Today, the White House releases a huge amount of raw data on how and where stimulus money is being spent. We talk about the numbers we know so far, what listeners have noticed, and what we'll be looking for in the tea leaves. We're joined by WNYC reporter Andrea Bernstein, Pete Herman, a currently unemployed ironworker from Brooklyn, N.Y., and Charlie Dilbert, a construction worker from Cincinnati whose job is being pad for with the stimulus money.
NEW YORK, NY October 30, 2009 —Two new taxes intended to help the MTA are going into effect this Sunday and Monday. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has the details.
NEW YORK, NY October 28, 2009 —New MTA chairman Jay Walder says his agency is right to have appealed an arbitration ruling that gave transit workers a pay raise. In August the Transport Workers Union was granted an 11 percent hike over 3 years, but Walder says the arbitrator didn't follow the Taylor Law, which governs public employees. "The arbitrator is required to make a decision on a specific set of legal criteria. And our legal arguments indicate how the arbitrator had failed to make a decision on the basis of that criteria," Walder said.
What will mass transit in New York look like in ten years? Chairman of the MTA, Jay Walder, talks about his vision for the future of the MTA.
NEW YORK, NY October 23, 2009 —The MTA's new chairman is proposing to spend up to a half-million dollars for technological advice from his old employer - Transport for London. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.
NEW YORK, NY October 01, 2009 —The MTA says a new federal law is forcing it to spend $700 million over the next five years to install an automatic braking system on commuter rail roads. WNYC's Matthew Schuerman has more.
Call it Driving While Distracted, or DWD. It may not sounds as serious as DWI, but driving and texting or twittering or "just" checking your email is as serious enough issue that dozens of elected officials, transit groups and law enforcement agencies are gathering in Washington today to look at what can be done about it. We hear from Kristin Backstrom of AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, who will be at the conference, New Jersey State Trooper Segeant Stephen Jones and his daughter Alicia Jones, who admits to texting while driving.
NEW YORK, NY January 30, 2009 —The head of the MTA says that if he had to do the Fulton Street Transit Center all over again, he might have opted for a less expensive design.