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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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Transportation Nation

How a Happy Crab Helped Reduce Pedestrian Fatalities by 56 Percent

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

WNYC
WAMU

Our friends at WAMU report on a safety success story from Ocean City Maryland. The beach town has embraced a new mascot: a traffic safety-obsessed crab dressed as a lifeguard. He's very effective. 

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Transportation Nation

Transpo Policy Survey: Where NYC Mayoral Candidates Stand

Monday, August 12, 2013

WNYC

Bike lanes and express buses are hot with the candidates hoping to lead New York City. The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives surveyed seven of the 12 mayoral candidates on transit, biking, walking, and traffic safety policies. Here's what they said. 

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Intelligence Squared US

Intelligence Squared US: Is the FDA Killing Us?

Saturday, July 27, 2013

Broadcast Times: Saturday 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday 2pm on AM 820 and Sunday 7am on AM 820 and 8pm on AM 820 

The Food and Drug Administration, the oldest comprehensive consumer protection agency in the U.S. federal government, is charged with protecting the public health. Under this mandate, it regulates drugs and medical devices for their safety and effectiveness. But is it a failing mandate? It’s long been argued that the FDA’s long and costly approval processes stifle innovation and keep life-changing treatments from the market. But the question remains: when it comes to public health, is it ever okay to sacrifice safety for speed?

 

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Transportation Nation

Speed Likely Cause of Spain High-Speed Train Crash that Killed at least 78

Thursday, July 25, 2013

NPR

Excessive speed around a tight curve is suspected as a cause of the deadliest high-speed train crash to happen in Europe in recent memory. The BBC reports 78 people died and more than 140 were injured, when a Renfe train derailed last night near Santiago de Compostela.

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Transportation Nation

Nose Gear Collapse Under Review in Southwest Airlines Rough-Landing

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

WNYC

The Nation Transportation Safety Board is reviewing the data and cockpit voice recorder of Southwest Flight 345 to determine why the front landing gear collapsed upon landing Monday night. 

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Transportation Nation

Study: Cities Safer than Countryside -- Because Car Crashes Deadlier Than Guns

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

WNYC

Do big cities have an undeserved reputation for danger? A new study says when all types of fatal injuries are considered, you're 20 percent more likely to die from injury in most rural areas than in urban ones.

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Transportation Nation

NYPD, Researchers to Release Tracer Gas in Subways Again Friday

Thursday, July 18, 2013

WNYC

Day two of air flow testing in the NYC subway and around the city is happening Friday, the NYPD announced. 

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The Takeaway

Neighborhood Watch Members React to George Zimmerman Verdict

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Today there are more than 20,000 local neighborhood watch programs and an estimated 50,000 informal programs operating across the U.S. But while watch groups originally formed in response to crime, they are now confusingly linked to what might or might not have been an overstep on the part of neighborhood watchman George Zimmerman in Sanford, Florida. What does the trial mean for the future of these programs? The Takeaway turns to three neighborhood crime-watch leaders for their perspective.

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Transportation Nation

NYPD to Spew (Non-Toxic) Gas in Subway System

Tuesday, July 09, 2013

WNYC

The NYPD and researchers from Brookhaven National Laboratories will release a harmless gas through 21 subway lines as part of a plan to monitor air flows and chart potential responses, including evacuation routes and where to place emergency equipment.

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Transportation Nation

NY Begins Distracted Driving Crackdown... with Special Trooper Patrols

Wednesday, July 03, 2013

WNYC

New York State Police will use special undercover SUVs to catch distracted drivers as part of a summer crackdown starting this July 4th holiday weekend.

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Transportation Nation

To Stop Teens from Texting While Driving, NY Will Suspend Licenses

Monday, July 01, 2013

WNYC

New York is trying a new tactic to stop teens from texting and driving: suspend their licenses after a first offense. 

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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

Distracted Walking's Bruising Toll by the Numbers

Thursday, June 20, 2013

WNYC

Researchers at Ohio State University have scrupulously documented the dangers distracted walking and determined they are many.  More than 1,500 people were treated in emergency rooms nationwide in 2010 for injuries related to using a cell phone while walking, according to estimates from the study. The number of injuries per year from distracted walking have doubled since 2005.

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Transportation Nation

Smoother Sailing Coming to Washington's Best-Traveled Bike Lane

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

WAMU

The busiest bike lane in the District of Columbia will be repaved this summer.

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Transportation Nation

Study: 88% of Cars Speeding In Brooklyn

Monday, June 17, 2013

WNYC

Speeding is rampant in Brooklyn, according to a new study from the advocacy group Transportation Alternatives. When surveyors clocked the speed of passing cars on Brooklyn neighborhood streets, they found 88 percent were breaking the posted limit. 

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Transportation Nation

D.C.'s DOT Reverses Street Calming Measures After City Councilman Complains

Thursday, June 13, 2013

WAMU

After years of study, D.C.'s transportation department implemented traffic calming measures on one stretch of road. But following complaints by a council member, the city reversed direction and returned the road to its old condition, angering residents who say the city bowed to political pressure.

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Transportation Nation

Global Road Deaths at All-Time Low, but U.S. Still Ranks Poorly on Safety

Thursday, May 30, 2013

WNYC

Safety is improving on roads around the world -- but mostly for drivers and passengers in wealthier countries. A study from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development's transportation arm finds that although 2012 was a record low year for traffic fatalities, safety for pedestrians isn't increasing as fast as it is car occupants. And the U.S. still ranks poorly compared to other well-off countries. 

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The Takeaway

Fighting the Real Threat of Killer Robots

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

They may sound like the stuff of campy horror films, but killer robots are a real threat, and an international community of scholars and NGOs is trying to stop them. Mark Bishop, of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, is among them.

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Transportation Nation

Some D.C. Metro Workers Still Fear Reporting Safety Violations

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

WAMU

Fifteen percent of D.C. Metro workers say they don't feel comfortable reporting safety problems. That's one of the findings from a survey of Metro workers that is part of the transit agency's efforts to change the safety culture and prevent accidents like the deadly 2009 Red Line crash

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