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Bloomberg Checks Out Cameras; Transit Advocates Want More

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 12) In New York, no one really obeys traffic laws. Cars roll right through red lights (it was yellow when I first saw it, honestly!), pedestrians step off the curb well before they have the green signal, and even the more law-abiding cyclists routinely go ...

South Africa Still Struggles to Bring Good Bus Service

(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation, May 11) In the movie Invictus, Francois Pienaar, the rugby star played by Matt Damon, gets a call from the President. Not the President of the rugby league, as his family first thinks, but the President ...

Dreaming of the Fastest Trains

Ray LaHood visiting Japan's high-speed rail

(Collin Campbell, Transportation Nation) - Ever since President Obama announced billions in funding for high-speed rail projects in the U.S. early this year, the ...

In D.C., Transit Users Take a Larger Piece of the Commuting Pie

A rare, empty moment on the platform of DC's Metro (photo: David Schultz, WAMU News)

(Washington, DC - David Schultz, WAMU News) -- There are all sorts of interesting tidbits in the Brookings Institution's new ...

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.