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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...
For politicians, weeks don’t get any worse than the one just endured by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie. There’s an old (and, yes, crass) saying that some elected officials are so popular that it would take a scandal involving a live...


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.
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
A train of oil tankers. Photo: Russ Allison Loar, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NYS fines CSX for failure to report derailments

The New York State Department of Transportation has fined the rail company CSX $10,000 for failing to report two derailments of trains carrying crude oil. According to a press release, the company didn't report last week that an empty train that had recently offloaded crude oil from North Dakota derailed near Kingston.

The DOT says three days later, CSX took two hours to report derailed tankers full of crude oil south of Albany. No oil was spilled in either incident. The causes of both remain under investigation.  Go to full article
Amtrak's Acela Express is the only high-speed rail service currently operating in New York. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Acela_old_saybrook_ct_summer2011.jpg">Michael Kurras</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Hearings to start on NY high-speed rail proposals

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Public meetings begin this week on proposals for high-speed passenger rail service in New York.

The first of six hearings is Tuesday at the College of Nanoscale Science and Engineering in Albany. Meetings are also planned in Syracuse, Buffalo, Rochester, Utica and Poughkeepsie.  Go to full article
Passengers wait for a 7 am flight to Chicago at the Watertown International Airport. Photo: Joanna Richards

Watertown airport switching flights from Chicago to Philadelphia

The Watertown airport has been much busier since it started offering direct air service to Chicago rather than Albany just over two years ago. Now, the merger between American Airlines and U.S. Airways is causing a switch in destination again, as direct flights to Philadelphia will replace those to Chicago beginning May 8.  Go to full article
TSA PreCheck Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/grantwickes/7417151634/">Grant Wickes</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

TSA expanding pre-check program to western NY

LACKAWANNA, N.Y. (AP) Travelers from western New York will soon be able to qualify for expedited screening at airport security checkpoints.

The federal...  Go to full article
Film poster for "Captain Phillips" which has been nominated for six Academy Awards.

In Whallonsburg, real star of "Captain Phillips" talks modern piracy

It's Oscar season and this year two Academy Award nominees have connections here in our region. One is "12 Years A Slave", which tells the true story of a free black man,...  Go to full article
A train in Casselton, North Dakota carrying crude oil derailed and exploded on Dec. 30, 2013. Photo: Ken Pawluk / Associated Press / latimes.com, via NTSB press release

Gillibrand: "Risk is high" with dangerous train cargo

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is joining the chorus of ...  Go to full article
Oil Train Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/russloar/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Rail oil shipping raises safety concerns in Albany

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Environmental groups and residents are trying to stop a project that they believe will make Albany a key hub in the transport of heavy crude oil from...  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

Community leaders want NY rail oil shipment review

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) Albany community leaders and environmental groups are calling for an environmental impact and public safety review of crude oil shipments by rail across New...  Go to full article
Snow graffiti at Canton Central School. Archive Photo of the Day: Lizette C. Haenel, Canton NY.

School "snow days" dwindle as snow piles up

This winter's extreme cold and heaps of snow have caused havoc for travelers and homeowners, and could end up rewriting the spring break calendars for some North Country...  Go to full article
CSX's upgraded and faster rail crossing passes right by dozens of houses in Canton. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Ritchie: CSX "less than responsive" on rail safety in Canton

State Senator Patty Ritchie says she's still waiting for freight rail company CSX to provide more information about the hazardous materials being transported through villages...  Go to full article

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