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 that the MTA has agreed to give Staten Island residents a toll cut, everyone wants in on the action.
Arrests for panhandling on the NYC subway are up -- waaaay up. The railroad industry says it needs more time to implement safety measures. Portland won't be getting a bike share system this year after all. And: just how much Chicago road salt winds up in Lake Michigan?
Delays are up on NYC subways. AAA is getting nervous about technology in cars. San Francisco is eyeing Vision Zero. The losing bidder for Massachusetts' commuter rail contract is going to court. And: a foot of ice on the Hudson? Sounds like conditions are perfect for...ice yachting.
Riding the subway late at night? Keep your eyes peeled, because New York's top cop might be, too.
Following a three-year uptick, preliminary data indicates the number of pedestrians killed in traffic crashes may now be on the decline.
President Obama has proposed his budget, and the transpo details are here. The new head of NJ Transit may be cleaning house. D.C.'s mayor says Secret Service protocols are paralyzing traffic. NJ Gov. Christie may have shortchanged Hoboken out of $700,000 in Sandy aid. And: why, in NYC, there's no 'P' train.
Cabbies are being encouraged to sign up for Obamacare. Corvettes are being pulled from a sinkhole at the National Corvette Museum. Indiana took the first steps towards an expanded transit system. And: buses are rolling again in D.C. after yesterday's snowstorm.
The state's Department of Motor Vehicles is making 10 years' worth of past tickets available to prosecutors—including the original ticket charge, regardless of whether it was reduced to a lesser charge.
The first public hearings on a proposed high-speed rail line linking New York City to Niagara Falls will begin this week.
The endless winter continues, tormenting commuters and airlines alike. The Port Authority of NY & NJ has a rather aggressive animal control program at its airports. Walking in Las Vegas is hazardous. And: a robotic refueling system for gas stations could be coming to a pump near you. One day.
When the currently under construction Tappan Zee Bridge opens for business in 2018, it should have seven new bus rapid transit lines—and eventually plan to reboot rail service in the Rockland County area.
Capital Bikeshare's expansion plans are on hold because of a Montreal company's bankruptcy. Google will pay nearly $7 million to fund free bus passes for San Francisco kids. Brooklyn's B46 is the city's most troubled bus line. And: check out an elevated bike roundabout in...the Netherlands. Where else?
Newly manufactured Chicago transit buses will have ten security cameras each. Two NJ Turnpike board members are taking up the union's challenge to try working in a toll booth. Utah may raise taxes to benefit mass transit. And: an old school bus is delivering fresh produce in the Bronx.
Speaking at Union Depot train station in St. Paul, Minnesota, the president called on Congress to act on transportation funding. "If Congress doesn't finish a transportation bill by the end of the summer," he said, "we could see construction projects stop in their tracks."
Continuing the city's push for more autonomy over local speed limits, two City Council members have introduced a resolution calling on Albany to change the law—and allow the city to set its default speed to 20mph.
The feds are ordering stricter scrutiny for rail cars that transport crude oil. President Obama will call on legislators to pass a four-year, $302 billion transportation bill. The Dreamliner's nightmares continue. London is overhauling dozens of intersections. And: Houston cabbies aren't so hot for rideshare apps.
The Port Authority has opened a new platform at its World Trade Center station, giving commuters a glimpse of a transportation hub that's been in the works for years.
Houston's award for bike friendliness comes on the heels of several fatal hit-and-runs. A Metro-North conductor issued hundreds of letters apologizing to passengers. There's yet another delay for D.C.'s beleaguered Silver Line. And: Colorado's latest road safety campaign is "Drive High, Get a DUI."
Now that New Jersey Transit has a new executive director, the agency wants to look to its future. But two incidents from its recent past keep cropping up—and the state's top transportation official is promising answers.
New York City's two most populous boroughs will get Bus Time on March 9th, completing the installation of the MTA's live bus tracking system citywide.