Queens, NY (photo by wallyg/Flickr)

As Congress takes up transportation reauthorization, advocates are pushing for more safety for cyclists and pedestrians -- particularly older ones. (NPR)

WNYC's Jim O'Grady will be on the Brian Lehrer Show this morning to talk about his reporting on the barely used -- yet city-subsidized -- Yankees parking garage. Tune in at (about) 10:05 am -- FM 93.9, AM 820, and streaming live on

A Congressman Nadler opinion piece in Politico about infrastructure funding calls on the federal government to "reverse the decline of their mass-transit systems."

NJ Governor Christie's transportation plan -- which borrows over $4 billion for roads, rails and bridges -- is vexing state Democrats. (AP via The Star-Ledger)

The US Attorney's office has opened an investigation into whether the lack of wheelchair-accessible taxicabs in New York City amounts to a violation of parts of the Americans With Disabilities Act. (NY Times)

Today is "payoff day" for Chrysler, as the automaker will wire the billions in loans that it owes to the governments of the US and Canada. (Detroit Free Press)

'Black boxes' may soon be mandatory for automobiles. (Wired/Autopia)

The NYC DOT will start studying Chinatown's parking this summer. (DNA Info)

Which country has the highest -- and lowest -- gas prices in the world? A Marketplace quiz reveals some surprises.

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- a church on Long Island is giving away bicycles to undocumented immigrants (link)

-- the New York State Senate passed a bill that would require some trucks to have special safety mirrors (link)

-- Maryland's Purple Line faces safety challenges (link)

-- the census says people move for housing (link)

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TN Moving Stories: China Halts HSR Line, Atlanta's Suburbs May Finally Be Ready to Accept Mass Transit, and Happy Bike To Work Day

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bike to Work Day, 2010 (photo by greenperalta/Flickr)

Today is Bike to Work Day.

Atlanta's suburbs may finally be ready to embrace mass transit. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

China halted work on a high-speed rail line due to environmental concerns.  (Wall Street Journal)

The Guardian has an enormous amount of data about Britain's train stations. (The Guardian)

GM will increase Volt production, and plans to close a plant for a month to prepare. (AutoBlog)

Hear TN's Andrea Bernstein talk about how gasoline prices are affecting driving behavior on The Takeaway (and don't forget to participate in our survey on how gas prices affect YOU.)

Toronto's mayor is set to unveil his bike lane plan. (The Star)

New York City approved an increase in fines for cab drivers who break a wide range of rules — from being caught using a cell phone while driving to refusing to accept a credit card. (WNYC)

Food trucks -- so popular on the coasts -- are hitting legal roadblocks in the Midwest. (Changing Gears)

The DDOT won't be available to fill potholes after Saturday's 'Rapture.' (Fox News)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- The Yankees paved paradise and put up a parking lot -- with public money (link)

-- it's not gas prices you have to worry about in Montana, it's snow...even in May (link)

-- NYC's dollar van program, meant to replace cut bus lines, is a total bust (link)

-- SF wants to make its taxis more efficient (link)

-- public transportation: it's good for you (link)

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TN Moving Stories: Senate Nixes Offshore Drilling Expansion; LaHood Says HSR Is On Track -- but WaPo Says Not So in California

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Oil Rigs near Huntington Beach (Aaron Logan)

The Senate rejected Republican-backed legislation intended to speed up and expand offshore oil and gas drilling. (The Hill)

One card to rule them all: Clipper card users can now refill their cards at BART ticket vending machines. (San Jose Mercury News)

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said plans for high-speed rail systems were moving ahead and that he was confident of their long-term prospects. (Wall Street Journal)

Counterpoint: a Washington Post editorial says that California's high-speed rail is going off the rails.

