New York City Goes to Mandatory Carpooling to Deal With Storm Shutdowns

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 3:09 pm

The New York City subway system will return to partial service tomorrow above 34th Street and in some of the outer boroughs, with connecting bus service from Brooklyn. The Long Island Railroad and Metro North resumed limited service today. And the NBA cancelled a scheduled game in Brooklyn between the Knicks and Nets, which cuts down on additional non-essential travel. This will definitely improve the horrific transportation situation in Manhattan, but still does not approach a full solution.

So the Mayor’s Office has mandated a new policy for car travel. All cars coming into Manhattan from almost all bridges – Transportation Department-manage Harlem River bridges and the George Washington Bridge are currently exempt – or the Lincoln Tunnel (and that’s practically all vehicles, as the Holland Tunnel and Brooklyn/Battery Tunnel remain closed) must contain three or more riders.

 

Transit Closures Cause Transportation Nightmare in New York City

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 9:15 am

The time for talking in isolation about preventing the effects of climate change have ended. We’re in the era of adaptation.

NYC Subway Shutdown Will Mostly Affect Low-Income Workers

By: Tuesday October 30, 2012 9:50 am

As we wake up to the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, it appears clear that the most lasting damage is to the New York City transit system. The MTA describes it as the biggest disaster in the 108-year history of the system. Seven subway tunnels are flooded, and system power has been either turned off or is simply malfunctioning.

Intercity Transit Improvements: The Quest for “Higher Speed Rail”

By: Friday October 19, 2012 1:55 pm

The hopes for high speed rail in America have downshifted somewhat into a hope for “higher speed rail.” Many of the tentpole high speed rail plans were scrapped, particularly in Florida, Ohio and Wisconsin, where Republican governors returned the money. The California plan, really the only survivor, has enough funds to build the first segment, but the funding gets really sketchy from there. We don’t really know the future of a national HSR network, but I wouldn’t hold my breath for one.

Why California’s Gas Prices Have Skyrocketed

By: Monday October 8, 2012 4:16 pm

Brad Plumer has a decent enough explanation of why gas prices have soared in California over the past week or so. Being a California resident, perhaps I can provide a bit more insight into how this has played out on the ground. Professor James Hamilton explains that a series of refinery and pipeline shutdowns, and [...]

High Speed Rail in the Northeast? Amtrak Plans for It by 2040

By: Tuesday July 10, 2012 11:40 am

If California didn’t pass the bonds for the first stage of its high speed rail project last Friday, I don’t think this happens. Amtrak has unveiled their new vision for the Northeast Corridor, the most-used rail lines in the country, with a 42-page report outlining the future of high speed rail in the Northeast.

California Legislature Passes High Speed Rail Bond Issue, Moving Project Forward

By: Friday July 6, 2012 6:00 pm

In a closely watched vote of the California state Senate, a bill to issue the first $5.8 billion in bonds for the construction of high speed rail lines passed 21-16. It needed all 21 votes to pass.

California State Senate Vote Do-or-Die for High Speed Rail

By: Friday July 6, 2012 7:34 am

If you believe that America should have first-class infrastructure, if you believe in the benefits to productivity and reducing carbon emissions and creating an environment for economic growth in the nation’s largest state, if you believe that times of economic struggle are actually perfect moments for infrastructure improvements, while labor costs are relatively low, then tomorrow is an enormous test of that proposition.

Boehner Maneuvers for Conference Committee on Transportation Bill

By: Thursday April 19, 2012 3:30 pm

The House passed yet another extension of the federal surface transportation bill. This one also goes for 90 days and would take the highway trust fund from June 30 to September 30, 2012.

As expected, House Republicans attached some riders to the bill, including one that drew a White House veto threat.

Chris Christie Lied About Costs of Hudson River Tunnel Project He Cancelled

By: Tuesday April 10, 2012 12:30 pm

New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie cancelled a tunnel project across the Hudson River in 2010, a decision which made him very popular in conservative circles, claiming that the costs has dramatically increased while the state would be forced to bear most of the risks . It turns out that he had to twist facts to justify this decision.

SUPPORT FIREDOGLAKE
Follow Firedoglake
TODAY’S TOP POSTS
CSM Ads advertisement
Advertisement