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Tracking Abandoned Bikes

Monday, May 07, 2012

WNYC reporter Alex Goldmark discusses the abandoned bicycles commonly found around NYC, and the Transportation Nation project to map them.

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The Takeaway

Waiting for the Bus: Detroit Public Transit

Friday, May 04, 2012

How long would you be prepared to wait for a bus? Ten minutes – maybe twenty. Try three hours. Here in Motor City, for the many thousands of people here who don’t have a car, and that’s about a third, getting from A to B is proving almost impossible. Quinn Kleinfelter, reporter for WDET, tells us more about the horrid transportation system in Detroit. 


The Takeaway

Congress Stalls on Transportation Bills

Thursday, February 16, 2012

If there's one thing that Republicans and Democrats traditionally agree on it's transportation legislation. Yet this is not the case for two different transportation bills that are stalled in the House and Senate. Tea Party conservatives are complaining about the cost, even thought traditional GOP members want to create jobs. Some think the problem is lack of earmarks, which bring "pork" to certain districts.


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Ways & Means of Transit Cuts

Thursday, February 09, 2012

The House Ways and Means committee voted to slash transit funding, a move that could cost New York City $1.7 billionAndrea Bernstein, director of the public radio Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for WNYC, talks about the cuts and the likely outcome of the vote next week by the full House.

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A Year in Infrastructure

Monday, January 23, 2012

Andrea Bernstein, director of the public radio Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for WNYC, looks at the ups and downs of transit and infrastructure politics through a chart of presidential word usage with WNYC reporter Alex Goldmark

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Severe Weather in NY, NJ Continues to Cost US

Monday, January 09, 2012

Severe weather events in 2011 — the worst in history according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration — continue to cost the U.S. big bucks.


The Empire

Port Authority head goes after "darker strain" in government

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Our sister site Transportation Nation has a great recap of Port Authority chief Chris Ward's speech to the New York Building Congress yesterday. Ward leveled heavy criticism at what he called "a darker strain in American politics" that has led to the dissolving of American infrastructure.

"No doubt, that strain ran through Gingrich’s Contract With America, Grover Norquist’s No Tax Pledge, and to the Tea Party of today. But the left is not without its responsibility; too often, we have seen rigid opposition to social and private sector market innovation," Ward said. "Today, we are truly seeing the consequences of that slow deterioration of that social contract."

As Ilya Marritz reports on Transportation Nation:

A week after being forced to accept a smaller revenue package than he wanted, the executive director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey launched a full-throated broadside against politicians who say the government must reduce all spending.

Read the full piece here.

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The Takeaway

Los Angeles Braces for 'Carmageddon'

Friday, July 15, 2011

This evening, at 7 p.m. (PST), a ten-mile stretch of Los Angeles’s Interstate 405 — the nation’s busiest stretch of road — will close down until Monday morning. Bracing for the worst, Los Angelans are labeling the temporary shutdown "Carmageddon." But is it really an apocalyptic nightmare in the making? Or a virtual snow day to celebrate?


The Takeaway

Nation Building: Car Technology

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

President Obama emphasized nation building in his speech last week, announcing his plans for troop withdrawal from Afghanistan. We have been asking Takeaway listeners: how would you like to see the government spend all of the money once spent on wars, here at home?  

Many of you would like to see improvements in energy and a shift away from foreign oil dependence. President Obama suggested requiring all cars and light trucks to run at 56.2 miles per gallon by 2025. Is this feasible?

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The Takeaway

Sky Express May Have Defied Feds

Monday, June 06, 2011

The Sky Express Bus Company was shut down by the U.S. government last week after one of its buses turned over on a Virginia highway, killing four people and injuring more than 50 others. Transportation Nation’s Jim O’Grady says that Sky Express may have defied the Feds' orders and continued to operate its buses under a different name. This is a common problem called "reincarnation." Bus companies are shutdown and reopen under a new name, selling the same routes and simply repainting the buses.


The Takeaway

Are Cheap Buses Safe?

Thursday, June 02, 2011

The federal government shut down the Sky Express bus company indefinitely following a crash on Tuesday which killed four passengers and injured 50. The bus, traveling from Raleigh, North Carolina to New York City, was one of three major crashes involving discount, long-distance bus companies in the Northeast in May alone. 

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The Takeaway

Pump Prices Drive Weekend Plans Off Course

Friday, May 27, 2011

As memorial day approaches, Americans are topping off their gas tanks and getting ready for a long weekend away from home. But with gas prices creeping up across the country, American travel patterns are beginning to shift accordingly. For just over a week now, The Takeaway has been asking listeners to text us the price at their local pump. We’ve collated the information on an interactive map. In this conversation we discuss some of our findings with Andrea Bernstein, Director of the Transportation Nation project and senior correspondent for our flagship station WNYC.

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The Takeaway

How High Gas Prices Are Driving Your Behavior

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Joe Guyon of Rock Hill, South Carolina says he's bundling his errands and eating locally. A listener in Augusta, GA says he "cuts off his car when I idle." Joe Manrique of North Palm Beach, Florida, says "since my daily commute is approximately 170 miles round trip, I try to walk as much as possible from my office to appointments." A contributor from Flushing New York says "I do my errands on the way home, no matter how tired I am."

Others have started carpooling, gone from being a two-car family to a one-car family, changed over from gasoline to waste vegetable oil fuel, or made sure they bundled errands, rather than driving on multiple shopping trips.

Or they are biking, working from home, going out less, or taking public transit.

Those are some of the findings of our survey (see map, just below) of gas prices and how they affect behavior. And these results are bolstered by a number of  broader gauges of consumer behavior.

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The Takeaway

Budget Deal Derails High-Speed Trains

Thursday, April 14, 2011

One of President Obama's signature policy initiatives has been to connect 80 percent of Americans to high speed rail within 25 years. However, the 2011 budget allocates no further funding to high speed rail projects. Furthermore, in states like Florida, Ohio, and Wisconsin, Republican governors have returned money for high speed rail projects, which was given to them as part of the stimulus. Is high speed rail dead? 

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It's A Free Country ®

Cuomo Talks Transit, Goes Off Script

Friday, October 22, 2010


Democratic Gubernatorial candidate Andrew Cuomo released his urban agenda this week, an agenda that included things like poverty, housing, access to bank loans, and minority jobs.  As comprehensive as it is, the agenda did not include urban transit or planning, two rising topics on the national urban agenda.  But reporters weren't letting Cuomo avoid the topic.