Christie Ups Appropriation Request for Sandy Relief

By: Thursday November 29, 2012 9:15 am

Joining New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie revised his estimate upward in asking for disaster relief funds to deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, seeking $36.8 billion. The additional money would be used to reengineer beaches, including additional sand dunes, to protect the [...]

New York City Goes to Mandatory Carpooling to Deal With Storm Shutdowns

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 1:45 pm

The New York City subway system will return to partial service tomorrow above 34th Street and in some of the outer boroughs, with connecting bus service from Brooklyn. The Long Island Railroad and Metro North resumed limited service today. And the NBA cancelled a scheduled game in Brooklyn between the Knicks and Nets, which cuts [...]

Transit Closures Cause Transportation Nightmare in New York City

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 7:45 am

The time for talking in isolation about preventing the effects of climate change have ended. We’re in the era of adaptation.

Intercity Transit Improvements: The Quest for “Higher Speed Rail”

By: Friday October 19, 2012 8:30 am

The hopes for high speed rail in America have downshifted somewhat into a hope for “higher speed rail.” Many of the tentpole high speed rail plans were scrapped, particularly in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, where Republican governors returned the money. The California plan, really the only survivor, has enough funds to build the first segment, [...]

Carmageddon Experiment Shows Dramatic Increases in Air Quality as Car Use Falls

By: Wednesday October 3, 2012 12:59 pm

As a Los Angeleno, this one’s kind of personal to me. We just went through our second round of “Carmageddon.” A 10-mile span of the 405 freeway, the nation’s busiest, has been closed down twice in the space of a little over a year, to replace a bridge and widen the freeway to incorporate an [...]

US Finalizes 2025 Fuel Efficiency Standard of 54.5 MPG

By: Tuesday August 28, 2012 10:21 am

The United States has finalized fuel economy rules that would increase the average to 54.5 miles per gallon by 2025, almost twice as much as the current standards. It’s the first update since the mid-1980s, and it should have a big impact on the annual cost of fueling up cars and trucks as well as [...]

Decision Time Nears for Student Loan, Highway Bills

By: Friday June 22, 2012 9:35 am

I’ve been tracking the two deadlines for Congress coming up in just over a week. If no action is taken, new federal student loans will see an interest rate of 6.8%, double the current 3.4%. And there will be no surface transportation bill, meaning that highway projects with federal participation will grind to a halt [...]

Boehner Maneuvers for Conference Committee on Transportation Bill

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 10:15 am

Yesterday, the House passed yet another extension of the federal surface transportation bill. This one also goes for 90 days and would take the highway trust fund from June 30 to September 30, 2012. As expected, House Republicans attached some riders to the bill, including one that drew a White House veto threat. The extension [...]

Chris Christie Lied About Costs of Hudson River Tunnel Project He Cancelled

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 9:14 am

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie is far more admired by national Republicans wanting a tough guy to yell at liberals than by his own constituents in his state. And a new report goes a long way to explaining why. Because Christie is the latest in a long line of conservative liars who will tailor their [...]

Long-Term Surface Transportation Bill Unlikely Before Election

By: Monday April 2, 2012 8:15 am

Late last week, the President signed a 90-day surface transportation extension, the ninth of his Presidency. This is getting to the point where we have to look at the failure to deliver a long-term transportation bill as an impediment to economic recovery. Think about the typical scenario. You’re a municipality that wants to build a [...]

House Still Deadlocked on Transportation Bill With Deadline Nearing

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 7:35 am

We are four days away from the expiration of the surface transportation bill, and Congress looks no closer to actually getting an extension done. The House adamantly won’t pass the bipartisan Senate bill, but they also can’t seem to pass their own short-term extension: House Republicans on Tuesday failed for the second time in as [...]

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