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This station in Berlin is one of the stops that Amtrak and CTrail trains make on the Hartford line route between Springfield and New Haven.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The state of Connecticut and Amtrak do not have a shared agreement that makes tickets bought through the rail giant and ones purchased by local students and CTrail passengers equal.

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Senator Richard Blumenthal has condemned Metro-North and many other railroads for failing to implement Positive Train Control safety technology. Only four of more than 40 railroads have installed the technology which can control train speeds and prevent collisions and derailments in the event of human error. 

Amar Batra / Connecticut Public Radio

It's the New Year and, for Ned Lamont, that means there is only one week left to prepare for the day he takes over the reins of state government.

Lamont has signaled a willingness to be a consensus-builder, someone who brings together opposing viewpoints to reach effective solutions. But does he have the backbone to stand firm during the budget process when groups that propelled him into office present him with wish-lists the state can't readily afford?

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut passengers without certain train tickets continue to experience second-class treatment on Amtrak trains servicing the Hartford Line.

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Bicycles helped inspire modern cars, paved roads...even airplanes! But did you know they were also an inspiration for the women's movement?

This hour we take a look back in time at the origins of the bicycle, including innovation that happened right here in Connecticut. We find out the history of how this vehicle spurred social change and helped empower women to break through gender barriers a little more than a century ago.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Non-Amtrak riders continue to be shut out because of capacity issues, despite having valid tickets, on Hartford Line trains serviced in Connecticut by Amtrak.

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Much of Connecticut ground to a halt Thursday evening, as drivers and state crews seemed caught unaware by the first snow of the winter.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Connecticut Senator Richard Blumenthal has stepped into the controversy over inadequate train service on the Hartford line. He’s demanding answers from Amtrak over capacity issues on the new commuter line.

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The power went out at Bradley airport twice on Monday morning.

The emergency personnel were shown points of entry so that they could reach passengers in a manner that's quick but safe. That included a demonstration of how to use fire axes to get into the train.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

Hartford firefighters and other area first responders went through a simulation of a head-on train collision Saturday.

A member the Stamford branch of the Amalgamated Transit Union leaves a pamphlet behind at a residence in Glenbrook section of town as part of an effort by ATU workers on October 28, 2018 to spread the word about the lockbox ballot question.
Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

One of the two questions featured on statewide ballots will give Connecticut voters the chance to decide if money earmarked for transportation should be kept in a lockbox.

Amar Batra / Connecticut Public Radio

A group of civil engineers gathered in Hartford Tuesday to urge voters approve a ballot question that would establish a lockbox for transportation money. It’s a last-minute push that comes as a new report says the state’s roads and bridges are in need of major investment.

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An Indonesian airliner carrying 189 passengers and crew has crashed into the Java Sea minutes after takeoff from Jakarta. The Indonesian Ministry of Transportation confirms it has found the wreckage of the Lion Air jet — a Boeing 737 MAX 8 that was delivered to the company in August.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A seat on the 4:32 p.m. train out of Hartford’s union station is emerging as the most coveted seat on the CTrail’s new Hartford Line that was launched in June.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

A referendum regarding money put into the state’s special transportation fund will be on the ballot on Election Day in November. 

Connecticut Historical Society

Bicycles helped inspire modern cars, paved roads...even airplanes! But did you know they were also an inspiration for the women's movement?

This hour we take a look back in time at the origins of the bicycle, including innovation that happened right here in Connecticut. We find out the history of how this vehicle spurred social change and helped empower women to break through gender barriers a little more than a century ago.

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Three Merrimack Valley, Massachusetts neighborhoods were marred by natural gas explosions Thursday, in an incident that left one dead and several others injured. This hour, we take an in-depth look at what happened and consider the likelihood that a similar situation could unfold here in Connecticut.

Later, we learn why some local residents and advocates are airing their grievances against Veyo, the company contracted to provide non-emergency transportation to adults and children on Medicaid. How did the California-based enterprise come to operate in Connecticut in the first place? We find out.

And finally, we wade through the known and unknown effects of e-cigarette use, and find out why the electronic tobacco devices are so fashionable among youths today. Have you owned or smoked an e-cigarette? What about your child or children? We want to hear from you. 

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From self-driving cars to all-electric Teslas, Silicon Valley is imagining an automobile beyond the internal combustion engine and steering wheel we all grew up with. Meanwhile, app-based companies like Uber and Lyft are radically shifting the way we interact with cars.

Seventeen years after it was destroyed in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, New York City's Cortlandt Street subway station has at long last reopened.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which runs the city's subway system, unveiled the reconstructed station on Saturday, just three days before the anniversary of the attack.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

A dreaded part of Interstate 84 running through Waterbury, which is notorious for bottlenecks and traffic jams, enters a new, bigger, chapter this week.

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From self-driving cars to all-electric Teslas, Silicon Valley is imagining an automobile beyond the internal combustion engine and steering wheel we all grew up with. Meanwhile, app-based companies like Uber and Lyft are radically shifting the way we interact with cars.

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Repair work on a century-old bridge in Norwalk has dug up something even older: the remains of a 17th-century American Indian trading fort.

Cyclists on a street in Amsterdam
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Should streets be designed for cars? Some urban planners think we should be making our streets less efficient for automobiles, not more. This hour, can reimagining our streets create better communities?

Updated at 4:03 p.m. ET

Some Americans have been trailed and closely monitored by undercover air marshals as they traveled on U.S. flights, as part of a previously undisclosed Transportation Security Administration program called Quiet Skies. The marshals take notes on the targeted traveler's behavior, sending detailed reports to the TSA.

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A new report offers New England states a roadmap for creating a future transportation system that is cleaner and more accessible.

Frankie Graziano / Connecticut Public Radio

The state bond commission will decide Wednesday whether to approve $10 million to fund a study of road tolls in the state.

Ryan Caron King / Connecticut Public Radio

Tony Sheridan was just appointed to serve as chairman of the Connecticut Airport Authority. 

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We almost know who’s going to be on the ballot this August in the race for Governor. Republicans Bob Stefanowski and David Stemerman have officially gathered enough signatures. And so has Joe Ganim.

This week the new Hartford Line commuter rail will link Springfield, Massachusetts, to New Haven, Connecticut, and cities in between. For less than $16, commuters can catch more than 12 trains each day and travel speeds up to 110 miles an hour.

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During their first post-convention debate Monday, four Republican gubernatorial candidates spoke a lot about state employee pensions, excessive government regulation, and running the state more like a business.

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