Metropolitan Transportation Authority

  • Blogs

    May 5, 2009

    Our Cynicism Rewarded: Albany MTA Plan Still Not Ready

    It wasn't just because we're lazy -- we thought the state senate MTA plan that everyone's been talking about sounded a little shaky, so we let it alone. And we were right: neither Sheldon Silver nor Governor Paterson are happy with the senators' proposal. They say it's about a quarter-billion dollar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 4, 2009

    Flash! Albany Working on MTA Plan

    Albany lawmakers are behind closed doors, working on an MTA plan. A taxi surcharge and payroll taxes are among the remedies they're considering. Paterson's calling for "action." His new wrinkle is to offer constituents reimbursement of the payroll tax to their school districts -- a typical Albany Ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2009

    MTA: Expect Even Worser Service, and Maybe No Trains at Night

    You know those MTA service cuts we were promised along with the new fare hikes as part of the Doomsday Fun-Pak? Well, the Authority's executive director just announced they'll be even worse and may include the end of all-night subway service. "I'm not sure the English language captures what goes be ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 28, 2009

    Grand Central Chandeliers Now Lit By CFC Bulbs

    The last incandescent lightbulb in the last Beaux Arts chandelier in Grand Central Terminal was replaced today with a compact fluorescent, completing a two-year job to make the 96-year-old "melon" fixtures energy efficient. The MTA expects to save $200,000 a year on the lower electrical cost assoc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    Albany Dems Flail as GOP Suits Up for Subway Savior Role

    Though the Democrats have majorities in both Albany houses -- albeit razor-thin in the Senate -- they are so undisciplined that many now admit they need Republican votes to roll back the MTA's proposed fare hikes. The GOP senators they've targeted are from upstate districts where train and bus subco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2009

    No Cop, You Hop! Clerk-, Fare-Free Subway Entrances Coming?

    Photo via It's an ill wind that blows no one some good. What, you don't understand that expression? We'll explain when we have more time. Anyway, there's a silver lining to this whole "doomsday" MTA fare-hike service-slash thing: honor-system subway entrances. It's not planned th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 2, 2009

    Court: MTA Employees Not Required to Stop Rape

    To all the ladies who stand alone on a subway platform late at night, hoping that being within eyeshot of a station agent will make you somewhat safer from harm: You're wrong. MTA employees have no responsibly to intervene if you happen to be attacked and raped right in front of them, a Queens jud ... More >>

  • Columns

    April 1, 2009

    Vanguard of the Senate Revolution

    When no one else will, Kruger and Espada battle on behalf of the people

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2009

    MTA Fare Hike All But Certain

    The MTA's Doomsday Budget, which raises all our fares and passed the finance committee Monday, is expected to be approved today. Transportation Alternatives is staging a "Call-a-Thon" this morning at Union Square to get citizens to ring the MTA and denounce the plan. Even Mayor Bloomberg had an awk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    State Senate to Unveil MTA Plan Nobody Likes

    The Mayor and others are pressing state senate majority leader Malcolm Smith (pictured) to do something to head off the oncoming MTA "doomsday" budget. Smith and his allies are expected to unveil a plan today with fare increases and payroll taxes -- both smaller than what the Ravitch Commission prop ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 17, 2009

    State Senate MTA Plan Gets Cold Reception

    As promised, the state senate Democrats presented their watered-down MTA budget proposal today and, as predicted, no one likes it. Well, senator Pedro Espada likes it -- "Today's a great day for Pedro Espada, the M.T.A. ridership and the State Senate," he told Politicker NY. But Transportation Alter ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 16, 2009

    Elephants, Others Parade Tonight Next Week From Queens to MSG

    The MTA advises motorists that between 11:30 p.m. tonight March 23 and 2 o'clock tomorrow the next day, the Queens Midtown Tunnel will be closed to traffic, as ten Asian elephants, nine horses and three ponies from the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus will be marching through it. The b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2009

    MTA Hearings, Like Subway, Overcrowded with Long Delays

    Nearly 100 people remained outside the Metropolitan Transportation Authority fare hike hearing in Manhattan almost an hour after it began on Wednesday evening, their wait caused by stepped-up security measures and what appeared to be the authority's failure to anticipate the crowd. "We've recently ... 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

