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More Bike Racks Coming to Metro-North Trains

Monday, September 15, 2014

If you're riding the rails on Metro-North, soon it will be easier to bring your wheels along too.
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The Brian Lehrer Show

CAFFEINE!; the Metro-North report; Crimea’s Decision

Monday, March 17, 2014

Did you know that the caffeine in soda is usually made in China? Murray Carpenter is author of Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts, and Hooks Us and he’ll explain the drug. Plus: what a federal report on the Metro-North crash found about how the rail service was too lax about safety; the latest on the Crimean referendum; and more.

Transportation Nation

Gov Cuomo Supports New Metro-North Train Line Through Bronx

Wednesday, January 08, 2014

WNYC

Governor Cuomo used his State of the State speech on Wednesday to express support for an MTA plan to send Metro-North trains through neighborhoods in the East Bronx.

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Transportation Nation

After Derailment, MTA Struggles To Find Right Mix Of Human Skill + Technology

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

WNYC

The MTA is speeding up its plan to install an advanced safety technology on its commuter rail lines. But there's no magic bullet when it comes to preventing train crashes.

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WNYC News

Governor Cuomo, in Full Disaster Mode, Seeks Press

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

WNYC

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is not Gov. Chris Christie. Cuomo does not regularly do national television interviews like "Meet the Press." He does not regularly out-wit reporters to a draw. He does not seek — and seek, and seek — the national glare. But there are exceptions: during disasters the magnitude of storms Sandy or Irene, and now Metro-North, he'll do things like pick up the phone and call Brian Lehrer.

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Transportation Nation

Feds: Train Was Going 82 in a 30-MPH Zone

Monday, December 02, 2013

UPDATED: Federal investigators say the Metro North commuter train that derailed Sunday was going 82 mph in a 30 mph zone as it rounded a precipitous curve in the Bronx.

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Transportation Nation

New Haven Line On Brink Of Returning To Full Service

Friday, October 04, 2013

WNYC

Riders on the New Haven Line railroad could see full service restored by the Monday morning rush hour. An upgrade to a Metro-North substation that supplies electricity to the line's overheard wires is done, but must now be tested.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Bill de Blasio; NJ Higher Ed; Robert Reich; Mo Rocca

Friday, September 27, 2013

Bill de Blasio, New York City Public Advocate and Democratic candidate for mayor, talks about his mayoral campaign and takes listener’s calls. Plus: we take calls from listeners coping with a power outage on the Metro-North New Haven line; Robert Reich, labor secretary in the Clinton administration, talks about his new documentary about inequality; and the history and track record of international intervention. Then, 30 Issues in 30 Days continues this Education Week with a look at higher education in New Jersey. Plus: Mo Rocca on cooking with grandmothers.

→ Today at 2pm: Twitter #30IssuesChat on crime, stop/frisk, policing and more. Follow @BrianLehrer

Transportation Nation

Power Outage Hobbles Metro-North's New Haven Line; Repair Could Take Weeks

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

It could take weeks to restore the broken power equipment on the nation's busiest commuter rail line.

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WNYC News

Metro-North Track Inspected 2 Days Before Derailment, Official Says

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

An official at the Federal Railroad Administration says the agency inspected the area where a commuter train derailed and collided with another in Connecticut last week just two days before the accident.

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Transportation Nation

Video: Chewed Up Tracks At Derailment Site

Monday, May 20, 2013

WNYC

Two thousand feet of chewed up track and bent rails is a lot.  This MTA video shows the magnitude of the job ahead at the place where two trains collided Friday. Purposefully so, so you don't get too mad while it takes a while to get Metro-North service fully up and running. Officials say that could take well into the week.

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Transportation Nation

Train Collision in Connecticut Injures 72, Worst in Decades

Saturday, May 18, 2013

WNYC

Two Metro-North trains collided near Bridgeport, Connecticut, Friday during the height of the evening rush hour, injuring some 72 passengers, 3 critically. Train service to New Haven is suspended at least through the weekend, and Amtrak is suspending all Northeast Corridor between New York and New Haven indefinitely.