Pennsylvania's environmental regulator has told natural gas drillers not to dump waste into rivers used for drinking water. (Marketplace)

Internal Affairs will be monitoring NYC's traffic courts for evidence of ticket fixing by police. (New York Times)

Wealthy Chinese are stealthily -- and illegally -- flying helicopters. (NY Times)

Chennai (India) eyes bus rapid transit. (The Hindu)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- The Takeaway wants to know: how are higher gas prices affecting you? (link)

-- Florida lawmakers take on gas price gouging (link)

-- DDOT makes Terry Bellamy official (link)

-- proceedings start in Brooklyn bike lane lawsuit (link)

-- a new report says transit only works if it takes you to work (link)

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TN Moving Stories: Montreal Bike Share In Debt; Amtrak to Senate: Gateway Tunnel "Critical" for Region

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Senate Democrats want the Federal Trade Commission to investigate whether the oil industry is fixing gas prices. (Marketplace). Meanwhile, their proposal to strip oil companies of tax breaks failed in the Senate yesterday (New York Times).

Politico writes: "Republicans have a messaging problem on gas prices. More Americans actually believe in UFOs and ghosts than blame President Barack Obama for causing their pain at the pump."

Montreal's Bixi bike share program, losing money and in debt, needs financial backing from the city. (The Globe and Mail)

Auditions for NYC's "Music Under New York" program were held yesterday; WNYC stopped by to take pictures -- and audio -- of the would-be subway performers. Take a listen!

CNN Money profiles the president of Alta Bike Share, the company behind the bike share programs in Boston and DC.

Workers move closer to their jobs, take transit, buy less, as a result of gas prices:  (New York Times)

Loudoun County officials are exploring what would happen if they withdrew funding for the Metrorail extension to Dulles International Airport. (Washington Post)

The Congressional Budget Office floated a mileage tax at a Senate Finance Committee hearing on “Financing 21st Century Infrastructure.” (The Hill)

Meanwhile, at the Senate Appropriations Committee hearing for the Federal Railroad Administration's budget request, Amtrak president Joseph Boardman said the Gateway Tunnel is "critical" to high-speed rail service. He added:  "I think we're out of capacity in the Northeast Corridor...we have no place to put the New Jersey Transit trains that come into Penn Station." (Video below via Senator Lautenberg, YouTube)

The Freedom Rides turn 50 this year, and two original freedom riders talk will about that activism on today's Brian Lehrer Show. (WNYC)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- high fuel prices squeeze Montana agencies (link)

-- DC wants to impose fees on intercity bus industry (link)

-- DC's mayor will announce new DDOT head today (link)

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High Fuel Prices Squeeze Montana State Agencies

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

(Billings-Jackie Yamanaka, YPR) – State agencies in Montana that depend on vehicles are feeling the pinch of higher fuel prices. But agency officials say, for now, they are able to cover the higher costs even with their austere budgets.

Colonel Mike Tooley is chief of the Montana Highway Patrol. He says each day there are about 200 troopers out on the state’s roads and highways everyday. They are responsible for the bulk of the agency’s travel expenses at nearly 6 million miles a year.

“That’s where our work is done,” he says. “We need to be out on the highways to be visible and be available for the public, Tooley adds. “So if we have to make adjustments in other areas we’ll do that before we cut the amount of driving that the troopers do.”

Montana’s fuel prices lag behind the national average of $3.93/gallon. According to, the average price of a gallon of gas in Montana Monday was $3.77. While that’s nearly 80-cent/gallon higher than a year ago it’s still below 2008 when gasoline topped $4/gallon.

Tooley says the MHP took a number of steps. This includes:  replacing its fleet of Ford Crown Victorias with Chevrolets orDodges. He says those vehicles are smaller and have new technology to deliver better fuel economy.

He hopes gas prices decline because the agency currently is down 20 troopers. Recruitment is taking place for those positions now.

The 2011 Montana Legislature also authorized MHP to hire 8 additional officers beginning July 1, 2011. Governor Brian Schweitzer signed the state’s main budget bill into law last week.

Tooley hopes to fill all of those vacancies and hopes fuel prices go down so he can do that.

“If this turns out that this is the new normal of above $3.50/gallon for gasoline then that’s when we have to take a look and prioritize on what we’re going to do without,”  Tooley says.

Another agency that depends on employees on the road is the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks.  Its wardens are out patrolling on land and water.

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TN Moving Stories: Amtrak Ridership Continues to Grow, SF Eyes Taxi Rate Hike, and LaHood Attends Emanuel Inauguration

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

City Limits takes a long look at Iris Weinshall, former NYC transportation commissioner, bike lane opponent, and wife of Senator Schumer.

