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!... Show More

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Mass transit is the key to reopening the economy but there are still a lot of kinks to be ironed out to follow social distancing guidelines. Also up this week, airlines appear to be booking flights that will never take off and United Airlines is turning their resources to make passenger masks a new way.
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What is going to happen now that the Department of Transportation Inspector General has been fired? Also on tap, how Covid-19 is changing the car culture and boosting bicycles as well as the return of high speed rail as a possible economic boon.
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Tesla founder and CEO Elon Musk threatens California when they try to stop him from re-opening the only car manufacturer left in the Golden State. Also up, United Airlines has not taken the social distancing guidelines to heart which is frightening passengers, and staff on cruise ships marooned at sea because of the pandemic are trying to find a way back home.
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This week's episode: masks are the new look on planes and in airports, what other changes are being wrought by Covid-19 in public transit, and a big giant yard that used to house Boeing Super Max planes is for sale - cheap.
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Even though there are fewer passengers on airliners these days, the TSA is finding it's job more difficult and dangerous than ever. Also on tap, U.S. car manufacturers are struggling to find a way to re-open safely while local governments try to reconcile the advantages of fewer cars on the streets with the resulting loss of revenue.
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The New York subway system says they are not to blame for the high rate of Coronavirus infection in NYC. If that is true, why are so many of it's employees sick? Also on tap, truckers face the odds and keep our country's life blood moving while speeders take advantage of less congested roadways with some tragic results.
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One transportation industry sector is booming while all others are dealing with Coronavirus shrinkage: Space Travel! Also on deck, what airlines are carrying now that the passenger trade is in lockdown and what to do if you need an airline refund.
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President Trump hints that an airline bail out might be on the way as U.S. carriers fight to stay in the skies while Covid-19 eviscerates the airline industry. Also on tap, essential mass transit drivers are getting sick on the pandemic front lines, and cruise ships with full compliments of passengers are stuck at sea indefinitely as ports refuse to let them dock because of the global contagion.
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Regional Airlines are being decimated by the Coronavirus pandemic as travel is at a standstill, vehicles of the future may be solitary confinement taking social distancing rules into account and even walkers are finding their path prohibited by new Covid-19 runes and regulations.
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Corona virus has eviscerated the nation's top transportation industries and the ripple effect will destroy the country's economy without not just one, but several bail-outs. Also on tap public transit is struggling in these days of contagion with emergency workers being crowded onto fewer trains and trying to keep up with the disinfection schedules and E-scooter rentals have disappeared after the virus scares away their cli...
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President Trump has issued a travel ban between the U.S. and Asia, and the U.S. and Europe with some exceptions. We tell you what this means if you are trying to get home in either direction. We also fill you in on the effects the virus is having on urban mass transit if you still have to go to work....
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Airlines are losing billions of dollars because of new travel restrictions and booking losses due to coronavirus fears. The cruise industry is also hard hit as cruise ships become giant petrie dishes for the virus, and we look at how mass transit tries to stay ahead of the virus curve with antiseptics and cleaning every few hours.
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Bus driver attacks are on the rise in New York, Minneapolis and a few other major metropolitan areas putting transit worker danger on par these days with police and firefighters. Also in the line up, free public transit as a ridership draw, and will Boston soon have parking fines based upon income?
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A High Speed Rail project hits the plains of Texas while California struggles with the same idea. Also on tap, Reclinegate on an American Airlines flight has re-invigorated the debate on whether coach seats on commercial airlines should be able to recline , and there is a new ride share company popping up on the streets of New York City.
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The growing Coronavirus epidemic is playing havoc with both the airline industry and international shipping, the Boston transit system embarks on a Year long improvement program, and the MBTA looks for Valentine's Day love on Twitter and gets insulted instead.
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If you are considering a new career think about bus or train driver as critical shortages in both areas are compounding urban traffic congestion crisis. Also on tap this week, scofflaw bicyclists are making the roadways unsafe while the nation's mayors say crumbling infrastructure has become one of their top issues.
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Public ridership is starting an upward climb, in New York the MTA is launching a fight against hare and the Coronavirus throws a scare into US airline passengers and causes a quarantine on a cruise ship.
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Airlines are the in place to be this week. They are revisiting service animals allowed in passenger flight cabins, checking out how to load passengers on planes more efficiently while the TSA says its finding more guns.
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The newest virtue signaling blame game - flight shaming - is designed to make you feel bad about using fuel to fly to see Grandma. Also on tap, e-scooter companies appear to be in trouble and the quest for discount airfares - for those of you not suffering from flight shame!
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Iran finally fesses up to shooting down a Ukranian Airliner on take off while conducting a military strike against Iraq bases housing U.S. military personnel. Bombardier transit cars are becoming the Boeing of the train world and air attendants are up in arms after new uniforms spread skin ailments.
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