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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October 17, 2021 16 min
Was it the weather or the vaccine mandate that caused the Southwest Airlines scheduling cluster bleep last week? Also up the TSA finds a record number of weapons at airport checkpoints and Rod Morrison has noticed something about our traffic patterns....
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Waiting for the bus is getting longer and longer with fewer and fewer drivers available. Elon Musk's The Boring Company has completed its first public loop project in Nevada and beware of deer this time of year as car vs Bambi accidents are on the rise.
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Boston's MBTA has had so many accidents it's ridership is defaulting back to the highways creating massive commuter back-ups. SpaceX launches the first fully civilian tourist crew for a three day orbital excursion, and New York's MTA laid off so many workers during the pandemic there are not enough to restart the system.
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To combat the critical shortage of commercial truck drivers the Biden Administration is proposing a pilot program to license teenage interstate truck drivers. On the west coast, an earthquake detection system allegedly alerts commuter trains to shock waves.
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While the city of Albuquerque supports the idea of free public transit they are worried that zero fare does not equal zero crime. An in Massachusetts the dearth of school bus drivers has forced the Governor to bring in the National Guard to get kids to school.
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Under a new abortion law in the Lone Star state, rideshare drivers can be fined for taking patients to have the procedure. Uber and Lyft say they will cover all fines incurred by drivers under the new regulations. In Japan and Sweden, trial runs of autonomous container ships are beginning, and a Vermont man breaks a record for scamming Tesla out of brand new vehicles.
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Subways in the Northeast, including Boston and New York are flooded by the remains of Hurricane Ida as travel bans in the major cities were called. Two of the wealthiest men in the world are competing to help NASA reclaim space. One of them is a very poor loser. And a personal story of rescue after a flash flood turns the morning commute into a life threatening nightmare.
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Schools are desperate for bus drivers and are actually resorting to paying parents not to use the service. Southwest Airlines flight crews are exhausted and begging the company for relief, and the Boston "T" may have a new Guinness World Record!
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Tens of thousands of Americans and U.S. allies are stuck behind Taliban lines in Afghanistan with a military airlift as their only hope of escape. The CDC has extended it's public transit mask mandate for 4 more months, and Tesla's autopilot system seems to really really like bright lights such as those atop ambulances and cop cars....
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Inside the newly passed federal infrastructure bill is a surprise chewy center called a Milage Tax Pilot Program designed to make driving more expensive. A pandemic legacy is infecting our roadways - feral drivers who cant stop speeding. And finally, the CEO of Spirit Airlines is blaming weather and the lack of flight crews for epic airline cancellations and delays. But is that the real reason?
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Spirit Airlines cancelled over two thousand flights last week due to bad weather, staffing issues., fuel shortages and system failures. Can they recover? Great Britain is joining Sweden, Germany and California in piloting electric highways that power E-trucks to alleviate the need for massive batteries for long hauls. And finally, Elon Musk says Tesla drivers should hold off on the autonomous driving feature in his Tesla's unt...
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Toyota is leading the way in trying to slow our national switch to electric vehicles for two very important reasons. American Airlines says its running out of jet fuel and may have to cut back on flights. And finally, a new poll says seniors are impatient for autonomous vehicles, but is the technology ready to handle them?
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The shortage of truck drivers is causing the inflation of food prices, fuel prices and in fact the prices of everything. Experts say transportation of the future will be mobility on demand, and world cruise sellouts have cruise lines thinking that is the way to restore their industry post pandemic.
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Rats and other vermin are feasting on high priced Teslas and the company is just shrugging it's shoulders at angry customers. Southwest Airlines is not treating all passengers the same when it comes to buying tickets and MBTA riders have become snake fascinated with an abandon Dunkin ice coffee that has been sitting in a station for months
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A nationwide bus driver shortage is hitting critical mass affecting disabled passengers oft times leaving them stranded. One American Airlines flight was cancelled after a group of Massachusetts teenagers staged a revolt refusing to follow TSA guidelines requiring masks on board planes, and the Bay Area Rapid Transit discovers goats can be their best friends during wildfire season.
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With air rage incidents sky rocketing, the TSA is restarting self-defense for flight crews. A slew of start ups are making electric air taxis a reality, and the Governors Highway Safety Association has a new report that finds minorities are more apt to be the victims of traffic deaths.
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American Airlines did not bring back enough furloughed pilots to meet post pandemic needs and had to cancel dozens of flights on Fathers Day, public transportation is doing it's bit for the Covid vaccination effort and Boston's MBTA is contemplating driver-less Blue Line trains.
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Amtrak has some big expansion plans which might be hindered by freight service. Yellowstone is test driving autonomous buses in the park, and Boston's Blue Line is looking at a possibly soggy future.
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Transit Agencies are mulling over free rides as they struggle with finding a way to make their services more equitable. Congress finally gets a report on what pilots have known for years - there are unidentified flying objects in our skies, and a revolutionary new scooter evaporates into thin air leaving the question of whether it ever really existed in the first place.
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Airlines are damaging vital wheelchairs at an alarming rate despite legislation giving them a high duty of care. The Massachusetts Steamship Authority becomes the latest victim in a rash of transit oriented ransomware attacks, and China moves forward on the idea of connecting Beijing with the United States by high speed rail.
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