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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.
Last winter was hard on Route 9L along Lake George. Photo: A href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kanner/2243653357/">ellentk</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Last winter was hard on Route 9L along Lake George. Photo: A href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/kanner/2243653357/">ellentk, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Road on east shore of Lake George being repaved

LAKE GEORGE, N.Y. (AP) Visitors planning some late-summer trips to Lake George should expect to find road crews on busy Route 9L.

State officials say a $1.6 million project to resurface 5.6 miles of the road is set to start this Friday and continue on weekdays through the end of the month.  Go to full article
Idling motors waiting to clear customs and the Peace Bridge have a big impact on air quality. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/chapstickaddict/974237114/">chapstickaddict</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

NY launches yearlong air study at Peace Bridge

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) The state Department of Environmental Conservation has launched a yearlong study of air quality in the neighborhood near the Peace Bridge in Buffalo.

The study will monitor seasonal changes in air quality associated in traffic patterns around the bridge.  Go to full article
Bakken crude oil train next to children's playground at Ezra Prentince Houses in Albany. Photo by Jenna Flanagan

Officials to discuss Champlain Valley oil trains

PLATTSBURGH, N.Y. (AP) A public forum is planned to discuss oil train safety in the eastern Adirondacks and Champlain Valley.

The forum Thursday evening in Plattsburgh will include emergency services directors, federal spill-response officials, environmental groups, lake ecologists and advocates for healthy schools.  Go to full article
Lac-Megantic burning on the first day after the rail car derailment sent fireballs and streams of burning oil coursing through the Quebec village. Photo: Surete du Quebec

Tapes show confusion, misteps in Quebec oil train disaster

For the first time, audio recordings have emerged from the Lac Megantic oil train disaster in Canada last summer that killed 47 people.

The recordings, made at a...  Go to full article
Emergency service crews at work in the blast and fire zone of Lac-Megantic. Photo: Surete du Quebec

Canada blasts American rail company in Lac Megantic tragedy

Canadian authorities yesterday issued a new report on last summer's deadly oil train disaster in Quebec that killed forty-seven people.

The study blasts the...  Go to full article
Eye of the Needle, Lake George. Photo: Sarah Harris

Boat inspections to keep invasives out of Lake George

Lake George is no stranger to invasive species. Spiny water flea, Eurasian water milfoil, zebra mussels, Asian clam, and curly-leaf pondweed have all made their way into the...  Go to full article

Rocks thrown from Thruway overpass; no injuries

ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (AP) State police say a number of motorists reported damage from large rocks tossed off a Thruway overpass near Albany.  Go to full article
A train of oil tankers. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/11072040@N08/6184231577/">Russ Allison Loar</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Discussion: oil tanker train traffic through the North Country

Tonight at the Whallonsburg Grange, community leaders and members of the public from the Champlain Valley will gather to talk about oil train traffic and new concerns about...  Go to full article
Hancock International Airport in Syracuse, NY. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/toddmundt/5189457431/">Todd Mundt</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Syracuse's Hancock airport get $1.7M for upgrades

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) Syracuse Hancock International Airport is getting $1.7 million in federal funding for storage facility upgrades.  Go to full article
Lebanon Valley Dragway in W. Lebanon, NY. Photo: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/drivingthenortheast/7084460141/">DrivingtheNortheast</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Driver hurt in explosion at upstate NY drag strip

WEST LEBANON, N.Y. (AP) A 34-year-old drag-race driver has been airlifted to a hospital after his car's engine exploded in the pit area of a drag strip near the Massachusetts...  Go to full article

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