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New York Gov. Cuomo: "Structural Changes" a Possibility for Port Authority

Saturday, March 29, 2014

A day after New Jersey's governor said he'd like to "explore" splitting up the massive bi-state authority, his counterpart in New York says he agrees the Port needs to be overhauled.

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Transportation Nation

Should the Port Authority Be Split Up?

Friday, March 28, 2014

Governor Chris Christie is "intrigued by the idea of dismantling the Port Authority operations." But dividing up its assets and responsibilities between New York and New Jersey doesn't make any sense, say transportation experts. 

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Transportation Nation

States Spend Too Much On New Roads, Neglecting Maintenance, Report Says

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Despite crumbling infrastructure, states continue to spend more money on building new roads than maintaining the ones they have, says a new report.

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WNYC News

Anatomy of a Gas Explosion

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A Duke University Professor who has studied urban gas infrastructure explains what it takes for a disaster to happen. 

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WNYC News

Report Raised Red Flags About Infrastructure Before Collapse

Thursday, March 13, 2014

A new report found that half of the city's gas lines are made up of cast iron or unprotected steel—the most leak-prone material.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Report: Our Infrastructure is Really Not Great

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Much of New York City's infrastructure, from subways to homeless shelters to hospitals, is in dire need of repair or upgrades. What's to be done?

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Transportation Nation

New York City's Infrastructure Isn't Getting Any Younger

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

We know New York is an old city with aging infrastructure, but now we have an idea of just how vulnerable it is — not to mention how much it will cost to fix.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Frat Bans Pledging; Aging Infrastructure; Public Advocate on Charter Schools

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Sigma Alpha Epsilon, a major fraternity, has announced that it will ban pledging. We’ll hear why and what it means for Greek life in area campuses. Plus: New York City Public Advocate Letitia James explains why she has brought a lawsuit against the co-location of charter schools with existing district schools. Then, Ami Ayalon, former commander of the Israeli Navy, talks about why he supports a two-state solution; the findings of a Center for an Urban Future report on aging infrastructure in our area; and how a student’s GPA compares to their SAT score when applying to college.

WNYC News

What's Behind the Spike in Heating Oil Prices

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Heating oil suppliers have struggled with a sharp rise in demand.

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Transportation Nation

Cuomo: New York's Airports are "Inexcusable"

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

New York's governor used a press conference with the vice president to trash the city's airports.

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Transportation Nation

First Envisioned 21 Years Ago, a D.C. Biking and Walking Path Remains Unfinished

Thursday, December 19, 2013

WAMU

Twenty-one years after plans were first devised -- and seven years after D.C.'s bike master plan called for its completion -- a planned eight mile bicycling and walking trail that may eventually connect Union Station and Silver Spring is still years away from being finished.

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Transportation Nation

VIDEO: D.C.'s First Streetcar Test Goes Well -- If Slowly

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

WAMU

The District’s first streetcar in a half-century was towed down its tracks on H Street NE at four miles per hour Monday, the first in what will be months of safety tests before passengers can finally hop aboard next year.

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Transportation Nation

Troubled Silver Spring Transit Center Could Open Next Year

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

WAMU

The Silver Spring Transit Center, years behind schedule and about $15 million over budget, finally may be ready to open to the public next year after additional repair work, Montgomery County, Md. officials announced on Tuesday.

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Transportation Nation

New Highway Along Beltway is Road Less Traveled

Thursday, October 24, 2013

WAMU

The 495 Express Lanes in Northern Virginia—14 miles of EZ Pass-only toll lanes where HOV-3 vehicles ride free—are still struggling to attract drivers nearly one year after opening. Traffic volume on the new highway is below expectations, according to information reported to the Australian Securities Exchange.

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Transportation Nation

Stretch of 1st Avenue Repaved with New Asphalt

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

A large stretch of 1st avenue has been re-paved using asphalt the Department of Transportation says is more durable and easier to maintain. Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan says the roadway was originally paved with 18-inches of concrete 30 years ago, which was more cost-effective at the time, back in 1983.

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Transportation Nation

New Highway Won't Turn Dulles Airport Into Major Cargo Player: Study

Wednesday, October 09, 2013

WAMU

Building a ten-mile parkway in Northern Virginia won't turn Dulles International Airport into the premier air cargo hub on the East Coast, according to a study by the George Mason University Center for Regional Analysis.

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Transportation Nation

VIDEO: What It Takes to Build D.C.'s First Streetcar in 50 Years

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

WAMU

The H Street/Benning Road corridor is undergoing a permanent—and highly anticipated—transformation.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Studies Nine-Mile Streetcar Line Running Through National Mall

Wednesday, October 02, 2013

WAMU

The District Department of Transportation is launching a one-year study of a nine-mile streetcar line between Buzzard Point in Southwest D.C. and Takoma in Northwest. It's a key segment of a planned 22-mile streetcar system supposed to integrate wiith Metro buses and the D.C. Circulator.

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Transportation Nation

VIDEO: Sneak Peek of Washington's Yet-to-be Opened Silver Line

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

WAMU

In a western suburb of the nation's capital, reinforced concrete pillars are rising high above Virginia's traffic-clogged highways. They represent five years of nearly completed construction work on one of the nation's largest transit projects.

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Suburb, at a "Crossroads," Eyes Bus Rapid Transit

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

WAMU

The official kickoff to Montgomery County's BRT discussion was punctuated by worry and hope -- and was underscored by the sense that the densely populated county is at the transportation crossroads.

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