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Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
“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...


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.
Mar 7, 2012 — Americans use 300 million gallons of gasoline every day, so it's no surprise they keep a close eye on prices at the pump. Taxes, refinery regulations, transportation expenses and global crude oil supply and demand all influence rising costs.
Oct 14, 2011 — The North Carolina city is perhaps best known as the home of Bank of America. But Mayor Anthony Foxx, banks aren't the city's only job engines. Other big sectors include energy, health care and transportation. Energy workers now compete with bankers for a sunny spot to lunch downtown.
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.
 

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.
Brian Mann aboard an Adirondack locomotive
Brian Mann aboard an Adirondack locomotive

Tourist train ridership grows

The Village of Tupper Lake has won a $600,000 federal grant to convert a section of abandoned railroad track into a multi-use trail. The 4.6 mile route will be open to snowmobile riders, hikers, cross-country skiers and bicyclists. Tupper Lake also hopes to serve as a new stop on the Adirondack Scenic Railroad. The tourist railroad now operates two routes, one near Old Forge and the other between Lake Placid and Saranac Lake. A coalition of economic development groups is hoping to win roughly $20 million in state funding to extend the line. With this year's train season winding to a close, Brian Mann checked in with Doug Masters, marketing director for the railroad. Masters says ridership increased this summer.  Go to full article

Bush friend new Seaway chief

A close friend and college roommate of President Bush was sworn in as the new head of the St. Lawrence Seaway yesterday. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article
Adirondack moose cow and calf (Copyrighted photo courtesy of WCS)

North Country moose population set to explode

A moose that was tranquilized and moved to a wilderness area after it wandered through Watertown was found dead a day after it was released. Stephen Litwhiler of the state Department of Environmental Conservation told the Associated Press that the 1200-pound bull moose was found dead on Sunday in the Five Ponds Wilderness Area. It will be examined to determine the cause of death. This is the breeding season, and bull moose are on the move looking for mates. Encounters between moose and humans are increasing in the region. Three moose have been hit by cars in the central Adirondacks in the last few weeks. Another was struck by a train in the eastern Adirondacks. Last week, a man was killed on I-93 in St. Johnsbury, Vt. when his car struck a bull moose. Ken Kogut is regional wildlife manager for New York's Department of Environmental Conservation, based in Ray Brook. He told Brian Mann that the moose population in northern New York has reached a tipping point and is expected to increase rapidly.

NOTE: The Wildlife Conservation Society is working with the DEC to collect information about encounters between humans and animals in the Adirondacks, with a focus on moose. If you've had a run-in with wildlife or want to find out more about the study, please click on the WCS link below.  Go to full article

Auto assembly plant goes green

A new assembly plant from one of Detroit's Big Three car companies is getting attention for its "green" qualities. Big Three automakers may not rank at the top of most...  Go to full article
A U.S. Coast Guard inflatable boat at Chippewa Bay with deployed oil booms in the background.

Spill drill exposes Seaway response needs

A tanker had gone aground on Whiskey Island shoal on the St. Lawrence Seaway, spilling 100,000 gallons of thick oil. That was the nightmare scenario emergency responders on...  Go to full article

Bus crash probe focuses on tire blow-out

State police have identified three of the five victims killed in a bush crash Monday night on the Northway. Greyhound driver Ronald Burgess, age 52, of Central Islip New...  Go to full article

Northway bus crash kills 5, injures dozens

A stretch of the Adirondack Northway, between Keene Valley and Elizabethtown, was closed this morning after last night's Greyhound bus crash that killed five people,...  Go to full article

More ships on the St. Lawrence?

Environmentalists are raising concerns about a plan to bring more ocean freighters through the St Lawrence Seaway. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Shipping a route in for invasives

Environmentalists say a plan that could double the volume of freight shipped on the Great Lakes by bringing more ocean freighters through the St. Lawrence Seaway could...  Go to full article
DOT tree cutting on Rt. 3 (Source:  Assn. Protection Adks.)

DOT hires Adk "czar" to monitor Park roadworks

New York's Department of Transportation is creating a new staff position to monitor all projects inside the Adirondack Park. The hire was mandated by a settlement that grew...  Go to full article

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