Metropolitan Transportation Authority

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    December 30, 2010

    MTA Taking More of Your Money Starting Today

    image via am New York​Today is the day that we've all been hating in advance for months now: The day that the dreaded MTA fare increases go into effect. That means that your 7-Day Unlimited card is now $29, your 30-Day Unlimited gets a 17% increase to $104, and your 7-Day Express Bus pass is n ... More >>

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    December 27, 2010

    Snow Blows MTA's Timing on New Subway House Ads

    ​Late December probably wasn't the best time to roll out those new MTA house ads. Cars on this afternoon's much delayed A trains carried a new credo that made you stop and ponder a bit: "A city is only as good as its transit system," reads one sprawling card, part of the new "Improving, Non-st ... More >>

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    December 6, 2010

    MTA Trying to Win You Over With Their Adorable Vintage Subway Cars Again

    ​Most of the year you can get away with hating the MTA outright, for the lack of service, service disruptions, ever-increasing fares, or just 'cause you can. But at holiday time they pull out the big guns, and suddenly you can't help but feeling ever so slightly warmer-and-maybe-even-fuzzy abo ... More >>

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    November 15, 2010

    F Train: Now Slightly Less F'ed Up, Officially

    ​We profess a fondness for the F-train, despite its assorted problems. It's OUR train, and thus, while we can talk shit about it, no one else can. But every train has problems, right? At least the F's not the G. And, via the latest New York City Transit report, our little F train has finally a ... More >>

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    October 11, 2010

    MTA's New Select Bus Service Is Not So Speedy, Easy to Scam

    ​Yesterday, the MTA introduced its new, reportedly speedier "Select Bus Service," in which the M15 buses use exclusive red bus lanes to go between Houston and 125th Street. The biggest change to the system is the "pay before boarding" policy the service uses -- new machines at each stop on the ... More >>

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    October 8, 2010

    MTA Further Enhances Popularity by Cutting L Train Service this Weekend

    ​Yesterday, the MTA officially announced impending increases to fares, which will result in a $104 unlimited MetroCard come December 30, just in time for the new year! Whee. Despite the MTA claiming that this is absolutely necessary, people are none too happy about having to pay more for somet ... More >>

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    October 7, 2010

    The $104 MetroCard Is Here; Let the Bloodletting Commence

    ​Well, it happened. We knew it would, but now it's a done deal. The MTA has voted 12 to 2 to approve fare increases for subways, buses, and the commuter rail. Insanely, this marks a 65 percent increase over the last 12 years. The highest inflation rate over the last 10 years, in comparison, ha ... More >>

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    October 5, 2010

    Your MTA Overlords Will Charge $104 for Your Glamorous Monthly Subway Commute

    ​The MTA has been wearing us down with hints and speculation that our monthly unlimited card might increase in cost by almost $20 come January, and today MTA Chairman Jay Walder told Brian Lehrer that the MTA would, indeed, be keeping MetroCards unlimited -- instead of the proposed alternate, ... More >>

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    October 4, 2010

    Someday You Really Will Talk on Your Cell Phone in the Subway...Probably

    ​The MTA didn't forget about that cell service on subways that they've been talking about for so long. Yes, true, even though July brought the "green light" for Transit Wireless to proceed with making the networks happen, lack of funding kind of stagnated things. But it's on...again! AT&T and ... More >>

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    September 23, 2010

    Attack of the Subway Video Ads: Cash Cow or "Invasion"?

    ​The announcement that video ads are coming to the subway--in the form of playoff baseball highlights beamed by TBS to specially equipped cars on the 42nd Street Shuttle--was met mostly with goggling over the technology that embeds TV screens in train car walls, mixed with plaintive sighs that ... More >>

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    August 17, 2010

    MTA Hustlers Profit From Selling Tourists' Leftover Rides

    via Brooklyn VeganAn Unrelated Method of Metrocard Recycling​Aw, shucks, friendly tourists are helping criminals make a quick buck on the subway -- so gosh-darn nice of them, eh? Fare hustlers are positioning themselves at the two MTA hubs in Queens that connect to the AirTrain to catch folks ... More >>

