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Transportation Nation

Hell's Kitchen 'Overwhelmed' by Buses

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

More than 8,000 buses cross the Hudson every weekday, bringing New Jersey commuters into Manhattan. But once buses get in to the city, there’s no place for them to park.

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New Jersey News

Embattled Ethics Commission Confirms Samson Probe Underway

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

NJ Spotlight

In an unusually stormy meeting, the embattled state Ethics Commission placated protesters by confirming that it is investigating former Port Authority Chairman David Samson. It also confirmed that the commission is dropping a five-year-old ethics complaint against a state union leader.

For Ethics Commission Chairman Andrew Berns, the media scrutiny ...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Fixing the Port Authority

Friday, April 04, 2014

In the wake of the "Bridgegate" scandal, the governors of NY and NJ have suggested restructuring the Port Authority that oversees big regional infrastructure projects. Hugh O'Neill, president of Appleseed (an economic development consulting firm based in NYC) and a former assistant executive director of the Port Authority (1985-1991), talks about the report he and NYU's Mitchell Moss put together that argues the problem is not mismanagement or politics, but the business model that funds revenue-free projects requiring hefty toll increases.

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Transportation Nation

Fixing the Port Authority: Here's What's on the Table

Wednesday, April 02, 2014

The Port Authority's problems are easy to diagnose. What's less clear is the remedy. Here's a look at four ideas being kicked around.

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Transportation Nation

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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WNYC News

Fifth Christie Ally Resigns

Friday, March 28, 2014

As a close ally and confidante resigns from the Port Authority, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says in his first press conference in months that he's been "sensitized" by the bridgegate scandal.

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Transportation Nation

As PATH Stations Close for Weekend Work, Ferry Service Opens...For Now

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Journal Square and World Trade Center PATH stations will be closed for most weekends in 2014 so the Port Authority can conduct Sandy work and upgrades to the rail line. But starting this weekend, there will be another option across the Hudson...at least for the next six weeks.

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WNYC News

Six Ways the Christie Administration Blocked Reform at the Port Authority

Monday, March 10, 2014

WNYC

Early in his first term, Gov. Christie promised to shine a light on the authorities and commissions he said were New Jersey's “shadow government." But when it came to the bi-state agency that brings in billions of dollars a year, it was more of a shadow reform.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Port Authority's Big Money Shifting Scheme

Thursday, February 13, 2014

The Port Authority board’s chairman David Samson is well connected to Chris Christie, and the head of a powerful law firm. WNYC's Andrea Bernstein discusses her reporting on how Samson uses all three positions to his benefit.

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WNYC News

Ex-Port Authority Official Says Christie Knew of Lane Closures

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

A letter from David Wildstein's attorney says the Governor was aware of the closures in September when they happened.

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WNYC News

Port Authority Board to Examine Conflicts of Interest

Friday, January 31, 2014

WNYC

The Port Authority's Board of Commissioners will be examining "all the facts and circumstances" surrounding the burgeoning bridgegate scandal, including whether the Board's Chair, David Samson, had conflicts of interest when he voted to approve a new PATH station near Harrison, two sources familiar with the board's thinking have told WNYC. The sources didn't want to speak publicly because of ongoing criminal investigations.

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WNYC News

NJ Mayor Says Concerns On Political Pressure Were Longstanding

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

New Jersey Public Radio

Hoboken mayor Dawn Zimmer says an April 2013 letter to Gov. Chris Christie is evidence she long had concerns about political pressure to move forward with a re-development project in exchange for Sandy aid.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Christie Calls In the Lawyers

Friday, January 17, 2014

Chris Christie has brought in a set of lawyers to investigate bridgegate. Andrea Bernstein, WNYC metro editor, talks about who's involved. Plus, she discusses her reporting on the Port Authority.

 

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WNYC News

U.S. Senate Committee: "Zero Evidence" For Port Authority Traffic Study

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Last month, a Senate committee demanded answers from the Port Authority over the George Washington Bridge lane closure scandal. Now, the Port has provided some.

 

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The Brian Lehrer Show

The Port Authority and Bridgegate

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Andrea Bernstein, metro editor at WNYC News, talks about how the structure of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey contributed to the "Bridgegate" scandal and reform efforts.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Port Authority; Women Online; Baby Boomers; Predictions for 2064

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

With names still emerging in the Bridgegate scandal, is the structure of the Port Authority partially to blame? WNYC's Andrea Bernstein breaks down the chain of authority at the Port Authority. Then: writer Amanda Hess explains why women aren't really welcome on the internet. Plus: a look back at the Baby Boom generation with P.J. O'Rourke, and a look ahead to the future inspired by Isaac Asimov.

WNYC News

Wisniewski to Issue More Subpeonas in GWB Investigation

Monday, January 13, 2014

New Jersey Democratic Assemblyman John Wisniewski is leading the investigation into the apparently politically-motivated lane closures at the George Washington Bridge.

So far his committee's subpoenas have yielded thousands of documents that show Governor Christie's closest aides and associates orchestrated the traffic jam that paralyzed Fort Lee for 4 days in September.

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Transportation Nation

More in Christie's Circle Figure in Bridge Docs

Sunday, January 12, 2014

New Jersey Democrats, who released another trove of documents in the Fort Lee lane closure scandal, plan to issue more subpoenas this week.

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Transportation Nation

Cuomo Wants to Give NYC's Airports the Tappan Zee Bridge Treatment

Friday, January 10, 2014

WNYC

Gov. Cuomo jumps on the Port Authority's moment in the spotlight to exert his own authority.

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