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Transportation Nation

Fatal NYC Intersection Gets Redesigned

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Officials have made changes to 96th Street and Broadway to make the intersection safer for pedestrians and drivers.

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Transportation Nation

Transportation Is the Number One Cause of Worker Deaths

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Almost 2,000 of the 4,628 workplace fatalities that year involved some kind of moving vehicle: a car, truck, boat, plane, train, even “animals used for transportation purposes.”

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Transportation Nation

D.C. Speed Cameras Reducing Crashes: Study

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

WAMU

D.C.'s speed cameras are successfully slowing down drivers and reducing crashes and related injuries, according to a study of 87 existing camera locations by the District Department of Transportation.

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Transportation Nation

More Women are Cycling, and Bike Share Riders Are Safer: Study

Monday, February 10, 2014

A new bike study finds more women are riding bikes, and that Citi Bike users are safer riders than other cyclists.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Dangers of Transporting Crude Oil by Rail

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Domestic oil production has surged in recent years in places like North Dakota, and cities like Albany, NY, have become unlikely hubs for oil traveling by train. Wall Street Journal reporter Russell Gold discusses a series of high-profile derailments that have raised questions about the safety of transporting crude oil over the nation’s rail network. He’s also the author of The Boom: How Fracking Ignited the American Energy Revolution and Changed the World.

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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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The Takeaway

After Sandy Hook, Grade Schools Prioritize Safety

Friday, December 13, 2013

One of the things that ran through many of our minds after the tragedy of Sandy Hook was, "How could this happen—at an elementary school?" Now school doors have been locked. Shades have been drawn. Teachers are now equal parts protectors and educators. Joining The Takeaway to talk about the changing sense of safety and shelter in elementary schools is Lindsay Gerakaris, a fourth grade teacher at P.S. 124 in New York City.

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Transportation Nation

Railroads Face Deadline to Install Technology to Prevent Crashes

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

WAMU

The deadly derailment of a Metro-North commuter train in New York Sunday may be adding a sense of urgency to the efforts of freight and passengers railroads to adopt technology that could prevent similar accidents.

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The Takeaway

Rail Safety Questions Raised After NY Train Derails

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

In 2008, Congress passed the Rail Safety Improvement Act, which mandated that railroad companies install positive train control—a technology that automatically detects excessive speeding and other human error, and might have been able to prevent or mitigate the damage from the Metro North train crash this weekend. James Oberstar, former chair of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, as well as Stuart Silverstein, assistant editor at FairWarning.org, explain what's next in train safety.

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Transportation Nation

Does Metro-North Have a Catastrophic Curve?

Sunday, December 01, 2013

WNYC

Sunday's deadly Metro-North commuter train crash happened less than 2,000 feet from the the site of another derailment earlier this year along the same stretch of curving riverside track in the Southern Bronx.

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Transportation Nation

Feds Confirm Traffic Fatalities on the Rise

Thursday, November 14, 2013

For the first time since 2005, traffic fatalities are on the rise in the U.S.

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Transportation Nation

Tears Flow as Council Ponders Speeding Bill

Thursday, October 31, 2013

WNYC

There was not a dry eye in the room Thursday morning as the parents and sister of a 12-year old boy killed by a van in Brooklyn testified in favor of a bill reducing speed limits in New York City's residential areas to 20 mph. The chair of the City Council's transportation committee, reporters, even the taxi owner lobbyist who'd come to testify against the bill -- couldn't stop crying. We were sobbing too.

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Transportation Nation

NYPD Cracks Down on Speeding, Safety Activists Applaud

Thursday, October 17, 2013

The New York Police Department issued 736 tickets for speeding over the weekend in what it called a "speed enforcement initiative." It is unclear if this marks a shift in traffic policing policy, or a one-off effort. 

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Transportation Nation

Work Accident Kills WMATA Contractor

Monday, October 07, 2013

WAMU

A contractor was killed and two transit authority employees were injured in a work accident shortly after midnight Sunday in Washington, D.C.’s subway system.

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Transportation Nation

City Failed to Take Action Against 4,500 Dangerous Cab Drivers

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Summonses are going out this week to 4,500 dangerous cab drivers New York should have flagged — but didn't, thanks to a software glitch.

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Transportation Nation

NY Gov Cuomo: Distracted Driving is "Getting Worse, Not Better"

Monday, September 23, 2013

Driving on the New York State Thruway? Tempted to look at your cell phone? The governor is hoping new signage will encourage you to defer that urge for a few miles.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Nuclear Weapons and Safety

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Investigative journalist Eric Schlosser uncovers secrets about the management of America’s nuclear arsenal and reveals how the combination of human fallibility and technological complexity still poses a grave risk to mankind. His new book Command and Control: Nuclear Weapons, the Damascus Accident, and the Illusion of Safety explores the dilemma that has existed since the dawn of the nuclear age:  how do you deploy weapons of mass destruction without being destroyed by them? 

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Transportation Nation

Chart: Biggest Threat to Schoolchildren? Cars

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

WNYC

As New York City's 1.1 million schoolchildren amble to the first week of classes on sidewalks and subway platforms, the biggest danger they'll face isn't bullies or muggers but swift-moving traffic. A WNYC examination of traffic safety data reveals a few ways that kids are different from adults when it comes to pedestrian hazards. 

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Transportation Nation

NYC Trumpets 2012 Street Statistics: More Transit, Less Traffic

Thursday, September 05, 2013

Redesigning New York City streets to be more pedestrian- and cyclist-friendly doesn't hurt car travel times. That's according to a new report quantifying the streetscape-changing efforts of the Department of Transportation.

To put it in other terms: transit ridership is up, traffic is down, and there's been a 58 percent increase in cycling since 2008.

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Transportation Nation

How Does a Teen Cross the Road? While Texting.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

WNYC

High school students can't put their phones down, even when crossing a dangerous street. A new study quantifies just how often kids walk while distracted by technology. 

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