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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.

Environmentalists Oppose Channel Expansion Study

A coalition of environmental groups and others doesn't want the Army Corps of Engineers to even study the idea of widening and deepening channels for larger ships on the Great Lakes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Lockout Raises Shipping Profile For Seaway

Longshoremen on the West Coast returned to work last night after a ten day lockout left hundreds of ships waiting to unload cargo. The stoppage did not affect traffic on the St. Lawrence Seaway. But as David Sommerstein reports, it does highlight the role of shipping in international trade.  Go to full article

New York Leaders Oppose Seaway Expansion

This week two of New York's political leaders came out against expansion of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system to accomodate bigger ships. They say it would be an environmental disaster for the St. Lawrence River and doesn't consider all the river's users. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Water To Aid Montreal

The binational board that regulates water levels on Lake Ontario and the St. Lawrence River announced last week it will release more water from the St. Lawrence to...  Go to full article

Bombardier Announces Layoffs

Transportation giant Bombardier announced today that the company will lay off six percent of its workforce. The move is a blow to the economy in Quebec, where more than a...  Go to full article

Keeseville: Tanker Crash Threatens Water Supply

A tanker truck crash early Wednesday on the Northway is threatening Keeseville's water supply. Between four and five thousand gallons of transformer oil spilled into a creek...  Go to full article

320 Million Dollar Contract Boosts Plattsburgh Factory

The Bombardier Corporation says it will build a new fleet of commuter cars for New York City's Metro-North commuter railroad. As Brian Mann reports, the 320 million dollar...  Go to full article

Trail Derails Saturday In Westport: Emergency Alert, No Injuries

A train derailed in Westport on Saturday, spilling a flammable chemical over a seven-mile stretch of the rail bed. Emergency crews battled a small forest fire, triggered by...  Go to full article
Above: McKeever Bridge south of Thendara; below: Thendara Depot.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad's 10th Anniversary

July marked the 10th anniversary of restored train service in the Adirondacks. A decade after its first excursion, this non-profit group still relies on volunteers to run the...  Go to full article

Paving the Future of the "Rooftop Highway"

David Sommerstein reports on Congressional attempts to fix up the North Country's highways.  Go to full article

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