transportation http://wrvo.org en 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 Water mains and transportation focus of infrastructure forum http://wrvo.org/post/water-mains-and-transportation-focus-infrastructure-forum <p></p><p>Central New York's underground infrastructure - namely, water mains - was a big focus of a discussion about the region's infrastructure hosted by Rep. Dan Maffei Tuesday.</p><p>Maffei, a Democrat from Syracuse, gathered elected officials, engineers and administrators at the Erie Canal Museum in Syracuse to discuss infrastructure. One main message was that upgrades and maintenance of the region's plumbing and water pipes has been an often ignored or delayed investment.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 12:20:54 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51556 at http://wrvo.org Water mains and transportation focus of infrastructure forum Changes coming to make West Street more pedestrian friendly http://wrvo.org/post/changes-coming-make-west-street-more-pedestrian-friendly <p></p><p>Changes are coming to Syracuse’s West Street artery to make the roadway more pedestrian friendly and less of a barrier for the Near Westside neighborhood.</p><p>West Street was built in the middle of the last century, as Interstate 81 was paving through the city, as a way to move cars more easily. It’s six lanes wide and not pedestrian friendly, but many west side residents have to cross the street to get downtown or to the grocery store.</p><p>The Near Westside Initiative, a community advocacy group has been working with the state transportation department on a redesign.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:36:46 +0000 Ryan Delaney 51377 at http://wrvo.org Changes coming to make West Street more pedestrian friendly Final decision on I-81's future is 18 months away, DOT says http://wrvo.org/post/final-decision-i-81s-future-18-months-away-dot-says <p></p><p>New York’s transportation commissioner says a final decision about the future of the elevated stretch of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse will be made in a year and a half.</p><p>DOT Commissioner Joan McDonald discussed the future of the aging raised highway at a budget hearing today in Albany. "It's not an easy project," she said.</p><p>McDonald says her department will be out in March with more information on what impact to other roadways changes to I-81 could create, then it's on to the next step.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 04:37:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 50656 at http://wrvo.org Final decision on I-81's future is 18 months away, DOT says Another voice in the I-81 debate: move people, not cars http://wrvo.org/post/another-voice-i-81-debate-move-people-not-cars <p>Another group has formed to weigh in on the future of Interstate 81’s path through downtown Syracuse. This one calling for a focus on moving people, not cars.</p><p>The elevated stretch of I-81 through downtown Syracuse is nearing the end of its 50 year lifespan. Area residents are entwined in a lengthy debate over its second life, which largely boils down to rebuild or reroute.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 14:20:45 +0000 Ryan Delaney 49421 at http://wrvo.org Another voice in the I-81 debate: move people, not cars Sand, salt, beet juice? http://wrvo.org/post/sand-salt-beet-juice <p></p><p>The winter months can pose a headache for drivers navigating the roads after a snow storm. Plowing can only do so much and too often a slick, hard pack of snow and ice can cover streets making them dangerous&nbsp;to drive.</p><p>So what are road crews trying now? Beet juice.</p><p>It’s not used everywhere, but it is catching on. The New York State Thruway Authority is one of several state agencies pre-treating and treating roads with and mixture of beet juice extract and brine water.</p> Thu, 26 Dec 2013 12:06:00 +0000 Jenna Flanagan 48997 at http://wrvo.org Sand, salt, beet juice? Save I-81 group out with poll showing opposition to tear down http://wrvo.org/post/save-i-81-group-out-poll-showing-opposition-tear-down <p></p><p>A group of suburban politicians and business owners that support keeping Interstate 81 running through the city of Syracuse are out with a poll they say shows most residents agree with them.</p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 21:52:51 +0000 Ryan Delaney 46973 at http://wrvo.org Save I-81 group out with poll showing opposition to tear down New authority hopes to improve operations at Syracuse airport http://wrvo.org/post/new-authority-hopes-improve-operations-syracuse-airport <p><strong>Correction: The authority planned to take over operations of the airport is a public benefit</strong> <strong>authority and not private.</strong></p><p>Early next year control of day-to-day operations at Syracuse&rsquo;s Hancock International Airport will transfer from a city department to a <strike>private</strike> <strong>public benefit</strong> authority, a move city and airport officials say will mean benefits for travelers.</p> Mon, 14 Oct 2013 21:23:45 +0000 Ryan Delaney 45625 at http://wrvo.org New authority hopes to improve operations at Syracuse airport I-81 debate is personal for those who live in highway's shadow http://wrvo.org/post/i-81-debate-personal-those-who-live-highways-shadow <p></p><p>A decision on one of Syracuse&#39;s largest development projects of the century is still years away, but already opinions are becoming entrenched as others plea for more talking and new ideas.