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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...
It’s become pretty clear that shipping oil by rail raises serious issues. That might make the case for pipelines seem more attractive, but nothing’s ever simple, is it? We’re still left with questions about pipeline safety. Plus...
This has been another day to avoid driving or proceed with extra care, thanks to recent snow and gusty winds. It’s actually quite beautiful as I write this – blue skies and lots of fluffy snow. But then the wind kicks up – and...
What if visitors and residents in key urban areas could grab, ride and return a bike – fast and easy – for a reasonable fee? That’s the idea for a variety of fairly new enterprises in places like Montréal, Ottawa and New...
The Canadian Press reported today that Bombardier will lay off 1700 workers in its aerospace division. About 1100 of those workers, they report, are Canadian, mostly based in Montreal. The remaining 600 employees work in the U.S. As far as we know...


Transportation
Nov 14, 2013 — The sharing economy is already changing several sectors: housing, transportation, retail. In some cities, it's changing the way we work. As more people start their own enterprises, they're shunning traditional offices and choosing to share space instead.
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.
 

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.
Aeryon Scout in flight. Photo: Dkroetsch, released to public domain
Aeryon Scout in flight. Photo: Dkroetsch, released to public domain

Albany Law School hosting symposium on drone use

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Legal scholars, judges and lawyers will gather at Albany Law School to discuss the U.S. military's use of unmanned aircraft here at home and overseas.

Thursday afternoon's symposium is titled, "Game of Drones: The Uses and Potential Abuses of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in the U.S. and Abroad."  Go to full article
At a 2012 vigil honoring missing Aboriginal women. Over the last several decades, hundreds of Aboriginal women have been murdered in Canada. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mgifford/8093168779/">Mike Gifford</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

First Nations rail blockade sparked by murdered and missing women

Via Rail service on the busy Toronto-Ottawa-Montreal line is to resume today after a First Nations blockade forced Via to bus passengers between Toronto and Ottawa yesterday.

Via spokesman Jacques Gagnon says 26 trains were cancelled yesterday, affecting an estimated 5,000 passengers. The blockade was part of recent protests in the Belleville area by a First Nations group calling for a federal inquiry into missing and murdered aboriginal women.  Go to full article
An algae bloom in Burlington, VT. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/donshall/4815081929/">Don Shall</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

How Vermont's trying to help Lake Champlain with new transportation regulations

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) Vermont lawmakers will be examining the effects of new environmental regulations on transportation in the state.

State and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials say roads and parking lots are contributors to non-wastewater runoff flowing into Lake Champlain, which they say is causing algae blooms, hurting tourism and increasing water treatment costs.  Go to full article
Adirondack Scenic Railroad train in Old Forge. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/72644361@N06/8183206757/">Brad O'Brien</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

As rail debate simmers, big questions for Scenic Railroad

For more than twenty years, the Adirondack Scenic Railroad has struggled to create an excursion train from Utica to Lake Placid, an attraction that advocates hope will one...  Go to full article
A CCTA bus in Vermont. <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8611378361/sizes/z/in/photolist-e7XyLH-e7XyAg-e7XyX8-8qeXo8-8wwzTL-8wwyyJ-aePwrN-98VAEn-98VAxn-8qi6XW-akb1J4-akb1Qv-98YJrQ-9tLwdH/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Striking Vermont bus drivers said ready to talk

WINOOSKI, Vt. (AP) Striking bus drivers in Vermont's largest county say they have a proposal and are ready to discuss it with the management of the Chittenden County...  Go to full article
Ferry approaching the dock at Charlotte, VT with the purple Adirondack mountains' majesty in the background. Archive Photo of the Day 12/28/13: Sue Cameron, Lake Placid, NY

Lake Champlain ferry fees going up next month

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) The Lake Champlain Transportation Company says fees for crossing between Vermont and New York are going up.

The company announced Monday that...  Go to full article
A Chittenden County Transportation Agency shuttle.  Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/afagen/8528340792/">Adam Fagen</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Vt.'s CCTA bus drivers poised to go on strike

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) It could be a tough commute for people who ride the bus in Vermont's largest county if the drivers of the Chittenden County Transportation Authority go...  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

Local officials want more answers about rail-oil safety

At a meeting this week in Elizabethtown, in Essex County, Canadian Pacific refused to disclose its emergency response plan in case of a major rail tanker disaster on its line...  Go to full article
A Cape Air flight preparing for takeoff at Adirondack Regional Airport. Photo: Brian Mann

No Cape Air flights from Lake Clear to White Plains, for now

Correction: the title and opening paragraph of this story have been changed to reflect the fact that Cape Air is still exploring ways to fly passengers to New York...  Go to full article
Bus outside the NY-run Belleayre Mountain Ski Center. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/kimberlypayne/3229127290/">Kimberly Payne</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Cuomo: NY to run ski bus service from NYC, Toronto

LAKE PLACID, N.Y. (AP) New York state is getting into the tour bus business, with plans to launch bus service from New York City to 13 upstate ski areas and from Toronto to...  Go to full article

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