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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.

New Regulations Place Cost Burden on Local Airports

Airports in the North Country are finishing up their second week of regular service since the terrorist attacks on the U.S. grounded all air travel on September 11. David Sommerstein reports local airports are complying with new regulations. But the costs associated with them burden a service that's always been tough to keep financially viable.  Go to full article

Ticket Lines Short for Resumed Flights from Area Airports

A modicum of normalcy has returned to the airways following the terrorist attacks almost two weeks ago. Jody Tosti reports North Country airports have resumed passenger flights, but ticket lines are a lot shorter.  Go to full article

Flying Home

David Sommerstein returned from vacation in New Mexico over the weekend. Instead of the usual hustle and bustle at airports, he found a subdued and alert type of air travel. Crowds were quiet and sold-out flights had empty seats.  Go to full article

Tens of Thousands Stranded in Canada

Tens of thousands of American travelers were stranded in Canada by the bombing crisis. As Brian Mann reports, the air travel ban leaves tourists and business travelers...  Go to full article

Potsdam Mayor Ruth Garner Stopped at Hancock Field by Terror Attack

Potsdam Mayor Ruth Garner's plans to travel to Washington DC were halted Tuesday morning after the terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Todd Moe reports.  Go to full article

Highway Dollars Bypass Rural Areas

A new study has found that rural roads draw far fewer federal dollars than roads and highways in cities. Small town roads are also more deadly. Brian Mann has details.  Go to full article

Opponents of Seaway Winter Navigation and Channel Enlargement Gear Up

St. Lawrence River environmentalists are gearing up to oppose changes to the Seaway that could include deeper channels and year-round shipping. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

Commutair Cuts Plattsburgh Staff

A commuter airline based in Plattsburgh is struggling to avoid bankruptcy. Commutair has announced that the company will cut staff and sell half of its airplanes. Brian Mann...  Go to full article

Sidewalk Takes on Transportation Issues

A new study is looking at ways to improve the transportation infrastructure and help northern New York catch up with the rest of the country. It's analyzing all forms of...  Go to full article

North Country Transportation Study Released

Inexplicable traffic jams on Main Street, driving hours to catch a plane, those are some of the problems North Country leaders have blamed for a sluggish economy and a high...  Go to full article

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