New York City Transportation

  • Blogs

    August 11, 2014

    Is It Legal to Ride the 6 Train Through the Abandoned City Hall Station?

    Consult any subway map printed in the last 69 years and it will tell you the 6 train dead-ends at Manhattan's Brooklyn Bridge Station. An older map would show the train's original track--the one it still uses everyday--loops through the now abandoned City Hall station before ending up on the north-b ... More >>

  • 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

    June 5, 2013

    It's Finally Time to Start Fixing the R Train After Sandy... For Over a Year (UPDATED)

    Second maybe to the A train in the Rockaways, the damage wrecked by Hurricane Sandy to the Montague Tunnel was devastating: The underground tunnel beneath the Brooklyn Bridge witnessed the worst flooding of any line in the city, leaving the R train out of commission for nearly a month and a half aft ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 11, 2012

    Nothing's Fun About The Proposed MetroCard Fare Hike, But You Already Know That

    Every year or so, the story writes itself the same: The MTA needs more money to pay for the rising costs of Everything. Passengers get pissed. Proposals get thrown back and forth. Passengers get even more pissed. Fares go up. Passengers shrug, deal with it and move on.(The only curiosity in this who ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2012

    MTA Drains Hugh Carey Tunnel: The Music Video

    For an organization that's so strapped for cash that it's given New Yorkers a "pick your poison" collection of possible rate-hike plans, the Metro Transportation Authority seems to spare no expense when it comes to the production value of its PR videos.The video embedded above was sent out by the MT ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2012

    "Love Your Muslim Neighbor" Campaign Organized To Counter Anti-Islam Subway Ads

    As some people spray-paint and vandalize the anti-Islam subway ads currently posted in 10 New York City subway stations, others are using different, more legal methods to discredit the Islam-o-phobic message in the ads, which compares Muslims to "savages."Sojourners magazine, a faith-based "social j ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2012

    Ads Calling Jihadists Uncivilized "Savages" To Appear in NYC Subways. What Could Go Wrong?

    There's a reason you see an army of law-enforcement officials armed with semi-automatic weapons in New York City's subways: Public transportation in New York City is a prime target for terrorists who want to blow us up.So where better to place provocative ads insulting Muslim jihadists than New York ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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

    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 19, 2012

    Second Avenue Subway Construction Is Not Bad for You, Says the MTA

    Ah, Second Avenue subway. We've had some ups and downs with you in the seemingly interminable time we've been waiting for your completion. You're noisy, some of us had to move because of you, there was that gross thing with the flies, and, of course, a big question has been, how sick are you making ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2012

    Enjoy Looking At Subway Rats? Play 'Rate My Rat'

    Did you enjoy looking at that picture of the giant rat in the Bronx Foot Locker? Yes? First, ew, and second, we've got the perfect quest for you. As part of their "New Yorkers Deserve A Rat-Free Subway" campaign, the city's Transport Workers Union has started a "Rate My Rat" contest.

  • Blogs

    September 30, 2011

    MTA Releases List of the Next 31 Subway Stations Getting Cell Service

    The MTA has released the full list of 31 subway stations that are in line to get cell phone service. It already exists in some subway stations for AT&T and T-Mobile customers, as you may have noticed if you've already fantasized about snatching some loudmouth's phone away and throwing it on the trac ... 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?

  • Blogs

    June 16, 2011

    Edward Meehan, MTA Bus Driver, Suspended After Using Bus as Party Pad

    ​Of all the nasty things that have probably happened on an NYC bus, this might be the worst. An MTA bus driver used his bus after hours to meet with an unidentified lady friend. The driver, Edward Meehan, had already received 14 suspensions for a variety of violations including speeding and ru ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 19, 2011

    MTA's New Trash Can Slogan Will Completely Eliminate Garbage

    ​People who complain about trash on the subway are like vacationers who whine about the heat in Florida. Nonetheless, the MTA is trying to do something about all that subterranean rubbish. "Hauling reeking, rat-filled garbage" through the cars late at night didn't work, so they've put their th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2011

    One Metro-North Train Car Has Secret Wi-Fi

    ​There is, apparently, one train car on the New Haven line of Metro-North that has a secret. A secret called "Wi-Fi." Via Second Avenue Sagas, the MTA is keeping mum about which car it is because service is "not ready for prime time." Of course, it would be easy enough for a person to identify ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 13, 2010

    L Train Now the Perfect Spot for Public Sex

    via Gothamist/Melon Bee's Flickr​It wouldn't be right for us not to mention the couple caught in flagrante on the L train over the weekend. Gothamist has the original photos from a tipster. But we'll paraphrase: Man and women get on L train bound for Bedford on Saturday. Man and woman kiss pas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    August 13, 2010

    MTA to Put Fancy-ChiChi Stores in Subway Stations

    ​Now, here's an MTA scheme we can get behind! The transit authority is trying to get high-end retail stores to open up locations in subway stations, which could provide the double whammy of bringing in more rent money and making it easier to buy trinkets during your commute.

