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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.

Combination of Factors Could Have Led to Ethan Allen Capsize

The company that operated the Ethan Allen on Lake George will pay a maximum fine of $100 for sailing on Sunday without enough crewmembers. 20 elderly passengers died when the 40-foot tour boat overturned. Martha Foley has more.  Go to full article

Michigan Town Grieves After Lake George Tragedy

Many of the passengers board the Ethan Allen were visiting Lake George as part of a leaf-peeping tour. They were elderly men and women, mostly from Michigan. Brian Mann spoke with Gerald Brown, the mayor of Trenton, Michigan, where at least three of the victims lived. Mayor Brown says his town is in mourning.  Go to full article

Rt 56 in St. Lawrence County Could Reopen Next Month

Part of a state highway closed by flash floods in St. Lawrence County last month may reopen by the middle of November. Route 56, a main connecting route between the Adirondacks and the St. Lawrence Valley, washed out in two places near South Colton. Martha Foley reports.  Go to full article

Ethan Allen Questions Raised as Survivors Speak

Federal investigators raised the Ethan Allen from the bottom of Lake George yesterday. The 40-foot tourboat capsized at midafternoon Sunday. The National...  Go to full article
Cut tree on Rt. 3 (Source:  Assn. Protection Adks.)

Roadside Cutting Angers Environmentalists

A pro-environment group says the state violated New York's constitution by cutting down thousands of trees along Rt. 3 outside of Saranac Lake. The trees were cut by the...  Go to full article

Families Face Heating Oil Pinch

State Senator Betty Little, from Queensbury, says the big concern for families in the North Country is pay for heating fuel. She says the higher energy costs could have a...  Go to full article
The crumbled edge of Cold Brook Dr. in South Colton provides a new waterfall. The culvert washout, below, on Rt. 56 will reroute traffic for weeks. Photos: Ed Fuhr

Rt. 56 Repairs to Take Weeks, Months

A major route connecting the St. Lawrence Valley and points south will be closed for two months, maybe more. Heavy rain over the weekend washed out two spots along Rt. 56...  Go to full article
Spring storms damaged Northway (Source:  APA)

State GOP Pushes FEMA Aid for Adirondack Towns

Rainstorms earlier in the summer caused tens of millions of dollars worth of damage in the southern and eastern Adirondacks. Top New York Republicans are stepping up...  Go to full article

Anger and Resignation at the Pump

Crude oil prices fell yesterday, after the government said it would tap into its strategic reserve to help stabilize prices. But industry trade groups say releasing the...  Go to full article

Sayward Says Gas Tax Repeal Easy

Assemblywoman Teresa Sayward is asking Governor Pataki to call an emergency session of the state legislature to remove the state's gas tax for the rest of the year.  Go to full article

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