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NYC Commuters' 'Summer of Hell' Begins Monday

'I'd rather have my teeth pulled,' commuter says of anticipated woes from repair project

(Newser) - A massive two-month repair project will launch Monday at the country's busiest train station, temporarily exacerbating the daily commuting struggle during what New York's governor has predicted will be a "summer of hell," per the AP . At Penn Station, crowds of commuters fume at frequent delays,... More »

Texas Man in UK for 18 Years Gets Xenophobic Abuse on Tram

And Juan Jasso was also pro-Brexit

(Newser) - A 38-year-old American Army vet who supported Brexit has lived in England for nearly two decades—but three young men decided earlier this week to taunt him with racist, anti-immigration comments in a confrontation that's since gone viral, NBC News reports. Juan Jasso—who's been pegged "Super... More »

You Threw Away $960 Sitting in Traffic Last Year

Average American driver spent 42 hours bumper-to-bumper

(Newser) - If you're stuck in traffic for a few minutes today, look on the bright side: Those few minutes are nothing compared to the 42 hours the average rush-hour commuter spent in traffic last year—or the 6.9 billion hours American drivers squandered while bumper-to-bumper—at a cost of... More »

Iowa Man's Commute: 35-Mile Walk

But janitor Steven Simoff has many 'road friends'

(Newser) - After hearing about the Detroit man who walks 21 miles to work , a Des Moines Register reporter was told about "a guy in southern Iowa who walks even farther" and discovered resolute pedestrian Steven Simoff. The 61-year-old regularly walks 35 miles from his home in the small town of... More »

Crowd Shoves Train Off Trapped Man

A little teamwork saves the day at Australian train station

(Newser) - A guy who fell into the gap between a train and the platform during this morning's rush hour in Perth, Australia, was rescued by none other than his fellow commuters, reports ABC News Australia . Video footage shows the passengers working in tandem to shove the train off him, then... More »

Google's Latest Perk for Workers: Commuter Ferry

Ferry makes 2 runs in morning, 2 in evening

(Newser) - Google's latest infrastructure project is a private catamaran ferry to help get its workers to the office. Google reportedly began contracting an 83-foot, 149-passenger ferry called Triumphant on Monday on a trial basis. Triumphant reportedly makes two runs each in the morning and evening between San Francisco and Redwood... More »

Sitting in Traffic Cost Us Each $800 in 2011

Commuters released 56B extra pounds of carbon dioxide: study

(Newser) - This may not do much to quell road rage: America's commuters each wasted an average of $818 in time and gas while stuck in traffic in 2011, a yearly study finds, for a total of $121 billion nationwide. That's up $1 billion from the year before, the AP... More »

The Way You Commute Could Hurt Your Health

Walkers, bikers healthier than drivers: study

(Newser) - Whether you drive, ride the train, or catch the bus, commuting to work could be hurting your health, a study suggests. In a survey of 21,000 workers ages 18 to 65, Swedish researchers found that car and public transit commuters cited worse health, more stress and exhaustion, and more... More »

Rat Crawls on NYC Subway Rider's Face

Welcome to Gotham

(Newser) - Ew. When someone brags about improved quality of life in New York, pull out this video. One of the many rats who share space with the city's thousands of daily commuters frantically scurries about a subway car as another rider films him. Passengers watch, sometimes lifting their feet to avoid... More »

America's 75 Worst Commutes

How does your 'highway to hell' rank?

(Newser) - We all know LA has a traffic problem, but Honolulu? It's No. 2 in the nation, finds the Daily Beast , which crunched the numbers to rank America's 75 worst commutes. Some of the highlights:
  • No. 3, Capital Beltway, Washington, DC: This slow moving route totals an average of 194 hours
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JetBlue Exec Admits: Flying Can Be a Waste

On short routes, anyway, it doesn't make a lot of sense

(Newser) - It's not exactly a revelation, but it was still surprising to hear a JetBlue executive admit that it "may not make much sense" for travelers to fly short distances, writes Ariel Schwartz. "Maybe there’s a different mode of transportation that may be better to carry those customers... More »

Electric Bikes Worth a Spin

In the city, they're perfect for short trips

(Newser) - Count Farhad Manjoo as a convert to the electric bicycle camp. He took a loaner for a week, pronounced his inaugural ride "incredible," and generally thinks they're a legitimate way to get more people on two wheels and fewer on four. They've got limitations, of course—the hazards... More »

YouTube Fight Vid Sparks New Safety Fears

Racial row on Oakland bus erupts into violence

(Newser) - A disturbing racial confrontation on an Oakland bus is raising renewed fears about the safety of public transportation. Like a scene straight from the racial conflict movie Crash, a heated exchange between a young black man and 67-year-old white passenger quickly devolves into blows as passengers scream. "He hit... More »

20 Killed in Head-On Belgian Train Crash

Wrong-way driver ignored repeated warnings

(Newser) - At least 20 people were killed at rush hour today in Belgium when two commuter trains crashed head on south of Brussels. Both train drivers and conductors were among the dead. One mangled train perched atop the other as rescuers used cranes to get to dozens of passengers and some... More »

SF Bay Bridge Reopens

Test of repairs to repair clears way for commuters

(Newser) - The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge reopened to commuter traffic this morning after a successful test of repairs was conducted overnight. The bridge has been out of commission since Tuesday, when the original repair failed and crushed three cars. Workers took a while to “get the geometry” of the new... More »

Trib Goes Tabloid on Weekdays

Newspaper will be smaller on newsstands, remain broadsheet for home deliveries

(Newser) - The Chicago Tribune is changing its street-sale format from broadsheet to tabloid beginning next week, the newspaper reports. The move, which will affect weekday retail editions but not subscription copies, puts the paper in direct competition with its rival, the Chicago Sun-Times, which has long published in the format. The... More »

NYC Subway Pens Excuses for Late Commuters

MTA issues notes from the underground

(Newser) - New York City's subway and bus agency issues excuses for tardiness that workers delayed by mass transit snafus can present to their frustrated bosses. The program, which will go online next year, issues 34,000 "late notes" each year, even though few commuters know that it exists, reports the... More »

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