  • 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

    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

    November 30, 2009

    Staten Island Railway Ridership Plummets

    ​The local economy is so bad it's eating into train ridership. MTA's figure, recently reported down 4 percent, appears to be leveling out, and MTA even holds out hope that it's not as bad as it looked. But things are worse in Staten Island. The 14-mile Staten Island Railway is on pace for a 6 ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    November 20, 2008

    MTA Budget: Fares Up (23 Percent!), Service Down,

    As expected, today's news from the MTA is grim: Highlights include a proposed 23 percent "yield" (read: overall increase) in fares and tolls by June of 2009, and the reduction of manpower and levels of service throughout the system. Specifics should be ironed out over the next month, but a letter ... 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

    July 24, 2008

    What Will Bike Racks Become in NYC?

    Ten new bike rack designs announced today as finalists for DOT’s bike rack redesign competition. With ridership up 75 % since 2000, the current number of bike racks isn’t sufficient and two of the ten will receive $5,000 and money to prototype their design. [City Racks Design Competition] All ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 25, 2008

    The Congestion Pricing Bill

    For opponents and advocates alike, the congestion pricing bill has been an exercise in imagination. But the full text of the bill that Mayor Bloomberg will put before the City Council is now public, Streetsblog has it online, and more details are emerging. WNYC’s Brian Lehrer is asking his liste ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2006

    Down With Doctoroff, Up With the 7 Train?

    And another one bites the dust: Deputy mayor Dan Doctoroff's plan to buy development rights to the MTA's West Side rail yards—the erstwhile site of the erstwhile New York Jets stadium—died an ignominious death yesterday, when the city gave up on trying to get the MTA to accept its $300 milli ... More >>

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    Toussaint's Transit Trauma

    Union big walked a tightrope between enemies abroad and at home

  • 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

    Union Explains Why It Called the Strike

    The first draft of history is in. Somewhat buried in the instructions to its members, the Transport Workers Union Local 100 explained why it had called New York City's first transit strike in 25 years. "Local 100 had to walk out to stop the TA’s 11th hour pension ambush. We walked out strong, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 21, 2005

    Bloomberg: Some of Koch's Style, None of His Resolve

    The Bloomberg/Pataki position that no talks will resume until the Transport Workers Union returns to work flies in the face of city history. Former Labor Commissioner Robert Linn could not recall any city strike that had ever ended without a negotiated settlement, adding that "it was clearly not the ... 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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 19, 2005

    Transit: Wage Rage

    As transit talks wound down to another midnight deadline tonight, Transport Workers Union president Roger Toussaint softened his wage demands this morning, but observers said that there's still been little progress at the bargaining table with management negotiators. Toussaint's comments appeared ge ... 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

    December 15, 2005

    Transit Countdown

    All the holiday buntings, Christmas wreaths, and ringing Santa Claus bells up and down East 42nd Street this evening weren't enough to cheer up the grim negotiators who are trying to work out a new contract for 34,000 transit workers tonight. At 4 P.M. Thursday - with just eight hours to go until th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2005

    Transit Showdown

    Transit workers staged an angry and boisterous rally Tuesday night outside Grand Central Station, invoking their own proud ghosts of Christmas past. Moments before Transport Workers Union Local 100 president Roger Toussaint dramatically ripped up a city lawsuit aimed at blocking a possible walkout t ... More >>

  • News

    July 5, 2005

    New York Subways and Terror: What, Us Worry?

    London bombings raise questions about Gotham's transit system

  • News

    March 29, 2005

    Win One for the Gyppers

    With a strong push from city hall, MTA moves the ball for the Jets

  • News

    May 20, 2003

    Transit Hurrah

    The People Who Stood Up to the MTA Bullies

  • News

    December 24, 2002

    The Double Standard

    While Unions Are Scrutinized, MTA Bigs Get Free Ride

  • News

    December 17, 2002

    Toussaint's Transit Express

    All It Took Was a Little Respect

  • News

    January 23, 2001

    Mixed Signals

    City Promises No Driverless Trains, but Sets Track for Automatic Subway

  • News

    November 21, 2000

    Underground Rumblings

    A Modern Militant Vies to Revive the Transit Union

  • News

    August 8, 2000

    The Taste of Fear

    Subway Surfers Risk Their Lives Atop the City’s Trains. Only Mad Fools Take the Dare. Only the Lucky Survive.

  • News

    June 27, 2000

    Big Apple for Sale

    City Peddles Spare Parts Online

  • News

    April 11, 2000

    Buses and Foes

    Community Says 'No' to Reopening Depot

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