Bus Travel

  • Blogs

    January 2, 2014

    De Blasio Warns New Yorkers to Stay Home Thursday Night As Blizzard Approaches

    It had not started snowing in New York City on Thursday afternoon, but Mayor Bill de Blasio (on his second day on the job) was already cautioning New Yorkers to stay in Thursday night. "Please stay home tonight, and stay off the roads," de Blasio said at a press conference following the swearing-i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2013

    The President's Visit to Crown Heights Will Shut Down Prospect Park for Six Hours, Reroute Buses

    President Obama is scheduled to address students Friday at Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH), a full two miles from Prospect Park. And yet, the park announced via its website that it will be shut during the President's visit. There are also scheduled service changes to bus ro ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 26, 2013

    MTA: The Metro-North New Haven Line is Out of Commission Until Further Notice

    Turns out those wires running above train tracks are really, really important. The Con Edison feeder that supplies power to the overhead wire on the Metro-North New Haven commuter rail line went dark yesterday, shutting down the entire train service. Until further notice, the MTA advises that anyone ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2013

    Federal Transportation Department Shuts Down a Staten Island Bus Company After It Strands 53 Passengers in Virginia for 24 Hours

    Did you know that when Nietzche wrote all of history happens in circles, that we are eternally bound to repeat the past in an endless cycle of birth, death, and rebirth, he was referring to delinquent bus companies in Staten Island? Kidding. But also: The U.S. Department of Transportation shut down ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2013

    The Changes to the G Train Are Actually Going to Happen!!

    Remember when the MTA admitted that the G train needed a serious tuning up, but then slapped a price tag of $700,000 on the needed fixes? We thought that a better G train commute would forever lay just out of reach, but we were wrong! The MTA found an extra $18 million lying around, so the G, and so ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2013

    Boston Shutdown Snarls Penn Station

    With Boston in a full lock-down due to the ongoing manhunt for the surviving suspect in Monday's marathon bombings, travelers throughout the northeast found themselves facing delays and cancellations today.

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2013

    City Can (But Won't) Play Its Part in Bus Strike

    We're damn-near a month into the Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1181's bus-driver and matron strike, and the city is still pretending like it doesn't have everything to do with why this mess continues to drag-on. The union, politicians and parents are begging the city to at least come to the table ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Lights Out: MTA Turning Off Blue Lights on Select Buses

    Today, the MTA issued an order rescinding the use of flashing blue lights on all Select Bus Service or SBS buses. These lights are used to distinguish the select buses from local buses. Flashing blue lights are particularly useful at a crowded bus stops or when you're squinting up Second Avenue hop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Long Live the G-Train? New Petition Tries to Preserve Park Slope Extension

    Well, here are four words we never thought we would type: Save the G-train? Brooklyn's straphangers, known to love the looping line as much as they hate it, are now rallying in support of the G: District Leader Lincoln Restler has organized a petition to keep the MTA from cutting off full Church Av ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    New Yorkers Say the MTA Is Bleeding Them Dry

    ​What sucks even more than commuting to work? Having to wait longer and pay more to commute to work, that is. Unfortunately, it looks like that's exactly what's happening in New York. Check it out: Transportation Alternatives, a commuter-advocacy group, surveyed a bunch of New Yorkers last ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2012

    Obama in City Tonight, Don't Bother Leaving Your Office or Apartment

    ​The President is coming to town to fundraise this evening, so plan on being stuck wherever you are right now (sucks if you're at work), since commuting is kinda impossible when Obama visits. Bus routes have been already changed, an MTA spokeswoman tells Runnin' Scared. Nothing has been said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2011

    M50 Bus Wins "Slower Than a Lawnmower" Acclaim

    According to this year's annual "Pokey" award, the slowest local bus route in New York City is the M50, which travels crosstown on 49th and 50th Streets between First and Twelfth Avenues, clocking in at just 3.5 miles per hour at noon on a weekday, according to Straphangers Campaign staff and volunt ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 1, 2011

    Thomas Truex, Bus Driver, Sat Dead in Idling Bus at Port Authority for Five Hours

    ​A New Jersey Transit bus driver sat dead in the passenger seat of his idling bus at the Port Authority for five hours before being noticed, the Post reports. The bus returned from the Meadowlands at 10:30 a.m. Sunday and Thomas Truex's body wasn't discovered until later that afternoon. The ca ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2011

    Astorians Mourn Departed Bus and Subway Lines, Want to Bring Back the QM22

    ​Politicians, civic groups, and commuters gathered yesterday by the Astoria-Ditmars subway stop to mark the death-iversary of their dearly departeds: the W train and the QM22 bus line. One year ago, the MTA eliminated the W and V trains and dozens of bus lines, and reduced services throughout ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 13, 2011

    The Upper West Side Could Get 'Limo Lanes'

    ​The Department of Transportation is thinking about creating "limo lanes" -- yes, lanes for limousines -- on the Upper West Side, because people who live in the Trump and Extell buildings on Riverside Drive from West 63rd to West 72nd are, apparently, causing traffic jams with their "chauffeur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Taken for a Ride: Another MTA Select Bus Horror Story

    The MTA's new cash cowThe only thing that's certain about the MTA's Select Bus is that people are being taken for a ride by the setup through which passengers have to buy tickets before boarding. The city has handed out more than $1 million in summonses to riders, so the Select Bus "has increasingly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2010

    Update: City Serves Temporary Restraining Order to Bus Man Running Charters along MTA-Cut Lines

