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Metropolitan Transportation Authority

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    LIRR: Smooth Operator or Rife With Problems?

    The Long Island Rail Road isn't just fraught with fraud: Looks like the MTA's plan to hook up the LIRR to Grand Central Terminal might be delayed a third time, the New York Post reports. What this means? The long-awaited, $7 billion connection wouldn't be complete until 2019, four years after the ... More >>

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    May 6, 2012

    Scott Stringer Tells the MTA to Listen Up On Demands of Elders and Disabled

    Forget NYU2031; the Manhattan Borough President has another bone to pick. And this one involves public transportation, both above and underground.In an open letter to MTA Chairman and Executive Officer, Joseph L. Lhota, Stringer chastised the agency for its "emotional, physical and financial toll on ... More >>

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    May 3, 2012

    Will Subway Stations Soon Have Wifi?

    Subway fares might be going up, The MTA's capital plan might be funded by debt, and the city's mass transit lines might be overrun by rats but hey, commuting in New York might not be all bad. Boingo and Transit Wireless will start hooking up wifi in the city's subway stations over the next five yea ... More >>

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    April 18, 2012

    Will Livery Drivers Pack Heat?

    Well, this certainly could complicate the cab ride home when you're drunk and obnoxious. Livery Base Owners, a trade group, has asked the city to let drivers take licensed guns with them to work, "to protect themselves from would-be robbers and violent passengers." The issue came up in discussions ... More >>

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    March 27, 2012

    Poetry in Motion: Verse Has Returned to New York's Subways

    If reading books or papers on the train doesn't quite satisfy your lit fix, Runnin' Scared has some wonderful news! Shortly after launching a new arts in transit app, the MTA today announced the restoration of Poetry in Motion, which places poems alongside art in the transportation system. Poetry ... More >>

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    March 26, 2012

    MTA Funding Fail? Straphanger Advocates Say Andrew Cuomo's Plan Will Up Fares

    Looks like Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the New York legislature might have just brokered a deal that would fund the remainder of the MTA's five-year capital plan. But straphanger advocates say that Albany's agreement will make riders foot the bill for transit improvements. Cuomo and legislators OKd an a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2012

    New Yorkers Tell Albany: Don't Raise MTA Fares!

    MTA rates are expected to go up in 2013, but Empire State straphangers won't let this happen without a fight. Transportation Alternatives, a commuter advocacy group, started an online petition March 15 asking Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislators to stop scheduled fare hikes. In a week, the petition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 14, 2012

    New MTA App Brings Subway Art to Smartphones

    Ever felt like your daily commute -- that dark, pneumatic-like trip under the city via metallic cylinder, shared with a bunch of strangers of questionable sanity -- seemed a little soulless? If so, the MTA has some good news for you!

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    March 13, 2012

    State Senate OKs Budget Resolution That Takes $770 Million from MTA Investment

    The New York State Senate on Monday night passed a budget resolution that would bleed $770 million from the MTA's Capital Plan, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget, if made into law. The Republican-led Senate also voted down a plan to up the MTA's bond cap by $7 billion. While this sound ... 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

    February 14, 2012

    MTA Plans 59 More Nights of Subway Closures This Year

    Brace yourselves -- MTA plans at least 59 more nights of subway closures this year under its new FasTrack program. In total, that adds up to 413 hours of limited service on certain subway lines. Every month this year (except August and December) will see at least one major line shut down for repairs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    Transport Workers Union Local 100 Disputes Coverage of MTA Contract Negotiations

    ​If you have been keeping up with the tabloids, you might think that contract negotiations between the MTA and the Transport Workers Union Local 100 have come to a screeching halt. You might even be tempted to believe that the union is going to strike, leaving you stranded in the cold on an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 30, 2012

    MTA Releases New Night-time Version of Subway Map

    The MTA has released a late-night version of the subway map so that now, on that rare occasion when you're trying to get home drunk on a Thursday night, you will know exactly which trains you should avoid waiting for! Said MTA Chairman Joseph Lhota, "This companion night map will, for the first tim ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 21, 2012

    Man Killed By L Train This Morning

    via @evgrieve​ A 22-year-old man was hit and killed by an L train heading to Brooklyn at around 8:25 a.m. this morning, the New York Post reported.

  • Blogs

    January 6, 2012

    The MTA's Evening Shutdown of 4, 5, and 6 Trains For Track Repair Starts Monday

    Back in November, it was announced that the MTA would implement a new measure, which they're calling "FASTTRACK," in order to repair lines that are constantly running and, it seems, constantly in need of fixing in some way or another (some of them have been around a long time, you know!). They said ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    The MTA Plumb Forgot About Passengers Stranded on an A Train in Last Year's Blizzard

    December last year. ​Perhaps you've forgotten about last year's blizzard, perhaps because this December continues to hang in the 50s and 60s...even though, for some reason, it snowed in October. But regardless of your memories, there are people who have not forgotten about last year's blizzard ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2011

    Joseph Lhota in Favor of Raising MTA Fares On a Regular Basis

    ​New MTA boss (or boss-in-waiting, at least) Joseph Lhota supports gradually raising MTA fares, reports the Wall Street Journal. He spoke to the media after an MTA board meeting last night for the first time since Governor Cuomo nominated him:

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2011

    MTA to Start Doing Weeknight Subway Line Repair Closures

    ​The latest coolest thing the MTA is doing: closing the subway on weeknights. According to NY1, the MTA has plans to close some lines for repairs for up to five consecutive weeknights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. This is a shift from the MTA's usual M.O., which is to shut down lines on the weekend ( ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2011

    Skaters Break MTA Rules (Like, All of Them)

    These guys prove that under special circumstances, it is in fact possible to have fun while using the New York City subway system.

