TN Moving Stories: Copenhagen To Open Bike Superhighways, and the Return of the Roosevelt Island Tram
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
By Kate Hinds
More on the FTA demanding repayment of $271 million in ARC Tunnel money from New Jersey Transit in the Wall Street Journal.
Construction company Schiavone, which has worked on the subway stations at Times Square and South Ferry, admitted that it defrauded government programs and evaded federal minority hiring requirements. (New York Times)
Copenhagen to open bike "superhighways," which will hopefully alleviate the "two-wheeler traffic jams (which) are especially regular on the main Noerrebrogade thoroughfare used by around 36,000 cyclists a day." (Grist)
Lufthansa says it will begin using biofuel on a daily flight beginning next year. (Alt Transport)
London Underground employees take part in another 24-hour strike--and say that walkouts could escalate in 2011. (BBC)
In Pakistan, trucks aren't just vehicles--they're art. (World Vision via WBEZ)
Some cities are testing a new network-based approach to parking. "Streetline...mounts low-cost sensors in parking spaces, retrofits existing meters and ties them into a mesh wireless network to draw a real-time picture of the spaces available, the cars needing tickets and how much to charge for parking." (Wired) One of those places is Roosevelt Island, which may also begin its own bike share program. (DNA Info)
TN Moving Stories: Transpo Contractors Investigated Over Minority Hires, DC Metro Shakeup Coming, and Monetizing Old Car Batteries
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
By Kate Hinds
In other news...
Did two of New York's largest construction companies finesse minority hiring requirements in order to win contracts? Federal authorities are investigating Schiavone and the U.S. unit of Swedish construction company Skanska AB. Skanska is working on a number of transit projects, including the Brooklyn Bridge rehabilitation, the 2nd Avenue Subway, and the PATH terminal at the World Trade Center site. (Wall Street Journal, New York Times, New York Daily News)
DC Metro shakeup in the works? The governors of Maryland and Virginia and the incoming D.C. mayor directed their top transportation officials to come up with a detailed plan for carrying out broad changes in how Metro is run. (Washington Post)
After your Nissan Leaf or Chevy Volt dies, what will happen to its lithium-ion battery? Automakers are trying to find ways to monetize old batteries. (Wired)
Riders at NYC's Union Square subway station might wonder: does this train go to Hogwarts? (New York Daily News).
The number of bicyclists in Portland continues to rise--8% increase over 2009. 190% increase (yes, 190%) since 2000. (KPTV)