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Transportation
1:03 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

First Lawsuit Filed After Metro-North Crash

As the investigation into last Friday’s train crash continues, victims are starting to come forward. The first lawsuit against the Metro-North Railroad Company was filed in federal court today.

65-year-old Elizabeth Sorensen of Mystic was on the Eastbound train going from New York City to New Haven last Friday when it derailed and was struck by a train going in the other direction. She was thrown violently around the rail car and suffered severe multiple fractures and brain trauma.

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News
3:37 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Americans' Driving Habits are Shifting

Last Friday’s train crash showed the need for more investment in mass transit in Connecticut. In addition, new data reveals that Americans’ driving habits are changing, especially among younger people. Transportation advocates say it’s time for planners and governments to change their priorities.

As bad as the traffic may be on your way to work, Abe Scarr has some news for you.

“The driving boom is over.”

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A New Generation
3:37 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Americans' driving habits are shifting

Read more in the Connecticut Mirror at ctmirror.org.

Last Friday’s train crash showed the need for more investment in mass transit in Connecticut. In addition, new data reveals that Americans’ driving habits are changing, especially among younger people. Transportation advocates say it’s time for planners and governments to change their priorities.

As bad as the traffic may be on your way to work, Abe Scarr has some news for you.

“The driving boom is over.”

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Post Metro-North Accident
3:31 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Monday's Commute: Carmageddon Avoided

Metro-North railroad has announced it will restore full service to the New Haven line on Wednesday. While many commuters heeded pleas to avoid rush hour travel on Monday, some didn’t have a choice or decided to brave it anyway -- including me. 

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Transportation
3:31 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Monday's Commute: Carmageddon Avoided

Metro-North railroad has announced it will restore full service to the New Haven line on Wednesday. While many commuters heeded pleas to avoid rush hour travel on Monday, some didn’t have a choice or decided to brave it anyway -- including me. 

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Where We Live
10:50 am
Mon May 20, 2013

A Slower Than Usual Commute

Neena Satija

For many commuters, Friday evening's ride on Metro-North was uneventful at first.

“The train was moving along, I guess there was no reason to suspect anything," said Frank Bilotti to the New Haven Register. "Everybody was just daydreaming and passing the time away and all of a sudden, there was a sudden crash. So there’s no warning, no sirens, no whistles or anything.”

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The Colin McEnroe Show
2:27 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Get to Know Your Bike Helmet and Ride to Work

jurvetson, Flickr Creative Commons

This weekend -- and maybe sooner -- a lot of us will buckle on bike helmets which, we hope, will protect if we topple. One the show today, we'll look a little closer at that plastic and polystryrene bubble on your noggin. The truth about it may be more complicated that you dreamed.

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History
3:17 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Learning about the Lusitania

In an age when we hear instantly of any news, good or bad, it is hard to imagine that information was not always so readily available.  On May 7, 1915, the RMS Lusitania sank off the coast of Ireland from damage caused by a German submarine’s torpedo.  For hours, it was little more than an unconfirmed rumor that the ship had sunk, and many accounts incorrectly reported the ship was beached with no loss of life.  Approximately an hour and a half after the sinking, a cablegram to the New York City office of the Cunard Line, the steamship line that owned and operated the Lusitania, confirmed t

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Transit Oriented Development
12:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Town Officials Learn About Transit Oriented Development

Sean Marshall (Flickr Creative Commons)

Officials from towns in Fairfield and New Haven counties got a crash course on transit oriented development.

Roger Reynolds is the senior staff attorney for the Connecticut Fund for the Environment. He helped create the toolkit and he gave us a crash course on TOD.

Reynolds says taking a TOD will create more of a community and use the resources that we already have.

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History
3:49 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

A Night to Remember

Steam power captivated the popular imagination in the nineteenth century. Regular steam navigation on the Connecticut River dates back to the early 1820s. Hartford and New York were linked by steamers whenever the river was ice free, typically from March through November of each year.

