“When airlines start coming to your community, that’s a sign the economic trajectory is going in the right direction.”
“When airlines start coming to your community, that’s a sign the economic trajectory is going in the right direction.”
“Teens are faced with more distractions than ever before, leading to deadly mistakes, and parents are the best line of defense.”
Since March 2020, the border has been closed to all “non-essential” traffic, and the shutdown has been extended on a monthly basis since then. Currently, the closure remains in effect through Friday, May 21.
“We want to make it easier for customers to have access to them wherever you live in New York state, not just in the downstate markets.”
The rules of the Crush the Commonwealth ride are simple, yet extreme: Meet at Point State Park in Pittsburgh, be there for a 5 a.m. start, and then “ride yer damn bike.”
“Whether you smoke, vape, take edibles — getting behind the wheel when you are under the influence poses a risk to everyone on the road.”
In a letter to the president, 12 governors asked that the White House order a ban on greenhouse gas-emitting cars and light trucks within 14 years.
The first thing you notice when you meet Tim O’Neill is that his hazel eyes smile, forming warm half-moons just above the disposable mask the pandemic necessitates.
PennDOT has eyed nine bridges throughout the commonwealth –– each decades old and needing replacement –– that could be fixed within a few years if tolls of a dollar or two each were set up.
“I’m blown away. It’s always nice to see dreams deferred being realized… not denied….I’m going to have to take a few moments to soak it all in.”
“We’re trying to do everything we can to make sure everyone has an opportunity to get a vaccination that is eligible, whether they have transportation or not.”
“It’s nowhere near where we were last year at this time. We’re sitting roughly about 70% off where we were in 2019.”
The Empire State Trail is now complete in New York state. It includes 750 miles of hiking and biking trails from New York City to Canada, and Albany to Buffalo.
The first Penn Station was opened in 1910, and was considered an architectural masterpiece, but it was torn down in 1963, in what most now believe was a terrible mistake.
Overnight, the Governor says State Police responded to over 600 accidents and disabled vehicles. There were also two fatal accidents.
The Thruway Authority Board of Directors is poised to approve a 30% increase for cars without the electronic toll pass at its Dec. 1 meeting. The increase would become effective in January.
The tolls for E-ZPass holders will remain the same, but for travelers without electronic passes, the Thruway Authority is proposing a 30 toll increase in January.
New York will not restrict travel from Pennsylvania because of the number of people who go back and forth for business each day.
“People who are unemployed or underemployed, who don’t have the capacity to have $200 or $500 lying around for the fees.”
Of the 83,997 test results reported to New York state on Monday, 754, or 0.89 percent, were positive.
“We are asking people to recognize the importance of getting an E-ZPass because it’s going to save you money.”
“This Administration has to understand that we won’t have a healthy economy until we have a healthy country and that starts with taking this virus seriously.”
“I can’t think of anything more simple than slowing down and moving over if you can.”
“You would you think that the teenagers don’t want to be like Mom and Dad, but they will mimic your behavior. And if you’re using the phone behind the wheel, the teen drivers will too.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo says that the final of the 70 steel gantries being built as part of this system has been installed. It’s located on the Thruway at exit 42 in Geneva.
“We know that those numbers are suffering, especially on the tourism side. We live in an area that’s built on tourism, so you hate to see it.”
“There is potentially no greater symbol of our image than our airport, which serves as the front door to our community.”
“An airport is the place to display ourselves to the world, and also to ourselves, we use it more than anyone else.”
Governor Andrew Cuomo says New York is offering help to states like Texas and Arizona that are struggling with spiking COVID-19 infections.
“It raises questions about interstate commerce and really the constitutionality of it.”
“We’re rolling out the initiatives that we have today, showing how the airport is committed to a clean, sterile, sanitized safe environment.”
“This isn’t the first time a terrifying train derailment has happened in New York, and we need a full-scale investigation ASAP.”
The New York State Thruway Authority is moving ahead with a $450 million plan to rebuild 23 of the 27 service areas and provide significant upgrades to the remaining four.
