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Brooklyn Borough President Responds to Bike Lane Brouhaha

(Andrea Bernstein, WNYC, April 13) Lot's of response to the interview which aired on WNYC with Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, on his opposition to a bike lane along Prospect Park West, including one from Markowitz himself.

In the interview, Markowitz recommended cyclists could ride on little-used sidewalks. In ...

Taxi Talk: 50 Cent Transit Tax Hurts Tips

New York City cabbies are iconic as the Statue of Liberty but you can hear their voices about as often as as you do the torch-bearing lady's. So it was enlightening when about 100 packed into WNYC's Greene Space performance hall to tell their stories, answer a few questions, and ...

In D.C., Costs of Transit for Disabled Spiral Out of Control

Courtesy WMATA.com

Courtesy WMATA.com

I’m not terribly adept at math, so I double checked this on my calculator to make sure it was right: when something increases by 300 percent, that means it quadruples.

I needed to know this for

The Bike Lanes Wars, in Brooklyn

(Andrea Bernstein, WNYC, New York) Park Slope in Brooklyn is one of those urban neighborhoods where people compost, drive Priuses (when they drive), and hang their laundry to dry. It's home to the oldest food co-operative in the United States. So it's perhaps an unlikely place to find a skirmish ...

Shannon Trice Will Stop You, Distracted Drivers

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(Syracuse, NY - Transportation Nation) On the window sill next to Captain Shannon Trice's desk, there's a toy cop car. Instead of the badge of the Syracuse Police Department, where he's worked for the last 20 years, it has the ...

The Phantom Token Booth: Life Without New York's Station Agents

An MTA station agent helps a subway rider read the service map. (Photo: Stephen Nessen)

(New York - WNYC) The Metropolitan Transportation Authority here is letting go of 450 station agents this spring because of its ...

Drive Until You Qualify For a Mortgage

(Houston - KUHF News Lab) We reported last month on Houston's high ratings as an affordable place to live. But what goes into an equation like that, from housing prices to work salaries to taxes, is fluid. A new group is challenging traditional views of those ratings, and ...

D.C.'s Metro Gets Mixed Messages From Its Riders

The Metro Bus map, showing service to SE Washington

The Metro Bus map, showing service to SE Washington

(Washington, DC - WAMU) Metro is the affectionate nickname for the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority. ...

When a bridge dies: life on the infrastructure frontier

 


(Collin Campbell)

(Chimney Rock, VT - Transportation Nation) - Many people who live around Lake Champlain remember where they were when they got the news.

 

For Tim Kayhart, it was 2 ...

Silent and Stress Free: Park and Ride Woos Houstonians

(Houston - KUHF News Lab) Houston's traffic is stuck in the top 10 worst metro areas. In the search for alternatives, eleven thousand commuters have been drawn out of cars and into a Park and Ride bus system. It's a quiet, cheap ride that has those ...

NYC to Cabbies: Oops!

A taxi driver gives change to a customer on 7th Avenue at Penn Station. (Getty Images)

A taxi driver gives change to a customer on 7th Avenue at Penn Station. (Getty Images)

(New York - WNYC) -- WNYC's Kathleen ...

Deputy HUD Secretary: Live Smaller, Denser

(The Takeaway) Think tanks have been getting more and more vocal of late when it comes to "affordable housing," arguing that term sua sponte hides costs by making people forget about transportation costs -- which can easily add to to more than a mortgage. In a thought-provoking interview, Deputy ...

Probing Bike-Friendly Houston

(Houston - KUHF) - Triple-digit temperatures and summer storms make biking tough in Houston. But the city is still pressing forward with a decades-long plan for bike trails and roadside amenities to encourage car-loving Texans to consider other ways to get around. With Google Maps expanding its popular ...

People are tired of long commutes, they're tired of congestion, and having transportation options is becoming an increasingly viable political option in some of these areas.

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The Third Rail: Why Scaling Back Public Transit Is So Hard To Do

(Washington, DC - WAMU) In the political parlance of our times, a contentious public policy problem is called a "third rail" issue. Like a railway's electrified third rail, if you dare touch these issues, you're going to get hurt. Think abortion, Social Security, health care, et. al.

But ...

Houston plans for future gridlock

Houston traffic-roads(Houston - KUHF News Lab) In the next 30 years, Houston is expected to add 3.5 million people. It's a planning challenge on all levels, especially transportation. How will Houston bill ways to get to work that ...

Engineers, wind and a crumbling bridge: how 500 pounds of metal ends up on a roadway

(San Francisco - KALW) In October 2009, a temporary device engineers made to hold the San Francisco Bay Bridge together broke. Hundreds of pounds of metal fell onto the lanes of Interstate 80, and one of the busiest crossings in the Bay Area. No one was injured, but ...

NYC Taxi Drivers Object to Being Labeled Crooks

Kathleen Horan, WNYC

Kathleen Horan, WNYC

(WNYC) -- The City of New York has revealed that it believes the majority of licensed taxi drivers have been involved in a scheme to overcharge passengers. More than 35,000 drivers are accused of charging ...

With Billions In federal stimulus, why are states cutting public transit?

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NJ governor Chris Christie is trying to bridge a nearly $11 billion budget gap. He presented his 2011 budget last night (above).

As states struggle to close epic budget gaps, public transit systems are yet another item ...

When the Subway Doubles as the Yellow School Bus

(WNYC) New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to cut back on the discounts that students receive to travel to and from school. Officials say those discounts are an education expense and should be covered entirely by the state and city. But a lot of other transit agencies around the ...