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Transportation Nation

After Boston, NY and NJ Transit On Heightened Alert

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

WNYC

In the wake of the Boston bombings, transit systems around New York and New Jersey are beefing up security.   It's part reassurance, part having "more eyes and ears -- and in the case of police dogs -- noses out there," says an MTA spokesman.

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WNYC News

Connecticut's Aging Rail Technology Is Causing New Haven Line Breakdowns, MTA Says

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

WNYC

Outdated technology along Metro-North’s New Haven Line in Connecticut led to multiple train breakdowns – including one last Friday when a train that stalled between Westport and Greens Farms because overhead power lines sagged and tangled, leaving passengers without air conditioning in the heat wave for nearly an hour. All the while, trains on New York tracks ran smoothly.

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WNYC News

Metro-North's New Haven Line to Have Full Service Restored

Tuesday, March 01, 2011

WNYC

Riders on Metro North Railroad's New Haven Line will get their regular service back on Monday -- much sooner than expected. The MTA cut the line's schedule by 10 percent in early February after winter storms disabled its old cars faster than repairs could be made. A return to full service wasn't expected until spring, with the arrival of new train cars.

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WNYC News

MTA Unveils New Text Alerts for Metro-North Commuters

Friday, February 18, 2011

WNYC

Metro-North commuters can now get transit information via text.

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WNYC News

Travelers Weather the Storm at Area Transit Hubs

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

WNYC

A Long Island couple, determined to make their Caribbean-bound cruise, spent the night at Penn Station and are among the passangers who waiting out the snow storm at area train stations and airports. “We spent it with a lot of homeless people,” Bob Fliegel, of Merrick, said Wednesday morning.

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WNYC News

Commuting And Public Policy

Monday, September 21, 2009

The series, Door To Door, explores the way we commute. Robert "Buzz" Paaswell, director of the University Transportation Research Center at City College, will guide the discussion throughout the month and help you redesign your ...

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WNYC News

MTA Committee Votes Yes on Fare Hikes, Board to Vote Wednesday

Monday, March 23, 2009

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An MTA Committee has said 'yes' to mass transit fare hikes. The unanimous vote by the Finance Committee is the first of two approvals needed before a single ride rises to $2.50. Board members say state lawmakers should step in with a rescue plan before the full board votes on Wednesday.

Allen Cappelli, a board member from Staten Island, says time is running out. 'There are 45 hours before this disaster goes into effect and I hope that something will sink in with both the Democrats and the Republicans,' says Cappelli.

Chairman Dale Hemmerdinger struck a conciliatory tone to reporters afterwards, saying he was optimistic that the state Senate would step in to prevent those fares from taking effect. 'They are going to make it happen, I believe, as soon as they can get together and figure out what they as a majority want to do it,' says Hemmerdinger. 'They will do it as soon as they can I'm sure they want to do it as quickly as we want them to do it.'

Commuters at Grand Central Station this afternoon generally didn't like hearing the latest news about train service. Manhattan resident Eileen Conway, 26, who takes the subway regularly, said it comes at the wrong time. 'A lot of people don't have the funds that they did even six months ago and the fact that they are working with less and having to pay more is incredible,' says Conway.

Metro-North riders would also see their fares go up. Cesar Rodriguez takes occasional trips down to Manhattan from his home near Beacon. But he doubts he will come as often if the off-peak fare goes up from $12 to $15 as approved today. 'It's like they don't want you to come down here,' says Rodriguez. 'As soon as you come down they want to hit you over the head right away.'

Governor Paterson and Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver have reached an agreement. But the Democratic majority of the state Senate has rejected the bridge tolls on the East River as a means of helping the MTA, while Republicans are resisting the payroll tax.

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