As of this week, 83 workers with New York City’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority died from COVID-19. Two bus operators talk about the crushing loss they’ve witnessed in their field.
“I noticed as soon as I backed out of my driveway. The brakes were squealing and sounded like they were grinding.”
Pennsylvania DA says he’s withdrawing citation against woman who allegedly violated stay-at-home order
A spokesperson said American Airline’s busiest flight out of LaGuardia Sunday only had 27 passengers and nine flights from JFK and LaGuardia had one passenger on each.
“We were able to contribute to lake levels being fairly stable through the month of March compared with historic records.”
Closure is effective at midnight on Friday.
The government is also restricting overseas flights to just four airports in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.
On both sides of the Niagara Gorge, tourism promoters are expecting a drop in overseas tourists because of COVID-19 and more domestic tourists arriving by car.
People will still be able to use other forms of identification after REAL ID requirements take effect.
Cuomo says it’s likely the federal government’s decision was political “retaliation and reprisal” for New York’s law to allow undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses.
“It will slow down commerce, it will cost our economy. All while posing a significant threat to public safety.”
Propelled by the jet stream, Flight BA112 topped a ground speed of 800 mph, by one expert’s estimate. It traveled from New York’s JFK to London’s Heathrow in 4 hours, 56 minutes overnight Saturday.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo plans to challenge Homeland Security’s attempt to suspend enrollment in Global Entry and other trusted traveler programs for New Yorkers over access to state motor vehicle records.
The Department of Homeland Security says the state’s “Green Light” law allowing licenses for immigrants without legal status interferes with security. State officials call it “political retaliation.”
Global Entry, part of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection service, allows pre-approved, low-risk travelers to get expedited clearance through automatic kiosks at select airports.
The New York Power Authority Board of Trustees has authorized a five year plan for the Reimagine the Canals Initiative.
The federal government said no. But New Yorkers rallied anyway and got the job done.
The strain, discovered in China, has been reported in the city of Wuhan and in two other countries. On Friday, the CDC announced plans to screen passengers at N.Y., L.A. and San Francisco airports
The “Bridgegate” scandal infuriated New York motorists and endangered public safety, but if the past is prologue, the high court could treat it as much ado about nothing.
“If we had pre-clearance, that gateway could be used a lot more easily, creating economic growth, bringing dollars, bringing jobs and money to the entire Western New York economy.”
“We want to get the job done to make the roads safe, but I don’t want salt laying all over the roads and having piles of it. It’s not good for the environment.”
In the first phase of the program, a $100 million economic development fund will support a variety of projects.
The crash took place at about 3:40 a.m. as a tour bus rolled over and was immediately struck by two tractor trailers. Eighty miles of turnpike were closed as officials responded to the incident.
High-speed rail is one of those economic development and transportation issues that gets touted by politicians, business and transportation groups from time to time in New York.
The Green Light Law in New York went into effect this week. Some county clerks criticize the changes to allowable proofs of identity.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority approved a plan to hire 500 additional transit officers dedicated to patrolling the city’s subways.
The Green Light Law came into effect on Monday in New York state. The law allows undocumented immigrants to apply for drivers’ licenses.
They’re delivering petitions to Albany this week, signed by more than 7,000 residents across the state who say they want New York to reduce vehicle emissions by 55 percent by 2035.
Winter storm warnings remain in effect for most of New York through Monday as a large winter storm moves through the region, with storm totals of a foot of snow or more expected in some spots by Monday evening.
A winter storm is moving across the region today and tomorrow, with freezing rain, sleet and heavy snow predicted for much of central New York and Northeastern Pennsylvania.
Qantas Airways’ approach to the 11,000-mile trip features carefully designed meals and lighting. Passengers are also encouraged to get out of their seats and they experience two sunrises in one day.
Amtrak says it logged an operating revenue of $3.3 billion — a 3.6% increase over the last fiscal year.
