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The Takeaway: Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper: Colorado's Next Mayor?

Colorado Governor Bill Ritter recently announced he won't run for reelection in 2010, leaving wide speculation about who will succeed him. Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper was in the midst of recording an interview with The Takeaway on Wednesday afternoon when Ritter called Hickenlooper to talk about what the job entails. ...

WNYC: MTA Financial Officer Retires After 30 Years

NEW YORK, NY January 06, 2010 —The MTA's top financial officer quietly retired last week after 30 years at the agency. As the MTA's unofficial No. 2 man, Gary Dellaverson made key financial decisions for the beleaguered transit authority.

WNYC: Bloomberg: MTA Needs New Funding Sources

NEW YORK, NY December 17, 2009 —The MTA board has approved an austerity plan to close a nearly $400-million funding gap by eliminating the W and Z subway lines, and more than 20 bus routes.

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The Takeaway: 'This is Not Your Father's DOT': Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood

The federal government is on the verge of spending billions of dollars on highways and public transit projects, beginning in 2010. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood views this as a historic moment in American history, when federal money will back policy aimed at getting Americans off the highways, out of ...

WNYC: MTA Expected to Approve More Service Cuts Today

NEW YORK, NY December 16, 2009 —As Yogi Berra would have said, it's deja vu all over again. Just seven months ago state lawmakers said they had rescued the MTA from a crippling deficit and riders from steep fare hikes and severe service cuts. But Dale Hemmerdinger, who was MTA ...

WNYC: MTA Approves Service Cuts

NEW YORK, NY December 16, 2009 —The board members of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority have approved service cuts to the city's train and bus systems. The changes, intended to trim the MTA's budget, include cuts to student metrocards, as well as eliminating the W and Z subway lines and two ...

'This is Not Your Father's DOT': Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood

The federal government is on the verge of spending billions of dollars on highways and public transit projects, beginning in 2010.  Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood views this as a historic moment in American history, when federal money will back policy aimed at getting Americans off the highways, out of ...

The Takeaway: New York Mayor Bloomberg at Climate Talks in Copenhagen

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is in Copenhagen this week to take part in the Climate Summit for Mayors. Last week, the Mayor passed his Greener, Greater, Buildings Plan, and this week he hopes to inspire leaders from other cities ...

WNYC: Shortfall in MTA Revenues

NEW YORK, NY December 08, 2009 —The MTA is warning about new financial problems. The transportation authority says a new payroll tax on metropolitan-area businesses has generated less revenue than expected.

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WNYC: MTA Criticized for Countdown Clocks for Bus and Subways

NEW YORK, NY December 04, 2009 —An influential Long Island lawmaker is criticizing the MTA's decision to install countdown clocks throughout the bus and subway system. At a hearing yesterday on the authority's capital plan, State Senator Craig Johnson said he had a tough enough time voting for a new ...

The Takeaway: Just Where Is the Stimulus Cash Going?

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, ...

WNYC: New MTA Taxes Take Effect Starting Sunday

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.

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WNYC: New MTA Chief Takes Stand on Pay Raises

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 ...

WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show: The New MTA Chief

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.

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WNYC: MTA Chair Suggest His Old Employer: Transport for London as Consultants

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.

WNYC: New Braking System Coming to MTA Commuter Rails

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.

The Takeaway: Washington Convenes 'Distracted Driving' Summit

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 ...

Washington Convenes 'Distracted Driving' Summit

Call it Driving While Distracted, or DWD. It may not sound as serious as DWI, but driving and texting or twittering or "just" checking your email is a serious enough issue that dozens of elected officials, transit groups and law enforcement agencies are gathering in Washington today to look at ...

WNYC: MTA Chair Wishes He Could Downsize New Transit Hub

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.

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