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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.

Special Call-in: A Conversation with Seaway Freighter Pilot Don Metzger

The vocation of ship pilot usually comes after extensive ship-handling experience at sea. St. Lawrence River ship pilot Don Metzger is one of a handful of specialists based in Cape Vincent, whose job it is to guide freighters through the twists and turns of the Seaway between Cape Vincent and Massena. He joined NCPR staff in the the studio to talk about life on the river, and to take listener calls.  Go to full article

Conference Committee Approves Transportation Bond Act

A joint Senate and Assembly conference committee has agreed on a transportation bond act to put before voters in November. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Local Legislators Fight to Preserve Essential Air Service Act

Around the country, small rural airports - like Massena, Watertown, Ogdensburg, Saranac Lake, Plattsburgh and others in the North Country - are supported by federal subsidies. President Bush is calling for local and state taxpayers to shoulder more of the burden. Local lawmakers say the measure could force those airports to shut down.  Go to full article

Report says Diesel Soot can be Cut Faster

A new report says the Midwest is one of the most polluted areas in the country when it comes to soot pollution from diesel exhaust. The environmental research and advocacy...  Go to full article

New Road Surface Could Mean Fewer Salt Trucks

Drivers are testing out a new road coating that could reduce accidents in the winter. And as the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Stephanie Hemphill reports, it might also...  Go to full article

Watertown to Maine Corridor in Highway Bill

A four-lane highway between Watertown and Plattsburgh is a part of a grand plan in Congress to connect northern New York with northern Maine. As David Sommerstein reports,...  Go to full article
Looking towards the upstream end of Eisenhower Lock

Inside the Seaway's Aging Locks

The locks and channels of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system are getting old. Some were built more than 75 years ago. The U.S. and Canada are conducting a...  Go to full article

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,...  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...  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...  Go to full article

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