Originally published on Fri December 12, 2014 3:34 pm
The airspace over London has been severely restricted because of a "computer failure," Eurocontrol, the European flight safety body, said on Friday.
NPR's Ari Shapiro tells us many flights are expected to be grounded for more than three hours.
"The U.K.'s National Air Traffic Control Center experienced a mid-afternoon power failure," Ari reports. "That forced Heathrow and other airports in the London area to stop all air traffic in and out. Heathrow is Europe's busiest airport, so this will have ripples all across the continent."
Originally published on Tue December 9, 2014 1:57 pm
Gasoline prices are at their lowest level in four years. The price at the pump in many states is almost a full dollar cheaper than it was last spring.
So some politicians think this is a good time to raise gasoline taxes. Several states are tired of waiting for Congress to fix the federal highway trust fund, so they're considering raising gas taxes themselves to address their crumbling roads.
The president of Metro-North told Governor Dannel Malloy that the commuter rail line cannot reach its target of 95 percent on-time service, and that the best way to achieve the goal of punctuality is to continue to rebuild the rail system.
Department of Transportation Commissioner James Redeker to provide updates on the latest transportation news including CTfastrak, I-84, and our regional railways. Also, as we head into the winter months, how prepared are the state's roads?
The National Transportation Safety Board released a report Wednesday recommending better training for the nation's doctors in identifying and treating sleep disorders. This follows last year's deadly Metro-North derailment in the Bronx that it blames on an engineer's sleepiness.
If you're driving on one of the state's major highways and you see one of those electronic message boards overhead, it may now offer you something new: real-time information about how long a trip will take.
Originally published on Tue October 21, 2014 6:11 pm
The administration of Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick is recommending a Chinese company be awarded a contract to build new subway cars for the MBTA. The railcars will be assembled at a new factory that is to be built in Springfield.
Gov. Patrick made the announcement Tuesday standing in front of an empty 40- acre lot on Springfield’s east side, where the CNR Changchun Railway Vehicles Co. has said it will build a $50 million factory creating over 250 new construction and manufacturing jobs.
A man who stabbed passengers aboard a casino-bound tour bus in Connecticut has been fatally shot by state police. Two people suffered stab wounds, and a third was injured while tackling the suspect.
State Police Lieutenant Paul Vance said passengers on the bus traveling north on Interstate 95 in Connecticut called 911 Tuesday evening to report a man with a “cutting object” who was assaulting passengers.
Originally published on Tue October 14, 2014 8:59 pm
This much we know: It's not a bird and it's not exactly a plane.
Beyond that, the U.S. Air Force holds all the answers. The mission of the unmanned X-37B Orbital Test Vehicle, which is scheduled to touch down at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California Tuesday after 22 months in orbit, has been described only vaguely as "to gather more test data."
Sometimes called trams, sometimes called trolleys, the streetcar was once a primary method of transportation in many American cities. Nowadays, well, not so much. But as many metropolitan districts grapple with issues like traffic congestion and economic development, some have begun looking to streetcars as a potential solution.
Many cities across the country are bringing back the streetcar. Providence, Rhode Island just received $13 million in federal TIGER grant funding to build a streetcar system. Could a Connecticut city be far behind?
The head of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority told federal safety officials that traffic control staff at the Metro-North Railroad worked seven days straight for weeks when several accidents, including one fatal, disrupted commutes in Connecticut and New York last year.
Originally published on Tue October 7, 2014 12:54 pm
New York state officials, including Governor Andrew Cuomo, welcomed the one of the world’s largest floating cranes to the construction site of the replacement Tappan Zee Bridge Monday. At the same time, the governor’s opponent in the November election called for details on the new bridge’s expected tolls.
Originally published on Fri September 26, 2014 8:08 pm
Updated at 8:08 p.m. ET
Flights in and out of Chicago's two airports came to a halt Friday morning after a fire at an air traffic control facility.
As of early Friday afternoon at least some of the flights had begun taking off and landing, reports NPR's David Schaper in Chicago.
The Associated Press says: "The fire started in the basement of the Chicago Air Route Traffic Control Center in Aurora, about 40 miles west of downtown Chicago, city of Aurora spokesman Dan Ferrelli said in an emailed statement."
In 2010, Dan Malloy beat Tom Foley in the race for governor by just over 6,400 votes statewide. The smattering of polls that have been released in this year’s race show a similarly close rematch.
If Malloy does win a second-term, he’ll need to win the cities -- by a lot. In the city of New Haven alone, Malloy won by a margin of more than 18,600 votes. It’s no surprise that Malloy continues to court the votes in the Elm City.