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    August 11, 2010

    The MTA: Now Busting Even More of You for Tardies

    ​Well, this is awkward. Back in June, the MTA introduced the NYC Transit Delay Verification System, an Internet memo of sorts into which you enter in your subway information and time; the program will confirm whether you were legitimately late, or just faking it because you overslept after a n ... More >>

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    August 2, 2010

    MTA Wants Your Old Grand Central Merch for the Terminal's 100th Birthday

    via​The MTA has tired of taking your money. They would like to take your possessions now. Specifically, your possessions related to Grand Central Terminal for an exhibit commemorating 100 awesome years of Grand Central-ness. (The birthday goes down on February 1, 2013, but they're plan ... More >>

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    July 19, 2010

    The $100 Not-Unlimited Metrocard is Coming, and There's Nothing You Can Do to Stop It

    ​This morning, it was widely reported that after eliminating some subway lines and some bus lines and, oh yeah, trying to can a bunch of subway booth workers, the MTA is now considering raising fares yet again. How?

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    July 8, 2010

    Who's Worse, Con Ed or the MTA?

    ​Yesterday, a tipster sent us a photo from the Q/B elevator platform at Brooklyn's Atlantic/Pacific subway station, where, due to an electrical outage, it "sucks to be wheelchair-bound." He says, "I think the MTA is taking advantage, however, to pass the blame to Con Ed. Shit is always broken ... More >>

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    July 6, 2010

    The Post Plays Bad Cop, Busting MTA Employees Playing Hooky

    original photo via The New York Post​A Post photographer busted two MTA employees for snoozing on the job, and as always, the paper couldn't resist an especially great lead sentence zinger, "All aboard the Zzzzzz train!" with the accompanying photo caption "Noddy, noddy." But that's not to t ... More >>

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    June 30, 2010

    Four Ads We Find More Offensive Than the Pulled Georgi Vodka Bikini Ads

    Image via Daily News​The MTA has pulled ads featuring models' bikinied bottoms -- with the Georgi Vodka logo on them -- from some Brooklyn buses after members of the Hasidic community complained. Georgi Vodka producer Martin Silver was outraged, hiring Georgi bikini-clad models to protest in h ... More >>

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    June 25, 2010

    The MTA Could Really Use a Copy Editor

    photo by Angela Riechers​When it comes to spelling, the MTA sometimes reminds us of what it was like to be an unfocused third grader -- same with balancing a budget, but that's another story, and it's not as funny. We showed you the FML sign at 14th Street a couple weeks ago, and a year before ... More >>

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    June 22, 2010

    The MTA Can't Do Much Right Lately: Two Deployed Bus Drivers Laid Off While at War

    ​Reading about the MTA's decisions is often like swallowing a cactus, especially when news of truly unfortunate cutbacks comes in quick succession with news of huge spending. Earlier this morning, we reported that the MTA is shelling out big bucks for tenants temporarily displaced by Second Av ... More >>

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    June 14, 2010

    New Subway Sign Reads What V Train Riders Think: FML

    via Caroline McCarthy/CNET​Subway signs recently updated to reflect the June 28 removal of the V and W lines are as bold in color as the previous signs, but some are much bolder in message, like the ones at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue, which spell "FML" with subway symbols. OMG, LOL, how di ... More >>

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    June 3, 2010

    MTA Fares Up, MTA Service Down, MTA Salaries...Up?

    ​Over the last year or two, we've seen the price of a single ride Metrocard go from $2 to $2.25, and the service on all the places we use that Metrocard to get us go down and thin out. So how're we supposed to react when we hear that MTA salaries are up, and that LIRR conductors are making $10 ... More >>

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    May 26, 2010

    Transit Bigs, Facing Crisis, Stage Spitting Olympics

    Daily News​The only thing more remarkable than the fact that some bus drivers needed sixty days off to pull themselves together after catching a gob of New York spit from unhinged passengers, is that there are no known recent instances of bus-driver-on-passenger homicides. Any number of killi ... More >>

