New York City Transportation

  • News

    April 2, 2014
  • Blogs

    March 19, 2014

    MTA Would Prefer You Stay Off Subway Tracks and Not Drive Your Car Onto a Train

    Someone drove their damn car right onto a Q train this morning, an action the Metropolitan Transit Authority recommends you avoid. Really strongly recommends it. They're quite stringent on this point. Nonetheless, as DNAInfo was first to report, a lady in an SUV "plowed through a fence near Albem ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 10, 2014

    And Now, the Answers to Our 2013 News Quiz, Plus the Super Smart Contest Winner

    At the end of 2013, before our collective spirits had been broken by the endless Polar Vortexes inflicted upon us, we extended a challenge to you, our readers: show us what you remember about the past year in news. Our 2013 news quiz brought in lots and lots of people willing to take that challenge ... More >>

  • News

    October 2, 2013

    The MTA Procures Storm Surge Protection via the Catastrophe Bond Market

    Where the bets are big and the potential payoffs even bigger

  • Blogs

    July 19, 2013

    Why Is The NYPD Gassing The Subway?

    Today is an airflow study day in the New York subway system. That means that, mixed in with the 4.3 million riders who board the subway on any given day, there will be about 150 researchers conducting an experiment that the NYPD hopes will equip officers with the information they need to respond if ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2013

    Officials to South Brooklynites: No Ferry (in Lieu of R Train) For You

    A few weeks ago, we learned that the R train required drawn-out help. Its purveyor into Manhattan--the Montague Tunnel--was still wrecked by Hurricane Sandy; the construction witnessed the worst flooding of any other tunnel in New York. As a result, the MTA announced it would close the tunnel for 14 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2013

    Homerun: Baby Born at Yankee Stadium Subway

    Yesterday morning it seems that a little boy just couldn't wait to get to Yankee Stadium. According to CBS News, Tamika Snipe, 21, was heading to the hospital around 10 a.m. to deliver her third child on her due date, when she started experiencing serious labor pains on the subway. Snipe got off th ... 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

    December 19, 2012

    The Fare-Hike Bounce? MTA Approves Fare-Hike, Lhota Resigns, Mulls Run for Mayor

    Perhaps MTA Chairman Joe Lhota is looking for the old "fare-hike bump." The MTA voted to accept Lhota's fare-hike proposal this morning, and Lhota announced his resignation as chairman -- generating speculation that he will run for the Republican nomination in the 2013 New York City mayoral race. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 14, 2012

    Did You Lose Money On Your MetroCard Because of Sandy? Well, Sorry...

    On October 2nd, as a necessary measure for almost every Brooklynite, I bought a 30-day unlimited MetroCard for $104. On October 29th, Hurricane (Superstorm? Is that a thing now?) Sandy barreled through New York, crippling electricity, homes and, specifically in this case, the entire subway system. I ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2012

    Mass Transit Update: Here's What's (And What's Not) Running in New York City Today

    It's Day Three of Sandy's aftermath and, needless to say, New York is still swamped with flooding, power outages, displaced residents and, most importantly for commuters, public transportation shutdowns. We are told that it will take a few days for the City to be up and running like her old, pr ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2012

    Your MTA Card Will Now Look Like a Mini-Billboard!

    On January 25th, 1999, the first MetroCard vending machines were installed at subway stations across the five boroughs. Within a few months, the subway token was phased out of circulation as the simple swipe replaced the insert-coin-here system. We've had these shiny MetroCards ever since - whether ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2012

    Ads Calling Islamic Jihadists "Savages" Hit NYC Subways. Related: "Making Graffiti" Only A Misdemeanor In New York

    Just in time for day one of the meeting of the United Nations' General Assembly -- when people from across the world will be in the Big Apple to see how civilized and accepting New Yorkers are -- an ad campaign is going up in the New York City subway system that calls Muslim jihadists "savages."We w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 20, 2012

    MTA Employees Indicted For Failing To Do A Job That Probably Doesn't Need To Be Done In The First Place

    Apparently, there is an entire staff of MTA employees whose job it is to inspect the subway's signal system, several of whom have falsified multiple documents claiming they'd inspected various signals when in fact they hadn't.That said, the MTA -- and the Manhattan District Attorney's Office -- assu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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!

  • Blogs

    February 14, 2012

    'Rat Czar' Joseph Lhota Wants You To Keep Eating in Rodent-Infested Subways

    Here's some bad news for 'Rat Czar' Joseph Lhota -- besides being known as the 'Rat Czar,' that is. Lhota, the newish MTA chairman -- has a BIG rat problem. Straphanger advocates and the MTA workers union have recently come down hard on Lhota for not doing more to eradicate rodents from subway p ... 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 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 12, 2011

    How Happy Is Your Subway Stop?