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Invention Dispute
4:34 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Did the "First Flight" Happen in North Carolina or Connecticut?

North Carolina and the famous Wright brothers are known for being “first in flight.” But Connecticut has been in an ongoing battle for that status. Some historians argue that German immigrant Gustave Whitehead made the first flight in 1901 in Bridgeport. New research this week provides more evidence in favor of Whitehead.

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Connecticut
9:48 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Putting Climate Change in the Transportation Budget

As the state continues to remove historic amounts of snow from roads, no one yet knows what the price tag will be. One thing is certain: It will have an impact on the state’s transportation budget.

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Expenses
8:51 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Rant & Rail: Transportation and the Budget

Governor Malloy’s proposed budget includes some bad news for commuters, including bus-riders. Some transportation advocates say Malloy is cutting too much money at a time when transit ridership is at an all-time high and infrastructure is crumbling. 

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Infrastructure
2:24 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

A little more money for Connecticut's bridges..but not much

Governor Dannel Malloy announced a plan today to give local towns extra money to fix and maintain aging bridges. The news comes as a relief to local and state transportation officials dealing with more and more aging infrastructure and no money to deal with it.

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Tolls
2:19 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

30 years later, is Connecticut ready to reinstate tolls?

A New Haven legislator plans to introduce a bill that would reinstate tolls in Connecticut. While that could help pay for badly-needed transportation fixes, it’s a complicated proposition.

It’s been almost exactly 30 years since a tractor-trailer plowed into cars waiting at a Stratford toll barrier, killing 7 people. The January 1983 crash prompted Connecticut legislators to begin phasing out tolls in the state – and they’ve been banned ever since. But if some lawmakers have their way, that could change soon.

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Commuters
10:20 am
Fri January 4, 2013

Rant & Rail: Fiscal Cliff Parity Helps Commuters...No, Really

This week’s last-minute deal avoiding a jump over the fiscal cliff will bring some relief to a perhaps unexpected group of taxpayers: Commuters.

Yeah, most of us are happy that we’re not hurtling over the fiscal cliff. But this might come as unexpectedly good news for some. As Steve Higashide of the Tri-State Transportation Campaign puts it: 

“This change will bring significant pocketbook relief for hundreds of thousands of transit riders in the region.”

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Connecticut
9:49 am
Tue December 18, 2012

Malloy on Transportation: No Guarantees

As Governor Dannel Malloy attempts to fill a $400 million budget hole, most state agencies will have to take a budget cut. Those agencies will likely include the Department of Transportation, and some of those cuts may be passed on to commuters.

Connecticut’s Department of Transportation oversees a budget of about $1.2 billion each year. That includes maintaining and renovating highways, bridges and rail infrastructure throughout the state. Speaking on WNPR’s “Where We Live”, Governor Malloy said he thinks transportation is a priority. But the money isn’t there.

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Transportation
12:15 pm
Mon December 17, 2012

Call for Tolls Grows Louder as Transit Funds Diminish

Transportation advocates and officials across Connecticut gathered in the state capitol Monday to ask some tough questions about how the state will pay for badly-needed transit upgrades. Commuters themselves will probably have to chip in.

On the national level, we’re looking either at a “fiscal cliff” meltdown with big spending cuts or possible tax increases. Here in Connecticut, the state’s own money problems seem to be getting worse each day. So where does that leave funding for transportation?

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Airports Driving the Economy
2:03 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Where Business Takes Off?

courtesy Airport Data

 A new state initiative sees Connecticut’s airports as drivers of the economy. Bradley has been the model for this concept, and the vision may soon be replicated around the state.  WNPR’s Harriet Jones reports.

When Connecticut’s new quasi public Airport Authority was created last year, Governor Dannel Malloy gave it one, overriding mission – economic development.

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Rant and Rail
11:28 am
Tue November 27, 2012

The Thanksgiving Commute

42 million people drove to visit family and friends during Thanksgiving weekend. WNPR’s Neena Satija joined them this year, but before leaving, she paid a visit to the state department of transportation to get the insider’s guide to holiday traffic. 

