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Daniel C. Vock

January 15, 2016

Transit Planning: Should it Be More Like Video Gaming?

The technology could help agencies make bus and train routes more efficient and spur more public debate.

October 29, 2015

Congress Avoids Commuter Rail Shutdown

To avoid a traffic nightmare for millions of Americans, Congress is giving railroads more time to install a safety system to prevent deadly crashes.

October 26, 2015

Redesigning Roads: Taking a Look at the ‘Complete Streets’ Movement

The ‘complete streets’ movement is reshaping urban boulevards, small-town main streets and even rural highways. But there are still plenty of bumps in the road.

October 21, 2015

Louisiana In Need of Major Infrastructure Funding

The state’s voters will decide on two proposals that politicians hope will help pay for road repairs and other transportation projects. But both use existing state money, not new funds.

October 19, 2015

Former Transportation Director Shares Lessons on Community Innovation

A leader in urban innovation in both the public and private sectors, Gabe Klein offers lessons for local leaders around the country.

July 31, 2015

How Once Car-Centric Cities Embraced Light Rail to Transform Urban Life

Light rail advocates claim such transportation systems introduce a whole new type of development, one that appeals to both working millennials and retired snowbirds.

April 1, 2014

Didn’t Pay A Toll? Enforcers Might Track You Across State Lines

An arrangement among Maine, Massachusetts and New Hampshire to crack down on their own residents who frequently blow off tolls in the other states is being hailed as a model for interstate cooperation as electronic tolling spreads across the country.

January 22, 2014

Feds Push Gently on 'Real ID'

A decade after passage, the Real ID Act will go into effect. But some states are still not ready.

January 15, 2014

Oklahoma Governor Presses House for Reliable Transportation Funding

The federal Highway Trust Fund, which is funded primarily by fuel taxes, is projected to run out of money in 2015 if Congress takes no action.

November 21, 2013

Distracted Bus and Train Drivers Under Scrutiny

A recent accident focused the public’s attention on the tragic consequences of distracted driving, especially among the operators of large passenger vehicles such as buses and trains.

November 8, 2013

Cities Turn to Streetcars to Spur Economic Development

United Streetcar, based in Oregon, rolled a streetcar out of its factory this June and became the first American company to produce streetcars since the 1950s.

October 10, 2013

State Regulators Step In On Ridesharing Controversies

Despite intense opposition from the taxi and limousine industries, companies that let people use their smartphones to find rides have scored several recent victories with state regulators.

September 25, 2013

Backlash Grows Against Federal Immigration Screening at Jails

"The result is going to be that fewer criminals are going to be removed from the United States.”

July 18, 2013

Distracted Driving Laws Spread

Despite the crackdown, Americans are still reluctant to put their phones away when they drive.

April 10, 2013

States Rack Up Victories in Bids to Collect Online Sales Taxes

States and localities could reap as much as $11 billion a year.

February 26, 2013

Backlash for Red-Light Cameras Hasn’t Slowed Spread

This year, lawmakers in 22 states have filed more than 100 bills dealing with traffic cameras.

January 17, 2013

Transit Repair Backlog Will Get Renewed Focus

A new federal law requires state and local agencies to detail the condition of their trains, buses, tracks and equipment, and take steps to upgrade them.

January 9, 2013

Federal Government Gives States More Time on Real ID

This is the fourth time the federal government has given states more time to comply, even though agency officials told a U.S. House panel last spring there would be no further extensions.

September 7, 2011

Car Insurance by the Mile Debuts in California

They report not just mileage, but time of day, speed, acceleration, braking and the force during turns.

August 25, 2011

Can Taxing Trucks by the Mile Help Save Transportation Funding?

Too many obstacles to charge cars by miles traveled, but trucks are a different matter.

June 2, 2011

New York Withdraws from Secure Communities

The California Legislature is advancing legislation to let individual counties opt out of Secure Communities.

March 18, 2011

Idaho Governor Signs Anti-Tenure Teacher Law

Limits the ability of teachers to collectively bargain, eliminates tenure for new teachers and allows districts to pay teachers based on performance.

March 10, 2011

As Redistricting Gets Under Way, New Jersey is Already Gridlocked

Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia hold off-year elections this year so they must redraw their electoral maps.

October 21, 2010

Unpaid State Bills Shift Burden to Local Governments

"We won’t pay Albany until Albany pays us."

September 14, 2010

Republicans Fight Wisconsin High-Speed Rail

Only Wisconsin got all t he rail stimulus money it asked for -- more than $810 million to start sending trains between Milwaukee and Madison. But now, political opposition is mounting.

May 24, 2010

Georgia Breaks Transportation Gridlock

"It's very difficult to get people who don't see a direct stake in what's proposed to vote for (transportation funding) on a statewide basis."

July 17, 2009

Midwest Vies for Stimulus Aid for Fast Rail

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, a former Illinois congressman, has made clear that the Midwest rail project is a priority for the White House.

May 21, 2009

States Roll Out Plans for 'Smarter' Roads

Nearly half the states plan to use some of their new funds to pay for high-tech gadgets that will reduce congestion, help the environment and create jobs quickly.

September 27, 2005

Emergency Declarations Help States Cope

Fully 45 states, plus the District of Columbia, are now in a federally recognized state of emergency

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