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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...
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...


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.

Shipping Waste Across State Lines

In 1992, the Supreme Court ruled that state governments could not prevent waste management companies from importing garbage across state lines. That's upset residents in states like Michigan, who complain that hundreds of trucks are hauling garbage into their state every day. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports, a Michigan congressman is using a new tactic in his battle to top the imports.  Go to full article

Saranac Lake Bridge Construction on Schedule

There's good news for business owners in Saranac Lake who were worried a bridge construction project set for this summer in the village would negativly affect tourism there. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

MRSI Airport Survey

Nearly 70 percent of participant in a recent survey indicated they would be more likely to use air service from Ogdensburg and Massena, if the destination hub was changed from Pittsburgh to Albany. And with a gradual decline in use of the two airports since the 90's, local officials are looking at ways to boost ridership. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence Seaway Opens With Higher Water Levels

The Soo Locks and St. Lawrence Seaway are opening to higher lake levels and mild ice conditions, making for an easier start to the commercial shipping season. The Great...  Go to full article

Ballast Slime Hatches Aquatic Invaders

New research shows that having ships dump their ballast water before entering the Great Lakes might not be enough to stop the growth of invasive species in the region. The...  Go to full article

Security on the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence

Since September 11, the US government has been closing security gaps in aviation. But maritime officials warn that security on our Great Lakes is even less certain. ...  Go to full article

EPA Rejects Ballast Permits

It looks as though the Environmental Protection Agency will reject the idea of requiring cargo ships to get pollution permits before they're allowed to discharge ballast...  Go to full article

Corning Inc. Looks Forward to Cleaner Diesel Rules

The company that fueled the innovation for cleaner auto exhaust is looking to do the same for diesel-powered trucks and buses. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Putting Highways on a Low-Salt Diet

With winter officially arriving, many towns and cities in the Great Lakes region are preparing to fight the snow and ice that can make roads slippery and dangerous. That...  Go to full article

New Airport Security Measures Should Ease Fear of Flying

New York Senator Charles Schumer says he hopes new federal legislation that improves airport security will help New Yorkers get over their fear of flying Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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