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    May 25, 2010

    Getting from Penn Station to Long Beach in Less Than Two Minutes? Priceless (Video)

    For those of you work-from-homers who every so often wax nostalgic of your old commute (or for those of you who, like us, just enjoy time elapsed things), here's a rather cool MTA video of the Long Island Railroad journey from Penn Station to Long Beach -- which normally takes 54 minutes -- in a min ... More >>

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    May 20, 2010

    Morning Links: Obama State Dinner Free from Crashers, Stores Invade Cobble Hill, Shahzad Bewildered Over His Bomb

    ​• There were no party crashers at the second Obama state dinner last night. But Eva Longoria Parker and Whoopi Goldberg were there, as well as "bold shades of fuchsia, tangerine and crisp blue." Also, White House Chief of Protocol Capricia Penavic Marshall fell on the steps, and Michelle go ... More >>

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    May 12, 2010

    The MTA Is Now Selling the Random Crap You Left on the Subway

    ​Yesterday, NYC Transit started tweeting about all kinds of goodies -- including a divine 5" black and white Coby TV that probably weighs more than your flatscreen -- that have been left behind on trains and are now up for grabs. "All those iPods, cameras, jewelry and more is waiting for your ... More >>

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    April 28, 2010

    The MTA Bought a Whole Lot of Boots, and They Are Ugly

    ​NYC Transit just spent $10,000-plus on a bunch of high-tech work boots (plus vests, safety glasses, and flashlights) for IT workers who "typically spend their days messing around computer servers, not walking the tracks," reports amNewYork.

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    April 28, 2010

    Coming Soon: Cell Service Literally Everywhere ... Starting With Grand Central

    ​If your dream of the future involves constant wireless connectivity and the ability to Tweet or text or update your Facebook status from, like, anywhere, your dream is nigh. The MTA has approved a licensing agreement to construct "a state-of-the-art, multi-carrier wireless commercial network" ... More >>

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    April 13, 2010

    Down With Subway Swine, Says Blogger

    TrainPigsA pig in his native habitat.​Full disclosure: We hate it when people eat on the subway. It grosses us out even more than a subway bathroom, likely because we've never actually ventured into a subway bathroom, but we have seen multiple people eating multiple foodstuffs al tren. (If one ... More >>

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    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.

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    March 13, 2010

    MTA Wants High-Speed Wireless Internet on Metro-North and LIRR Trains

    ​According to the Post, the Metropolitan Transit Authority is asking for bids from service providers to make high-speed wireless internet available to riders on Metro-North and LIRR commuter trains serving Westchester, Connecticut and Long Island. The final plan may or may not be free to non- ... More >>

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    February 4, 2010

    Cash-Strapped MTA Sells Bonds in Desperation; Bloomberg Sees Fare Hike and/or Service Cuts

    Oh great: In light of the newly-discovered MTA $400 nillion budget shortfall because payroll tax revenues aren't up to expectations, Mayor Bloomberg suggested during a Q&A that "the MTA is either going to have to raise rates dramatically or cut back service dramatically or, what's more likely, some ... More >>

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    December 31, 2009

    MTA Big Regrets Free New Years' Rides of the 80s

    ​The New York Times has a reminiscence of the free New Years Eve's rides MTA gave passengers in 1984 and 1985 -- which, we remember, added an especially festive air to the subways those nights. The alleged purpose was to discourage drunk driving, but the chief effect was to make us all hate th ... More >>

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    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 >>

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    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 >>

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    November 8, 2009

    MTA shifts transit updates to 311

    ​Mayor Bloomberg announced today that travel information questions which were previously handled by MTA call centers will now be handled at 311. Previously, 311 was forwarding the 370,000 MTA-related calls they already get to MTA operators, and people calling directly had to choose from sixty ... More >>

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    October 10, 2009

    Train service is going to be really, really bad this weekend, and other bad transit news

    ​The MTA has chosen this weekend to start needed repairs on the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, A, C, D, E, F, G, J, L, N, Q, and R lines (a full list of service advisories is here). Some stops will be skipped, and parts of routes replaced with shuttle bus service. Note: there will be handicapped-accessibl ... More >>

