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The Brian Lehrer Show

Open Phones: Importing and Exporting from Your Vacation

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

You know the feeling -- you go somewhere new and you discover that something is done differently there and you think: "we should import that, that's a great idea". So what would you adopt here? The Paris-Plages (temporary beaches) right here on the East River? Wifi on long-distance buses? Cable cars like in San Francisco? A giant ferris wheel like the London Eye? What would you import, and what would you export?

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Transportation Nation

No Driving Across SF Bay, as Old Bridge Closes To Make Way for New

Thursday, August 29, 2013

KALW

At 8 p.m. last night, the last car drove across the original eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. If everything goes according to schedule, the new, blinding white span will open to the public on Tuesday morning at 5 a.m. Pacific Time. 

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Transportation Nation

Meet the Little Known Board Making Big Virginia Transportation Decisions

Monday, August 26, 2013

WAMU

In Virginia, a major transportation project goes nowhere unless it receives the support of the Commonwealth Transportation Board. This influential, 17-member panel picks the winners from the state’s long wish list of road improvement projects. Yet, few of the members are known to the general public, and most do not have transportation or urban planning backgrounds. Most of these key transportation decision makers come from the real estate or banking sectors. 

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Transportation Nation

Sharing Is Hard: Church Trumps Cyclists On D.C. Bike Path

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

WAMU

A controversy over the design of a protected cycle track in the heart of Washington, D.C. is forcing District transportation planners to balance competing interests in the use of public streets.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The 2003 Blackout and the Power Grid Today

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Ten years ago yesterday, a widespread power outage plunged New York City and parts of the northeast and upper Midwest and Canada into darkness that lasted, in many places, two days. Jay Apt, professor and director of the Carnegie Mellon Electricity Industry Center, looks back at what caused the 2003 blackout and what changes have been made to bolster the power grid since then.

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Transportation Nation

That Infrastructure Advocacy App Has 10,000 Users Already

Monday, August 12, 2013

WAMU

A smartphone app that part soap box for complaining about traffic and part infrastructure advocacy has generated 1,700 letters to Congress after two weeks on the market. 

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Transportation Nation

Maryland Seeks Private Operator for Purple Line

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

WAMU

Maryland will pursue a private firm to design, construct, finance, operate, and maintain the $2.2 billion Purple Line light rail system planned for D.C.’s northern suburbs, says Governor Martin O’Malley.

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Transportation Nation

Virginia Prepares Public Push to Win Local Support for New Highway

Friday, August 02, 2013

WAMU

Virginia officials are taking a more personal approach in the state's attempt to sell a proposed highway to the locals. Now, in the face of ferocious opposition, the Virginia Department of Transportation is preparing to meet with county officials to present the state's vision of what the Bi-County Parkway would be.

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Transportation Nation

Transportation Secretary Foxx: States and Local Governments Need to Step Up Too

Friday, August 02, 2013

WAMU

In an hour-long conversation with reporters, the new U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx fielded questions on topics from transit repair to funding challenges (spoiler: he says the feds can't do it all). But don't try to pin him down on the gas tax.

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Transportation Nation

Discord Plagues Maryland's Flawed Silver Spring Transit Center

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WAMU

First it was cracked concrete, now it's a fiscal rift hindering the future of the Silver Spring Transit Center in Maryland. Montgomery County Officials and Metro leadership appear no closer to solving key problems plaguing a facility already years behind schedule and millions over budget.

 


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Transportation Nation

VIDEO: The First D.C. Streetcar in 50 Years Takes a Test Drive

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WAMU

D.C.'s streetcar won't be taking passengers for several more months, but engineers are already putting the vehicles through their paces, testing braking and acceleration -- and a feature called "dead man."

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Transportation Nation

A "Quick Fix" Could Open the SF Bay Bridge on Labor Day

Monday, July 22, 2013

KALW

After all that, the San Francisco Bay Bridge could open on Labor Day. That’s if a new solution—being called the “quick fix”—is approved to temporarily stabilize the structure’s broken bolts.

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The Takeaway

Egypt and Predictions for the Future of the Muslim Brotherhood

Monday, July 15, 2013

U.S. authorities have called on Egyptian's interim leadership to release Morsi and to discontinue with their arbitrary arrests. But Morsi's supporters say the Obama administration's criticism of the arrests and violence against Muslim Brotherhood supporters amounts to lip service. Robin Wright, distinguished scholar at the Wilson Center in Washington, weighs in.

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Transportation Nation

Ed Rendell on The State of U.S. Infrastructure 80 Years After the P.W.A.

Monday, July 08, 2013

The Hechinger Report

The Lincoln Tunnel and Triborough Bridge in New York City, the Grand Coulee Dam in Washington state, and the Overseas Highway connecting Key West to mainland Florida are all products of the New Deal’s Public Works Administration, which went into effect 80 years ago today. The Takeaway spoke with Ed Rendell is the former governor of Pennsylvania and the founder and co-chair of Building America’s Future

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The Takeaway

The State of U.S. Infrastructure 80 Years After the Public Works Administration

Monday, July 08, 2013

The Public Works Administrations was the driving force of America’s biggest construction effort to that date. 80 years later, the American Society of Civil Engineers gives the United States a D+ grade on infrastructure and 1 in 9 bridges are structurally deficient. Ed Rendell is the former governor of Pennsylvania and the founder and co-chair of Building America’s Future, which advocates for infrastructure spending. He believes that the United States has delayed investing in infrastructure long enough.

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The Takeaway

Dozens Dead in Cairo as Military Clashes With Opposition, What Went Wrong on Asiana Flight 214, The Dreams of a Man in Solitary Confinement for 40 Years

Monday, July 08, 2013

Dozens Dead in Cairo as Military Clashes With Opposition | Egypt's Mystery Man: Who is Adli Mansour? | U.S.  Infrastructure 80 Years After the Public Works Administration | The Dreams of a Man in Solitary Confinement for 40 Years | Looking at What Went Wrong on Asiana Flight 214 | Secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court Sees Role Expanding

Transportation Nation

Developers, Environmentalists Battle Over New Highway in D.C. Suburbs

Sunday, July 07, 2013

WAMU

As the McDonnell administration’s plan to build a major north-south highway in Northern Virginia has morphed into the most contentious transportation issue in the region, its opponents – who disparagingly label the proposed road an “outer beltway” – have leveled the charge that the Bi-County Parkway is being rammed through the approval process by and for the benefit of real estate developers.

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Transportation Nation

Senate Panel Okays Funding for D.C. Transit

Friday, June 28, 2013

WAMU

The agency that runs D.C.'s subways is looking forward to federal money to replace outdated equipment and catch up on years of deferred maintenance. The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority would receive another installment of federal funds to rebuild its aging rail system under an appropriations bills approved by a Senate panel on Thursday.

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Transportation Nation

Chicago's Stack of Tunnels Explored In Friendly Drawings

Friday, June 21, 2013

WBEZ

Below Chicago--like most cities--lies a stack of subterranean secrets. WBEZ's always-enlightening project, Curious City, has delved into Chicago's underworld to bring us a quick lesson in the windy city's hidden infrastructure ... with drawings! 

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Transportation Nation

How Roads Are (Un)Made: The Unraveling of a Deal to Build an "Outer Beltway" in D.C. Suburbs

Thursday, June 20, 2013

WAMU

Building a grand new road in a crowded metropolitan area requires as much diplomatic acumen as engineering ingenuity. So a plan to add a so-called outer beltway in the Washington, D.C. area could unravel over opposition to the closing of different, smaller local road. It may sound confusing, but this is how roads are built. 

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