“The law aims to make our roads safer, our economy stronger, and allows immigrants to come out of the shadows to sign up as legal drivers in our state.”
“For example, Delta used to fly 50-seat regional RJ’s, regional jets, in here. And what we’re seeing now are 737s or A320s which can be roughly 136 seats and above.”
A spokesman for Governor Andrew Cuomo says a plan to charge up to $45 for a requirement that license plates more than 10 years old be replaced is no longer going forward.
“Traffic debt can become thousands of dollars very easily, because one traffic stop can lead to multiple tickets. And each ticket can lead to, not only the underlining fine, and also fees, and then additional fees to reinstate the license.”
School districts in New York have a new tool to catch drivers who pass school buses that are stopped to drop off or pick up kids.
During the joint initiative, state troopers dressed as highway workers kept an eye on drivers traveling through work zones on state highways.
The head of the state’s Republican Party says there’s no need to require New Yorkers to buy new license plates beginning in 2020, if their current plates are still readable and in good condition.
The license plate with the most votes will become the state’s official license plate and will be available to customers beginning April 2020.
A recent surge in cyclist deaths in NYC has called into question whether cities are taking the necessary steps to keep cyclists safe. Cities are adapting but cyclists say not quickly enough.
“Going along and learning the history, you never realize the extent of it. I didn’t know there was different canals done along the way, I thought it was just the one.”
It wants a shipping suspended several days a week this summer to allow more water to go through the Moses Saunders dam near Massena.
In New York state, a new law that allows the immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses has safeguards against such searches.
The first lawsuit has been filed against New York’s new law to permit undocumented immigrants to apply for driver’s licenses, as Governor Andrew Cuomo continued to cast doubt on the effectiveness of the new law.
“Predominantly, these are folks that are not legally in the country and that brings up a whole bunch of other questions. I have some concerns about that.”
By widening the span, crews were able to put in a new bicycle and pedestrian path as well as a new observation deck right at the U.S.-Canada border line.
When it is fully operational, drivers will drive non-stop through special gantries that have sensors and cameras that read EZ Pass tags and take license plate images.
“We have to write a law that does not have an unintended consequence, that’s what the smart people are worried about.”
“We have to be mindful of those who also want to do us harm. That is something I don’t think this bill takes into account.”
New York City just became the first city in the US to adopt a congestion pricing plan. The plan is expected to raise about $1.5 billion in revenue every year, mostly for its crumbling subway system.
“Our immigration system is broken. This does not fix it, but what it does is it gives undocumented immigrants the opportunity to sit for a test, to get licensed, to get on the road, and to have insurance.”
“3,500 people have been killed in crashes involving teen drivers during the 100 Deadliest Days. It’s a time when people really need to use extra caution on the roads.”
New York transit officials think he would surf on top of a train, get into the operating cabin, and then yank the emergency brake. The train would be delayed, along with others on that line.
The executive director of the New York State Thruway Authority says drivers should expect to see more cashless tolls throughout the state.
“It’s our worst nightmare to see a student be that close to danger as my student was that day.”
Since January, Governor Tom Wolf has been traveling around the state shopping his new infrastructure plan to municipal and county officials.
“We need to send the message that you have to wear your seat belt regardless of where you’re sitting in that vehicle.”
“With flat-line funding we’re reactive instead of proactive, fixing roads that are breaking rather than trying to fix them before they deteriorate.”
During a lengthy and sometimes contentious public hearing, about 20 people spoke for and against e-scooters
Most New York City residents oppose a plan to charge a fee to drivers who enter the crowded city center. But studies show that once such charges are in place, public opinion shifts in favor.
“It seems natural for us to do that, with the hydroelectric power generation that goes on here.”
A bill to grant drivers licenses to undocumented immigrants advances in the assembly
Pennsylvania could be spending billions more dollars to update aging roads and bridges, instead, the money is being re-routed to help fund state police.
“I may just get a banner and put it across the front of the building that we will have ICE on speed dial.”
