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June 15, 2018 Border Patrol Checkpoint on I-93 in New Hampshire. Photo by Jason Moon for NHPR

Family Vacationing In N.H. Reeling After Arrest At Checkpoint 90 Miles From The Border

July 6, 2018

Under a Department of Justice rule, the Border Patrol is allowed to conduct these checkpoints 100 miles from a border, and they have been since 1953. What’s harder to know is whether or not these checkpoints are happening more frequently.

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Hartford Rail Line Revives ‘Gateway To New England’

June 13, 2018

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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A 2015 photo of the vessel Martha's Vineyard. The ship lost power the night of Saturday, March 17, 2018, but the cause is still under investigation. Photo by Sharon Brody for WBUR

Facing Rider Fury, Steamship Authority To Undergo Top-To-Bottom Audit

May 16, 2018

After hundreds of ferry cancellations this year alone, the Steamship Authority has announced it’s planning to hire an outside firm to audit its entire operation.

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Projects Hoping To Bring Clean Power To Massachusetts, Compete For Vermonters’ Support

January 25, 2018

On Thursday, Massachusetts will select bidders to supply thousands of megawatts of renewable, carbon-free electricity. Two of the competing proposals call for new power line infrastructure through Vermont in order to bring energy south from Canada into the Bay State.

 

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Steeped In History, Majestic J Class Boats Return To Newport

August 25, 2017

This week, Newport is hosting a first in the sailing world: the J Class world championships. J Class yachts are rare, and they’re huge.

 

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Crucial, Century-Old, And Sometimes Stuck: Connecticut Bridge Is Key To Northeast Corridor

August 15, 2017

Every day nearly a million commuters travel on the Northeast Corridor — the vast rail network between Washington, D.C. and Boston.

Many of those passengers cross over a small river in the coastal city of Norwalk, Connecticut. But the only way for a train to get across that river is on the Walk Bridge — a 120-year-old “swing bridge.”

 

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In Connecticut And Rhode Island, Federal Rail Decision Seen As Win For Preservationists

July 19, 2017

Residents in Connecticut and Rhode Island’s coastal communities are cheering the Federal Railroad Administration’s decision to back away from a controversial rail plan that would have re-routed a section of the Northeast Corridor through historic towns and important ecosystems along New England’s southern coast.

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High Tensions In New London, Connecticut Over Federal Rail Plans

May 30, 2017

Communities along Connecticut’s southeastern shore want faster, reliable train service to Washington, D.C, New York, and Boston — but not if it skips their local train stations. A proposed federal plan for high speed rail would do just that.

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With Federal Decision Nearing, Southern New England Towns Push Back Against Rail Plan

May 30, 2017

The Federal Railroad Administration is working on plans to bring more high speed rail to the Northeast Corridor. It’s the busiest stretch of passenger rail in the nation that spans from Washington, D.C. to Boston.

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Along Highways, Wildlife Appears To Be Breaking Evolutionary Speed Limits

March 22, 2017

When you think of evolution, you might picture the classic textbook illustration “March of Progress” by Rudolph Zallinger. It shows how, over 25 million years, our human ancestors slowly transform from hunched apes into modern homo sapiens. But now, thanks in part to roads and highways, lots of evolution happens much quicker than that.

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