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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.

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 Plattsburgh Air Force Base. Brian Mann discussed the deal with developers on Mountain Lake PBS. Gregory Warner reports.  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 into the river. The "Slick of '76," as it's known today, stretched as far downriver as Massena. It remains among the largest inland vessel oil spills in the United States. Next week on The 8 O'Clock Hour, we'll hear from the people who saw the spill unfold, the people who helped clean it up, and the people who are passing on the memories of the oil spill to a new generation. Today, Martha Foley talk with someone who tried to measure the Slick of '76 in human terms. John Omohundro is a professor of anthropology at SUNY Potsdam. In 1976, he got a grant from the Coast Guard to study the spill's impacts on people's work, their recreation habits, their social networks.  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, will build a $64-million facility at the old Plattsburgh Air Force base. The firm will refurbish wide-body civilian and military jets. As Brian Mann reports, Laurentian executives say their company could attract 1500 high-paying jobs to Clinton County in the next three years. Special thanks this morning to Chris Mattle and Andrew LaFontaine at Mountain Lake PBS for production and research assistance. Also thanks to Jack LaDuke at Channel 3 News.  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

Water Levels Study: The Envelope, Please

A 5-year, $20 million study of water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River was finished last week. It's a collaboration between the U.S. and Canada. It's the...  Go to full article

Drivers Delay the Sting of High Gas Prices

Gas prices are as high as they've ever been in the U.S. But there's one place in the country where people are fueling up for under a dollar a gallon. The GLRC's Mark Brush...  Go to full article
SUNY Canton's Joe Rappa at work with his biodiesel brewing tools.

Biodiesel Forum Kicks Off Energy Fair

A forum on building a biodiesel plant in St. Lawrence County kicks off this weekend's North Country Sustainable Energy Fair. One of the panelists is Joe Rappa, who commutes...  Go to full article

Revving Up Sales of Cleaner Diesel Cars

When you think of diesel engines, you might think of big, noisy, stinky trucks. But that's changing. And a domestic automaker has plans to bring a cleaner, higher...  Go to full article

Republican Reps Firm in Opposition to Checkpoint

After another round of meetings with Department of Homeland Security officials, two north country Republican congressmen are still opposing a security checkpoint on I-87....  Go to full article
A train in the wilderness

New Group Wants $20 Million for Adirondack Train

A powerful coalition of Republican lawmakers, chamber of commerce leaders, and local activists have unveiled plans to rebuild a railroad into the central Adirondacks. The...  Go to full article

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