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Sometimes we’re just fish in water, oblivious to our own surroundings. That was part of the message two tourists from Europe shared recently, in an “Open letter to the people who hold power and responsibility in Canada.” In it,...
Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
“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...


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.
Mar 7, 2012 — Americans use 300 million gallons of gasoline every day, so it's no surprise they keep a close eye on prices at the pump. Taxes, refinery regulations, transportation expenses and global crude oil supply and demand all influence rising costs.
Oct 14, 2011 — The North Carolina city is perhaps best known as the home of Bank of America. But Mayor Anthony Foxx, banks aren't the city's only job engines. Other big sectors include energy, health care and transportation. Energy workers now compete with bankers for a sunny spot to lunch downtown.
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.
 

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.

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 Lakes Radio Consortium's Mike Simonson has more.  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

Reduced Seaway Shipping Expected Due to Economy

Much of the shipping on the Great Lakes is expected to end early this year. The economy has reduced freighter traffic and some ships are already docked for the winter. The...  Go to full article

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