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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.

Massena Businessman Proposes Regional Airline

The federal program that subsidizes air service in rural areas, including the North Country, has faced cuts under the current budget deficit. Lawmakers have fought to keep the service alive, saying it's the only way for airports like Massena, Watertown, and Saranac Lake to remain viable. Under the current system, operated by Mesa Air, all flights go to Pittsburgh. A Massena entrepreneur sees the situation as an opportunity. Ed Kaneb, Jr. is seeking $30-50 million to start his own regional commuter airline based in Massena. It would fly to Syracuse, with connections to northeast cities like Boston, Hartford, Philadelphia, and New York City. Kaneb Jr. spoke with David Sommerstein. He sees the large population centers across the border as potential markets.  Go to full article
Heuvelton presented Sen. Schumer with a commemorative blanket.

Collapsed Oswegatchie Retaining Wall Gets Federal Help

The swollen Oswegatchie River is threatening a heavily-trafficked bridge in the village of Heuvelton. A large amount of spring rain has caused the collapse of a retaining wall which is in danger of falling into the river. If that happens, local officials are worried the river will continue to erode the land and damage the bridge. U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer visited the site yesterday with news that funding to fix the problem is on the way. Jody Tosti has more.  Go to full article
Seaway Administrator Albert Jacquez

Rethinking the Underachieving Seaway

The St. Lawrence Seaway opened its 46th shipping season two weeks ago. It's trying to reverse a three year trend of declining cargo. Albert Jacquez is administrator for the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation, the agency that runs the Seaway in the U.S. He attributes the decline to the overall economic slump and is hopeful about an economic recovery. But Jacquez admits the Seaway has never reached its expectations. Speaking with David Sommerstein in Massena, he says the Seaway needs to re-think itself.  Go to full article
Searchers Stephen Tucker and Peter Henry

Plane Crash Claims Tupper Lake Couple

A Tupper Lake couple died Friday night when their single-engine plane crashed near the airport in Lake Clear. Paul and Alice Grulich were returning home from Virginia, when...  Go to full article

Oneida Air Service Takes Off

The Oneida Nation is expanding its already thick portfolio of business ventures to include an exclusive charter air service. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Army Corps Takes More Heat

Environmental and budget watchdogs have launched an all-out offensive against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in a new report. They say the Corps wastes taxpayer money on...  Go to full article

Mohawks May Sue to Stop Icebreaking

The Akwesasne Mohawks are joining the chorus opposing a March 25th date to open the St. Lawrence Seaway. Mohawk territory straddles the St. Lawrence River and the...  Go to full article
Administrator Jacquez

Seaway Defends March Opening

The St. Lawrence Seaway's top official in the United States went on the offensive last week about the waterway's opening date of March 25th. Seaway Administrator Albert...  Go to full article

Feuding Over A Famous Adirondack View

In the Adirondack Park, spectacular views are supposed to be protected and enhanced, according to state law. But the future of a scenic vista north of Saranac Lake has...  Go to full article

Seaway Opening Scrutinized, Again

The St. Lawrence Seaway is scheduled to open another shipping season on March 25th. Observers warn letting giant freighters into the St. Lawrence too early can damage...  Go to full article

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