Thursday, January 23, 2014
Whether you're watching to see your favorite artists perform or to mercilessly criticize today's pop stars, we want you to join Soundcheck on Sunday night, Jan. 26 as we play Grammys bingo. Will Clive Davis get a shout-out? Can you spot Lang Lang? Is someone sporting sunglasses on stage? Get five in a row and tweet Bingo!
Wednesday, February 06, 2013
From the Department of Small but Useful Changes:
The MTA's got a new interactive map, though it's so basic you can't believe they didn't have it already. At the MTA.info site, the subway map is now "interactive," meaning you can move it around and zoom in on parts of it, for "easier viewing of fine grain details," as the MTA put it in a press release. Which also makes it easier to view on a tablet or smart phone. Before, there was just a static PDF.
Monday, July 16, 2012
(Matt Berger and Katie Long -- Marketplace) America is a nation of drivers, particularly when it comes to how we get to work.
Across the country, the vast majority of us commute by car, and most of the time we’re alone, according to the latest data from the Census Bureau. But in some pockets of the U.S. there's a growing population of commuters taking public transportation, carpooling, walking, and even riding a bike.
Here's what they wrote about the findings:
Using data from the 2010 survey (view data), we identified the number of people in each state who drive alone, carpool, and take public transportation. From the 2008 survey (view data), we identified the number of people in each state who walk or ride a bike.
Then we added up the total number of people represented in both surveys to determine the "total commuter population" for each state; There is a margin of error we didn't account for, maybe some people who still commute by horse-and-buggy, and the surveys are from different years, but you get the idea. A quick calculation gave us the share of commuters in each category by state.
I drive alone
In 43 states, more than three-quarters of the commuter population drive alone to work. Only New York was significantly lower -- with almost half of Empire State commuters saying they get work in other ways. The least carpool-friendly states by percent are Alabama, Tennessee, and South Carolina.
Share the road
Hawaii and Alaska lead the nation in carpool commuting. About 14 percent of their commuter populations share a ride to work. Most states reported somewhere between 8 percent and 11 percent in this commuter category.
More of us take the bus
Not surprisingly, states with major metropolitan populations and large public transit systems have the highest use of public transit: New York leads by a wide margin with about 28 percent of its commuter population taking a train, subway or bus. Massachusetts and Illinois came in at a distant second and third with about 9 percent of their respective commuter populations taking public transportation.
Meanwhile Alabama, Arkansas, Maine, and Mississippi are among 17 states with less than 1 percent of their commuter population on public transit.
Foot-powered commuters are few
In our data set, bicycling and walking remain the least-popular methods for commuting to work. No state reported more than 5 percent of their commuter population on bikes. Thanks to its bike-friendly city of Portland, the state of Oregon topped the list - but still its bike population is only about 4.63 percent of the total. The majority of states didn’t break 1 percent in this category (Full disclosure, this is how I get to work).
Those who walk to work, meanwhile, are more common than bike-to-work commuters in almost every state, but still represent only a small slice of each state's commuter population. New York had the second-highest number of walking commuters, along with the other top states – Alaska (#1), Vermont (#3) and Montana (#4).
Friday, May 18, 2012
Which would you say is a worse commute: New York to Honolulu, or L.A. to San Juan, Puerto Rico? About 25 people fly each of those super commute routes every week.
There are about 43,000 people who commute by plane, census data show. Here's a map of the plane routes to the top 12 air-commuting U.S. cities. Hover your mouse over the colored lines to see how many people fly a given route to work each week.
See our earlier radio report on super-commuters to get to know the people who make these treks.
In case you were wondering:
The top five super commutes (all modes) in the U.S. (2009 data):
1) Tucson to Phoenix, AZ 3.6% of workforce (54,400 total)
2) Houston to Dallas, TX 3.3% (44,300 total)
3) Dallas-Fort Worth to Houston, TX 2.7% (51,900 total)
4) Austin to Dallas, TX 2.4% (32,400 total)
5) San Diego to Los Angeles, CA 2.2% (78,300 total)
Listen to this week's Marketplace Money story here:
INTERACTIVE CHART: From One State of the Union to the Next; A Shift from Building the New to Fixing the Old
Friday, January 20, 2012
President Obama began 2011 arguing in lofty terms for building 21st century infrastructure. He ended it pleading for the maintenance of our 20th century roads and bridges. Transportation Nation analyzed the number of times he mentioned various infrastructure-related words over the course of the year. As the chart shows, he shifted from regularly mentioning ambitious, long term projects like high-speed rail, to calling for repair of our roads and bridges as a means to spur construction jobs.
For a year in review of infrastructure and transportation policy extracted from this data, mouse over the chart month by month. Play with the chart to see how different issues trended over time. Here's the full dataset if you want to make your own charts, just credit us and let us know.
Monday, April 11, 2011
(New York -- Ilya Maritz, WNYC) Last winter New York City endured the third snowiest season on record, and the City doled out more than 4,500 tickets for snow and ice violations. Building owners are required to shovel the sidewalks in front of their properties, if they don't, they risk a $150 ticket.
Ice-coated sidewalks in New York can be dangerous for pedestrians, not just the residents of the property, in some cases forcing them to walk in the snowy streets.
While blizzards typically dump snow fairly evenly across the city, tickets for failing to clear snow and ice are spread unevenly, according to an analysis by WNYC.
More than 1/3 of all tickets were handed out in the Bronx. Manhattan, where apartment buildings predominate, had only 1 percent of the violations.
The most ticketed block in the city was a tree-lined residential strip in the Bronx with two- and three-story homes. Freeman Street — between Union and Prospect avenues — tallied an astonishing 41 violations for failure to clear snow from the sidewalk including several that neighbors say have fallen into foreclosure.
"It's no maintenance man, it's no owner, it's nothing," said Mac, who lives in one of the buildings and only provided his first name.
He said he hasn't paid rent there in over a year, and there's no hot water. No surprise, then, that the sidewalk wasn't shoveled.
"I think the Sanitation [Department] made this building a part of their training route for training new employees how to put tickets on the building," Mac said, "because they know they gonna guarantee a ticket over here."
For the full story of Freeman street and NYC snow and ice violations, go to WNYC.
KEY: Each pin marks an address receiving at least one snow/ice violation this past winter, between 12/27/2010 and 2/25/2011. Citations dismissed as of April 1, 2011 are omitted, and some violations shown may yet be dismissed. Source: NYC Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings/Environmental Control Board