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Female bike ridership doubles in NYC, cyclists safer: Study

A woman walks over a snow covered foot

(Credit: A woman walks over a foot bridge in Brooklyn on Jan. 23, 2014. (Spencer Platt/Getty))

More women are riding bikes, and more cyclists are following traffic laws, according to a report released Wednesday by Hunter College.

Researchers observed more than 4,300 cyclists in lower and central Manhattan and tallied whether they obeyed traffic laws, wore helmets and used electronic devices while riding.

Despite the pervasive belief that cyclists can pose a danger to motorists...

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Report lists city's most dangerous streets for pedestrians

Broadway north of 99 street, Manhattan, is one

(Credit: Broadway at 99th Street, one of the city's deadliest roads for walkers. (Bruce Gilbert))

Broadway and Woodhaven Boulevard in Queens were the deadliest streets for pedestrians between 2010 and 2012 in the city, according to a report released Wednesday on the region's most dangerous roads.

The Tri-State Transportation Campaign, using the most recent federal highway data, released a report, "The Region's Most Dangerous Roads for Walking," that said nine pedestrians on Broadway and...

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Port Authority to bring PATH to Newark Airport

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(Credit: Newark Liberty International Airport (EPA/Tannen Maury))

The Port Authority plans to extend the PATH train to Newark Liberty International Airport and pump $8 billion into its airports.

The 10-year $27.6 billion capital plan unveiled Tuesday includes $1.5 billion to extend the PATH train at Newark Penn Station three miles to the airport.

There, passengers can take the AirTrain to the terminals.

The Port Authority’s $8 billion budget...

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Frustrated fans cry foul over ride to Super Bowl

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - FEBRUARY 02: Quarterback Peyton

(Credit: MetLife Stadium during the Super Bowl on Feb. 2, 2014. (Christian Petersen/Getty))

Football fans taking the train to what was billed as the first “Mass Transit Super Bowl” were met with wall-to-wall crowds, stifling heat at a key station, and long waits to buy a ticket and board a train.

But New Jersey Transit officials, who said they set a new ridership record — 22,000 — Sunday, insisted that everything was going according to plan, and that they had the situation under...

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Transit outlook for Super Bowl weekend

A Transportation and Security Administration (TSA), K-9 unit

(Credit: A K-9 unit patrols through Penn Station on Jan. 30, 2014. (John Moore/Getty Images))

The MTA will add service and suspend Manhattan track repairs for the mass transit rush on Super Bowl Sunday.

Over the weekend, there will be six extra Long Island Rail Road trains and on Saturday an additional 16 Metro-North trains on the New Haven Line and two on the Hudson line. On Saturday, there will be extra No. 1 trains and rush-hour level service on the Times Square shuttle for people...

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Metro-North's Connecticut line needs $3.6B in work: Report

Metro-North

(Credit: Craig Ruttle)

Metro-North's busy and aging New Haven line needs $3.6 billion in infrastructure work by 2020 to keep the rail running smoothly and in good repair, according to a study released Thursday.

The Regional Plan Association's report said the most expensive investment -- replacing or renovating five century-old movable bridges in Connecticut -- has a $2.8 billion funding gap. Other investments include...

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Metro-North derailment report clears equipment, tracks

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(Credit: Workers upright and move a derailed Metro-North train car. (Charles Eckert))

The federal agency investigating the deadly Metro-North derailment released a preliminary report Tuesday that does not determine the cause of the Dec. 1 incident.

The preliminary report from the National Transportation Safety Board found that there were no "anomalies" on the track where the Metro-North train derailed, at the Spuyten Duyvil curve in the Bronx, or in the signal system,...

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Experts predict more pedestrian plaza projects under de Blasio

Pedestrian Plaza

(Credit: The city has set up dozens of pedestrian plazas throughout the five boroughs. (Getty))

For the last six years, more and more streets in the five boroughs have been transformed into pedestrian havens. From Times Square to Jackson Heights, the city boldly and controversially stopped all motor vehicle traffic at 59 spaces, allowing New Yorkers to have the areas all to themselves.

Although Mayor Bill de Blasio and new Transportation Commissioner Polly Trottenberg have been tentative...

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Bloomberg opens permanent Times Square plaza

Times Square

(Credit: Mayor Michael Bloomberg and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan in Times Square (Agaton Strom))

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and his transportation commissioner cemented their legacy on the city's streetscape Tuesday with a ribbon cutting on the first phase of a permanent Times Square plaza.

Bloomberg joined Department of Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan to announce a newly reconstructed 30,000-sqaure-foot section of Times Square on Broadway between 42nd and 43rd streets that...

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Bill's first deputy mayor has transit chops

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(Credit: Anthony Shorris, foreground, will be Bill de Blasio's first deputy mayor. (Charles Eckert) )

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio Wednesday announced that he picked a veteran in city government with transportation experience to be his first deputy mayor and oversee day-to-day operations.

Anthony Shorris' long resume includes stints as director of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey under Gov. Eliot Spitzer, director of NYU's Rudin Center for Transportation Policy and Management and...

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