Recent Articles

Renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge Begins

A four-year, $508 million renovation of the Brooklyn Bridge is underway. WNYC is watching -- and wants your help. To get involved, start here.

How Americans Decide to (Not) Use Transit

The nation has gone through dramatic demographic and economic change over the last 10 years, in what history may end up calling the "lost decade" because jobs and economic change didn't keep pace. That loss is coming home to roost now, says the Brookings Institution, which has turned ...

Don't use transit? Don't carpool? Why?

The Takeaway will be looking next week at commuting trends in the U.S. -- where transit use is up, where it's down, where it's a feeble pulse. They're looking for your stories -- tell them!

Head of Chicago's Commuter Rail Jumps in Front of Train, Dies: Sun-Times

Photo by Laurence via Flickr

Phil Pagano had been the Executive Director of Metra, Chicago's commuter rail since 1990. In the last few years, the service has been expanding, across the six counties around Chicago, with plans ...

Smart Technology Comes to Buses

(KUHF, Houston, Melissa Galvez, May 7) -- Intelligent Car Techies(and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Descended on Houston This Week to discuss car-to-car communication and other cars of the near and distant future. KUHF's Melissa Galvez takes a look at how better technology can ease congestion.

Dirty Train on the Tracks: NYC MTA to Cut 1000 more positions

Even as a judge has temporarily blocked the layoffs of 475 Station Agents (the hearing is now set for Monday), the MTA's CFO Bob Foran announces the agency is cutting 1000 more positions, mostly in subway clean up. Way dirtier trains are on the way -- subway cars will be ...

SF's Meters to be Smarter than NY's Meters

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 6). As I posted earlier, NY has been experimenting with increasing parking rates to increase turn over during peak times. But now as Nathaneal Johnson reports, San Franciso goes even better, by putting in smart meter than can adjust prices on demand.

Faster Buses in the Bay Area?

(Nathaneal Johnson, KALW, San Francisco, May 6) The East Bay is drilling down on plans for a new bus rapid transit system. Take a look here.

Judge Halts NYC MTA Layoffs

(WNYC, Matthew Schuerman, May 6) —Hundreds of laid-off MTA station agents who were expecting to turn in their uniforms are reporting to work instead. A judge issued a temporary restraining order around 2 a.m., halting the layoffs.

At issue is whether the MTA followed the proper procedures in closing the ...

How does your airline find out if you're on a no-fly list?

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) Ever wonder? So did we. When you buy your ticket? When you pass through security? When they scan your boarding pass as you enter the jetway? None of the above as it turns out. A TSA official tells us that agency requires airlines to check their ...

Bike lanes come to the President's Doorstep

Andrea Bernstein and Brian Lehrer discuss the controversy over bike lanes on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, why US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood is such a surprise, and what the new Times Square should look like. Listen Here.

Parking Rate Hikes Eyed Everywhere

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 5) A New York City experiment found even small hikes in parking rates -- a dollar an hour -- increased turnover because people stayed in the spots for a longer period of time. Parking, says New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, is real estate ...

Oyster cards come to SF

(Nathaneal Johnson, KALW) Check it out, one card that works on all systems. Transit experts say the more people forget about paying for transit, the more they'll ride (kinda like how it feels free to drive, because you don't pay for each trip.) Nathaneal Johnson of KALW reports.

Want to pay more for parking?

Probably not, no one does. But as the Institute for Transportation Development Policy reports, an increasing number of municipalities are looking to variable parking rates as a way to get people to leave their spots more quickly. They say it can ease congestion, curb pollution, help merchants by making ...

Carrion Leaves DC, Gets Closer to Where he Can Run for Mayor

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 4) Since leaving his office as Bronx Borough President, Adolfo Carrion has been Obama's Urban Czar, logging lots of frequent flyer miles but not scoring much ink. (Except maybe, for this profile on WNYC News last December.)

But while Carrion has been busy ...

Minnesota Light Rail:Politics and Racial Strife

(Minnesota Public Radio, Laura Yuen, May 5) The final two installments in Minnesota Public Radio's in-depth look at the new light rail line examine the politics and the racial ramifications of building the new line. View a slide show, and listen here.

Times Square Design Contest Still On

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 4) Tim Tompkins, the head of the Times Square Alliance, emails there are no changes in the Times Square design contest -- the city is still going ahead with processing requests for proposals for the graphics underfoot at the pedestrian plazas. The plan still ...

Bus Stop No Longer

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 3) A sign of the times? Spotted yesterday, on Sixth Avenue and Union Street, in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Transit systems around the county face deep cuts.

NJ Transit Hikes Go Into Effect Saturday

Succumbing to the fiscal realities faced by transit systems across the nation, NJ Transit begins drastic fare hikes and service cuts today. The third largest transit system in the nation will see hikes of 25 percent on commuter and long distance buses -- up to 50 percent if you account ...

Aren't You the Airport Guys? TSA in the Subway

(New York - Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) -- It's a strange sight, the bright blue uniforms of the agents who run the long lines and security machinery at airports, down in the crush of the New ...