Kate Hinds is an Associate Producer for WNYC News. She also reports for WNYC and 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.
Some of her recent stories are about the Sheridan Expressway, subway music auditions, bike delivery rules, poverty and traffic crashes, and how New York City restored service--to the subway post Superstorm Sandy. She produced the award-winning radio documentary Back of the Bus: Mass Transit, Race and Inequality. She is also the producer of Shifting Gears: The Retooling of the American Auto Industry, a multi-station collaboration distributed by PRX. She got her start as a producer on The Brian Lehrer Show. Her hand is featured prominently in a recent Transportation Nation video. She has a tendency to live-tweet community board meetings, and she's been known to write under a pseudonym. She lives with her family on Manhattans Upper West Side. Follow her on Twitter.
Now the Port Authority's inspector general is investigating the George Washington Bridge lane closures. G.M.'s new CEO will be the first woman to lead a major automaker. New Delhi buses are testing "panic buttons" for women. And: is there an escape clause in the agreement between NYC and its transit system?
The federal government lost $10 billion on the G.M. bailout. Snowy owls will be trapped and released -- not shot and killed - at New York area airports. Miami wants a more pedestrian-friendly downtown. A California legislator wants to ban transit strikes. And: a Google bus is ground zero for San Francisco's culture wars.
Following last week's fatal derailment, two Senators want trains outfitted with cameras pointing at the engineer. Meanwhile, New York's MTA says it's made some safety upgrades. Today's Port Authority hearing will be live tweeted. And: you with YOU slept this well on planes.
NYC will vastly increase its number of wheelchair-accessible taxis. Lawmakers want railroads to adhere to a 2015 deadline to install Positive Train Control. In 30 years, Georgetown might have a Metro station. And: a video of Charles Barkley's first subway ride...which happened yesterday.
The Metro-North train that derailed Sunday, killing four people and injuring dozens, was equipped with an alarm designed to keep the train operator awake. But that alerter was located at the other end of the train, and engineer William Rockefeller was in the cab.
"It is ironic that even as the death totals have declined dramatically with violent crime in this city, this year the number of people killed on our streets - pedestrian and traffic -- will almost equal the homicide total," said New York City's once and future police commissioner on Thursday.
The Metro-North train that derailed Sunday did not have an alerter system in the cab where the driver apparently dozed off. California's bullet train has been handed another setback. A huge storm shut down trains in Scotland. And: are car loans the next subprime disaster?
In the wake of Sunday's fatal Metro-North derailment, the federal government sent New York's MTA a strongly-worded letter requiring the transit agency to set up a confidential close call reporting system.
The NTSB ousted the Metro-North engineer's union from its inquiry after the union leader spoke to press. Meanwhile, BART's labor unions are suing the transit agency over a contract dispute. Vancouver bets on CNG buses, to the vexation of some. And: a nifty idea to integrate history with your bus commute.
Starting next year, Boston's transit system will run until last call -- at least on weekends.
Metro-North Railroad will resume more than 98 percent of its regular Hudson Line service in time for Wednesday morning’s commute following Sunday's massive derailment. According to Governor Cuomo, the railroad was able to clear debris, begin rebuilding tracks and restore one of the three tracks in the area that was not significantly damaged in the accident.
Congress is considering legislation that would double the federal gas tax. Hundreds of people in London staged a "die-in" to protest recent cyclist deaths. No word yet on a BART contract -- but no word of a third strike, either. And: in Houston, some artists find inspiration in urban sprawl.
UPDATED: Federal investigators say the Metro North commuter train that derailed Sunday was going 82 mph in a 30 mph zone as it rounded a precipitous curve in the Bronx.
Governor Cuomo says speed is likely to be a factor in yesterday's fatal Metro-North train derailment. San Diego will spend $200 million over ten years on its bike infrastructure. Ray LaHood said Washington is "too afraid" to invest in infrastructure. And: L.A.'s bike trains.
In the wake of Sunday's derailment, trains on the Hudson Line won't be running normally. The MTA is advising passengers to telecommute on Monday -- but if that's just not possible, expect delays...and shuttle buses.
The New York Giants and the New York Jets are reaping the benefits of MetLife Stadium, but at what cost to the taxpayers of New Jersey?
Efforts to lower New York City's speed limit to 20 miles per hour run up against Albany's rule, says New York City Council member David Greenfield. Now, his bill would mandate a 25 mile per hour limit on some streets. He says that's not what he wanted, but adds it's part of a larger plan to get the state to give the city more authority to control its own roads.
On November 27, 1910, one of New York City's original architectural jewels opened its doors to train passengers -- and it was beautiful.
Weather is making the pre-Thanksgiving travel rush...challenging. Denver's suburbs are looking forward to an expansion of the light rail system. Private security guards are patrolling Phoenix's transit. And: take a look inside San Francisco's stolen bike warehouse.
The day New York's City Council unanimously passed a bill to step up the installation of speed humps near schools, City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the council is working to pass a bill lowering speed limits by the end of next month -- her last in the city council.