    ​A week and a half ago, we spoke to Joel Azumah, the 27-year-old who began running charter buses along the X25, X29, X90, QM22 lines recently cut by the MTA. The city Department of Transportation sent him a cease and desist letter at the end of June, when he started his service, but he kept hi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 28, 2010

    Brooklyn Man Picks Up MTA-Cut Bus Routes, but Business is a Bust

    ​Joel Azumah, 27, who runs a small charter bus company, TransportAzumah, replaced recently cut public bus routes (X25, X29, X90, QM22) with his own private routes today in an attempt to turn a profit while helping people get to work. "Some of these routes are in very good locations with very l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 24, 2010

    'Screw Hipster Brooklyn' Season in Full Effect for MTA: L-Train Service Cuts

    ​Well, now you have an excuse for not going to Brooklyn that's better than the old "I didn't get my visa in order" some crafty Manhattanites have been using for far too long, now. Even though, really, you should have visas ready, lest you run into any of our own tight-jeaned frogs on the way i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2010

    MTA Meets the People, Before Deciding on New Reasons to Hate Them.

    ​You think your morning commute sucked? Imagine taking the subway to go talk to the MTA this morning.

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    MTA Considers Cuts; Parents, Disabled Advocates, Others Complain

    There's no B or D service into Manhattan because of a sick passenger, and the MTA board is preparing to vote on service cuts to pull the Authority out of the red ($400 million) -- into which it sank, just months after the last Doomsday "rescue" plan, thanks to spectacular financial mismanagement -- ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2009

    MTA Stocking Stuffer? May Shut M and Z Trains, "Dozens" of Bus Routes

    This Christmas season, the MTA is planning a treat for all of us: service cuts! These were threatened during the last "Doomsday Budget" tsimmis, but relinquished when the fares went up. Now MTA is out of money again, and is considering the removal of "dozens of bus routes," and the W and Z subway l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2009

    Thompson Unveils Online "How Bad Will Your Commute Suck?" Game

    Comptroller and mayoral candidate William Thompson just unveiled one of those cute online interactive games. Go here, and you can put in your zip code, push a button, and find out how much worse your transit service will get when the MTA's proposed cutbacks go into effect. Ours is looking pretty awf ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2009

    Gioia, LIC Residents Protest 7 Train Service Interruptions

    Straphangers are inconvenienced by the MTA all the time. This is especially true on the weekends, when construction-based service interruption after service interruption can turn a 10-minute commute into an hour-long, three-transfer horror show. The people of Long Island City, faced with an upc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 23, 2008

    Subway Fare Going Up To As Much As $3

    We've been hearing about it for weeks, but seeing it in black and white and bureaucratic language brings it painfully closer to reality: the MTA says that the upcoming fare hikes will "increase subway, local bus and SIR base fare to as much as $3 for cash fare on buses, single-ride ticket and/or Pay ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 4, 2008

    Assault, Theft Trouble City Buses

    On eleven especially bad bus routes, says the New York Daily News, drivers have been assaulted 103 times. "Some have had their eye sockets broken, teeth broken, you name it," an MTA official tells the paper. The News lists only two of the routes: The Nostrand Avenue (B44), which runs between Lynch S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2008

    Day of the Chicken, the Ikea Bus and More

    Curbed declared today the day of the chickens as restaurateur Alan Harding threatened to keep chickens in the backyard of his new place as a measure of revenge against the Brooklynites giving him heat for opening over a dozen restaurants in the borough with his partner Jim Mamary. They’ve been ra ... More >>

  • News

    November 6, 2007

    Bus Kill

    In the crosswalk, New Yorkers find themselves in the cross hairs

  • Blogs

    October 26, 2007

    National Mobilization Against the War

    On Saturday, concerned patriots will take to the streets of eleven cities across the nation as part of United for Peace and Justice's National Day of Mobilization against the war. The New York march begins at 23rd Street, where people will gather starting at noon, and ends at Foley Square near City ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2007

    7 Train Out of Service

    Photo by NewYork808 via Flickr The entire No. 7 train line is out of service this afternoon from Times Square to Flushing-Main Street Station due to a signal problem in Flushing. On the brighter side: at least the Mets aren't in the National League Championship Series, which begins tonight. From ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2006
  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    You're Walking, They're Talking

    New York, you're still afoot. With the Transport Workers Union and the MTA back at the negotiating table, the city's 7 million subway and bus riders can look foward to having a ride to work. Just not right away. Reports Newsday: It was not immediately clear when the trains and buses would ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    It's Off to Work They Go

    The Tranport Workers Union Local 100 instructed its members to go back to their posts in the New York City subway and bus system. Show up the next time you were scheduled to, the instructions say, and if you're supposed to be working now, "report immediately." The instructions continue: If Ma ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2005

    Step by Step: Before the Trains Can Run Again

    MTA New York City Transit officials said this afternoon that service would return—but only after the appropriate steps were taken to fully and safely restore service to 26 subway routes and 243 bus routes. "Let me be clear about this," NYC Transit President Lawrence Reuter told reporters, "We ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2005

    A Strike -- Partially

    Transport Workers Union officials voted to strike this morning - but limited their initial walkout to two private bus lines which serve southeast Queens -- and even that work stoppage isn't slated to begin until this evening. The decision to shut down the bus lines first represents a delicate tap da ... More >>

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    January 22, 2002

    Outer-Borough Battler

    A Labor Leader Challenges His Own