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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.

Plans Underway to Upgrade Northway Cell Phone Coverage

The state has selected a contractor to reactivate emergency call boxes on a remote section of the Adirondack Northway. Wells Communications, with offices in Plattsburgh, Troy, Canton and Great Bend, was the successful bidder the project. The work is expected to begin as soon as the contracts are finalized. In the meantime, as Chris Knight reports, state lawmakers are still pushing ahead with plans to improve cell phone coverage on the highway.  Go to full article

DOT to Plant Trees on Rt. 3

The state Department of Transportation has agreed to plant trees and repair damage done to a scenic highway corridor in the Adirondacks that was the site of an extensive tree cutting operation this summer. One environmental group estimated as many as 4000 trees were cut, including many large, healthy trees on Forest Preserve lands adjacent to the highway. As Chris Knight reports, DOT now says its possible some of the work went too far.  Go to full article

No Foul Play in Collapse of Bridge Near Santa Clara

The Department of Environmental Conservation has determined there was no criminal activity involved in the collapse of a bridge in the Champion lands in September. But, as Chris Knight reports, a criminal investigation continues to determine the cause of a fire that destroyed another nearby bridge the same day.  Go to full article

Rail Line a Labor of Love

The governor announced this week that state will spend $40 million on upgrading rail lines. A third of that money will go to the North Country--some for short connector...  Go to full article

State Promises Millions for Railroads

Governor Pataki says New York will spend $40 million over the next two years upgrading the state's railroad infrastructure. A third of that money will go to support rail...  Go to full article

Study Weighs Costs of Shipping

For years, many environmentalists have wanted to stop ocean-going ship traffic on the Great Lakes. That's because vessels traveling from the ocean to the Lakes sometimes...  Go to full article

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...  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,...  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...  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

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