The recent revelation that companies like Google and Facebook routinely hand over data about users' digital communications to the National Security Agency has many Americans wondering whether everything they do online is being tracked by the government.
Crashes without NTSB investigators because of the shutdown, details on new rail plans, and studies. Oh we have studies. Millennials and transit, Americans and walking, and more. Also, what Gandhi thought about sustainable transport.
Another peek into the NSA snooping scandal comes to us today via unsealed court documents in the case of Lavabit, a secure email service used by NSA leaker Edward Snowden. That email service was run by Ladar Levison, an interesting character. He stopped by the New Tech City studios last week, donuts and Red Bull in hand.
We've got an update on Pennsylvania's transpo funding fight, evidence of peak sprawl, the first Citi Bike lawsuits and a glowing tricycle firefly video. Among other transpo links, of course.
We've got a couple shutdown-related stories, also a snazzy data visualization, an NYC road-widening proposal, a ride sharing company setback, and a little reflection on the 20th anniversary of the federal gas tax increase, which hasn't been changed since. And of course, a few more links.
Scientists at the recently opened New York Genome Center eventually want to screen every child in New York State. But if doctors found that your child had a genetic disorder, would you want to know?
The federal government is shut down. Here's how that affects transpo. And of course, we've got your usual dose of links.
The commuter snarl north of New York City continues, a small plane crashes into a Santa Monica hangar, and Chicago's parking meters are causing problems, big problems. We've also got news of transpo funding fights in Penn. and NJ, and a transit expansion ahead of schedule in Seattle... among other news in today's link roundup.
Craig Nevill-Manning is Google's chief engineer in New York City. In fact, saying he built the company's software engineering department in the city from scratch is no exaggeration.
Bikes are taking over America. Major cities like New York, Chicago and San Francisco are launching public bike sharing systems for the first time, joining Boston, D.C. and Denver. Get out your pens and poetry quills and join our Takeaway Bike Haiku Challenge. Today Adam Reilly, reporter for WGBH news; Alex Goldmark producer at WNYC with Transportation Nation; and Joy Diaz, reporter from KUT Austin Texas discuss the bike revolution.
As New York City's 1.1 million schoolchildren make their way to school on sidewalks and subway platforms, the biggest danger they face is swift-moving traffic. A WNYC and Transportation Nation examination of traffic safety data reveals a few ways that kids are different from adults when it comes to pedestrian hazards.
As New York City's 1.1 million schoolchildren amble to the first week of classes on sidewalks and subway platforms, the biggest danger they'll face isn't bullies or muggers but swift-moving traffic. A WNYC examination of traffic safety data reveals a few ways that kids are different from adults when it comes to pedestrian hazards.
Update: The kittens, Arthur and August are being being put up for adoption at Animal Care of New York. They'll be ready to go to a new home in a couple of weeks.
Trains were stopped. The third rail was deactivated. Shuttle buses were scrambled. The police were called in. All because kittens were on the loose in the Church Avenue stop of the B and Q subway lines in Brooklyn on Thursday.
The DOT's new chief of staff, America's drop in driving, curbside buses, rural road funding and yes, also kittens. That's just part of what we've got in today's TN Links.
When the Republican candidates for NYC mayor gathered for a televised debate Wednesday night, they took three different stances on Mayor Mike Bloomberg's preference for pedestrians and plazas.
Bay Area launches bike share, and gets a solar EV charger and a report for how to stop sprawl along Calif. HSRail. Nissan is making a self-driving car, all carmakers are trying out tech to attract young buyers, and now there's a design for a wheel that uses mini shocks instead of air. All that and more in today's link roundup.
High school students can't put their phones down, even when crossing a dangerous street. A new study quantifies just how often kids walk while distracted by technology.
In today's transpo news roundup, we have lots of federal news. There's a safety crackdown on nationwide on Chinatown bus companies, Obama is considering resurrecting his auto loan program, and the DOT wants you to help it make a new strategic plan. Also, the biggest town in the U.S. without transit gets a bus route, the governor of Illinois sends a warning message to transit agencies and a vintage video. Enjoy.
Ford contemplates space robots, Cincinnati drops parking minimums, SF preps for bike share, and Google's stake in Uber sparks wild ideas for a driverless taxi future. Plus some vintage futurism, a streetcar study, and more in today's links.