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    October 27, 2011

    Will You Shop at the New MTA Boutique at Macy's?

    ​Subway merch is obviously not a new idea -- you've all seen the subway-themed shower curtains, T-shirts, dog gear, magnets, umbrellas, and whatnot. But now there's an entire section of Macy's capitalizing on people's need to buy things that remind them of their dreaded commutes. The MTA has a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 25, 2011

    We're Really Freaking Happy With the Subway, Apparently

    ​Despite our own Steven Thrasher's harrowing experience on a smoke-filled 4 train last night, the MTA believes that we are mostly happier with New York City transit than we used to be (and apparently we do, too). According to the results of their just-released 2011 Customer Satisfaction Survey ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 10, 2011

    Subway Conductor Tells You What to Do If You Fall in the Tracks (and Other Transit Real Talk)

    A recent IAmA on Reddit is fascinating, at least, if you're kind of a subway nerd like we are. Or even if you're just a commuter and not a nerd at all! A user named Fusoyaff2, who says he's been a subway conductor for New York City Transit since spring of this year, has answered some of the most pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 3, 2011

    In 2012, You Will Love the L Train a Little More (or Hate It Slightly Less?)

    ​According to a statement today released by State Senator Daniel Squadron, the MTA will be improving weekend service on the L train, with more frequent trains expected starting in mid 2012. Squadron had requested a review back in July of the service; the results show that the much-maligned lin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2011

    Hurricane Irene Cost the MTA $110 Million; Fare Increases Still Planned for 2013

    ​The MTA is out $110 million, reports the New York Post, thanks to Hurricane (later, Tropical Storm) Irene. That breaks down into $50 million to fix Metro-North's damaged Port Jervis line, $10 million spent on shuttle buses that ran as the line was down, and $50 million in operating costs, inc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2011

    Weekend Subway Service Has Gotten A Little Better, But That Won't Stop Us From Complaining

    ​One of our favorite things to do on the weekends is gripe, bitch, and generally complain as much as we possibly can about how shitty the subway service is. A lot. But new data reported in the New York Post shows the bane of our existence actually made a small step toward becoming less of a b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 16, 2011

    MTA Introduces New Subway Map to Make You Less Angry on Weekends

    A portion of one of the new Weekender maps​Have you heard of "the Weekender"? No, it's not this. It's a new online mapping system that the MTA hopes will help make you less angry on weekends! Basically, this is the MTA's admittance to you that, yes, they mess up a lot of your plans on weekend ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 14, 2011

    Broken Subway Door Chimes: A Mini-Investigation

    A YouTube poster recently uploaded this video, remarking on the "new weird door chime sound" he heard and recorded while riding on one of the 7 Train's R62A cars. It prompted our curiosity. Was this a new, weird, but sort of pleasant, door chime sound from the MTA?

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    September 9, 2011

    MTA Debt Downgraded; Could It Be Bad News For Fares?

    ​Along with its large budget gaps, the MTA also has massive debt. By 2014, debt financing might take up a full 23% of its operating budget. And now Fitch, the smallest of the three ratings agencies, has downgraded that debt -- meaning the MTA might have to pay more for it, meaning you might ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2011

    MTA Bus Drivers Create Their Own Sexy Calendar

    via​The FDNY has long done it, so why not the MTA? A group of rather fit, if we do say so, MTA bus drivers from the Jackie Gleason Bus Depot in Brooklyn have formed a group called Men Taking Action/United Transit Employees. And now they are putting together their own calendar. Michelle, or "Mu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 16, 2011

    MTA Weekend Follies, Again: An Investigation

    ​This should absolutely not come as a surprise, but anyone who uses the New York City subway system will experience some trying times this weekend. Do you take the 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, A, C, D, E, F, G, L, N, Q, or R trains? Sorry 'bout that. For us Williamsburgers, this is par for the course. Th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 12, 2011

    NYC Subway Payphones Don't Work Anyway

    ​Maybe we can only speak for ourselves, but it feels like modern brains and eyes fail to even register the existence of payphones, let alone their functionality. Nonetheless, the New York Public Interest Research Group's Straphangers Campaign, which advocates for transportation improvements, c ... More >>

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    July 11, 2011

    New Yorkers Demand Use of Subway on Weekends, Now

    Not quite like Tokyo -- yet.​An article in the New York Times today alerts us to something you've probably known about, at least anecdotally, for a while. Good to have it proven, though, if only so your complaining can be official! Despite New York subways frequently having longer waits, screw ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 7, 2011

    Basically Every Subway Line Is Currently Delayed

    ​Get excited for your evening commute. As of 5:45 p.m. the Metropolitan Transit Authority's website was reporting delays on the 1, 2, 3 line, the 4, 5, 6 line, the A, C, E line, the B, D, F, M line, and the N, Q, R line. Phew! According to City Room, problems were caused by "a manhole fire, si ... 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

    April 29, 2011

    Late Night Subway Map Helps Get You Home At All Hours

    ​Waiting for a train at night is sometimes the scariest thing you'll ever have to do in New York. (Some stations are outside and cold.) So it's always good to know which trains are coming and when. Here lies one of the MTA's worst problems: nights and weekends are always so confusing! Who know ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 25, 2011

    New MTA Campaign Asks "What's New?"

