A Farewell to Elana Schor, and a Note About Our National Coverage

As regular readers of the Capitol Hill blog already know, yesterday marked Elana Schor’s last day covering the national transportation policy beat for Streetsblog.

On behalf of the Streetsblog staff in New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles, as well as the Streetsblog Network, I’d like to share my appreciation for Elana’s work over the past year. She created her beat from scratch, and quickly became an indispensable daily read for Hill staffers, administration officials, seasoned transportation wonks and advocates of all stripes. When it came to national transportation policy news, Elana scooped everybody.

If you’d like to keep up with Elana’s work, she’ll be writing for Greenwire, the environmental news service. Be sure to check for her byline on the New York Times online, which syndicates some Greenwire content.

Elana set the bar high for Streetsblog’s national coverage. With the major national transportation bill still brewing in Congress, there’s an urgent need to continue her excellent work. Big stories are developing at this very moment: A $2 billion transit operating aid bill could stave off disastrous service cuts in dozens of cities; President Obama pledged yesterday to pass major energy and climate legislation; and the U.S. DOT’s livability program is increasingly becoming a flashpoint for debate. On the local scene, state DOTs are still plowing ahead with ill-considered highways, neglecting opportunities to build infrastructure for walking and biking, and allowing bridges to rot until it’s too late to salvage them.

We’ve begun a national search for a reporter who can synthesize local stories from across America with news from inside the beltway to help make the case for transportation reform. While that search for a full-time replacement progresses, we’re also looking for freelance contributors to write lively, engaging stories to keep Streetsblog readers up to speed on national issues. If you’re interested in writing about the movement for green, equitable, 21st-century transportation, send us your resume and a short note about your areas of expertise to tips@streetsblog.org.

  • Thanks for the great reporting, Elana.

  • What Ben said.

  • JamesR

    Thanks for all you’ve done and good luck.

  • Clutch J

    Thanks, Elana, and good luck!

  • Marco Anderson

    Great coverage. I’ve really enjoyed reading the goings on from my perch in Southern California. Good luck.

  • Alex F

    Your dedication did not go unnoticed! You’ll be missed. Good luck and thank you thank you for all the great coverage over the past year. Cheers.

  • Thanks for the great work and helping to make the movement national!

  • John Kaehny

    Thank you Elana and good luck in your new gig. Your coverage was great and you established such an authoritative voice on the beat that the Journal and Times must have been envious. More personally I especially appreciated your responses to reader comments, including the nit picky usage stuff I tossed your way.

  • Elana Schor

    Thanks to everyone – especially the Streetsblog team – for your kindness! Best wishes to all, and hope you’ll stop in at Greenwire from time to time.

  • Ditto that. Our thanks on behalf of Transportation for America

    http://t4america.org/blog/2010/06/03/farewell-to-a-reliable-d-c-transportation-reporter/

  • Thanks for the hard work, Elana. I wish you nothing but success at Greenwire.

  • Clarence Eckerson Jr.

    Elana, you will be missed!

  • Ditto what all else said above. Elana, I’ve seen your great journalism elsewhere – E&E, Grist, and others. You have enormous knowledge of the Fed. processes that affect transportation – I hope you will let your fans and followers know what you will be doing, and who will be covering DC transportation.

    I have a guess…if I may:
    Mobilizing the Region’s Ya-Ting Liu, e.g. “The Transit Industry’s Mystifying Protest of a Transit-Friendly Energy Bill”
    by Ya-Ting Liu

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