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.
For the first time, the Silver Line finally has a projected opening date. Or rather an opening season: D.C.'s transit agency said Thursday the delay-dogged line would open "this summer."
New York's MTA will use some pension money to pay for worker raises. Philadelphia won't get bike share until next spring. Canada toughened standards for rail cars. Despite recalls, G.M. is still turning a (slim) profit this year. And: why the Koch brothers are battling a transit project in Nashville.
Bus service is about to be slashed in Seattle. More subpoenas were issued in the ongoing Bridgegate probe. JetBlue pilots voted to unionize. And: most Texans talk on the phone while driving, and nearly half text or use email.
There's an offer on the table in the labor dispute between New York's MTA and the Long Island Rail Road workers unions.
Starting next month, every single D.C. license will need to be replaced. Dozens of rail crashes have been linked to medical issues that could have been found in a health screening. Exxon Mobil must pay NYC $105 million for contaminating groundwater. And: take a tour of China's so-called ghost towns.
The winning bid for Montreal's bike share system will be unveiled today. MARTA trains and buses will start running more frequently in May. And: how to spot a skimming device on a NYC MetroCard machine.
Starting this weekend, the northbound lanes of the Pulaski Skyway are closing for two years, and New Jersey officials aren't sugarcoating it.
Toyota is recalling over 6 million cars. MTA police officers were reunited with a dog they rescued. The Twin Cities' biggest transit project received a key approval. And: a Detroit business group is taking on some of that city's broken streetlights.
A thoroughfare that runs through Brooklyn and Queens is getting the Vision Zero treatment.
Federal funding for D.C.'s Metro is in "real jeopardy." NJ Transit has "no culture of safety." Car theft in NYC is down -- unless you drive an old, heavy clunker. And: 100,000 tons of container ship cargo may be falling into the oceans each year.
The sleep disorder known as sleep apnea is a problem across the transportation industry, not just for the engineer at the controls during Metro-North's fatal derailment in December. But sleep problems may be endemic to the job.
The Port Authority Bus Terminal exemplifies the larger problems at the Port. Boston's bike share program is rock solid. Panama opened Central America's first subway. And: a photography exhibit celebrates the NYC's graffiti-covered subway cars of yesteryear.
According to the National Transportation Safety Board, the engineer at the controls of the Metro-North train that derailed in the Bronx last year had undiagnosed "severe obstructive sleep apnea."
Federal inspectors have found a lot of flaws on Metro-North. The Bay Area's bike share should reach the East Bay next spring. Everything you need to know about boarding Amtrak, revealed. And: going to the Yankees home opener today? Ride the nostalgia train.
Sandy is the gift that keeps on giving for the New York City subway system. The G train won't run between Brooklyn and Queens for five weeks this summer so the MTA can finish repairing massive damage caused by the storm.
The commuter tax break is close to being revived. New Jersey's transportation trust fund is almost dry. CicLAvia is happening this weekend. The washed-away British railway line has reopened. And: what was America's national pastime the late 1800s? Competitive walking.
L.A.'s Westside Subway extension survived its legal battle with Beverly Hills High. Dynamic pricing has cut cruising for parking spaces in San Francisco. The Koch brothers are funding opposition to a BRT line in Nashville. And: a British artist wants to install a 'park and slide' in Bristol.
The Port Authority's problems are easy to diagnose. What's less clear is the remedy. Here's a look at four ideas being kicked around.
Boston's late-night weekend transit service is off to a good start. Attorney Kenneth Feinberg will advise General Motors on its victims' compensation plan. A San Francisco group staged an elaborate protest against Google buses. And: sprawling cities face more car wrecks and obesity.