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    October 2, 2009

    MTA: 150 Subway Stations Will Get Digital Train Timers

    ​Lucky L train riders have had digital signs telling them when trains are coming (not always accurately, in our experience, but usually close enough for comfort). Now the MTA, which has mainly offered us blood, sweat and tears lately, says on December 2010, if not sooner, they'll start equipp ... More >>

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    September 8, 2009

    2nd Avenue Subway Evicted Tenants Not Feeling the Alleged Drop in Manhattan Rents

    We keep hearing that Manhattan rents are down significantly, but the folks who are being eminent-domained out of their homes to make way for the new Second Avenue Subway line aren't seeing it. The Times talks to several who've worked with the MTA and its realty partner O. R. Colan Associates, and ... More >>

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    August 20, 2009

    iPhone App-Maker Publishes Train Schedules; MTA Demands a Cut

    ​Plucky commuter Chris Schoenfeld made an iPhone app called Station Stops that tells you when Metro North trains are scheduled to arrive and depart. He enters and updates the info manually from Metro North's timetables, which we thought was public information. But he says MTA, which runs Metro ... More >>

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    August 12, 2009

    34th Street Bus Lines Get Timers

    ​It surprises us that the MTA has chosen the M16 and M34 buses on 34th Street for its bus-shelter digital timer pilot program, which announces to waiting riders when the next one is scheduled to arrive. The relatively uncomplicated L train made a good test case for the subway version, but the ... More >>

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    July 8, 2009

    Butt-Slapper Terrorizes Subway, Tish James Speaks Out

    NY1 says there's a serial butt-slapper riding the trains. Cops say they've received about a dozen reports of the man slapping butts in and around Crown Heights. Councilmember Tish James denounces the assailant as a "lowlife" and a "coward." He is thought to be in his mid-20s, between 5' 10" and 6' a ... More >>

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    June 23, 2009

    Today Barclays-Atlantic Avenue, Tomorrow Disney-Times Square? MTA "Very Open" To Selling Subway Naming Rights

    That resounding "Ewwwww!" you heard emanating from Brooklyn was the sound of locals discovering that as part of Bruce Ratner's revamped deal with the MTA for the Atlantic Yards site, he's set to get naming rights to the Atlantic Avenue subway station. If it's approved by the MTA board tomorrow as ex ... More >>

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    June 19, 2009

    Pols Stand With Sikhs Against MTA's Forced Branding of Turbans

    On Tuesday several city councilmembers signed a letter of protest against an MTA policy that requires Sikh workers to have the MTA logo sewn into their turbans. In 2005 the council filed but never enacted a bill that would prevent city agencies from making employees "comply with a uniform code tha ... More >>

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    May 26, 2009

    MTA Wants Payouts Banned to Riders Who Get Themselves Hurt

    The New York Post says "the chronically cash-strapped MTA has become a money train for riders filing personal-injury lawsuits." Personal injury claims against the Authority rose to $57.6 million last year. The Post focuses on cases like that of Dustin Dibble who, while "blotto," fell on the tracks, ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    No One Really Likes the MTA Plan

    Governor Paterson greeted communters at the Bryant Park subway station this morning, in celebration of the MTA bailout plan that Albany passed last night, though no one seems in a celebratory mood -- not even the Governor. "The one thing that I learned through this process," Paterson said, "is that ... More >>

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    May 7, 2009

    Chief Exec Sander Leaving MTA

    Less than 24 hours after Albany passed its MTA bailout package, MTA chief executive Elliot "Lee" Sander has resigned. In an interview with WPIX, he did not dispute the assertion that Governor Paterson requested his resignation. The Governor told WNYC earlier that the MTA is in need of a shakeup. ("D ... More >>

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    May 6, 2009

    Verrazano Bridge Toll Going Up?

    We're still waiting for the vote that is expected to pass the MTA budget compromise, which charges drivers and employers taxes and surcharges to keep the buses and trains running with just a slight increase in fares. And we hope the Dalai Lama's invocation in Albany this morning put them all in a mo ... More >>

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