Mega-Commuters Take Manhattan

Tuesday, March 05, 2013


Do you travel at least 90 minutes and 50 miles to get to work? The U.S. Census Bureau calls you a "mega-commuter" — and you're not alone.

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The Price of Knowledge

Friday, December 14, 2012

Florida lawmakers are considering charging college students more to study the humanities and less for disciplines tied to in-demand jobs like engineering and tech. Michael Ruse, professor of zoology and philosophy at Florida State University, discusses the pros and cons of this approach. Plus: Asbury Park's post-Sandy recovery progress; following up on E-ZPass and internet addiction; and which books make the best holiday gifts.


Krulwich Wonders: What To Do When The Bus Doesn't Come And You Want To Scream. An Experiment

Friday, December 07, 2012


Where's the bus? It's supposed to be here by now, but it isn't. You crane your neck. Nothing. And then — miraculously — there's a solution. The bus still isn't here. But something else is.

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The Subway Pushing and the Post Cover

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

"DOOMED" read yesterday's controversial New York Post coverTom McGeveran, editor of Capital New York who writes about the NYC tabloid wars, discusses the Post's decision to publish the photo of the pushed man. And Jim O'Grady, transportation reporter for WNYC, explains what we know about subway safety.

Do you have a reaction to the Post photograph? Got a question about subway safety? Call 212-433-9692 or post here.

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The Leonard Lopate Show


Friday, August 03, 2012

Taras Grescoe describes public transportation all over the world—from New York to Moscow, Paris, Copenhagen, Tokyo, Bogotá, Phoenix, Portland, Vancouver, and Philadelphia—and looks at how convenient, affordable, and sustainable urban transportation can lead to better city living. Straphanger: Saving Our Cities and Ourselves from the Automobile makes an impassioned case for the end of car culture and starting a transportation revolution.

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Transit Roundup

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

It's been a busy summer of new transportation initiatives, from the (delayed) bike share program to new rules about bicycle delivery, East River ferry service, speed limit "slow zones", and more. Kate Hinds, producer/reporter with Transportation Nation, discusses the latest transit news.

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Construction to Cause Traffic Snarls on GWB

Friday, July 13, 2012

Driving into New York will be getting a little tougher. A three-month construction project is expected to create major backups for New Jersey drivers crossing the George Washington Bridge.



Would-Be Subway Musicians Audition for the Right to be Legit

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Each act had five minutes to convince the judges it merited the right to legitimately perform in the subway system under an MTA-approved banner. Help us discover the city's best underground music by snapping a shot or sending us a video clip of your favorite subway performance.


The Takeaway

Total Ban on Cellphone Use Behind the Wheel Planned for Chapel Hill

Monday, April 16, 2012

Chapel Hill, North Carolina, will be the first place in the country to ticket drivers for using their cellphones at all, even hands-free devices. Police won’t pull anyone over for talking on a cell, but drivers caught making traffic violations while on the phone may receive an extra ticket. The ban is slated to go into effect on June 1, but members of Chapel Hill’s business community think it goes too far.



When Worlds Collide: Food and Garbage

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Garbage is a natural extension of our consumption of food. There's waste throughout the process and not just at the end. 

And yet, I was still surprised when I came upon a web site about making a garbage truck cupcake topper.


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Harlem Bike Lanes

Monday, November 28, 2011

Director of the Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for WNYC, Andrea Bernstein talks about Harlem's bike lanes.

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Yankees Fortunes Rise, But Parking Garage Woes Continue

Sunday, September 25, 2011


The New York Yankees are headed to the playoffs. But the company running Yankee Stadium's parking garages remains mired in a slump. With the baseball season just about over, the numbers are in: paying customers have filled only 45 percent of the stadium's 9,000 parking spots on game days this season.

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Toll Hikes To Go Into Effect

Saturday, September 17, 2011

As of 3 a.m. Sunday, it costs drivers more to cross bridges and tunnels owned by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.



Underground Economy: Cashing in on Rubble From the 2nd Avenue Subway

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

On the East Side of Manhattan, the Second Avenue Subway is generating huge volumes of ground up rock – and there’s a market for this rubble, but moving and selling it can be a risky business.

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Port Authority Proposing Fare Increases

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the Transportation Nation blog, discusses the proposed steep fare and toll increases by The Port Authority of NY and NJ and metro-area politician’s responses. 

Drivers, how would a hike to $15 affect your driving habits? Let us know!

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NYC's Chief Digital Officer

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Chief digital officer for New York City Rachel Sterne discusses the MTA app competition and other tech projects in the works to make the city function better.

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The Takeaway

How Superhighways Changed America — For Better and Worse

Thursday, June 09, 2011

It’s hard to imagine it now, but in the mid-1920s, the U.S. only had 250 routes for cars. Today, there are more than 55,000 auto bridges, close to 4 million miles of road, and an intricate system of high speed super highways that connect every major city in the country.

These superhighways — which allowed drivers to travel long distances at high speeds — redefined American cities and culture.

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T. Boone Pickens On Our Energy Future

Thursday, April 28, 2011

We’re going to go down in history as the dumbest crowd that ever came to town, if we don’t use our own resources. Our resources are cleaner, cheaper, abundant, and ours, and can you imagine that we’re using dirty oil from the enemy when we don’t have to?

T. Boone Pickens, oil and gas executive, on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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The Takeaway

Will Shanghai's Auto Show Eclipse New York's?

Friday, April 22, 2011

As potential car buyers flock to the New York International Auto Show this week, some industry bigwigs are skipping the annual American show for another auto event — in Shanghai. The Chinese auto show and the American auto show overlap this year, and they are certainly competing over the industry spotlight. Paul Eisenstein, publisher of The Detroit, is at the New York show this week. He talks about the growing importance of China's auto show. Some of America's biggest launches, including the Chevy Malibu, are happening at that show as China becomes a major market for American cars.

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Interstate of the Union

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Andrea Bernstein, WNYC reporter and director of the "Transportation Nation" blog, talks about Obama's plans for transport as laid out in the State of the Union address.

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