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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.

Seaway Opening Remains Controversial

This month, St. Lawrence Seaway officials will announce the opening date for the shipping season. The decision is always a controversial one. As David Sommerstein reports, it's especially so this year, with calls for greater public accountability and a lawsuit filed by native tribes.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Seaway Head Not Worried About Proposed Waterway Tolls

The White House spending plan for next fiscal year calls for a new toll system on the U.S. side of the Seaway to raise 8 million dollars. The Great Lakes shipping industry says the move could hurt businesses and cost jobs. But Seaway Administrator Albert Jacquez says he doesn't expect tolls to affect traffic levels.  Go to full article

Ontario's "Rural Revolution" Catches On

Last Friday, hundreds of tractors, buses, and pickup trucks shut down access to the Canadian side of the international bridge near Ogdensburg for several hours. The protest was organized by a coalition of farmers and property rights groups across rural Ontario. They want their government to lower taxes, reduce regulations, and leave them alone. They're a part of a growing movement that's drawing the attention of the Canadian public. David Sommerstein reports.

To learn more about the history of the landowners associations involved in the "Rural Revolution" protests, David Sommerstein spoke with Carla Hilton, producer for CBC Radio in Ottawa (To listen, click the interview link below). She began covering the groups when they emerged in the rural Ottawa Valley.  Go to full article
Ogdensburg bridge (painting by John Morrow)

Canadian Farmers to Blockade Ogdensburg Bridge

Tomorrow, a group of farmers and property rights advocates plan to stop traffic on the international bridge near Ogdensburg. Beginning at 9 in the morning, they say they'll...  Go to full article
Chinese mitten crab

Scientists Keep Tabs on Exotic Crab

Biologists are asking people to keep their eyes peeled for another potential invader into the St. Lawrence River. A Chinese mitten crab was found near Quebec City last fall....  Go to full article

Rooftop Highway Trudges Onward

The idea of a "rooftop highway," a four-lane divided road to connect Watertown and Plattsburgh, has become almost mythical in North Country lore. The concept has floated...  Go to full article

Thruway Authority Approves Toll Increase

The New York State Thruway Authority has recommended that Thruway tolls increase by 25 percent for passenger cars, and 35 percent for truckers, beginning next May. Karen...  Go to full article

Drivers Filling Up With Cleaner Fuel

A quiet revolution of cleaner air began this year for cars and trucks. Motorists might not know it, but they've been burning low-sulfur fuel as part of a requirement under...  Go to full article

NY Buys Hydrogen-fueled Cars

Governor Pataki has announced that the state has bought two new experimental hydro-powered cars from Honda. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

NTSB: Traffic Warnings at I87 Checkpoint "Ineffective"

The National Transportation Safety Board says safety measures at an immigration checkpoint on the Northway are "ineffective" and contradictory. In a report issued late last...  Go to full article

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