</p><p>A 1.4 mile elevated stretch of Interstate 81 running right through downtown Syracuse, known as the viaduct, will soon need to be replaced and state and federal transportation officials are in the midst of a lengthy decision process to decide how the next incarnation of the roadway will look and work. A decision is penciled in for 2017.</p> Wed, 25 Sep 2013 23:18:07 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44724 at http://wrvo.org I-81 debate is personal for those who live in highway's shadow Rob Simpson of CenterState CEO: Think bigger on future of I-81 http://wrvo.org/post/rob-simpson-centerstate-ceo-think-bigger-future-i-81 <p></p><p>Rob Simpson, head of the economic booster organization<a href="http://www.centerstateceo.com/" target="_blank"> CenterState CEO</a>, has called on state transportation planners and central New Yorkers to think bigger when it comes to making the decision about the future of the elevated portion of Interstate 81 through downtown Syracuse.</p><p>The 1.4 miles of elevated highway is beginning to crumble. Transportation planners are in the midst of a lengthy process to decide the final form of a redesigned I-81. Most debate has centered around rebuilding the viaduct through downtown or re-routing it around the city.</p><p>The debate polarized the community and lawmakers over the summer. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 10:39:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 44299 at http://wrvo.org Rob Simpson of CenterState CEO: Think bigger on future of I-81 Transportation planners move forward with next step for I-81 http://wrvo.org/post/transportation-planners-move-forward-next-step-i-81 <p></p><p>After a few weeks delay, transportation planners in central New York are moving forward with the next step in the lengthy process of deciding Interstate 81's fate in downtown Syracuse.</p><p>The 1.4 mile stretch of elevated highway through downtown, known as the viaduct, is reaching the end of its useable lifespan.</p><p>On Monday, the Syracuse Metropolitan Transportation Council approved a $32 million study as part of the next phase of the project. This coming after a lengthy public engagement process and studies by SMTC itself.</p> Tue, 06 Aug 2013 17:06:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 42183 at http://wrvo.org Transportation planners move forward with next step for I-81 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 Syracuse airport receives federal grant http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-airport-receives-federal-grant <p>Syracuse's Hancock Airport is getting a $4.5 million grant from the Federal Aviation Administration that officials say will help keep flights on time.&nbsp; Airport Commissioner Christina Callahan says the funds will pay for a new taxiway, and area where diverted planes can go.<p>"We have long been an airport of choice for diverted aircraft, and there are times where we find ourselves in situations, whether it's weather related, closures, we are getting many aircraft at a time. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 18:57:45 +0000 Ellen Abbott 41977 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse airport receives federal grant 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 Sailing through history http://wrvo.org/post/sailing-through-history <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The Lois McClure is a replica of an 1862 canal schooner that's also a floating museum. This summer she's commemorating 19th century transportation history by traveling from Lake Champlain, across the canal system to Buffalo, down the St. Lawrence river to Montreal, and back again.</p> Thu, 04 Jul 2013 10:40:00 +0000 Sarah Harris 40527 at http://wrvo.org Sailing through history Port of Oswego shifts its business from water to land http://wrvo.org/post/port-oswego-shifts-its-business-water-land <p></p><p>Jonathan Daniels warns it's about to get real loud just as a fork lift drops a huge block of aluminum. Sure enough, the block creates a thud as the forklift goes back to pick up another piece.</p><p>Daniels, the executive director of the Port of Oswego, is making his rounds. Despite the port's prime real estate at the end of the Oswego Canal and the first deep water port on Lake Ontario for ships coming in from the St. Lawrence Seaway, there aren't any ships docked here this day.</p> Fri, 28 Jun 2013 12:10:38 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40264 at http://wrvo.org Port of Oswego shifts its business from water to land Barge traffic increases along Erie Canal http://wrvo.org/post/barge-traffic-increases-along-erie-canal <p>New York's Erie Canal is reviving its history to again be an economic corridor for commercial shipping through upstate New York — after decades of being mostly used by recreational boats.</p><p>Shipping from Canada is expected to lead to a level of commercial traffic not seen in decades. Tue, 25 Jun 2013 14:14:08 +0000 Ryan Delaney 40090 at http://wrvo.org Barge traffic increases along Erie Canal Syracuse lawmakers take up the I-81 debate http://wrvo.org/post/syracuse-lawmakers-take-i-81-debate <p>Just a handful of Syracuse residents turned up to the Common Council's first public hearing on the lengthy and divisive debate over the future of Interstate 81 through the city's core.</p><p>Previous public forums hosted by transportation planners <a href="http://innovationtrail.org/post/sticky-notes-and-surveys-pave-way-i-81s-future-syracuse" target="_blank">brought out hundreds of people</a> and generated an equal number of comments and different opinions.