    ​We had hoped the MTA would revive Poetry in Motion, a collaborative campaign between the MTA and Poetry Society of America that brought the likes of Dylan Thomas and Emily Dickinson to the New York City subway walls in the early 90s, but not all of our wishes can be granted, especially when i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    In the Middle of the Night, Subway Trains Are Garbage Trains

    ​According to the Daily News, at night the MTA is using regular old people-transporting subway trains -- not always the most pristine in the first place -- to also move garbage that's been collected from the tracks -- and not behind the car, but actually inside it, with passengers. Because, si ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 13, 2011

    MTA Backs Down in Fight Against East Village Metrocard Artist

    Some of the artist's work.​On Friday we wrote about East Village artist Victoria, or VH, McKenzie, who had been creating oil paintings on discarded Metrocards and selling them on Etsy for $48 apiece. An MTA marketing intern, part of whose job it is to seek out unauthorized use of the MTA trade ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    MTA Goes After East Village Artist for Painting on Used Metrocards [Updated]

    Some of the artist's work.​The big bad wolf is hungry. Or jealous? EV Grieve today alerted us to the matter of East Village artist VH McKenzie, who has been creating oil paintings on discarded Metrocards that she then sells on Etsy for $48 apiece. The MTA found out about this, and sent her the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 29, 2011

    Poetry in Motion May Return to NYC Subways

    ​When the G train is 45 minutes late, then stops midway through your route for 20 minutes because the train in front has just broken down, the last thing you want to do is stare at an MTA-sponsored sign that states, "Improvements don't just happen." Which is why we're all a bit happier to lear ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 24, 2011

    Subway-Themed Greeting Cards Are Cuter Than the Subway

    ​The people of New York have an odd relationship with the subway. Codependent, maybe...even a little "love-hate," as they say? While we have all sorts of ill will with regard to the MTA and what they aren't doing and how much they're charging us, we also nearly daily depend on the subway to ge ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 22, 2011

    MTA Considers Banning Food, Spaghetti Fights on Subway

    runx/Flickr​Although that video of two woman fighting over spaghetti on a crowded subway car was certainly a fun (if slightly unsettling) way to waste four minutes, the MTA is not amused.

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    February 25, 2011

    Dear New Yorkers: Step Away From the Subway Tracks

    Too close!​We can't take it! No more! It's gotten so we get nervous just watching you guys lean in and look for the train and, please, just step back, it's going to come when it comes and it would be better if you were alive for it. Also, dropping your wallet/phone/teddy bear/ham sandwich shou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 1, 2011

    The MTA Might Stop at Nothing to Keep Us From Falling in the Subway Tracks

    Your subway of the future might look like this.​Today in things that may never happen: In the wake of the most recent New York City subway death, that of a 24-year-old who was killed by an L train this Sunday after taking to the tracks in a possible attempt to retrieve something, the MTA is sa ... More >>

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    January 27, 2011

    Subway Rider Mutiny Involves Taking Over N Train for Warmth

    ​New York subway riders will not be stopped! Well, technically, they will be stopped. But when they are stopped on a D train at Coney Island because it's freakin' blizzards outside, they will COMMANDEER another train regardless of what the MTA and NYPD say! (This is good, because we really don ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2011

    MTA Still Broke; Will Raise Fares, Again, in 2013

    Adrian Fussell​Transit officials said Monday that the heavy snowfall late last year cost the MTA $14 million in lost revenues and $16 million in overtime hours spent clearing roads and subway tracks. (Meanwhile, the Bloomberg administration told the New York Times that they were still counting ... More >>

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    January 21, 2011

    What's at the MTA's Lost and Found? $89,000 in Unclaimed Cash, to Start

    ‚ÄčA few months ago, we took a trip to deep beneath the Penn Station subway stop to a place called the MTA's Lost Property Unit. The LPU -- a mass transit no man's land where New Yorkers' umbrellas, wallets, phones, and, yes, plenty of cash go to live out their days -- is like a dig site for the urb ... More >>

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    January 19, 2011

    Another Snowstorm on the Way for NYC?; More Protests in Tunisia; Mike Bloomberg Gives State of the City

    ​Good morning! It's another gray day, but hang in there -- it should clear up by afternoon. Of course, there's also another snowstorm on the way, which could pan out as either a light brush...or a major snow event for New York by Friday. Currently snowfall potential is "highly uncertain." We'l ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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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