Interstate of the Union

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the "Transportation Nation" blog, talks about Obama's plans for transport as laid out in the State of the Union address.

Comments [19]

Steve from NJ

Beyond speed, there has to be a big increase in convenience and services for riders. Most of these "45-seat" air routes could be improved by not flying them, with good air/rail connectivity.

Feb. 03 2011 08:07 AM
K Yau from Brooklyn, New York

Just to be clear, the Year of the Rabbit starts on the western calendar on February 3, 2011. That would be tomorrow.

For your caller who is calling from Asia, where its people (and my family) is a half day ahead of us in the western hemisphere, it is indeed happy new year already.

Feb. 02 2011 01:20 PM

Another thing is just getting young people getting to travel more. I didn't have a car when I was sixteen, am from the Northeast, and still playing catch-up on seeing other parts of the country. Chinatown buses & Greyhounds only go so far, comfortably.

Feb. 02 2011 12:00 PM

is your community aloud to vote for mayor. that's your input.

Feb. 02 2011 11:59 AM
art525 from Park Slope

Yes Brian if we are against the PPW bike lane we are luddites. Or could it be that the thing was foisted upon us without any community input. (This is where you say that Brooklynites who were polled overwhelmingly approve of it. Of course those who cite that poll don't point out that it is people from further afield (ie Williamsburg etc) who overwhelmingly support it while those of us who live nearby don't) A lot of those who are against it are older people who cross PPW to go to the park. When they cross the street they have red lights which allow them to cross but they don't have them when they get to the bike lane. Of course if there were lights controlling the bike land no bikers would pay attention to them anyway. Columbus Day weekend we walked across the Brooklyn Bridge which was packed with tourists watching a lovely sunset. The huge crowd of pedestrians were very consciously trying to keep out of the bike lane but the bikers who rode by never slowed down and just yelled to get out of their lane. When you give bikers a lane it just gives them a greater sense of entitlement . Bikers argue that they need a safe alternative to being in the road with cars and yet they have very little concern for pedestrians. Sorry but it's true.Of course I know that someone who is associated with Transportation Alternatives says we need the bike lanes to lure "creative" people to New York. How did we ever lure those creatives for all those years when we didn't have bike lanes? Walt Whitman, Poe, GInsberg, deKooning, Pollack, Dylan, Lou Reed- how on earth did we lure them here without bike lanes?

Feb. 02 2011 11:54 AM

Dara Kiese
the red states are only red for themselves!

Feb. 02 2011 11:54 AM
Judith Targove from Highland Park NJ

Andrea Bernstein has forgotten that the US Government sold the transcontinental railroads the right of way for a pittance (was it 10 miles on both side of the track?) and paid the private companies money for each mile of track built. This wasn't a purely private enterprise.

Feb. 02 2011 11:50 AM
Dan from Brooklyn

You both miss the point. It's about fossil fuels.

The bullet train in Japan is electric. 200 mph, from here to Chicago in 2 hours.

No more jet fuel or gas for your cars. Who do we think would be against that?

The same companies that scammed the government into building the highway system because of the nuclear threat, so Americans had "escape routes".

Oil companies will never let this happen.

Feb. 02 2011 11:49 AM
mick from brooklyn

High speed rail is needed in this country, especially in the Northeast Corridor. Giving the Fed money to individual states doomed the project. Chris Christie going against the New Jersey-Manhattan tunnel, Congestion Pricing being voted down… all signs of the cultural reasons why people are against it; Americans prefer their cars.
5 dollar gas is coming back, and may change some minds.

Feb. 02 2011 11:46 AM
Patrick from Hoboken

Many people around the country feel that money spent on these projects will be wasted.

Feb. 02 2011 11:46 AM
Bob from Pelham, NY

Andrea is wrong in her transcontinental railroad comment -- the private railroad builders were heavily subsidized by government grants of free land for each mile built. Please read your history and don't feed into these Fox News myths.

Feb. 02 2011 11:45 AM
Dara Kiese from new york

The Eastern corridor subsidizes the Western states (highways, ranching, water, etc), yet "the West" still rails against the federal government or against supporting anything that wouldn't directly support them.

Feb. 02 2011 11:44 AM
dan k from Chelsea

china's trains are far faster than anything in Europe, and well over 200mph. NYC to DC in 1.5hrs:

Feb. 02 2011 11:42 AM
Jill from manhattan

I LOVE the Acela! If I could take that around the country and never step on an airplane again, I would be thrilled.

Feb. 02 2011 11:40 AM
slr from Brooklyn

Grand Central Station is a post office. Grand Central Terminal is the train station. How can the head of "transportation nation" get this wrong?

Feb. 02 2011 11:39 AM

again, selfish americans

Feb. 02 2011 11:38 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

I think that the administration should push electric cars, and leave high speed trains alone for now. Japan and France are densely populated countries. China has a vast population, and widespread use of cars and planes may not be as viable right now as yet. For them, high speed trains may be the right option. For America, I think pushing electric cars rather than pushing high speed trains is probably the more sensible thing for NOW.

Feb. 02 2011 11:36 AM
Rachel from Brooklyn

I have needed to travel between New York City and Cincinnati a few times this year. Flights are short, but expensive. Having spent time abroad,silly me I thought about the train. Well, on Amtrak the trip takes almost 3 days, leaving NYC at about 6am, and arriving in Cincinnati the following night at about 3am. That is neither safe not convenient, especially for a woman travelling alone. It's laughable really. Americans hardly know what is good for them or their future, that has become crystal clear. If only more would travel abroad, they would then understand what high speed rail could truly offer us. Not to mention public transportation and biking more generally.

Feb. 02 2011 11:34 AM
geo from Astoria

Americans (most, not NYers) dont like trains because they are afraid to interact with other people. They constantly live in a bubble. They live In their suburban homes, then get in their cars, to go to their jobs, maybe a stop at the mall like a good little consumer, then back home. Very limited interactions with real people.

This is why most Americans are so dumb and believe everything they hear on Fox news. most watched news channel on cable. They dont talk to real people. They like their TV personalities better.
Thats right i said it!! most Americans are dumb!! its true.. deal with it!!!

Feb. 02 2011 11:33 AM

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