‘This is not money that’s used to necessarily fill in potholes. This is more to rebuild or reconstruct roads or to do larger paving projects.”
In order to service the debt, the turnpike has raised tolls every year for the last decade–a 200 percent increase overall.
Motorists will pay a flat daily fee to enter Manhattan south of 60th Street. The new program aims to reduce traffic gridlock while generating revenue for the city’s stressed transit system.
The FAA says the issue that affected Southwest, Delta and other carriers has been resolved. But with hundreds of flights affected, the delays could linger.
One person described walking across the wide boulevard in front of Elmira’s Clemens Center as a ‘near-death experience.’
Envision commercial goods packed in giant capsules and moving in vacuum-sealed steel tubes hurtling from one end of the state to the other in under a half hour.
With budget negotiations continuing in Albany, activists from around the state gathered Tuesday in the capital to demand that legislation be included to expand access to driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
Public transportation advocates in central New York are calling on state budget makers to put more money in this year’s spending plan for bus systems across upstate.
Lawmakers grilled state transportation officials over the turnpike’s ongoing funding issues in a budget hearing Tuesday. The Turnpike Commission is behind on payments to the state amid a lawsuit over its rising tolls.
Claims of massive illegal voting by noncitizens have routinely been disproved, but some noncitizens end up on the voter rolls, often by accident. Now, states are trying to fix that.
Renovations on the Erie Canal have been causing a rift between some canal side residents and the state’s Canal Corporation for about a yearnow.A final set of public meetings will be held Monday & Tuesday ahead of the last phase of the project.
Law enforcement officials are describing a deadly car accident involving Syracuse men’s basketball coach Jim Boeheim as a horrible, sad tragedy. Boeheim hit and killed a man who was fleeing a disabled vehicle on Interstate 690 in Syracuse.
Of the eight million vehicles registered in Pennsylvania, just 15,000 of them are electric. The state Department of Environmental Protection has released a plan several years in the making that outlines how the state can boost that number. Education is a key component.
Travelers who fly out of Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport have a new way to get out west. United Airlines has added a direct flight from Syracuse to a major western hub.
Ten years ago Colgan Air Flight 3407 crashed in Clarence Center killing 50-people. The Continental Connection flight was heading to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport when the pilots failed to recover a stall from the Bombardier Dash-8-aircraft plunging into the home on Long Street. Homeowner, Karen Wielinski lost her husband Doug in the fcrash.
The ban on tractor trailers and commercial buses on the New York State Thruway in Western New York because of hazardous weather conditions has been lifted.
Journalist Will Hunt is fascinated with the world below us: “Every manhole, every doorway, every stairway going down into the dark [feels] like a potential portal into this like separate world.”
A cruise ship broke loose from its moorings, along with seven other vessels, and ended up wedged underneath a bridge connecting Albany and Rensselaer, N.Y.
The government shutdown has now reached day 19 as President Trump pushes for $5.7 billion in border wall funding. The president claims a border wall will help combat the flow of drugs like fentanyl from entering the country. A DEA report from this past November says otherwise. But how are these drugs currently making their way to New York State?
Department of Motor Vehicle offices across the state are expecting to be busier than usual the next few years as new federal standards for driver’s licenses go into effect. One central New York DMV office is gearing up for the extra time it takes to process these licenses.
County clerks’ offices around New York are calling for a higher reimbursement rate from the state to cover increased costs associated with processing Real ID applications at county-run DMV offices.
Cheaper to produce winter blend gas, a low demand and low oil prices have all contributed to pump prices reaching their lowest point of the year.
Pennsylvania, along with eight states and Washington, D.C., announced plans Tuesday to create a new regional cap for carbon emissions from vehicles to combat climate change.
The Holland Tunnel became the subject of a fervent petition to change which letters its holiday decorations should adorn. In what could be called a Christmas miracle, the Port Authority listened.
