Department of Transportation http://wrvo.org en New York's senators applaud safety proposals for transporting crude by rail http://wrvo.org/post/new-yorks-senators-applaud-safety-proposals-transporting-crude-rail <p>Sen. Charles Schumer and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand are welcoming the announcement today by the federal Department of Transportation for increased safety measures for rail cars that carry crude oil.<br /><br />With more oil being shipped via train from the Bakken region in North Dakota and adjacent Canada to the East Coast, and more accidents involving those tanker cars, safety concerns have been growing.<br /><br />Schumer told reporters today that he hopes the rules will be implemented as soon as possible<br /> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 19:25:32 +0000 Catherine Loper 59334 at http://wrvo.org New York's senators applaud safety proposals for transporting crude by rail The 16 different paths for a new Interstate 81 http://wrvo.org/post/16-different-paths-new-interstate-81 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A new Interstate 81 could rise 25 feet higher than it currently does, or be buried 81 feet below the ground's surface. Those are just two of the 16 options the state Department of Transportation has revealed to the public as an update to their lengthy process of choosing how to replace the current roadway.</span></p><p>There are two constants in the 16 options: The north-south I-81 will be properly connected with the east-west I-690 in all directions. And properties will have to be knocked down, though DOT provided few details about that.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 11:20:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55166 at http://wrvo.org The 16 different paths for a new Interstate 81 Where an Interstate 81 tunnel through Syracuse could go http://wrvo.org/post/where-interstate-81-tunnel-through-syracuse-could-go <p></p><p>A tunnel to replace Interstate 81's current elevated path through downtown Syracuse could take four possible routes through the city.</p><p>The New York Department of Transportation revealed tunnel options ahead of a meeting to explain all 16 possible variations of a new Interstate 81 in Syracuse.&nbsp;</p><p>Interstate 81 runs from the Canadian border in the north to the Pennsylvania border in the south. The 50-year-old highway carries thousands of cars each day through Syracuse.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:31:26 +0000 Ryan Delaney 55087 at http://wrvo.org Where an Interstate 81 tunnel through Syracuse could go Increase in ND oil rail traffic through New York raises safety concerns http://wrvo.org/post/increase-nd-oil-rail-traffic-through-new-york-raises-safety-concerns <p></p><p>A clear and present danger hiding in plain sight.</p><p>That’s how Cornell University’s Susan Christopherson describes the oil train traffic through the state.</p><p>A massive explosion caused by a runaway oil train in Quebec last July has raised awareness about the levels of flammable material being shipped by rail.</p><p>Christopherson, a professor of city and regional planning, says New York state finds itself with a mobile oil problem.</p> Mon, 31 Mar 2014 10:32:07 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 53504 at http://wrvo.org Increase in ND oil rail traffic through New York raises safety concerns NY DOT looking at five options to speed up rail travel http://wrvo.org/post/ny-dot-looking-five-options-speed-rail-travel <div><p></p><p>New York state transportation planners have opened the discussion about the best way to speed up train travel through upstate New York.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Passenger trains running between Buffalo and New York City right now run at about 50 miles per hour and are often slowed more by competing freight train traffic.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 12:46:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 52278 at http://wrvo.org NY DOT looking at five options to speed up rail travel New series of public meetings being held to decide I-81's future http://wrvo.org/post/new-series-public-meetings-being-held-decide-i-81s-future <p></p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 11:27:49 +0000 Ellen Abbott 44681 at http://wrvo.org New series of public meetings being held to decide I-81's future Fuel cell grant powers hydrogen-powered bus development http://wrvo.org/post/fuel-cell-grant-powers-hydrogen-powered-bus-development <p></p> Thu, 12 Sep 2013 12:11:00 +0000 Matt Richmond 44036 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for safer railcars to transport oil, ethanol http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-calls-safer-railcars-transport-oil-ethanol <p></p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 11:09:49 +0000 Tom Magnarelli 42602 at http://wrvo.org Schumer calls for safer railcars to transport oil, ethanol Maffei, Hanna want federal dollars freed for Port of Oswego http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-hanna-want-federal-dollars-freed-port-oswego <p></p><p>The federal government has an $8 billion harbor maintenance trust fund, but only $8 million of that has allocated for spending in this year's budget.</p><p>Central New York's congressmen are calling for more of that money to be released in order to pay for upgrades to the Port of Oswego and other shipping hubs. The money isn't being spent in order to make the budget deficit look smaller, they charge.</p> Thu, 08 Aug 2013 19:48:04 +0000 Ryan Delaney 42328 at http://wrvo.org Maffei, Hanna want federal dollars freed for Port of Oswego Group forms to oppose tear down of I-81 through Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/group-forms-oppose-tear-down-i-81-through-syracuse <p></p><p>Brushing off concerns it may be too little, too late, a new group of business owners and lawmakers has formed to oppose the seemingly narrowed options for the next incarnation of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.</p><p><a href="http://save81.org" target="_blank">Save 81</a> launched Thursday to call for more options for what to do about the aging 1.4 mile stretch of I-81 through the city. While the group is opposed to the "urban boulevard" idea pushed for by many city residents, it said it has no "pre-ordained design" as an alternative.</p> Thu, 01 Aug 2013 20:09:21 +0000 Ryan Delaney 41986 at http://wrvo.org Group forms to oppose tear down of I-81 through Syracuse D.O.T. delays next step of I-81 challenge http://wrvo.org/post/dot-delays-next-step-i-81-challenge <p>The next stage of the planning process regarding the future of the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse has been pushed back a few weeks, as heat grows on state officials over the process.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 13:13:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40828 at http://wrvo.org D.O.T. delays next step of I-81 challenge Schumer wants better GPS systems for trucks http://wrvo.org/post/schumer-wants-better-gps-systems-trucks <p>U.S. Senator Charles Schumer is calling on the federal government to change the regulations for GPS systems used in trucks and buses. He believes truckers using systems meant for cars is the reason that there has been a dramatic increase in the number of trucks ramming into low bridges in New York state in recent years.<br> Wed, 26 Sep 2012 20:21:19 +0000 Ellen Abbott 26629 at http://wrvo.org