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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.

Essex County Deputy Dies in Northway Traffic Accident

An Essex County sheriff's deputy was killed early Wednesday morning. A tractor-trailer struck Eric Loiselle while he conducted a routine traffic stop on the Adirondack Northway. As Chris Knight reports, state police believe driver fatigue is a factor in the accident.  Go to full article

Plattsburgh Airport Marketed as Montreal's U.S. Airport

Officials broke ground yesterday on a new passenger terminal on the site of the old Plattsburgh Airforce Base. Locals hope the ten million dollar Federally-funded project will help to create a new transportation hub in the region. The military base closed ten years ago, costing Plattsburgh hundreds of jobs. As Chris Knight, supporters say the new airport will benefit the city and could offer new options to travelers in the Champlain Valley and the northern Adirondacks.  Go to full article

Report: Fuel Efficiency Lags Behind

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has published its report on fuel economy trends for cars and trucks sold in the U.S. Environmentalists say it highlights the need for stricter fuel efficiency standards - an issue largely ignored in the Energy Bill recently passed by Congress. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Mark Brush reports.  Go to full article

Beaver River May Regain Rail Rights

A stand-off that's left the Adirondack village of Beaver River isolated for years may be coming to an end. The tiny settlement can only be reached by boat across the...  Go to full article

Advocates Want Accessible Transportation

Lack of public transportation hits rural people with disabilities hard. In Essex County, advocates say the lack of wheel-chair accessible transportation violates the law.  Go to full article

River Groups Hope Water Level Plan Isn't Status Quo

A binational agency is holding its final public meetings this week over new plans to control water levels on Lake Ontario and St. Lawrence River. It's the first time the...  Go to full article

Hevesi Rejects Thruway Authority Bond Refinancing

For the first time since he's been state Comptroller, Alan Hevesi has rejected nearly $3 billion in bonds that the state Thruway Authority had planned to issue for road...  Go to full article

Pataki and Lawmakers Agree on Transportation Bond Act

Governor Pataki and legislative leaders have agreed on the projects to be included in the $2.9 billion dollar Transportation Bond Act, which will be on the ballot in...  Go to full article

Biodiesel to Help Farmers and the Environment

There's been a lot of attention to biodiesel, and other alternative fuels. Biodiesel is made from agricultural products like soybeans or corn. It's environmentally friendly,...  Go to full article

More Efficient Bio-Based Fuel?

Researchers continue to look for a more energy-efficient alternative to ethanol. A team of Midwest engineers is having some success with turning plants into an additive for...  Go to full article

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