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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.

"Rooftop Highway," Seaway Top Transportation Needs

At a public hearing in Watertown yesterday, state and local officials submitted their wishes for New York's 20-year master plan for transportation. The Rooftop Highway to link Watertown and Plattsburgh topped the list. But as David Sommerstein reports, a new vision for the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Port of Ogdensburg wasn't far behind.  Go to full article
By train through the wilderness

Adirondack Rail: On the Old New York Central Line

In 1891, William Seward Webb began construction of a rail line that ran from Herkimer in the south up into the heart of the Adirondacks. The track cut through some of the region's deepest wilderness. 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. He found that a small army of train buffs are fighting hard to keep the historic route alive.  Go to full article
<i>The Breeze</i> will run from Rochester to Toronto

Divining Future of Fast Ferries

High-speed ferries have come to the Great Lakes. A ferry between Toronto and Rochester, New York, is scheduled to start this week - joining another ferry that started earlier this month between Milwaukee and Muskegon, Michigan. But transportation experts say it isn't clear that the fast ferries will prosper. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  Go to full article

Valet Parking for Cyclists in Burlington

Cyclists will get a place to park their bikes at major events in Burlington this summer. But there's a twist. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Clayton to Host Seaway Study Meeting

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is three years into a comprehensive look at the present and future of the massive St. Lawrence Seaway, a 45 year old engineering marvel. The...  Go to full article

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...  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...  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...  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

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