Unhip Means Inexpensive and Quiet in Flatlands, Brooklyn

Friday, February 20, 2015

The median Brooklyn housing price has surged by 55%, but there are still places in the borough — like Flatlands —  that are more affordable.

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The Takeaway

Bomb Trains: The Dangerous Business of Hauling Oil

Thursday, February 19, 2015

On Monday, a freight train carrying more than 3 million gallons of oil derailed in West Virginia and exploded into a massive fireball. Yet, "bomb train" accidents are not uncommon.

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The Takeaway

The Iron Road: Riding & Writing Across America

Friday, September 26, 2014

Trains are a magical place for creative thought. And now 24 writers have been selected to be part of Amtrak's Residency program, winning them a roundtrip ticket anywhere in the country.

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Transportation Nation

Explainer: Your Metro-North Commute Survival Guide

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Even though the New Haven Line now has some "bare bones electrical power," Monday's commute will only have half the capacity of a normal one -- and passengers should prepare for crowded conditions. Here's what you need to know.

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New Jersey News

Fight Over New Jersey Train Derailment Enters Courtroom Phase

Wednesday, August 07, 2013

The fight over a southern New Jersey train derailment and chemical spill last year is heading to the courtroom.

First-responders are filing a lawsuit Wednesday claiming Conrail was negligent in the aftermath of the derailment and chemical spill. They say Conrail was ordering its workers to get away from the site while telling officials that the cloud of vinyl chloride was "not that toxic" and that an evacuation was not needed.



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.


The Truth


Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A freak accident on a train platform leads to... romance? Performed by Chet Siegel and Peter McNerney, with Willy Appleman, Louis Kornfeld, Lauren Ashley-Smith, Sebastien Conelli, Quinton Loder, Jon Bander, and Kim Ferguson. Written by Chet Siegel and...


Transportation Nation

Amtrak On Track for All-Time Ridership Record

Monday, September 10, 2012

(photo by Aaron Hockley via flickr)

Amtrak had its single best month ever this July, and the railroad says when it closes the books on September, it will have set ridership records for each of the last 12 months.

Joe Boardman, Amtrak's CEO, said in a statement Monday that "the demand to travel by Amtrak is strong, growing and undeniable" and that the railroad is experiencing "improved management and financial health.”

The railroad says it's on track to break last year's record of 30.2 million passengers.

Read Amtrak's press release here.

Northeast Corridor passenger? New York commuter?  Read TN's tips on how to get the most out of Penn Station here.

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On The Media

"Whether you believe it or not, I believe it."

Friday, July 29, 2011

Two high speed trains collided on a bridge in China recently, causing six carriages to fall off the tracks and onto a farm below. Immediately, passengers began using a Twitter-esque site to describe what happened. The Chinese government has gone to lengths to try to cover up the severity of the accident.  Some even believe they tried to literally bury one of the carriages with dirt. founder Jeremy Goldkorn talks with Bob from Beijing.  Goldkorn says, so far, social media has beaten back government propaganda.



Brooklyn F and G Train Riders Get Service Back -- for Now

Sunday, May 22, 2011

F and G train riders at two stops in Brooklyn are getting Manhattan- and Queens-bound service back Monday.

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Transportation Nation

TN Moving Stories: China Halts HSR Line, Atlanta's Suburbs May Finally Be Ready to Accept Mass Transit, and Happy Bike To Work Day

Friday, May 20, 2011

Bike to Work Day, 2010 (photo by greenperalta/Flickr)

Today is Bike to Work Day.

Atlanta's suburbs may finally be ready to embrace mass transit. (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

China halted work on a high-speed rail line due to environmental concerns.  (Wall Street Journal)

The Guardian has an enormous amount of data about Britain's train stations. (The Guardian)

GM will increase Volt production, and plans to close a plant for a month to prepare. (AutoBlog)

Hear TN's Andrea Bernstein talk about how gasoline prices are affecting driving behavior on The Takeaway (and don't forget to participate in our survey on how gas prices affect YOU.)

Toronto's mayor is set to unveil his bike lane plan. (The Star)

New York City approved an increase in fines for cab drivers who break a wide range of rules — from being caught using a cell phone while driving to refusing to accept a credit card. (WNYC)

Food trucks -- so popular on the coasts -- are hitting legal roadblocks in the Midwest. (Changing Gears)

The DDOT won't be available to fill potholes after Saturday's 'Rapture.' (Fox News)

Follow Transportation Nation on Twitter.

In case you missed it on Transportation Nation:

-- The Yankees paved paradise and put up a parking lot -- with public money (link)

-- it's not gas prices you have to worry about in Montana, it's snow...even in May (link)

-- NYC's dollar van program, meant to replace cut bus lines, is a total bust (link)

-- SF wants to make its taxis more efficient (link)

-- public transportation: it's good for you (link)

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Some Grammy Thoughts

Monday, February 14, 2011

John Schaefer reacts to the Grammys' surprises.

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Amtrak Derailment Forces LIRR to Cancel Some Trains

Monday, February 07, 2011

A derailed Amtrak train in a New York City tunnel has forced the Long Island Rail Road to cancel 16 rush-hour trains out of Penn Station.


Studio 360

Design for the (Japanese) World: Vol. 2

Sunday, November 23, 2008

More great design solutions that I wish we could bring back with us to the US:


Say you're shopping in a department store with your toddler and you need to go to the bathroom... where do you stick the kid? TOTO, maker of the world's most amazing (and ...

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Studio 360

Kyoto Station

Friday, November 14, 2008

Kyoto may be the 1200-year-old home of Japanese classical arts, but you wouldn't know it when you first get here.

Built in 1997 by Hiroshi Hara, Kyoto Station is a stunning living monument to modern Japan.  A hub for multiple regional and local train lines, it's also home to great ...

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