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“Navigable waters” is an awkward mouthful. Not a very sexy topic to the average layperson. But for some landowners and paddlers, them’s fighting words. Why? Because if a waterway is considered navigable, that comes with...
Weather permitting, Tuesday afternoon will be when “just folks” can take a last, up-close look at the old North Channel portion of the Seaway International Bridge in Cornwall, Ontario. (A new, low-level bridge was opened to traffic last...
A pilot program starting in Ottawa next fall would provide supervised walking groups instead of the traditional school bus. Of course there would be problems during inclement weather. And this idea won’t work at all for most rural school...
The Canadian Press (via Huffington Post) is reporting today that the federal government of that county is ordering the 5,000 most dangerous tank cars off the rails. This, as the government adopts the Transportation Safety Board’s major...
Readers may recall the Bixi bike share system in cities like Ottawa and New York City. Despite Bixi’s slew of financial and managerial problems, a recent press release suggests continued support for that form of rented transportation...


Transportation
May 17, 2013 — Millennials are now driving less, waiting longer to get licensed, and turning more to public transportation and car-sharing. So is America's so-called driving boom over? Guest host Celeste Headlee asks Paul Eisenstein of TheDetroitBureau.com.
Jan 21, 2010 — Virginia's Transportation Board voted to reopen 19 closed Interstate rest stops. They were shut last summer amid budget cuts, much to the dismay of travelers.
Jun 26, 2009 — General Electric CEO Jeff Immelt is on a mission to improve U.S. exports. Immelt, who presides over the global giant in energy, transportation and financial services, says fixing trade deficits and building up the U.S. manufacturing base are top priorities.
Feb 19, 2009 — California's state Senate approved a budget package early Thursday. The measure is intended to wipe out a deficit of more than $40 billion. The state Assembly now takes up the measure. The drawn-out budget process has threatened thousands of state jobs, frozen transportation projects and severely hurt the state's credit rating.
Dec 10, 2008 — President-elect Obama wants a proposed economic stimulus package to include billions of dollars for infrastructure improvements. Obama maintains states have projects that are "shovel ready. The Missouri Department of Transportation says with federal money, it could start $510 million of highway and other construction projects within six months.
 

Special Reports

Audio Slideshow
Inside the Aging Eisenhower Lock
The locks and channels of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system are getting old. Some were built more than 75 years ago. While the Seaway is closed in winter, workers empty the locks of their water for annual maintenance. David Sommerstein climbed eight stories down to the bottom of the Eisenhower Lock on the St. Lawrence River near Massena to see how it's aging.
Audio Slideshow
Adirondack Rail: on the Old New York Central Line
For seventy years, the New York Central carried passengers to Malone and Lake Placid and points in between. The old line is all but abandoned now. But trains still make the run a few times each year, bringing supplies and equipment to the tourist railroad in Lake Placid. Brian Mann made the trip this spring.
Photo Audio Essay
Riding the Rails
Todd Moe rides the rails—the first passenger train in 40 years traverses the North Country.
Audio Slideshow
Aboard the St. Lawrence River Icebreaker Robinson Bay (Flash)
David Sommerstein climbed aboard the Robinson Bay for one of the tugboat's first missions of the season breaking ice in the canal between Eisenhower and Snell Locks near Massena.
More than 50 people were reported to be on the bus. The number and extent of injuries is unclear, but one fatality has been confirmed.

2nd update: Fatal bus crash on Adirondack Northway

State police say a bus has rolled over on the in the northbound lane of the Northway in the Adirondacks just after 8 am Friday.

According to a statement issued a short time ago, New York State Police remain on the scene of a commercial bus rollover on I-87 in North Hudson in Essex County.

"The bus was traveling south on I-87 from Quebec City to New York City," according to police, "when it veered off the shoulder of the highway and into the median..."

Don Jaquish, emergency services director for Essex County, has confirmed to North Country Public Radio that there is one fatality, along with a "a few serious injuries."

There's no word yet on what caused the accident, though Jaquish says a "reconstruction team is on the scene."

State police say a total of 56 people were aboard the bus.

"Several others are being treated for mostly minor injuries at three area hospitals," they report.