    December 4, 2008

    MTA Plan: Corporate Tax, Bridge Tolls, "Automatic" But Lower Fare Hikes

    Former MTA boss Richard Ravitch revealed his commission's plan for saving the MTA today. It calls for the state to take over the city's big bridges, putting tolls on the East River and Harlem River bridges, a third-of-a-percent "mobility" payroll tax on corporations, and biennial, automatic increase ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2008

    Buy Your Own Subway Doors, $175/pair

    NYC the Blog stumbled upon the MTA's Assets & Collectibles page, where each month they put out a new batch of old subway detritrus that you can buy. This month's pickings are pretty slim, but we're sure you know somebody who'd like an A train line sign that really lights up (only $180 with power cor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 2, 2008

    More Advertising for Your Morning Commute

    Second Ave. Sagas reports the MTA is unveiling a "a fully wrapped Shuttle train sponsored by the History Channel" at Grand Central today. It's a first for the city, but the New York Daily News explains that this kind of thing has already been tried on Metro North trains; for example, "In an alcohol ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 23, 2008

    Google Introduces NYC Transit Mapping Feature

    Google announced today its NYC Transit feature, by means of which you can map a city bus and/or subway route as well as foot and car options. The idea is "to make public transit information as easy to find as any other geographic information," says the Google blog. (If you've got a bike, we suggest ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2008
  • 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

    August 15, 2008

    Who's Zoomin' Who? City Not Paying Its Share of MTA Bills

    2nd Avenue Sagas points out that, while we tend to blame the MTA for its current budget crisis -- particularly with another fare hike in the offing -- some of the blame really belongs elsewhere. Quoting a recent dispatch from the City's Independent Budget Office, 2nd Avenue Sagas notes that "state a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 14, 2008

    EZ Pass: Times Finds NYers Won't Say No to a Free Ride

    You may have heard about the MTA vending machines that were spitting out free rides for three years. Due to a computer glitch, a Roosevelt woman discovered in 2005 she could get tickets from one of the machines, despite having insufficient funds in the account to which her Bank of America card was l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Getting the MTA's Goat at the Verrazano Bridge

    While Mary-Kate Olsen's denial she had anything to do with Heath Ledger's OD death takes up the majority of front-page real estate in both tabloids this morning, there's one bizarre story that deserves to be highlighted. It's a humorous look at anti-terror security measures (well, as humorous as any ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 30, 2008

    What Could You Do With a Parking Spot, Bond References in Sean Connery Renovations Lawsuit, and the Montauk Monster...

    As activism gets wackier and wackier these days look out for September 19th when 50 parking spots will become parks for a day. After last year’s success with 25 spots, organizers now will let you apply for a mini-grant until August 8th. [Streetsblog] Sean Connery faces another lawsuit from no ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 24, 2008

    Life's Unfare: The MTA's Fare Hikes Cause Outrage

    We New Yorkers also enjoy complaining about the subways: they're dirty and smelly and never run on time

  • Blogs

    July 23, 2008
  • Blogs

    June 19, 2008

    MTA Bigwig Likes His Perks

    As average New Yorkers face rising food and fuel costs and looming MTA fare hikes, MTA board member David Mack sure seems to be enjoying his free ride. "Why should I ride and inconvenience myself when I can ride in a car?" the wealthy real estate developer was quoted as saying when asked yesterday ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 3, 2008
  • Blogs

    November 20, 2007

    Spitzer Spikes MTA Base Fare Increase

    New Yorkers will have one more thing to be thankful for this Thanksgiving as Gov. Spitzer called on the MTA to keep the subway and bus base fare at $2. But monthly and weekly MetroCard buyers should be expect to see their discounts slashed. At a morning press conference Spitzer said: I have been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 6, 2007

    Brooklynites Rail Against Proposed MTA Fare Hike

    Brooklynites came out to voice the anger at a proposed fare hike. The MTA will host similar hearings in the other boroughs, Long Island and Westchester. By Julie Bolcer “Fughetaboutit,” at least, for now. That’s what nearly 200 people told the Metropolitan Transportation Authority last nig ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 5, 2007
  • Blogs

