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“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...
The Canadian Press (via Huffington Post) is reporting today that the federal government of that county is ordering the 5,000 most dangerous tank cars off the rails. This, as the government adopts the Transportation Safety Board’s major...
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...


Transportation
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.
Dec 10, 2008 — President-elect Obama wants a proposed economic stimulus package to include billions of dollars for infrastructure improvements. Obama maintains states have projects that are "shovel ready. The Missouri Department of Transportation says with federal money, it could start $510 million of highway and other construction projects within six months.
 

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.

Wright Looks to Alternative Bus Service

State officials say they've made significant progress toward finding an alternative to Greyhound's bus service between Syracuse and the North Country. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Greyhound Cuts North Country Service

Greyhound Bus Lines will cut its service from Syracuse to North Country communities this winter. Beginning February 23, buses will no longer run to Watertown, Gouverneur, Canton, Potsdam, and Massena, including stops at Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Greyhound Retiree Remembers the Buses

Greyhound's decision took many by surprise. Betty Knight was waiting for the bus in Canton yesterday. Knight worked at the Greyhound office for 20 years when it was at the St. Lawrence Inn. She spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Top Ten Threats to the Great Lakes: Seaway Expansion

In the 1950's, engineers carved a shipping channel from the Atlantic Ocean to the Great Lakes via the St. Lawrence River. The St. Lawrence Seaway was supposed to make ports...  Go to full article

Ten Threats to the Great Lakes: Canals Past and Present

In the next report from the series The Top Ten Threats to the Great Lake, Lester Graham brings us a look at shipping on the lakes. Some people think bigger ships...  Go to full article

Voters Decide Budget Reform and Transportation Plan

It's election day, and New York voters will be asked two questions on the ballot. Karen DeWitt takes a look at what they are.  Go to full article

Voters to Decide Fate of Transportation Bond Act

New York voters will be asked whether they want the state to borrow $2.9 billion dollars as part of a Transportation Bond Act on the November 8th ballot. Karen DeWitt...  Go to full article

Lawmakers Want Northway Phones Restored

A new plan was unveiled yesterday to restore emergency communications to a remote section of the Adirondack Northway by this winter. The measures, announced by Senator Betty...  Go to full article

Business Group Supports Transportation Act

In November's election, New Yorkers will be asked to vote on whether to borrow $2.9 billion dollars to fund transportation projects. Some say the state has already borrowed...  Go to full article

Ethan Allen Returns To Lake George, Questions Remain

The Ethan Allen was re-floated on Lake George yesterday, four days after it capsized with 47 elderly tourists aboard. Twenty passengers, all from Michigan, died in...  Go to full article

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