For some, this may be the most wonderful time of the year, but it also can be a more hazardous time on the roads. That’s according to GasBuddy, which is out with a new study that suggests drivers are 175 percent more aggressive during the holidays than the rest of the year.
A special task force has been holding listening sessions across the state to get an idea about where ride sharing services fit in for individuals with disabilities.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand is calling for the implementation of a law that would allow airports to stop using toxic chemicals that are said to poison local waterways.
An American Airlines flight had to make an emergency landing at the Rochester Airport on Thursday morning after an apparent bird strike. The regional jet was operated for American Eagle by Envoy Air, and had 36 passengers and three crew members.
Public listening sessions are being held over the next few weeks to study accessible ride sharing services for customers with disabilities. The New York State Transportation Company Accessibility Task Force was created as part of the legislation that made ride-sharing legal in Upstate New York.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he had a “positive” meeting with President Donald Trump on Wednesday at the White House to talk about funding for a key train tunnel connecting Manhattan to New Jersey.
Governor Tom Wolf said this week that he wants to change the way Pennsylvania pays for transportation. There appears to be a growing consensus among lawmakers that the funding scheme isn’t working–particularly when it comes to the heavily-indebted turnpike system.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – AAA has researched crash data, and they’ve found that by far, November is the worst month for deer crashes in New York. In November 2016, for example, there were nearly 45-hundred deer crashes – that’s one every ten minutes.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Pennsylvania utility regulators approved a new policy aimed at clarifying rules about how power is resold, in an effort to promote investment in public electric vehicle charging stations.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Governor Andrew Cuomo was in town Wednesday for a ribbon cutting at the Rochester Airport.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – The Republican candidate for governor is weighing in on the Schoharie limousine crash, saying there needs to be more government oversight.
New York State Police charged Nauman Hussain just days after an accident killed 20 people in New York. His father’s company has a record of failed inspections.
The stretch SUV that crashed outside Albany had recently failed a safety inspection, said Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Such modified vehicles often fall through the cracks of regulatory agencies.
National and state officials are investigating a collision that occurred Saturday in Schoharie, after a stretch limousine blew past a stop sign. The driver, all the passengers and 2 pedestrians died.
Newly released data from the U.S. Census Bureau show Americans have spent an extra two and a half hours commuting last year compared to the year before.
The newly reconstructed WTC Cortlandt station opened on Saturday, just three days before the anniversary of the attack.
Ten people were taken off the plane for treatment at Jamaica Hospital, says Eric Phillips, press secretary for New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Others were being evaluated.
Community leaders and law enforcement are reminding motorists to be alert for children as the new school year is about to get underway.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – New York State is strengthening its law requiring school bus drivers to submit to random drug and alcohol screening.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — After years of dragging its heels, Pennsylvania’s on its way to compliance with the federal Real ID law.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – As central New York politicians met with Gov. Cuomo and his staff this week for the opening day of the New York State Fair, the topic of a major project that looms over central New York kept coming up.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – As the New York State Fair gets underway, immigration rights advocates are calling attention to the need for undocumented farm workers to be able to drive. Undocumented workers are currently barred from obtaining a driver’s license.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Shares of Tesla lost approximately nine percent of their value Friday, as the high-tech company moves forward amid concerns including a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation, comments made by founder Elon Musk and a report that Tesla may not, after all, purchase all the output from the Buffalo-based factory it now shares with Panasonic.
The New York City Council voted to put new licenses for Uber and Lyft cars on hold for a year to study the services’ effect on traffic congestion and look at how drivers are paid.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Some New York lawmakers are among those criticizing a TSA proposal to allow thousands of passenger a day to board commercial flights at smaller and mid-sized American airports without TSA screening.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – The aging rail infrastructure in New York and across the country needs immediate attention before a “nightmare scenario” occurs, according to Sen. Chuck Schumer.
New York transportation consultant Bruce Schaller’s latest study of the impact of ride-hailing services shows that they transported 2.61 billion passengers last year — a 37 percent jump in just one year.
