Friday, February 20, 2015
By Kathleen Horan : Reporter, WNYC News
Wednesday, June 11, 2014
By Kate Hinds
There is a daily flood of complaints from New Jersey Transit bus commuters at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
By Brendan Byrne : WMFE
After over two decades and $1 billion, Florida's newest commuter rail system is launching this week. And to lure a population unused to transit, SunRail is offering two weeks of free rides — and some teachable moments.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
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Sunday, September 29, 2013
By Kate Hinds
Even though the New Haven Line now has some "bare bones electrical power," Monday's commute will only have half the capacity of a normal one -- and passengers should prepare for crowded conditions. Here's what you need to know.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Although many parents support the drivers' concerns about job security, a yellow bus strike will throw finely honed schedules into chaos.
Thursday, November 01, 2012
By Jennifer Hsu : Video Producer
The Board of Education has cancelled classes at New York City public schools for the rest of the week, but some independent schools have decided to open its doors today for a full day of class. My daughter goes to one of them. After 3 days of cabin fever, she was excited to head back to school to see her friends -- and escape her parents. Here's a photo essay of her journey back to school.
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
(Washington, DC -- Armando Trull, WAMU) It's early morning at Renee Scarlett's red brick row house house in Hyattsville. The single mom has just said goodbye to three-year-old twins Jayden and Amani. Her two other children, Anthony, 8, and Marquis, 10, were packed off to school just a few minutes ago.
Up until recently, this would have been the time that Renee embarked on her 2.5 hour commute to work in Gaithersburg on foot, then on Metro, and finally on a bus.
"Yes, that's how I had to take care of my family," Scarlett says.
There are 195,000 households without a car in D.C.; of those, there are 7,000 for whom that status makes it difficult to get and keep a job, according to a Brookings Institution study published last year. The nonprofit Vehicles for Change is trying to combat this problem — they helped Scarlett get her own vehicle last year — and today they will introduce community leaders to her and other families with similarly daunting transportation challenges.
For Scarlett, the breaking point came when her employer, Peapod, moved 22 miles away to Hanover, Md. It might as well have been to the moon, given Hanover's lack of public transportation options.
"I wouldn't have had any public transportation, and I would have been forced to resign my position," Scarlett says.
Then, she got a helping hand from Vehicles for Change. They helped her purchase a 2000 Chrysler SUV for just $750. It came with a 6-month, 6,000-mile warranty.
"It's all about getting families like Renee's to and from employment," says Marty Schwartz, the president of Vehicles for Change. "We have families in the region who are trying to do the right thing … but without a vehicle you can't even do daily chores, let alone get to and from work, even with good public transportation."
Today's event, called 'Walk in Their Shoes,' is designed to help community leaders better understand the transportation challenges of many in the D.C. area.
Sunday, November 27, 2011
The Port Jervis commuter line, cleaved in two by raging floodwaters roiled by Tropical Storm Irene, reopens today. The washout of 14 miles of track was the most severe damage sustained by a transit agency in modern history.
Scientists and government officials say climate change will bring more frequent weather events like Irene, and without preventative action, similar washouts could become more commonplace. (Full story here.)
For the past three months, passengers traveling to Rockland and Orange counties and points north and west of New York City have endured a frustrating commute.
During Tropical Storm Irene, a raging Ramapo River, otherwise little more than a creek in areas, surged to buckle the tracks, wash out the support ballast, and undermine railroad bridges. Fred Chidester, the manager of the line for Metro North, called it the worst damage he's "seen in 28 years of working for the MTA."
The 14 mile stretch Irene undermined runs from the southernmost tip of Rockland County to Harriman, cleaving the 90-mile line in two. Passengers commuting to New York have had to, in some cases, take a train, then a bus, then a train, adding up to an hour to already long commutes.
About 2600 passengers ride the Port Jervis line each day.
The MTA originally projected the line would be out until the new year, but about a month ago said trains could run down the entire track beginning November 29. Trains will be somewhat slower and run less frequently than before Irene, while track workers complete their work.
The repair work is projected to cost the cash-strapped transit authority $40 million.
Thursday, September 22, 2011
A new school year means 7,000 yellow buses rolling through the streets each day, moving 160,000 students. It also means confusion about bus routes, especially during the first few weeks of school. Hear parents’ stories and find out how you can get help if you’re experiencing trouble on your bus route.
Monday, June 06, 2011
[UPDATED to add Video - AG]
The DOT just pointed us toward this video of Transpo Secretary Ray LaHood biking to work. He just oozes Washington, D.C. pride, calling the area "one of the most livable communities in America."
And, in response to an off camera question, he says "everybody has a right to the roadways, and certainly cyclists."
As promised, U.S. Secretary of Transportation rode a bike to work today. Heres' how he describes it on his blog: "This morning I biked to work with a group of DOT commuters from the Washington Monument to our headquarters building. The route was safe and well-marked; we enjoyed some exercise; and we didn't burn a drop of gas--which saved us some money.
That's what I call a successful commute."