    The L train = happy by day, happier at night. ​Making us happy today is a project called HappyStance, recent winner of Hack Day and "a mashup of Twitter geo-location API data and sentiment analysis research," reports the New York Times. Essentially, it's an app, created by Jeff Larson, Al Shaw ... 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 11, 2011

    HopStop Now Helps You Find Stroller and Wheelchair Friendly Routes

    ​Hopstop, the website immediately bookmarked by all recent transplants to NYC and used by you whenever you are forced to head into uncharted territory, has added a new feature to make commuting easier. Using the subway when you have a baby, injury, or disability can be practically impossible, ... 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.

  • 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

    September 27, 2011

    Cell Service in Subways Is Here! What Your Service Provider Has to Say About It

    ​Well, the much anticipated (or feared) cell service on subways is here, at least on certain subway platforms around New York City and, some are reporting, even in the friggin' tunnel. As of today, the cell pilot is live at the A, C, E at Eighth Avenue and 14th Street; the L at Eighth Avenue a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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

    August 15, 2011

    Smoking On Outdoor Train Platforms Now Banned

    ​Governor Cuomo signed a bill today that will ban smoking on outdoor train platforms operated by the MTA, including the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North. He said, "It is important that commuters are not unwillingly subject to the dangers of second-hand smoke while waiting on train platforms." ... 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

    January 21, 2011

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

    ​A 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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    October 18, 2010

    MTA Now Causing Upper East Side Fly Swarms, Allegedly

    ​Hey, here's a new thing to blame on the MTA: Owners of businesses near the worksite of the Second Avenue subway are saying that dirty, lunch-leaving construction workers are attracting flies to the Upper East Side, with swarms now everywhere along the path of the subway-to-be, reports the Pos ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 9, 2010

    MTA May Soon Squeeze Yet More Money Out of You

    ​We've been through a lot with the MTA. They took away the V and W trains, along with a bunch of buses; they raised a single fare to the price of more than two slices of 2 Bros Pizza; and now, they might make it so you have to pay an extra dollar every time you lose your MetroCard and have to ... 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2010

    The MTA PayPass Pilot Program Starts Today: Death of Metrocard Forthcoming

    ​Happy June 1st! If you didn't know, today is the magical day that the New York/New Jersey Port Authority and related transportation organizations with be experimenting with Mastercard's PayPass technology at certain MTA subway stops, buses, and on the NJ Transit. More importantly: in other wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2010

    G-Train Riders Kinda Hating Life Right Now

    ​Oh, the G-train. If you talk to your typical rider, G stands for any number of things before it implies actually Getting you anywhere -- Grumpiness, aGgression, and Goddamn. is it not running this weekend, again? Pity the poor G-trainer because there's more where that came from. Per amNewYor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2009

    More about the snow

    Queens in the snow​According to the National Weather Service, the snow is over (until Christmas, when we can expect rain, snow and sleet). After this, it's just going to blow around. Their last official accumulation numbers were 6" at LaGuardia, 11.1" at Kennedy, and 9.1" in Central Park as of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 2, 2009

    Crime Beat: Subway Motorwoman Faces Firing for Being a Hero

    A subway motorwoman who tackled a threatening lunatic last October on the 1 train could actually lose her job, the Post reports this morning. How could Adeline Bayne-Goody get railroaded? She left her post, according to MTA documents examined by the tabloid's Tom Namako and Kirsten Fleming. She's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2009

    Digital Train Timers Coming Soon to Bronx, Later Than Expected Elsewhere

    After a season of fare hikes and complaints, the MTA is busting out the improvements. Last month the Authority announced it would start installing 150 digital train timers by the end of next year. The earliest scheduled placements were, expectedly, in premium areas, but yesteday MTA said three cloc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    December 20, 2005

    Mayor Mouth

    Tabloid Bloomy Goes Thuggy, Trades Big Schtick for Big Stick

  • News

    July 5, 2005

    Exit Strategy

    When it comes to subways and terrorism, the best defense might be a good escape

  • NYC Life

    June 1, 2004

    Forbidden Photos, Anyone?

    Subway shooters to set their sights on underground camera ban

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    August 20, 2002
  • News

    October 30, 2001

    Terrors of a Subway Rider

    Notes From the Underground

  • News

    May 9, 2000

    Trouble on the Tracks

    Discharged Transit Workers Sue the TA, Charging Racial and Sexual Harassment

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