HARRISBURG, PA (WSKG) — The Wolf administration is voicing concerns that the federal government will reduce states’ abilities to use a vehicle emission standard that’s tougher than the federal one.
ALBANY, NY (WSKG) – Governor Cuomo signed legislation to begin mapping out a route for a train from major transit hubs in midtown Manhattan to LaGuardia airport.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Federal officials are launching an awareness campaign about sexual assaults happening aboard passenger flights.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – If your summer plans include a driving vacation, prepare to budget more for gasoline.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – State lawmakers gathered in Albany Tuesday to push for passage of a bill they say can have a life-saving impact.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Passengers are flying out of Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport in numbers the airport has not seen in a decade.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – General Motors’ Tonawanda Engine Plant has been selected as the first of the automaker’s plants to produce a new V-8 engine line that utilizes a cylinder deactivation technology that helps the engine produce only the power that is needed, in order to increase efficiency.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Regional transit experts are working hard to improve local transportation. They say they want to reduce the dependency on cars but in an area like upstate New York, that’s not easy.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Pennsylvania will use the $118 million it received in a settlement with Volkswagen to fund grants and rebates for cleaner vehicles and engines.
In Leonia, nonresidents are not allowed on 60 side streets after New York-bound motorists trying to get on the George Washington Bridge were redirected through the town by traffic apps.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Environmental advocates in Pennsylvania want to see a faster switch to electric buses to help eliminate emissions that can worsen asthma and cause other health problems.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – If you’re heading down to the Erie Canal trail to enjoy some of the nicer weather, you might notice a small detour in the Perinton section of the path.
California is leading a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration’s plan to weaken car emissions standards. EPA chief Scott Pruitt says the rules, designed to fight climate change, are too strict.
STATE IMPACT PENNSYLVANIA – Gasoline prices in Pennsylvania will likely hit the $3-per-gallon mark this week, their highest level since 2014.
BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – Two recent deadly air incidents show why the Federal Aviation Administration must not give in to political pressure and roll back safety standards, Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer said during a local visit.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – All this week, state and local law enforcement will increase patrols near high schools as part of a statewide campaign to limit the impacts of impaired and distracted driving as prom and graduation season approach.
Get ready for more roundabouts. That’s the word from the State Department of Transportation, which is announcing more of the new, safer, circular intersections are coming to the region over the next two to three years.
They were about 100 feet above the ground. They had been there for hours. And they didn’t know how to get down. Operation Goat Rescue begins!
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – Low fare air carrier Frontier Airlines begins service out of Syracuse’s Hancock International Airport this summer.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – With recent emergency repairs announced along parts of the Erie Canal, already disgruntled neighbors are speaking out again.
SYRACUSE, NY (WRVO) – The State Assembly is proposing an additional statewide surcharge on ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft in its spending plan. The funds collected would be used on transportation services.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – Governor Andrew Cuomo on Sunday added his voice to those who think the train station in Rochester should be named in honor of Congresswoman Louise Slaughter.
ROCHESTER, NY (WXXI) – It was a road show of sorts, in downtown Rochester on Wednesday. Tesla, the maker of high-tech electric vehicles, brought a few of its cars to the Rochester Auto Museum on Main Street, including the new, lower priced Model 3.
ALBANY (WSKG) – A Republican candidate for governor is calling for hearings on controversial tourism signs that the Cuomo administration set up on the New York State Thruway and other highways. The federal government said the signs are illegal and will withhold federal funds if they are not removed.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — A statewide audit has found a number of school districts across Pennsylvania have employed bus drivers that should be banned from the job–and still more have drivers that aren’t properly cleared.
Congressman Tom Reed says there is bipartisan agreement in Congress on improving the nation’s infrastructure.
