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Kat Aaron

Kat Aaron is an Associate Producer for WNYC, where she is part of Transportation Nation, a public radio reporting project that combines the work of multiple newsrooms to provide coverage of how we build, rebuild and get around the nation.

Before joining WNYC, Kat was an Alicia Patterson Fellow, and a project editor at the Investigative Reporting Workshop, where she led America: What Went Wrong, a multi-year look at the lives of poor and working people in America. She also worked at the Center for Public Integrity, where she initiated coverage of the financial crisis and its aftermath. Kat started in journalism at Pacifica Radio, producing a live, three-hour morning news show. She spent five years as co-director of People’s Production House, a nonprofit that taught radio journalism to students and low-wage workers in New York and D.C. In addition to her work at WNYC, she writes about the civil court system and access to justice issues. She is an avid reader of sci-fi, a creator of very experimental ice cream flavors, and a hoarder of fabric. She lives in Brooklyn with her family, including the world’s best cat, Potato. Follow her on twitter at @kataaron.

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$12 Billion Gap Between Need and Funding at MTA, Comptroller Says

Thursday, July 24, 2014

The MTA is looking at more than $100 billion worth of projects over the next 20 years – and nowhere near that much money. That’s according to a new report by New York State comptroller Thomas DiNapoli.

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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web

Thursday, July 24, 2014

There's a "new world order" in oil train safety. LA explores hit-and-run alerts. GM recalls another 800,000 cars. The computer system that issues American passports crashed. And Bostonians can jaywalk without (much) fear of fines. 

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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web

Friday, July 18, 2014

The Malaysia Airlines plane that crashed over Eastern Ukraine was shot down by an anti-aircraft missile. Pennsylvania police might finally get radar guns. Bikeshare companies need more bikes. And phew, Long Island Rail Road won't be striking this weekend. 

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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The MTA and LIRR Unions are talking, but not nicely. Car companies are eying Iran's 78 million consumers. Muni cars in San Francisco will get black box recorders. And the FBI is worried that driverless cars will be used as weapons. 

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Queens Commuters Bracing for LIRR Strike, Too

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

It’s not just Nassau County residents who would be hit by a Long Island Rail Road strike. Queens commuters can expect crowded buses, extra wait times and even lines at the subway, according to the MTA.

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City-Owned Vehicles Are Speeding in School Zones (And So Is Everyone Else)

Monday, July 14, 2014

New York City's 20 speed cameras issued more than 41,000 tickets between January and June. More than 200 went to city-owned vehicles.

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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web

Friday, July 11, 2014

Air travel could double within 20 years, and environmentalists are not happy. Congressional mudslinging continues over the Highway Trust Fund. Rural roads are dangerous too. And phew, you can still sing on Winnipeg buses.

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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

No deal yet to avoid a Long Island Rail Road strike. DUI arrests dropped in Philly after rideshare apps launched. Chicago residents want police to "give tons of tickets." And an Italian man gets disability transit access trending on twitter.

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Thursday, July 03, 2014

Freight-hopping meets the smartphone age. NASA may get to Mars yet. Federal regulators step in to LIRR negotiations. And if you're hitting the road, we have your road trip playlist.

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Hit the Road: Transportation Tunes for Your Long Weekend

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Take a midnight train. Get on your bike. Rollerskate. Whatever your mode of transport, we’ve got you covered with jams for your long weekend voyages

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Federal Mediators Now Trying to Avert LIRR Strike

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

The National Mediation Board is now trying to resolve the ongoing contract dispute — and avoid a LIRR strike, which could come as soon as July 20th.  

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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Countdown timers may be causing crashes. The Highway Trust Fund is on the brink. Gas-guzzlers will pay more to park in Madrid. Virginia cyclists get some breathing room. And finally, gorgeous dollar van route maps.

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NYC Council Eyes Transit Tax Benefit for Commuters

Monday, June 30, 2014

A bill before the City Council would require companies with more than 20 workers to offer commuter transit benefits, letting employees set aside pre-tax dollars to spend on MetroCards and other travel costs.

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Don't Change Alternate Side Parking Rules, Says NYC Department of Sanitation

Monday, June 30, 2014

 A bill before City Council would allow drivers to move their cars back as soon as the sweeper has passed, rather than waiting for the whole 90-minute window to end.  But the Department of Sanitation says even with GPS on sweepers, the idea is unworkable.

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More Speed Cameras Coming to NYC and Long Island

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

The law allows for 120 new cameras to be installed near school zones in New York City, as well as 69 cameras in Suffolk County and 56 in Nassau. “If you think speed cameras are intrusive, don’t break the law," said Governor Cuomo.

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Ball's In Albany's Court on Speed Limit Bill

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

The speed limit bill before the New York Senate was expected to come to a vote Thursday -- but a top Republican is casting doubt on whether he'll let that happen.

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NYC Precincts Stepping Up Ticketing For Dangerous Driving

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Ticketing was up in most precincts for the six major categories WNYC has been tracking: using a cell phone while driving, disobeying a sign, failing to stop at a signal, making an improper turn, not giving the right of way to a pedestrian, and speeding.

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Speed Limit Bill Alive in Albany

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

With just two days to go before the New York State legislative session ends, Senator Jeffrey Klein has introduced a bill giving cities the authority to lower their speed limits.

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TN MOVING STORIES: Transpo News Links from Around the Web

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

GM recalls another 3.4 million vehicles. Boston train drivers can't keep phones in their pockets or bags while on duty. Delaware's bridge woes are rippling up and down the East Coast. And Bay Area train technicians won the "transit industry’s version of the NBA Finals." 

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Traffic Tickets Up Again in NYC

Monday, June 16, 2014

By this time last year, the New York Police Department had issued just under 6,000 tickets for failing to yield to pedestrians. This year: almost 15,000.

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