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  • BOOM: North America’s Explosive Oil-by-Rail Problem

    Emergency orders, safety alerts and sweeping regulatory proposals gave the public the sense that Washington responded appropriately after a train filled with North Dakota oil destroyed a small Quebec town in July 2013—but our investigation, "BOOM," shows the regulatory process has failed.
  • Access Denied

    When reviewing how well the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) was fulfilling the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), it failed to fulfill in many cases. Many stations are designated as fully accessible, but in reality lack many of the general necessities. These include, “broken doors, turnstiles and elevators, and lacking automatic doors, which make it fully accessible”. Furthermore, the CTA declined to discuss these problems, but one employee did answer some questions, which lacked any substantial feedback.
  • Broken Buses

    This series of investigations revealed serious, recurring and widespread safety violations involving hundreds of school buses used to transport nearly 20,000 children to Indianapolis-area schools, and the expanded to show critical safety problems affecting thousands of buses in school districts across Indiana. The investigation exposed problems not only with the school buses, but also identified gaping deficiencies in the Indiana State Police bus inspection program. It triggered immediate and dramatic action, prompted Indiana's largest school districts to call for more stringent oversight and more frequent inspections and provided parents with a hands-on tool to monitor the safety history of their children's school buses.
  • Brevard's neediest on edge of disaster; thousands of poor, seniors eligible for storm evacuation program

    This investigation, done in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, shows that Brevard County, Florida is also unprepared to handle a similar natural disaster. "Like New Orleans, tens of thousands of seniors, poor people and families with no cars live in neighborhoods likely to be overcome by storm surge or flooded rivers in a powerful hurricane..."
  • MetroLink Expansion Aims at Attracting New Riders

    Getz discovers that more residents who live along a cheaper light-rail line in north St. Louis would use it more than the light-rail line that is being built "through one of the richest parts of central St. Louis." Getz explored the light-rail transit system in St. Louis after ongoing debates about taking the next costly step in building the light-rail system in the city. Critics said that low-income residents in north St. Louis, those who would most likely use the public transportation, were being ignored.
  • King of the Commute

    "Despite years of spending on public transit, Americans are driving more than ever. Some analysts say policy makers are mistaken to persist in emphasizing subway and rail construction, resisting road construction and urging commuters to carpool or take mass transit."
  • The Final Ride

    KIRO-TV reports that a public transportation program for the disabled has covered up fatal accidents. Although records of the accidents have been kept secret for reasons of "client confidentiality," the reporters managed to obtain documents revealing the flaws in the system -- incident reports, autopsy reports, wrongful death lawsuits, trip reimbursement vouchers, etc. Another finding is that many of the van drivers had extensive rap felony records.
  • The Buses Don't Stop Here Anymore

    The American Prospect looks at the deteriorating quality of mass transit in America. The reporter points to statistics that show that fewer and fewer people use public transportation. "The falloff in bus ridership, which is much steeper than that in train ridership, is directly linked to declines in bus service," the Prospect reports. The story examines how some cities have revived and expanded their transit systems and ridership despite suburban sprawl. Others have cut off transit service on all but the most cost-effective routes, thus reducing the value of the transit system.
  • Using The 2000 Census For Non-Census Stories

    Used at the IRE National Conference, the Orange County Register demonstrates how census data can be used in stories that are not specifically "census" stories. These stories include a look at school overcrowding, gaps in public transportation, attempts to recruit Hispanic youths for soccer leagues and how to use the land at an abandoned Marine Corps station.
  • Overtime Overkill: With no limits in way, Metro operators roll up lots of extra hours

    Houston Chronicle reports that Metropolitan Transit Authority bus operators are "driving huge amounts of overtime." While "full-time operators earn no more than $33,000 in base salary," two bus drivers made more than $109,000 in 2000. "Seventeen more earned between $75,000 and $95,000...Indeed, at least 16 percent of all days worked by Metro bus drivers would violate and interstate safety standard if the rules applied to them...But government exempts itself from (federal and state) rules, and Metro has no self-imposed limits on overtime."