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Connecticut
5:37 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Rant & Rail: The Plight of a Train Station Parker

Metro-North ridership is at its highest ever in Connecticut, but for many of these new passengers, driving – and parking – are still a part of their daily commute.

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News
10:57 am
Tue November 13, 2012

Filling Up and Topping Off: A Look At Gas Stations

Patrick Emerson (Flickr Creative Commons)

On Monday, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, announced the end of gas rationing in his state.

But two weeks after Sandy hit, it’s still hard to find gasoline in parts of the tri-state area. A rationing system is still in effect in New York City and parts of Long Island. So, what happened? Why aren’t we able to get enough gas to the places that need it?

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Transportation
5:27 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

When the Trains Stopped: Getting From New Haven to New York

Dru Nadler

I don’t normally think of commuting as an adventure. But it did seem a little like one yesterday morning as people got word that they could finally take the train from Stamford into Manhattan once again. Trumbull resident Brian Keane usually commutes from Westport into the city. Today, he drove to Stamford’s train station – and was ready for a little adventure when it came to parking.

“I actually have a bike in my car, because I figured if there wasn’t any parking, I’d park up on Bedford Street and bike down," he told me.

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Connecticut
9:49 am
Wed October 24, 2012

Rant & Rail: The Hassle of Train Tickets

DanTD Creative Commons

As traffic on the highways gets worse, and gas prices rise, more people are shedding their cars. But using alternatives like trains and buses won’t always get you where you need to go.

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Where We Live
10:30 am
Wed October 17, 2012

Raving, Ranting & Riding on Railroads

Anders Illum (Flickr Creative Commons)

Like other government programs, there is a debate over funding for Amtrak. It’s a complicated business model for the rail operator because it’s owned by the government but operates in many ways like a private company.

Today,  we’ll talk about the current state of rail in the United States. With all of this talk about high speed rail...including here in the northeast, how did we get to where we are today?

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Stamford Parking
10:26 am
Mon October 15, 2012

The DOT's $35 Million Secret...Shhh, It's a Parking Garage

Commuters will have a chance to weigh in on state plans to rebuild a parking garage at the Stamford train station tonight. But since the names of potential developers and their plans will be kept a secret, no one’s sure what they’ll be able to weigh in on. WNPR’s Neena Satija reports.

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Where We Live
11:41 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Building Bridges Between China and Connecticut

World Map from CIA World Factbook; Malloy photo from Chion Wolf

Today, Governor Dannel Malloy is in China - leading a delegation trying to drum up business between our state and increasingly powerful economic force. He’ll also be making an appearance at the World Economic Forum being held there.

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Transportation
6:08 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Will the Future of Rail Travel Include Metro-North?

WalkingGeek (Flickr Creative Commons)

There’s talk of Hartford to New York in half an hour. New York to Boston in 90 minutes. Tunnels under the Long Island Sound zipping trains across the region. It’s exciting stuff. But here in Connecticut, many are saying, ‘wait a minute. First thing’s first.’

“We don’t have money today to run the railroad that we operate – or try to operate – today," says Jim Cameron.

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High Speed
10:32 am
Mon August 27, 2012

High Speed Rail Set To Speed Through Connecticut

Irargerich

You’ve probably seen the plans: Amtrak wants to build high-speed rail in the Northeast running trains from Boston to Washington at 220 mph to make the trip in 3 hours!

Amtrak is betting that rail can once again compete with cars and planes to get us where we want to go, faster, more efficiently, and with less gridlock.

But there are a few problems with the plan here in Connecticut.

First,"we don't have money today to run the railroad that we try to operate today."

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Off Track
12:43 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

CTfastrak: Is It On Track? A Busway Update

Courtesy CTfastrak

The busway planned between Hartford and New Britain has been dubbed CTfastrak, perhaps to get out from under the divisive political connotations of “busway.” But as the plans start to take shape, local politics are again playing a role.

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