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Kate Hinds

Kate Hinds covers transportation for WNYC News.  

Some of her recent stories are about Citi Bike's reboot, Second Avenue Subway construction, the lament of the C train rider, poverty and traffic crashes, and how the MTA could still operate in a massive snowstorm (aka the 'Snowpiercer' scenario). 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 MTA board meetings, and she's been known to write under a pseudonym. She lives with her family on Manhattan's Upper West Side, where Oliver is her local bodega cat. Follow her on Twitter.

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PHOTOS: No Rats, No Pillars, No People in This Peek at the 2nd Ave. Subway

Thursday, May 21, 2015

The city's first new subway line in 60 years is supposed to open next December. It's 82 percent complete. Now, things are getting interesting.
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Federally-Mandated Safety System Still Years Away for MTA

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Following last week's deadly crash, Amtrak says it will have Positive Train Control in place by the end of the year. But it's going to take New York's commuter railroads a little longer.
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STEP ASIDE: The MTA Wants to Speed Up Three Subway Lines

Monday, May 18, 2015

The 6, 7 and F lines get special treatment as subway delays become rampant. (And straphangers on all lines get a video primer on why delays happen.)
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Bridge Demolition to Disrupt LIRR Service This Weekend

Friday, May 15, 2015

Delays on the commuter rail roads happen almost every day — but this weekend's disruption on the Long Island Rail Road will be a little different.
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Obama Administration To Trans-Hudson Tunnel Stakeholders: Get it Together

Thursday, May 07, 2015

The federal government stands ready to help the region build new Hudson River tunnels. But first, a federal official says New York and New Jersey need to show some leadership.
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Why Left Turns Are So Deadly

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Face down oncoming traffic. Dive into a gap before the light changes. Peek around your A-pillar. Whoa! There's a pedestrian right in front of you.
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A Little More Money for the MTA Doesn't Buy Happiness

Monday, May 04, 2015

De Blasio proposes to increase what the city chips in for transit, but the budget still fails to keep pace with inflation.
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Has Freedom of Speech Run Its Course With the MTA?

Monday, May 04, 2015

Last week, the MTA voted to reject advertisements containing political viewpoints. WNYC reporter Kate Hinds discusses the MTA's attempt to eliminate controversial ads from subways.

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Transit Agencies Battle Controversial Ads By Changing the Rules

Friday, May 01, 2015

When the MTA banned political advertisements earlier this week, it wasn’t the first transit agency to try to do so.
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MTA Votes to Ban Political Ads

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Over the objections of some public speakers — as well as some board members — the MTA changed its policy so it could reject controversial ads.
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MTA: Fund the Plan or Risk Second Avenue Subway Expansion

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

It's been seven months since the MTA first announced it needed $15 billion to close a gap in its five-year capital plan. Officials say it won't rely on higher fares. So what has to give?
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Court Ruling Leads MTA to Propose Banning Political Ads Altogether

Monday, April 27, 2015

In the past couple of years, the MTA has had as many court cases dealing with free speech as it has had fare hikes. Now, it wants to accept only viewpoint-neutral ads.
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L Train Riders: Help Is on the Way

Friday, April 24, 2015

Last year, every single station along the L line in Brooklyn saw an increase in ridership. Now, according to the MTA, a significant boost in service is coming later this year.
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NJ Transit Proposes Fare Hike

Monday, April 20, 2015

The agency says it needs to raise fares by about nine percent — and cut some service — in order to close a $60 million budget gap.
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'Boulevard of Death' to Get Protected Bike Lanes

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

A dangerous stretch of Queens Boulevard will get protected bike lanes this summer as part of a larger plan to tame the chronically troublesome road.
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Drive Like Your Family Lives Here

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Drivers, your choices matter. That's the message of a powerful video that cabbies and city workers will soon watch as part of their driver training.
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Citi Bike 2.0

Monday, March 30, 2015

The new head of New York's bike share company didn't mince words: “Things were broken when we came in.” Now, he said Citi Bike is tackling some of the system's biggest problems.
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Affordable Housing Push Takes Express Train to MTA Boardroom

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The drumbeat for affordable housing has moved from the streets to City Hall and, on Wednesday, into the MTA's board room.
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7 Train to West Side Will Open at Some Point

Monday, March 23, 2015

You've waited this long for the station at 34th Street and 11th Avenue to open. What's a few more weeks?
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The Lament of the C Train Rider

Monday, March 23, 2015

"It's like Cinderella without the glass slipper," a former conductor says. If subway lines were fairy tales, the C train is most definitely still waiting for its prince to come.
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