Glens Falls Hospital, Fletcher Allen Health Care Medical Center and Elizabethtown Community Hospital have all helped care for the injured.

Motorists traveling in the area of the accident should expect long delays. The passing lanes both north and sound bound are closed.

"Traffic is slowed and heavy," he said, noting that travelers in the area should expect delays.

Several area fire departments and the Essex County Sheriff's Office are assisting at the scene, according to police.

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A Jet Commander, the type of plane that crashed into Lake Champlain in 1971.<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jet_commander#mediaviewer/File:Air_Sweden_IAI_1124.jpg">Felix Goetting</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Bid to solve mystery of Lake Champlain jet crash

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) New technology is being brought to bear on the 43-year-old mystery of a private jet carrying five people that went missing after leaving a Vermont airport and is believed to have crashed in Lake Champlain.

New York and Vermont state police will be putting divers and high-resolution sonar into the lake starting Friday to search for any sign of the 10-seat Jet Commander that disappeared on the snowy night of Jan. 27, 1971 during a flight from Burlington, Vermont, to Providence, Rhode Island.  Go to full article
The Tappan Zee Bridge. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/josepha/4354183214/in/photolist-7CLjYo-oPEcu-7ix2v4-ujYN8-4MC7ZN-5dhRQW-6PwQyw-dXMEt-6ULfuW-dFugLZ-6UGxbP-5e8us1-hAwsdT-4aikh9-gCdwDu-5c99KY-9bbhSa-26mXX-26mXh-26mXq-26mWV-3qQdK-3qQbw-fK24n-9bTd3x-9Ygov5-6ULkGj-agQzb-9M91Za-9zmpPL-88wtEF-cvwc7w-8a2Qau-dVUSJD-9CqkNQ-Ld6Uh-9GjFKz-c1sJfh-oAc1-7ix2ut-717M2r-mef7ap-aiJzBh-9bdCYJ-qj4G3-5uZiew-dUd23j-9bWhqU-7RmjSH-qj4Fd">Joseph A</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Board OKs half a loaf on Cuomo's loan request for Tappan Zee Bridge

A key oversight board approved half of the amount Governor Cuomo had sought for a loan from a clean water fund to help pay for the construction of the Tappan Zee Bridge. But the meeting included accusations from a board member that Cuomo Admisntration officials are trying to hide bad news about future toll hikes on the bridge and the rest of the New York State Thruway.  Go to full article

Ticonderoga man, 90, dies in collision with truck

TICONDEROGA, N.Y. (AP) A 90-year-old man has died and his wife is in the hospital after the SUV he was driving collided with a tractor-trailer in northeastern New York.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Railroads detail crude oil train numbers in New York

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) CSX Transportation says it hauls an average of 20 to 35 trains a week loaded with crude oil from North Dakota's Bakken region across 17 upstate New York...  Go to full article
U.S. Rep. Bill Owens (D-Plattsburgh)

Owens votes for highway funds

North Country Congressman Bill Owens voted yesterday in favor of a short-term spending plan that would replenish the national Highway Trust Fund.  Go to full article
Vermont Congressman Peter Welch. Photo: <a href="http://www.welch.house.gov/about-peter/">Peter Welch Biography</a>, Public Domain, some rights reserved

Welch to discuss negotiations over highway fund

WATERBURY, Vt. (AP) Congressman Peter Welch will be discussing the negotiations in Congress over reauthorization of the Highway Trust Fund, which is how states pay for most...  Go to full article

Watertown: infant's death blamed on fatigued driving

State police say a car accident on I-81 near Watertown early Saturday morning claimed the life of a five-month-old child.

According to a statement, officials are...  Go to full article
Blue Mountain Lake. Archive Photo of the Day: Laurie Dirkx

This weekend in the Adirondacks

This is John Warren from the Adirondack Almanack with your look at outdoor recreation conditions around the Adirondacks for this weekend.  Go to full article

Police: Bus in fatal crash had no brake problems

LAKE LUZERNE, N.Y. (AP) Authorities say no mechanical problems have been found on a bus that crashed while transporting passengers for an Adirondack river excursion company,...  Go to full article

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