</p> Tue, 11 Jun 2013 12:40:59 +0000 Ryan Delaney 39341 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse lawmakers take up the I-81 debate Maffei wants more creative options for I-81's future in Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/maffei-wants-more-creative-options-i-81s-future-syracuse <p>Syracuse-area Rep. Dan Maffei has weighed in on the future of Interstate 81 through the city’s downtown. The Democrat, from suburban DeWitt, is calling for more creative options than the ones currently on the table.</p> Fri, 31 May 2013 09:54:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38708 at http://wrvo.org Maffei wants more creative options for I-81's future in Syracuse Options narrow, opinions widen on I-81's future through Syracuse http://wrvo.org/post/options-narrow-opinions-widen-i-81s-future-through-syracuse <p>Transportation planners have narrowed the future of Interstate 81’s path through downtown Syracuse down to two likely options: rebuild, or re-route. Wed, 22 May 2013 11:42:52 +0000 Ryan Delaney 38238 at http://wrvo.org Options narrow, opinions widen on I-81's future through Syracuse 20 year high expected for commercial traffic on canals http://wrvo.org/post/20-year-high-expected-commercial-traffic-canals <p>While often seen as an economic lifeline of another era, New York's canals are poised to have a big year for moving freight; almost two centuries after goods were first transported on the upstate New York waterway. Tue, 07 May 2013 13:13:22 +0000 Ryan Delaney 37390 at http://wrvo.org 20 year high expected for commercial traffic on canals Some Southern Tier air traffic towers facing closure http://wrvo.org/post/some-southern-tier-air-traffic-towers-facing-closure <div class="card-content"><div class="field field-name-body field-type-text-with-summary field-label-hidden "><div class="field-items"><div class="field-item even"><p>The regional airports in Ithaca and Binghamton would both lose their air traffic controllers if federal budget cuts known as sequestration take full effect. The first round of closures begins April 7. Fri, 08 Mar 2013 15:41:14 +0000 Matt Richmond 34471 at http://wrvo.org Businesses bypassed by new I-81 connector road have mixed reactions http://wrvo.org/post/businesses-bypassed-new-i-81-connector-road-have-mixed-reactions <p style="margin-bottom: 0in" align="LEFT">Until recently, the only way to drive between Route 11 and Interstate 81 near Fort Drum was a two-lane road, Route 342. As the Army base grew, local businesses flocked there to serve the increasing traffic. <font face="Times New Roman, serif"><font size="3"><font color="#222222">But the state built an $87 million bypass to ease traffic and give military vehicles a direct route to Fort Drum’s main gate. I-781, as it’s known, opened last December. Local shop owners have had mixed reactions to the new road.</font></font></font></p><p> Fri, 08 Feb 2013 14:55:53 +0000 Joanna Richards 33036 at http://wrvo.org Businesses bypassed by new I-81 connector road have mixed reactions Syracuse's effort to connect The Hill to downtown continues http://wrvo.org/post/syracuses-effort-connect-hill-downtown-continues <p>Red modern-looking street lamps, bright green bike lanes and smoothly paved roadways now stretch from Syracuse University to the edge of the city's downtown. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 22:11:50 +0000 Ryan Delaney 32284 at http://wrvo.org Syracuse's effort to connect The Hill to downtown continues "Redshirt sophomore" Maffei ready to return to Congress http://wrvo.org/post/redshirt-sophomore-maffei-ready-return-congress <p>Members of the 113th Congress will be sworn in January 3 -- and part of the new Congress will be a familiar face returning to Washington to represent the Syracuse area in a redistricted seat. Mon, 31 Dec 2012 10:45:58 +0000 Ellen Abbott 31224 at http://wrvo.org "Redshirt sophomore" Maffei ready to return to Congress Thruway cancels plans to raise tolls on trucks http://wrvo.org/post/thruway-cancels-plans-raise-tolls-trucks <p><strong>Updated: Tues. 2:55 p.m. with correction.</strong></p><p>The New York Thruway Authority has rescinded a controversial 45 percent truck toll hike proposal, saying it intends to cut costs instead. Mon, 17 Dec 2012 23:01:00 +0000 Karen DeWitt 30682 at http://wrvo.org Thruway cancels plans to raise tolls on trucks Amtrak to take over new tracks in Albany area http://wrvo.org/post/amtrak-take-over-new-tracks-albany-area <p>The Northeast rail corridor will see shorter travel times and be more reliable. Through a new 25-year lease, Amtrak has taken control of a busy stretch of track leading to the capital region. Wed, 12 Dec 2012 14:15:39 +0000 Kate O'Connell 30427 at http://wrvo.org Fort Drum connector road to I-81 opens http://wrvo.org/post/fort-drum-connector-road-i-81-opens <p>The highway project that creates a direct connection between Interstate 81 and Fort Drum's main gate opened Thursday.</p><p> Thu, 06 Dec 2012 07:58:00 +0000 Joanna Richards 29659 at http://wrvo.org Fracking will bring heavy truck traffic, but towns are ready http://wrvo.org/post/fracking-will-bring-heavy-truck-traffic-towns-are-ready <p>Transporting the millions of gallons of water, as well as equipment, sand, and other materials needed to hydraulically fracture a natural gas well requires quite a few truck trips, to put it mildly.</p><p>One well site could require up to <a href="http://www.dec.ny.gov/docs/materials_minerals_pdf/rdsgeisch6b0911.pdf" target="_blank">3,399 one-way truck trips [PDF]</a>, according to the New York Department of Environmental Conservation's 2011 draft environmental impact statement (dSGEIS) on hydrofracking.</p><p>All those trips by heavy trucks can quickly beat up and wear out roads if they're not built to handle it. Thu, 06 Sep 2012 11:01:00 +0000 Ryan Delaney 25509 at http://wrvo.org Fracking will bring heavy truck traffic, but towns are ready