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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.

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 increase the threat of invasive species brought in through ballast water. Scientists and other experts polled last year by the Great Lakes Radio Consortium ranked invasive species at the top of the list of the ten most serious threats to the lakes and the St. Lawrence River. Seaway management officials in Montreal say that since 1993, ocean freighters have been required to exchange ballast water offshore before entering the system. But several studies say that hasn't stopped the flow of exotic species into the lakes. The GLRC's Lester Graham reports.  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 out of heavy tree cutting along Route 3 last year between Saranac Lake and Tupper Lake. As Brian Mann reports, pro-environment groups and other state officials hope that the change will improve cooperation inside the blue line.  Go to full article
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (File photo)

Clinton Tests Rural Waters In North Country

Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton began a two-day swing through the North Country yesterday. She drew praise in Plattsburgh for helping to arrange a one million dollar grant from NASA to help fund a new aeronautics training program. Shepromised to continue fighting to block strict passport requirements on the U.S.-Canada border. Clinton also made stops yesterday in Champlain and Lake Placid. As Brian Mann reports, the Democrat continues to make inroads in what was once seen as a Republican stronghold.  Go to full article

Mohawks Have Say in Ice Breaking

Akwesasne Mohawks will now have a say in when the St. Lawrence Seaway opens for shipping in the spring. An agreement announced Thursday ends a two year-old lawsuit over ice...  Go to full article

Pilots to Pataki: Veto Background Checks

The national Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association is threatening to sue New York State over a new law that would mandate criminal background checks on new pilots before...  Go to full article
Oil escaping the containment boom around the NEPCO barge.

The Slick of '76: Looking Back and Forward

This summer marks the 30th anniversary of the "Slick of '76", a 300,000 gallon oil spill in the heart of the Thousand Islands. Thick, gooey crude coated the shoreline from...  Go to full article

Aerospace Plant Sparks Business Interest

Economic developers are nailing down the details of a deal announced last week that could bring hundreds of jobs to a new aircraft maintenance facility at the former...  Go to full article
Oil escaping the containment boom around the NEPCO barge.

Slick of '76: The Social Impacts

30 years ago today, on a foggy morning, the NEPCO 140 barge hit a shoal in the St. Lawrence River near Alexandria Bay. The barge spewed 300,000 gallons of thick, gooey oil...  Go to full article

Aircraft Project Will "Transform Region's Economy"

State and local leaders say a deal unveiled yesterday in Plattsburgh could transform the region's economy. Laurentian Aerospace, a newly-formed company based in Montreal,...  Go to full article

Chamber of Commerce Hails Plattsburgh AFB Facility

The Quebec-based company planning a major new facility in Plattsburgh, creating roughly 700 high-paying jobs, says it could expand as early as 2011. A second facility could...  Go to full article

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