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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.
A researcher, her turtle net, and her turtle-tracking antenna
A researcher, her turtle net, and her turtle-tracking antenna

Saving Turtles From Traffic

Driving in the North Country can sometimes be like navigating an obstacle course of wildlife -- deer, skunks, raccoons, frogs, and throughout much of the summer, turtles. Turtles like to lay their eggs along roadsides and become easy candidates for roadkill. Turtles live and reproduce for decades, some more than 60 years. When an adult is killed prematurely, it can have a big effect on turtle populations. Researchers at Clarkson University are trying to find out how often turtles cross the road and how to help them get safely to the other side. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Bike Co-op Pedals Self Sufficiency

When it comes to bicycles, many of us are weekend warriors. The thought of riding a bike to work is intimidating, especially given the chance it might break down. Now, some cycling advocates are helping ordinary people become amateur bike mechanics. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly visited a community-run repair shop and has this report.  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.

The rail line described in this story is closed to passengers, but Adirondack tourist trains do run all summer long in Old Forge, Lake Placid, and North Creek. For more information, see the links below.  Go to full article

SUNY Canton to Spearhead Biodiesel Plant

SUNY Canton yesterday announced plans to help build a factory in the North Country that turns soybeans, corn, canola, and even used frying oil into fuel. As David...  Go to full article

Fuel Cells Put to Test

Later this year, UPS will begin making some of its deliveries with a hydrogen fuel cell-powered vehicle. The road test is a partnership between the federal government and...  Go to full article

Lake George will Ban "Jetskis" in 2006

The village of Lake George has voted to phase out "Jetskis" and other personal watercraft. The ban would take effect in 2006. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Tackling "Sprawl" in Its Early Stages

We tend to associate the North Country landscape with rolling farmland and deep forests more than sprawling strip malls and subdivisions. But Wednesday evening at Jefferson...  Go to full article

Commentary: Cars

Cars are a means of transportation and a form of self expression. Commentator Jill Vaughan's mechanically inclined family takes cars and trucks seriously.  Go to full article

Auto Dealers Ask Lawmakers to Change Lease Law

New York auto dealers are threatening that state residents won't be able to lease cars any more, if the legislature does not change a law that makes dealers liable for...  Go to full article

Ice-Breakers Finish Up Duty

Cargo ships are moving on the Great lakes, but Coast Guard icebreakers are still on duty on the north side of the lakes. The Coast Guard's massive icebreaker, the...  Go to full article

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