Accidental Passengers

Accidental Passengers

Ever wonder why your bus is late or it takes you twice as long to drive to work than it did a month ago? How about why did your vacation airline fares just triple or your train trip get cancelled? Then there are the questions about who is allowed to ride in that brand new bike lane or where did all these scooters come from? Rod Morrison and Nancy Shack look for the answers and bring you the latest in transportation news!

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May 2, 2021 16 min
The U.S. is falling behind in autonomous car legislation unlike Great Britain where self driving cars have been held in abeyance until the laws catch up. The Boeing 737 Max was back up in the air after a 2 year crash investigation only to get grounded again for an electrical hiccup, and Chicagoans say they prefer telecommuting even if their mass transit is top notch.
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Two men die in Texas after going for a ride in a new autopilot equipped Tesla. Neither man was driving. In Hawaii they are desperately trying to finish a 20 mile railway which is years overdue and 3 billion dollars over b budget. And Finally, Alaska tries to follow New York's example of dumping subway cars in the ocean but can't seem to get their mass transit to sink....
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Both Congress and the Massachusetts legislature are considering zero fare mass transit bills to jump start public transportation as we come out of the pandemic. France is about to ban short airplane flights to save the environment, and suicides by train are on the decline.
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Two airlines made the mistake this week of trying to make political stands, first annoying social media then annoying local state governments. Meanwhile, the President's Infrastructure Bill proposes to give Amtrak 80 million dollars which has rail fans holding their breath and United Airline has decided to create it's own flying school to combat the looming pilot shortage.
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The Cruise Industry is getting back into the swing of things everywhere but in the United States, March has an unusually high number of train crashes around the world, and the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation wants to know how they are doing and what you think they ca do better,
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The new Secretary of Transportation, Pete Buttigieg says road expansion is not the wave of the future and the car is no longer king of the roads. Any airline pandemic vouchers have already reached their sell by date, much to the consternation of customers still hesitant to fly, and we reveal how those in flight movies get chosen.
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The Massachusetts BayTransit Authority is receiving $1 Billion in Covid relief funding from the federal government but instead of saving jobs and maintaining routes they plan to shore up budget gaps and pension shortfalls. Airlines looking to dig out from pandemic induced debt discover their loyalty programs may be worth more than the planes, employees and terminal rights combined. And finally, Missouri is one step away from allowi...
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The new Covid Relief package gives enough Monet to transit agencies to stave off service cuts and layoffs. Meanwhile Greyhound Bus takes a stand against transporting illegal immigrants who don't have a negative Covid test, and if you have a spare 600 thousand dollars Southwest Airlines has an engine-less jet you might like.
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Air rage is becoming more prevalent as the pandemic stretches on. Meanwhile, the Biden Administration is trying to figure out what to do about the nation's deplorable infrastructure and the TSA has published its top ten list of things they have found in their searches.
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First up is a tale of two states and how they have drastically different approaches to public transit. Next up plane parts rain down on Colorado and the Netherlands resulting in only minor injuries but a suspension of aircraft with Pratt Whitney hollow fan blade engines. And finally, a tour bus company decides to turn it's fleet into mobile vaccination clinics.
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The MTA is finding itself fighting crime and homelessness these days. In Fort Worth Texas an ice storm and insufficient road preparation was responsible for a 133 car pile up leaving 6 dead and dozens injured, And lastly how about a high speed rail ride between New York and Boston?
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The new Secretary of Transportation has apropos to require Covid-19 tests before you are allowed toffy. The airlines are not really thrilled by the prospect. THE super Bowl ads have been rated and we will tell you which ones made the grade and which were a waste of money. Then United Airlines is investing in electric air taxis to make sure you get to the airport on time.
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The Biden Administration is requiring masks on public transit but it is still unclear how and who will enforce it. The President also wants tp transfer the entire fleet of federal vehicles to electric power and after years of planning Apple is getting ready to debut it's own car.
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President Biden has signed an executive order mandating masks on all public transportation including airplanes, trains, buses and the like. Transit agencies are contemplating electric buses...still. And last of all, French doctors are recommending silence in the subway and say talking can spread Covid-19,
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President Biden says we need green transportation alternatives and his favorite is the electric car. The Covid pandemic has eliminated the work commute for million and it turns out they miss it honking and all. And batting clean up are the thousands of millipedes migrating in the mountains of Japan which are so numerous that they halt trains on their tracks.
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The loss of both civility and club lounges at airports exposed two politicians to heckling and rude behavior. Yellow Cabs are on the endangered species list having taken perhaps fatal blows from Uber, Lyft, and the Coronavirus. Also up, American and JetBlue Airlines have become fast friends and partners in an attempt to survive the pandemic but will congress try to break them up?
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President-elect Biden has made his pick for Secretary of Transportation - but was it a good choice? Also up, airlines ban all emotional support animals except canines, and one rental scooter company is giving free rides to Seattle's essential workers.
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New federal funds for 2021 may make a difference for both airlines and transit agencies. Also on tap, the Senate Commerce Committee has released it's final report on the FAA's handling of the Boeing 737 Max fiasco.
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The new Covid-19 relief package was not enough for intercity bus companies. Cruise lines say the vaccine came just in time to save them, and Delta Airlines has a nice news, bad news Christmas holiday
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Even though New York City & Chicago's subway systems say their ridership is down, crime is up. If you are traveling for the holidays the CDC has a word of advice: don't. And finally, if you take a New York subway train in the near future you may here some iconic city dwellers making the PA announcements such as Robert Deniro and Joe Pesci.
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