Amtrak posted its biggest April ridership numbers in its history. (AltTransport)

San Francisco may raise taxi cab rates "to heights unseen in any other part of the nation." (AP via Sacramento Bee)

Some scientists are casting doubt on the radiation dose delivered by the TSA's body scanners. (ProPublica)

Ray LaHood attended Rahm Emanuel's inauguration; says Chicago's new mayor is sending a team to DC to talk transportation priorities. (AP via Chicago Tribune)

The Hill reports that the Senate is set to vote today on the Democrats' bill that would cut the tax breaks received by the big five oil companies.

A Manhattan community board gets behind the idea of a car-free Central Park. (DNA Info)

Two towns that protested the effects of the widening of the New Jersey Turnpike have begun spending the millions awarded them for the loss of forested land. (The Times of Trenton)

Ottawa's bike share program begins this week. (Ottawa Citizen)

Pedicabs in New York must now obey motor vehicle law. (Wall Street Journal)

A move is afoot to get London to adopt a cycle map based on the iconic Tube map. (Fast Company)

Simon Parker's London cycle map

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- Fernando Ferrer named to NY MTA board (link)

-- baby born on Verrazano Bridge (link)

-- a new report says essential urban infrastructure is disintegrating rapidly (link)

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TN Moving Stories: LAPD Experiments with Electric Bikes, Ray LaHood Wants to Broker Dulles Metrorail Agreement, and Poll Shows Support Stable for NYC Bike Lanes

Friday, May 13, 2011

The LAPD is experimenting with electric bicycles. (Los Angeles Times)

Ray LaHood wants to help resolve differences in the Dulles Airport Metrorail project. (Washington Post)

DC's Metro has given Google Transit access to its data. (Washington Post)

New York City's bike lanes: a new poll says that support for them is stable, even if people think the lanes are unused. (Wall Street Journal)

NJ Senator Robert Menendez talked about oil company tax breaks -- and the senate finance committee hearing on the issue -- on the Brian Lehrer Show. (WNYC/IAFC)

AC Transit will be raising fares, and service cuts may also be coming within a year. (Contra Costa Times)

More on the osprey nest that's foiling DDOT construction from Marketplace.

The New York Post profiles the man who spent his life savings on the Doomsday ads now running in the subway. Bonus fact: he's a former MTA employee.

Who wants to see Estonians simulate bicycle riding on an airport people mover? You do! (video below:)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- light rail could be pushing west in NJ (link)

-- speed in NYC, and you might see skeletons (link)

-- the world's most dangerous roads (link)

-- a new Brookings report came out, ranking access to transit (link)

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It's A Free Country ®

Supermajor Oil Companies and the Deficit

Thursday, May 12, 2011

It's time to close the loopholes, it's time to close the deductions. It's time for Big Oil, the top five companies, to be part of the shared sacrifice of helping reduce the deficit.

— New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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TN Moving Stories: Jump in Oil Prices Hits US Trade Deficit, DC Eyes SF-Style Parking, and Is US Surface Transportation Secure?

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Just how vulnerable are America's railroads to a terrorist attack? The Wall Street Journal reports that "for every $50 the Transportation Security Administration spends on aviation security, the agency budgets $1 to protect surface transportation."

Will separated bike lanes come to Toronto? (NOW Toronto)

Bike parked outside of WNYC's Greene Space (photo by Kate Hinds)

The big jump in oil prices pushed the nation's trade deficit higher in March. (AP via NPR)

DC is trying out San Francisco's dynamic parking pricing. (WAMU/Kojo Nnamdi Show)

Boston cabbies and credit card companies try to reach a compromise. (WBUR/Radio Boston)

Tampa's taxpayers could be on the hook for tens of millions of dollars in shortfalls at the city's financially-strapped parking division. (Tampa Tribune)

NYC is exploring technology that would provide real-time traffic info via GPS -- as well as provide vehicle miles traveled information. (NY Daily News)

Toyota will launch a new set of sales incentives on many of its models. (Wall Street Journal)

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In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

--a new report shows how states spend their transpo dollars (link)

--Indiana bans texting (link)

--storefronts use bikes as sales draw (link)

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