    October 11, 2007

    The Hudson Railyard Bids Are In

    Photo by hotdogger13 via flickr Five developers submitted proposals on Thursday for the right to build on the 26-acre Hudson Yards, an MTA-owned property on the West Side that once slated to be the home of New York Jets stadium. The site is one of the biggest swaths of land in Manhattan that has n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 5, 2007
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    September 21, 2007
  • Blogs

    August 7, 2007

    Closing the MTA Budget Gap

    When the MTA announced looming fare hikes last month, it was noted here that the MTA's decision to let Bruce Ratner, the developer of the Atlantic Yards, have the Vanderbilt Rail Yards for $100 million was looking like a poor choice. The MTA's own appraisal valued the land at $214 million. And why ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    MTA Gets Set to Raise Fares

    When it comes to subway and bus fare increases, it isn't looking so much as a question of "if" but questions of "how much" and "when." Facing looming budget deficits, MTA executive director Eliot G. Sander said on Wednesday that the agency would seek to increase revenues from trains and buses, comm ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2007

    Taking Credit for the Mets 7 Express Home from Shea

    Photos by WallyG via Flickr Woodward and Bernstein may have taken down the president. Michael Clancy, on the other hand, got Met fans express service home from Shea Stadium. In May, when I wrote about the inequality of train service to Shea as compared to the ride to Yankee Stadium, the MTA didn't ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2006

    Your Turn: MTA Leaving You Stranded?

    Today, uptown 1 trains skipped the 225th, 231st, and 238th street stops in the Bronx from mid-morning to mid-afternoon. Early morning Friday, Brooklyn-bound 4 trains will run express from Atlantic to Utica avenues. All this week, the D train runs on a shuttle between Bedford Park and 205th Street be ... More >>

  • News

    January 3, 2006
  • Blogs

    December 28, 2005

    Transit Union Strikes a Deal

    By 37 to four Tuesday night, leaders of the union that staged a three-day strike against the New York City transit system last week agreed to accept a new contract from the MTA. The workers got the same wage increases included in the MTA's "final offer" before last week's transit strike, but without ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Transit Strike: Shivering in Sunset Park

    The usually bustling N/R subway station in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, was shuttered today, the first morning of the transit strike in New York City. Officers from the NYPD were on the scene, saying they were checking all the stations to make sure there was no mischief. Mischief? Transit workers have ke ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    MTA Strike: The Politics of No-Tomorrow

    Would this strike be happening if Governor George Pataki were running for re-election next year? Would Mike Bloomberg's city be shut down if the expiration date on the Transport Workers Union's contract were September or October, when he reached pre-election settlements with half a dozen city unions ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2005

    Rocks From a Glass House

    Across the river and a few miles south a judge was finding them in violation of the law, but the TWU strikers at 126th Street and 2nd Avenue Tuesday afternoon wanted to talk about someone else's alleged brushes with illegality, namely the MTA's. They pointed to the dozens of buses across the stree ... More >>

  • NYC Life

    December 20, 2005

    The Scene in Park Slope

    Your Barista on Strike Day? Pregnant and walked almost two hours from East New York

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2005

    Transit Talks: Death Un-Benefit

    It's no mystery that the transit contract talks are bogged down over the MTA's proposal to require future workers to wait until age 62 rather than 55 to receive full pensions. As people live longer, public and private sector employers are trying to limit their obligations to retirees. But not everyo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 17, 2005

    Transit Breaks

    It took them more than 24 hours to get there, but the two sides in the city's tense transit talks found their way back to the bargaining table today, but no one was suggesting that much was accomplished. "There's not much to report so far. We met, we talked, and we're ready to keep meeting," said an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2005

    Transit bump in the road

    The city's dicey transit union talks descended into a game of cat and mouse this afternoon as Metropolitan Transportation Authority chairman Peter Kalikow insisted he had already put his best offer on the table, and suggested that he might declare that the talks are at an impasse. The last wage off ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2005

    Wait, Which Emergency Plan?

    If the NYPD takes charge in an emergency, will the MTA's robots obey? (MTA)In his first major discussion of plans for a second term, Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday outlined a new "vision" for public safety that included a call for New York cops to be given "command and control" over MTA and Port Author ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2005

    New York Subways and Terror: What, Us Worry?

    London bombings raise questions about Gotham's transit system

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