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."
Monday, May 02, 2011
(Andrea Bernstein, Transportation Nation) On September 12th, 2001, New Yorkers tried to go to work. Since so many subway lines were disrupted, that often meant taking routes WAY out of the way, and miles and miles of walking. But, accustomed to getting around obstacles, New Yorkers shrugged and tried anyway. What else could we do?
When, a few days later, the city began offering a ferry service from Brooklyn to replace the lost subways, those ferries were packed. I rode the first one over into Manhattan, tilting my head from side to side, trying to comprehend the Lower Manhattan skyline without the twin towers.
Later that fall, when the U.S. declared war on the Taliban, Mayor Rudy Giuliani encouraged everyone to go out, go to work, "go see "Proof" -- referring to a popular Broadway show. The streets were packed that day, a gorgeous October Sunday, even though New York City was more or less on red alert.
After the London Underground was bombed in July 2005, I was posted at Grand Central station. Commuters were taken aback that I would even ask if they'd thought twice about going to work. "What else would I do, stop my life?" was the general sentiment. (And "No" was the answer.)
Today was no different. Osama bin Laden was shot and killed, the government is on high alert for retaliation, and we are going to work.
WNYC's Jim O'Grady has been at Grand Central Station. He writes:
"Checked every train, bus and light rail line on NJ Transit website and found no current delays. Boards at Grand Central still reporting good service, as is the MTA website, but for a train delayed on the Ronkonkoma line due to medical emergency.
"In a sign of normalcy, a man billing himself as Galdort Gumbo is playing a Yamaha piano in the lower concourse and singing emo versions of Billy Joel, James Taylor and "Easy" by Lionel Ritchie. America endures."
WNYC's Ailsa Chang was reporting from Times Square. She noted any obvious increased police presence as "very minimal. Times Square looked only slightly more policed today, but I think I only noticed because I was trying to look for police cars."
One WNYC staffer's husband said the car commute through the Lincoln Tunnel was faster than usual, but so far, most other reports are that this was a normal morning commute, and MTA spokesman Jeremy Soffin says the Authority didn't note any drop in ridership.
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Thursday, December 16, 2010
By Kate Hinds
Census data, commuter edition: More DC residents are using abandoning their cars and taking public transit to work. "Only New Yorkers take the subway to work more than Washingtonians do." (Washington Post)
Meanwhile, four of New York City's five boroughs logged the nation's longest average commute times to work (New York Post). The country's worst commute continues to belong to Staten Island, where residents spend 42.5 minutes each way traveling to work (Staten Island Live). But remember, New Yorkers --commutes cost less in NYC.
The blog Ride The City published data about more than 600,000 NYC bike rides planned on their site since April 2009. Median ride length: a little over 4 miles. And: 85% of all rides started or ended in just 7% of census blocks.
New York City has launched a new pilot program that will allow some disabled Access-A-Ride customers to take taxis instead. (WNYC)
Amtrak passengers can now bring unloaded guns on some trains. All aboard! (NPR)
Richard Florida digs into neighborhood walkability--which he writes is "a magnet for attracting and retaining the highly innovative businesses and highly skilled people that drive economic growth, raising housing values and generating higher incomes." (The Atlantic)