ROCHESTER (WXXI) – People organize their lifestyles around access to transportation, so the advent of autonomous vehicles is important for their economic, social and environmental impact. That’s from one of the authors of a new paper on the subject. Assistant professor in sustainability at RIT, Eric Williams, says they looked at a number of ways people could reclaim all the time they spend behind the wheel. “Anything from okay, we need to bring our kids to the sports team, well let’s have the vehicle do it instead of doing it ourselves. You know, thinking of taking a lot more trips, overnight in your car, because your car can drive you rather than having to stay up yourself,” he said. Williams says the top 20 percent of people who drive or take public transit everyday could benefit from such vehicles.
BUFFALO (WBFO) – The Marshall Island flagged Federal Biscay was finally dislodged from ice in the Snell lock near Massena this weekend. St. Lawrence Seaway crews, including three tugs, had worked for five days to move the massive international freighter. It was blocking passage for four other ships on their way down the St. Lawrence River to Montreal as the Seaway tries to close for the winter.
GREAT LAKES TODAY – Prolonged arctic cold is wreaking havoc on the maritime industry across the Great Lakes. The latest problem: A commercial freighter is stuck in ice in a lock near Massena, N.Y., and it’s preventing the St. Lawrence Seaway from closing for the winter. The St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.
HARRISBURG (WSKG) — The beleaguered Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is under review for the second time in less than two years. Auditor General Eugene DePasquale acknowledged, it’s unusual for him to audit an agency twice in such a short time. But he said he has “grave concerns” about the turnpike’s practice of repeatedly raising tolls, largely to pay for its $450 million-a-year obligation to PennDOT. It also pays hundreds of millions in debt-service on the money it borrows to make those payments. The money goes toward things like public transportation
“What we want to analyze is their belief…that despite the increase in tolls, they’ll have increased traffic,” DePasquale said.
WRVO (SYRACUSE) – Centerstate CEO President Rob Simpson is criticizing a report on central New York’s inland port, and the New York State Department of Transportation’s decision to locate the project in the town of DeWitt. The inland port would receive goods by rail from the Port of New York and New Jersey. Two years ago, Simpson said the inland port had the potential to create 2,000 jobs if warehousing could be developed adjacent to the rail terminal. But he said the DeWitt location is surrounded by protected wetlands, making it difficult to build warehousing. “The decision that has been made, which is to effectively declare the DeWitt rail yard as the only viable site for a central New York inland port, is inaccurate, represents a failure for this process, and represents a massive missed opportunity for central New York,” Simpson said.
ROCHESTER (WXXI) – Governor Cuomo has announced that local law enforcement will be joining New York State Police in a national enforcement initiative to crack down on impaired driving this holiday season. The campaign starts today and runs through the end of the month. It also includes a special enforcement over the New Year’s holiday. Trooper Mark O’Donnell from the state police says there are many different ways people can get to and from holiday gatherings safely, starting with a designated driver. “By making a plan ahead of time. Obviously Uber is now available in New York State, there’s taxis, and there are some organizations that may offer free rides,” he said.
SYRACUSE (WRVO) – There’s a new way for disabled motorists to get help on a couple of major interstate highways in Onondaga County. The State Department of Transportation has expanded the HELP Roadside Service to central New York. Assistant DOT Commissioner Sean Hennessey says the emergency local service has started patrolling a 70-mile stretch of Interstate’s 81 and 690 during morning and evening rush hour. “If somebody breaks down, maybe a flat tire, a bad battery, or a number of minor issues when it comes to mechanical issues, we’ll be able to address those on site,” Hennessey said. “Basically what people do is call 911.
Stacy Richards lives on Binghamton’s north side. She’s ecstatic about the shuttle service. No need to rely on the bus to get to the store anymore. “No two bag rule, none of that. No standing in 90 degree heat.
For people who are on Medicaid, the government pays for their ride to the doctor, but not to pick up their prescription. So, Mobility Management of South Central New York (MMSCNY) is providing vouchers for a free ride. It’s the transportation arm of the Rural Health Network. These vouchers are good for trips to places that directly impact a person’s health, like a grocery store or social services agency. “These vouchers are meant to fill that void,” said Bill Wagner, executive director of MMSCNY.