New York City Transportation

  • 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

    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

    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 12, 2011

    Central Park Gets 9 Inches of Snow; There's Snow on the Ground in 49 of 50 States

    via @DevonGrandy/Twitpic​The snow count is in. We got 9.1 inches last night (according to numbers in Central Park, via NY1). That does not a blizzard make, but it's pretty, for the moment! No major public transport delays, though the MTA has issued a Winter Weather Service Advisory. In related ... 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

    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 >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    June 23, 2010

    Update: MTA "Fixes" One Problem, Creates Another -- and So It Goes

    ​As of yesterday, the MTA planned to lay off two bus drivers currently at war in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a humanitarian move, perhaps realizing that the stress of war need not be coupled with the stress of job loss -- or that they would be getting some very bad publicity -- the MTA changed it ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • Columns

    May 11, 2010
  • Blogs

    April 26, 2010

    Commuting Report: Subway Ridership Down, Bikes on the Up

    ​Over the weekend New York City Transit released a whole bunch of data about how we ride the subway. It turns out, ridership for 2009 was down slightly from 2008 (blame the economy and the fact that a bunch of us were unemployed; if you're the MTA, blame construction).

  • 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

    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 >>

  • Blogs

    December 16, 2009

    MTA Passes New Doomsday Budget (Updated)

    The MTA board just voted to pass that new budget with service cuts. MTA Chairman Jay Walder "stressed the preliminary nature of this proposal," says Second Avenue Sagas, which live-tweeted the meeting. SAS says board members stressed their "legal obligation to pass a balanced budget for 2010" befor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • 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 >>

  • Voice Choices

    November 17, 2009

    THERE SHE IS . . .

    Who will be the first ever Miss G Train?

  • Blogs

    October 22, 2009

    MTA Chief Considers Off-Peak Pricing for Subways, Buses

    Ride the whole system, all for the low price of [insert current fare here]! That's been the beauty of New York City transit. But the variable pricing afforded by unlimited-ride cards has blurred that distinction, and new MTA chairman, Jay Walder, may erase it: he is looking at "time-of-day pricing" ... More >>

  • Blogs

    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 >>

  • News

    November 6, 2007

    Bus Kill

    In the crosswalk, New Yorkers find themselves in the cross hairs

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    Toussaint's Transit Trauma

    Union big walked a tightrope between enemies abroad and at home

  • News

    January 31, 2006

    Strangeness on a Train

    Annoyance over L train shutdowns, anxiety over what they're for

  • News

    December 20, 2005

    Fault Line

    Deal or no deal, transit workers want more respect, less punishment

  • 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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