NY becomes the first transit agency to issue catastrophe bonds. Minnesota's Metro Transit turns to high tech data science to predict fare evaders and foil their freeloading. Mass. Senate takes up a key transpo bill and a fierce defense of the Fung Wah bus. All that and more in today's links.
Riding the G train could make a little more sense by the end of the year and wait times could drop if proposals released Monday by the NY MTA are implemented.
The rental car company Enterprise continues to expand into car and ride sharing through acquisition. This time, the industry giant picked up five year-old Zimride that helps people carpool on longer distance rides.
International travel is up, and so are the wait times at airports to pass through customs. (See chart below)
The NYPD and researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratories will release a harmless gas through 21 subway lines as part of a plan to monitor air flows and chart potential responses, including evacuation routes and where to place emergency equipment.
New York State Police will use special undercover SUVs to catch distracted drivers as part of a summer crackdown starting this July 4th holiday weekend.
New York is trying a new tactic to stop teens from texting and driving: suspend their licenses after a first offense.
The Federal Aviation Administration has begun gathering information into a helicopter that was forced to make an emergency landing in the Hudson River on Sunday.
[UPDATED July 1, 2pm] SBS bus service started Sunday along Webster Avenue connecting the Fordham and Morrisania sections of the Bronx with the No. 2, 5 and 6 subway trains in the South Bronx.
Chicago opened its bike sharing program Friday. By next spring, the city will have 400 stations and 4,000 bikes, making it one of the largest in the U.S.
Anthony Foxx, the young mayor of Charlotte, N.C., has been unanimously confirmed to be the new Secretary of Transportation by the U.S. Senate.
UPDATED 4:15 p.m. The world's busiest bus facility, the Port Authority Bus Terminal in NYC, could face a major overhaul or even a replacement.
Amtrak wants a quarter of all new hires to be military veterans by 2015. The national rail network says it's not only a public service -- but also because veterans have the specialized skills is needs.
New York's bike share program is barely a month old, and users are already developing ways to communicate faulty equipment to each other -- and to the city.
It's not all about money. To dig out from the damage left behind by Sandy, some more ephemeral assets of a neighborhood can make a difference.
Below Chicago--like most cities--lies a stack of subterranean secrets. WBEZ's always-enlightening project, Curious City, has delved into Chicago's underworld to bring us a quick lesson in the windy city's hidden infrastructure ... with drawings!
Researchers at Ohio State University have scrupulously documented the dangers distracted walking and determined they are many. More than 1,500 people were treated in emergency rooms nationwide in 2010 for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking, according to estimates from the study. The number of injuries per year from distracted walking have doubled since 2005.
There are 66,405 "structurally deficient" bridges in the U.S., about one in every nine, according to a new study from Transportation 4 America. That's down from just shy of 70,000 two years ago, but the pace of repair is slowing and many more bridges are reaching the end of their intended 50-year lifespan. Recent funding changes in Congress are exacerbating maintenance problems, T4A concludes.
Speeding is rampant in Brooklyn, according to a new study from the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. When surveyors clocked the speed of passing cars on Brooklyn neighborhood streets, they found 88 percent were breaking the posted limit.